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It's Show(case) Time | Episode 137

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On this week's episode of the #EShow, we get you geared up for the September Showcase, with 50 games on tap over the next four days in Worcester, MA. To kick things off in the Weekly Rundown (2:54), we recap the first week of the season, which included some slight movement in both the EHL and EHLP Power Rankings. Further along in the #ECrew Fantasy Challenge (26:11), Team OG and Team HNIB each got off to a solid start to the year, and will be looking for more production from the newest set of picks. Then, to wrap things up in our What to Watch For segment (43:29), we preview the largest showcase by game volume in league history.

Welcome to the show with Neil Raven. Founded in two thousand thirteen, the E H L has become the college placement leader on the East Coast. Sit Back and learn more about the next step in your junior hockey career. Welcome to the show because and then buy the polly box foundation. The foundation's mission centers around their daily motto. We take care of our own as they help out all of those within the hockey community who experienced a catastrophic event. Learn more at polly of Box Foundation Dot Org. What's up? My name is Neil Raven. This episode number one thirty seven of the show. On this week's episode we get your geared up for the September showcase, with fifty games on tap over the next four days in Worcester to kick things off. And the weekly rundown, we recap the first week of the season, which included some slight movement in both the E H L and E H L P power rankings. Further along, in the e crew fantasy challenge, team O G and team H and I B each got off too solid starts to the season and we'll be looking for more production from the newest set of picks. Then to wrap things up in our what to watch for a segment, we previo, the largest showcase by game volume in the League history. This week's episode is brought to you by hockey tech, the developers for the new E H L APP, available now in both apple and Google stores. For more information, visit the E H L DOT APP. And with that, let's bring in the e crew guys. This week. Uh, team old guys. Jeff and I are back team H and I B on the podcast this week. Anthony and Tyler, how's it going? It's going great. Happy to be here with the old guys. We got our we got our depends ready to you, we got our preparation H we've got our walkers. Dust off those. We're not so old. I don't know if we we're gonna tease it a little bit, but I think whole yeah, it's eight o'clock in the morning. I was like, wow, you can leave that one out. But Tyler, I have to ask, are you gonna immediately log into play call of duty afterwards, because that headsets phenomenal. I'm using Um, I'm using a nice turtle. I think it's is a turtle beach. Is that the brand? Um? But yeah, they're they're they're pretty high quality. We're gonna see how they work though, for this first episode. Neil, Neil, you see that? That's that's another method of team H and I be making our fantasy picks. Yeah, we're all the private lobby quick scoping in modern warfare two and we just discussed picks while we're quick scoping each other. Were to be honest, I have tolled me all my house phone. I have no idea what what quick scoping is. But with that, let's get into the weekly run down. It's time for the cruise weekly run down. You show run that's rout to you by the junior hockey podcast hope for junior hockey news, knowledge and nonsense. Check them out a T J PODCAST DOT COM. Anthony. I did love your text, though, yesterday, when he said, do you know off the top of your head if fifty games is a record for an H L showcase? Yes, no doubt. Yes, the answer is definitively yes. Last year this worcester showcase was forty four games. Obviously we've added five teams since then, two in the E H L, three in the E H l P. I think for me, what's going to be most interesting is do we see a difference between the teams that have played a real game so far and the teams that happened? Because, guys, there's a lot of teams that haven't played a regular season game yet and that was their first Games. Come this week out of showcase. Jeff, Jeff, say the line. Say the line, Jeff, the scheduler. No, no, the other one US. Is IT gonna BE? Is it gonna be reff to rust boys? Let's figure it out. That's the first one for twenty three year. But UH yeah, the Cell Division, sure his heck has played. Everybody's played at least two games. Protects played three games. But yeah, like I said, Neil ver monster hasn't played. The seahawks haven't played, valley hasn't played. They get a bunch of teams that have played one game. Rangers have played once, the apple core, the railers have played once, everyone else mixing a matching two or three games there. So yeah, but I mean they've been practicing all summer long, they've been scrimmage and uh, you know, preseason elements have been added this year that we haven't had years passed. That's been a nice little edition. So I think there will be. I don't think there'll be any rust. I think these guys are ready to go. But then we'll say not rest, not rust, a feeling of anxiousness for Zach Ober Hiltzer and the p a huntsman who called me yesterday and said like I may not sleep until he dropped the pop on Saturday and like I made that's the very last it's the very last game in the showcase. Like here's your scheduler, Anthony, come to the league. You get to play a near...

...midnight on Saturday night. But he basically is like, I don't know, put it this away. When it comes to expansion team. WE'RE gonna get into Rhode Island in a second, for sure. You just don't know what to think until you dropped the PUCK, right. So if you're the huntsman and the two other experiension teams have played and at Anzac and union, yeah, I would kind of feel a little anxious to not not like in a bad or a good way, just like anxious, like what, how are we going to do right? And they last week was what Rhode Island? Where were they going to be? Well, if you just should we just jump right into the tweet. I gotta find the tweet. Did you guys see the tweet? Oh, I'm not sure if I did so I don't know. I like the tweet. We'll start with that. I'm not upset about the tweet. That's a good start, a pretty nice way to start a Sunday morning. So this was tweeted sun morning after their two games sweep of the wizards. Thanks to all who believed in US and to those who are part of US getting to this point standing. I tried not to read into it too much, but well, I mean here's is it at us, right, James, let's go, baby. Is it at us? Is it at Sean Walsh? Because symber on the podcast last week Sean kind of or prior to the PODCAST, I should say, Sean kind of joked and said like hey, the wizards historically slow starters. In September booked the expansion team. He never really said like this is how it's gonna play out, but like this. I mean put it this way. These are the tweets, truthfully, that I do love, because they can't pound their chess right now all day. Yeah, I mean this. When we started the podcast was to do this to create buzz for the week. You know, I'll go to that. For HC Rhode Island here where the eight seven started up their franchise back in two thousand and seventeen. U Asked Matt and Adam they had or they talked about people who said it was a bad idea, they shouldn't do this. And you know, they get the first couple of wins, you get your feet settled and it's like okay, like we're here, we belong. HC Rhode Island can say that. You know, uh, they just faced the east coast wizards. So far. Uh, I don't mean that like a bad way, you know, just just in the sense that just in the sense that it's one opponent rather than beating two different teams. But Yeah, well, Rhode Island like often running at a two and oh start. Now we get to see how they do in the showcase. But from from what I've seen from them, you know, they have some pretty good players. Tyler Jake and I picked one of their forwards in fantasy and looking at their schedule ahead, I think they can pick up at least, you know, one one in the showcase. Look at the first case. That's a gauntlet that'll be. That'll be a great from last year how they finished. So you think they want to go in and impress everybody? I'd say so. Wolves to know, I think they want to gave an allowed a goal. Yet what are you saying, tyler? Great Test Against the Rangers? It'll be a great test for them, but I mean the results are everything. You Win your first two games. Yeah, sure, you have the right to feel good about yourself and flex a little bit. I think we all know last year the Central Division it was pretty lopsided favor of the R of the railers. They ran away with it. So I think for Hockey Club Rhode Island perhaps they could provide a little bit of a wrinkle in the standings this year give the railers a run for their money. But it's early. Like Anthony said, they've only they've only faced the one opponent. But I think this showcase is gonna be a real good measuring stick for them, but not just them, for for every team, the teams that haven't played and the teams that have played a game or two. So it'll be a fun time. Look forward to it as always. And before I close the tab on the on the tweet here is it too early to give an end of the season the Lord Out, you think? Because no, not for best tweet for alumni parents who will keep in touch the most with us. Did you see the reply to the tweet from one Trent House father of frank good job and good lucks for the rest of the season, except when you play the wolves. I do love how his name twitter is Datamahl Demon Franklip Piers University number fourteen. Just to be very specific, that's Declud House. Like, if you google that, that's what's gonna pop up. Declan House. So ter terrier nineteen, Boston. Yes, so I just thought that response was pretty good. So let's jump over now,...

...though, to the power rankings which, as we mentioned on last week's episode, Um, we're doing differently this season. We're not. We're not putting the onus, on us, even though it does create some good bus when we do do that. But we can't with a point structure that I truthfully think works. I hesitate because it's only a weekend, but but the order of the top five going into week one was based off where they finished this past season. So seven were the champions. They obviously number one expressed loss of them in the championship. They were number two. The railers were the next best team that made the semifinal Saturday, followed by the wolves and followed by Um, the avalanche. When you look at the way that week one played out, seven win both their games, so they stay at one. Wolves, I mean, let's talk about this for a second. They don't just win both their games, shut out both their games. Trevor Jewel and they have a new kid, French kid. I can't even say his name. We gonna have to figure that one out before he butcher it. But remember, Trevor Jewel gave a day off last year to kill Gallen and gotta shut out and now he just starts this year. We left off last year. I mean that was the that was the Friday of the frozen finals with the mat where the teams were already determined. But the OH, Jeff, you'R think of Charles Antoine, Julian. That's him. And then they have another goal that they're bringing up from the U Sixteen Team, uh, Daniel Lopez Franco. Well, people don't know about Daniel is. The best saves that he's made in his career were actually against me, and that will shootout and I think trevor is gonna have to add a middle name to keep the three names training going. Actually, Jeff Jeffrey bringing up a good point. I just want to know a quick observation. I feel like this is league wide. I feel like we're seeing a spike in names with hyphenated names. I feel like I've I've already written down a couple of them in my spotting charts. Thanks. I have a hyphenated name, but I don't use it on my birth Tivit and I'm technically Jefferson James Roberts. My Middle Name, mills, is my last name. Hold on, hold on, hundred and how many episodes didn't you just tell us this now? Okay, so new I'm calling you J J all weekend. Is that? Is that okay? Yeah, whatever you mean. Sure, thing. Lean jeans. Oh my God, I'm not throwing up. We're gonna get a new nickname for I am not wearing jeans to the J B Q shoot at night this year and I thought they are going to be the baggiest jeans you've ever seen, so you've better wear baggy sweatpadts. But back to the power rankings. Obviously wolves jumped to two because of their too shutouts. But I think this is why I say the point structure is working so far. They had the two showers, but they really can't pass the eight seven's who also won their two games. But the point structure works there the Express Um. They got the railers number right now. It's carried over from from from last last March. So they they they stay at three, even though they lost to the wolves, because of their wins of the railers. Avalanche jump up to four with their win against the Rangers and then, as you'll see in the in the graphic that we posted earlier today, we're gonna always constantly highlight some teams that are on the bubble. But to me, on the bubble is kind of just a handful of points away, which right now are the chiefs who, Um, yeah, they swept their series as well. Each game was a one goal game for three in Newington's and a two to one shootout. So obviously a very, very suresting starts of the week. I know we're gonna post this or the power akers are out, and what island's gonna say? What about us? I think it's gonna take a couple more wins to get them into that top five. But three games this week they're already coming up towards the top half. They're at Ted. Alright, right, that's a big Jo. So Um. But just again, for those that are listening at home, you started based off where you finished last season. So, Philly Hockey Club, I did not push you at nineteen because your coach's favorite number is number nineteen. I know you're texted me that I put you in that team. You did not exist in the league. You yet that was a good that was another good text, though. Um. As for the E H L P, Rangers didn't play, obviously, so they don't really move at all. But the lumberjacks, I mean, let's talk about the lumberjacks H L P team. UH, back to back frozen finals appearance, right,...

...they were there in Westchester two years ago, they were there in providence this past year. UH, they roll out opening week and pop out eleven goals against adder Ond they look reloaded and as strong as they ever have at the e H L P level. So they jump up to two. Obviously helps a little bit that the avalanche dropped a game to the railers, railers P team. I don't really know what to think because they've always had the express his number at the e h l p level and then they lose the opener to them at home. I kind of felt bad for Jake. I know Jakeson not on this week, but Jake Hey, welcome to being the railers broadcaster for the season. Here's an express sweep on open a day like that is a little tyler's express. Was Jeekes railers. I got the first round, but I think it would be a different year for this express E H L P team. I'm I'm very interested to see with this with that group, is going to be able to do. I did, I did get the luxury of seeing the avalanche and railers play yesterday, two programs that have always been at the top of the E H L P. It's gonna be an interesting year for New Hampshire, I think, certainly different than the team they had a year ago that finished the runners up to Boston U. same for the railers. Vastly, vastly different Um. So it's gonna be interesting to see how how they form as as the year rolls along. I mean we talked about in our group chat the other day. Right Neil you dropped in on this a little late the other night about how deep you think this league is, and I asked You, do you think it's deeper than last year? Because last year we felt like that was the deepest it's been. Now we're going into our tenth year, but in the nine previous years. So we got to talk a little bit about our favorite word, parity with the t y. bring that back in. I know it's still early, but I meant it's showing them. Let's read. Let's just read off the scores Right. Was gonna say, look at the plus minus, like the differentials to that's what I was looking at. To opening day we mentioned chief speat rough riders, four three. I'm like, all right, you know what, solid start interesting game, chiefs. She scored the only goals in the first period, the only goals in the second periods over seven, over five, forty six to forty one shots. Chiefs. Yeah, Colin Bella was like, let me come back. It sounds like a typical chief's rough riders game, to be honest. So then we go to the next day and we continue with the same trend. Rhode Island beats the wizards two to one. Chiefs spat the rough riders two to one in a shootout. Avalanche beat the Rangers two to one with an empty net of the one point five seconds left from the red line. Okay, like like it's two. It's a two to one game, like it's just like, let me get my first point of the year. First, seven million eighty seven beat the applecore three to one. I think, Anthony, you said they had a goal even strength, the gold power play and a goal shorthanded. So that's how you're just check eats box off to start the season. UH, Maryland beats the little fires four to two, protect doc speed Phil Hockey Cup four three in a shootout. That Stage two right. I'm like wow. Like then you go to day three of this season. Three, nothing. Okay, there's a little bit of a margin. There are still three goals. Like a couple of bounces changes that changes everything for one. Express over the realist, five to four, overtime, two to one. And then Philly hockey clubs like, you know what, we're gonna get our first win. We're just gonna we're just gonna make it seven to one. So yeah, I mean that's really the one outlier, though, because then you know I should shouldn't say the one hour. There's two outliers, the seven to one, to five and nothing. This was. That was a two nothing game. Into the third period, though, the wolves expressed game. Then the wolves will just said that we're gonna blow hey, with, with, with, with Philly hockey club getting that seven one win. I think we should at least mentioned Katie Sy he's an Oh five birth year. Just turned seventeen on September or seventeen, and in his first game in the H L he gets a three point game with the golden to assists. Played a birthday to you. Was that? Wait, Anthony, was that on his birthday? Oh, September, seventeen, his seventeenth birthday. Wow, well, no wonder. They won seven to one. How about that? That's quite a way to kick off your yeah, I meanday. So look at the standings for the e H L. First, after that opening weekend, we mentioned Rhode Island in the central, chiefs are right there with them at two. Oh and oh like like the central looks upside down early on right. You go to the you go to the east. Obviously just a few games played there. Um kind of you know Rangers, obviously just the one game play. They always start off the season with the avalanche matchup, even though I reminded them that they were going to face each other in this showcase also.

But whatever, so be it. Um Wolves obviously on top of the North Right now, and then that self division. Man, I cannot look away from the south again this season for Philly hockey club to come in and get three out of four points in their opening weekend like they fit just fine. I know Philly is probably the little flyers. Are probably saying, like is this gonna be a tough year for us with all the scorers that we lost, but really it's a four two game to Maryland. It's an overtime loss to to protect. So, like again, it looks like the South Division is going to be like a bounce or two here or there and the order is just gonna Shuffle like this all season long. Yeah, probably kill Philly Hockey Club leading the league in goals, fourth in their inaugural year. Ten. Check out the you know my favorite. Check out all the PIMS. Busy weekend. Look at the South Division. Everyone's got thirty eight, forty three. He played two games. That eight sevens apple core game was very very fighty, just lots of scrumps in front of each goal. You're telling me the south division teams don't like each other? Well, also, also, it was so the eight sevens have Charles levoix. He had twenty six points in twenty eight games with a last season. Well, not. So he's with the eight sevens now. And there was a lot of a lot of chirping and the apple core bench. Yes, according to our ringside reporter, Chris Russo. IS THAT APPRECIATION UPDATE? Because I think we should call him Levoy. He did say Lovoi Alright. Sorry, we called you Charles Levoy because I know we definitely picked him for family. We Americanized your name, trying not to make the same mistake twice. Charles, come on down very interested to see for PHC, though, mentioned they add that two games series of PROTECH. Their showcase matchups include this seahawks, who haven't played a game yet, Vermont, who hasn't played a game yet, and then the host of the of the showcase, the railers. So at four o'clock, I think, Jeff, I opened up. I have the spreadsheet here somewhere. Your name is on their spreadsheet. A Lot I got sixteen games. I think I've got eleven or twelve. Actually, I do not have that. I've got nine games. I mean there's a stretch here when I was looking at this Surday and I was like, Tyler, Anthony, tyler, Anthony, Tyler, Jeff, Tyler, Jeff, Tyler, Jeff, Anthony, Jeff, Tyler, Jeff, Anthony, Tyler, Anthony, Jeff, Jeff. I'm like, ok, does that mean present? Present. I guess the point is you guys know that the food that we have at the Worcester showcase is, on arrival, the best of any showcase and that's why you would be there. So really good Mac cheese everything. If you don't know that I'm in this for the food by now, I don't know. Well, you know. I will say this. I don't know if I'm gonna have any food for the first day or two because tonight I'm going with my family to the San Gennaro Feasts in New York City, Big Italian food festival, and usually, like after I have food from there, I can't eat for the next two or three days. So I'll be out of commission coming into the showcase one night. Anthony Bring brings some leftovers with you, man, I'll bring you the best cannoli you've ever had. Bring you want to bring a big thing of vodka sauce. D Man, I'm commentating over here. It's too early to be thinking about about this kind of food. Oh my God, not, Tyler's day is ruined. Man. They go over the E H L P standing. So just like the E H l chiefs. The E H L P chiefs off to a perfect start. Wasn't easy, though, and their two games sweep of the renegades. One game went to overtime, one game went to a shoot a shootout. So I mentioned earlier Vermont Um sweeping their series. That gets added ondacks. I mean, you want to talk about looking like upside down standings, look at look at that. The avalanche are two time defending regular season champions, and there behind a pair of teams that are both too and oh so obviously something interesting to watch there. Anthon, we haven't talked to eighties seven's really yet, so you can talk for a second. The eighties seven little flyers. E H L P game may have been one of the better games of the entire weekend, and that kicked off the season. Yeah, and actually fun fact going back to last season, the last three regular season matchups between the eighty seven's and flyers at ice work skating complex have all gone into overtime. The eighty sevens have won the last two of those matchups. So the eight sevens were winning. Philadelphia tied up the game and then the eighty sevens won in...

...overtime. was definitely a pack and fourth game a lot of penalties. Eighty Sevens went over eleven on the power play. The little flyers went to for ten. Wow, it's really on. So what you're saying, Anthony, is on December eleven when there's a four o'clock game, they should just making a ten at overtime to skip the skip the regulation. Sixty. No, well, the regulation is the fun part. Kill you gotta build up to the overtime. That's what makes the game. Hey Make Tom wilms earned his money with with that podcast. YEA, we don't get. We do get per game checks. The longer a ghosts, the less it goes out the window, more goes out the world. We don't get. We don't get overtime Payne in the contract. Well, I want to get to fantasy next because obviously, with the show case coming up. We're gonna have a longer o g on the website. We're gonna have a longer what to watch for a segment. So let's jump now into the e crew fantasy challenge. It's time for the crew fantasy challenge. The crew fantasy challenges presented by bio steele, the sports drink of the eastern hockey league, used the Promo Code e show. That's e s h o w for off when you check out at bio steel dot com. You know, I think I'M gonna ask Justin if you can like age our pictures. We need to get that up here. We need to get our like our age. Use One of those snap and then we'll get Anthony Tyler and jake is a little like, a little younger, even though you guys are young. Just make you look like babies. I think that'd be a cool addition. Justin, I mean putting this night, jeff the the right knee pain that I woke up with the last weeks. Not, Dude. I told you. I've been paint where me and the fiance are finally get in their new place. I've been painting ceilings for the last week. Just doing all this shoulders burning best. Like you go back. I sat the couch. was like the best, the best part of the best part. Jeff is that what I tell Vicky that I write nears. She goes, you work from home and I was like yes, I know, I do. She's you send a chair all day and if you don't send the chair, you ride the Pellette, which which is a stationary bike. How did you hurt your knee? If everyone doesn't know, Vicky is in the medical field. She's ANA therapist, physical therapist. Jeffrey, are you two going to start watching knee TV, just the endless marathon and mash? We're thinking about it. Actually, just put it on right here. I really should. Oh Man, order Feu of apple sauce is a little bit anyway. You Dude know I love apple sauce right and yes, like bigger, bigger. anyways. So, as we're after, you said last week, tm O G, team old guys, versus team h and I B, which is a combination of Anthony Uh Tyler, Jake if D D, Trevor Hailey, Alexis, Jamie, any one of the odessas that we need to call in. I don't think we'll end up through three and they have a strong depth chart. But I hope that we don't have to go that far down the depth chart on any given week, but anyone's available if we need three. Still got the hair going. Yes, I cannot wait to see the band buck. mean person but really a kind of an even start between the two teams. So to start with the point totals, TM O G stands at thirty three point four. Team H and I B thirty point eight. Solid opening week. To Recap, H and IBS points, a go on and assist for aiden hot kiss. Kind of kicking myself em like, like come on, can we just run the clock a little bit faster? The goal doesn't count, but William Pray, I mean he's gonna have a tremendous season. They only played one game, though, when they got shut out by by the wolves, so obviously nothing there. Eddies with three assists for the wolves, including one of the power plays. Solid seven points. J J Creighton, the captain back for a team Maryland this year, a goal and assist in a shorthanded point for seven points of his own. And Swain didn't put up any points on the Blue Line for the railers. And then Jack Bostra man. I mean again, if Jake was on his first call, his first E H L call, is completely against himself because he's calling for the Rangers, for the railers, as the his fantasy goalie is putting on a show me. If Jack Bosher plays like this all season long, like goalie of the year. Yeah, another that other game was kyle roorts. That was one of NAKOTA's former goalies from the monarchs last year or so. Um, I think he wanted to get him...

...some work early on. I think Jack, that should be Jack. So so. So what are? What are Jack Bosher's projected stats on elite prospects? How they did it? Projected to the three shoutouts. If they do that, just interested to see. Just like Oliver, just like Oliver King for eight C Rhode Island on piece for sixty nine goals, zero assists games. He's just sitting in front of the net baby, passing the funk. No distributing for Oliver Past, just get the rebounds. So Neil. We were able to strike an agreement with Jake, which is why we're going with Stefan Kluhanik this week for fantasy. So we went, we went, we went, with my guy for for the first week and and obviously you can see why I put a ton of faith in Jack Bosher. He was a top three goaltender last year in the Eastern Hockey League. He was a really large reason as to why the rest made the run they did last year. Uh, we called those games together Jeff and Providence. We all remember the stick savy made in that game against the railers. Uh. He he just made big save after big save in that run. It looks like he's primed to have an even better season this year. We'll we'll see. It's still early, but if there's any goalie who could do it and get on get on a run like that, Um, it's definitely gonna be Jack Bosher for the Express. But maybe he gets goals against if he continues that progression. Look to one six of the last two season's goals against. Maybe it's like some seven last some of those playoff numbers were a little we're a little video game like it was. It was. It was crazy how high that safe percentage was getting at some point, and I think that's kind of like we almost forget the postseason was so good with a one point seven and nine seven it was so good that like smooth the one point eight, two in the regular season, nine for oh like like those. That's phenomenal on its own right. We almost forget how good the regular season was because the postseason was that exceptional. So obviously, early on in the season, though, Jeff, you just mentioned Nick Coda. The Express wanting to use all of this always are gonna burn out Jack Boscher in the first weekend. So, Um, could they have flip the tables on the walls and that five things shut out if Boscher plays at who knows right? But to be fair, in the game that counted for teammates and IBI, though. I mean a thirty nine safe performance with one goal against, and it counts as a bonus game one. So there's your first bonus points of the year, because the rails were a top five team. Um, you know, over one third of team h and Ibis points came from Jack Boschers this week. Eleven, point eight. So Um, asked for team O g. We had a goose Tega in there as well. We we had Max Morris, even though Max even though Maryland split their opening games. Um, Dallas Tomatto, I think answered questions early on. That not not paired with Colin. As long as you're paired with Kieran Chung, everything is all set. Because tomato had a goal and two assists, Kieran Chung had two goals. Donna Sabatana like a great opening weekend Um for PROTECH. Two goals and assist too. Power play points not included, Um, and I'm not cheating in fantasy this year, so I'm not going to add it in. Um. Shootout winners are not included, but he did have the shootout winner in that victory for Protech over over Philly Hockey Club. Jack Randall, who was on Vermont these past two seasons, is now with Adirondack. He out of the goal for us and then my guy go over. I guess. I guess we have to have a conversation. Um. At the first showcase for for he put up sixty two saves. I Guess Jeff and I, yeah, Jeff and I were probably just looking for more. But remember Billiams Cook? Yes, exactly, exactly. But so again, our total after after week one, thirty three point four. Uh, and teammates and IBS thirty point eight. We're just simply gonna go back and forth. Teammates and IB picked first the first week. We picked first this week. So, Jeff, do you want to which one do you want to announce for us? It's tougher tougher to pick though, this week because obviously it's a fifty game slate to choose from and there are some guys that we just don't know what to think. So we'll we'll alternate. Jeff, I'll start with with Scott McManus. Um. Last time I saw him in person he was scoring the overtime winner for the Seahawks in their wild card game, are first round game against the warriors in the playoffs last year. I think he is going to be leaned on heavily by the seahawks this season to be an offensive force for them. Obviously they have not played yet, but they kick off this season against the hockey club on...

Thursday. So that's one forward for us, Jeff. Doesn't matter, doesn't doesn't matter the order. I'm going forward. We're gonna, WE'RE gonna keep this uh, you know, linear here for y'all. Uh Justin Nakagawa from the Philadelphia Hockey Club. So we're already gonna start splashing into our new teams. Uh. This kid has done pretty well in the two games. Two goals in the sist he played with The Philadelphia Hawk Club, N C D C last year with five goals, four assists, nine points. Uh and UH. Yeah, we're hoping he's. You want to see his projections, guys, all right, EP, everybody's doing this new projections thing. Anthony already teased Oliver King's UH sixty nine goal finish for the season with no assists. So Nakagawa is on pace for forty six goals, twenty three points. Sixty nine points in forty six games for Nakakawa. This is a game. It's a nice case Um and those two guys go against each other, as I just mentioned, playing hockey club on on Thursday. Since JEFF IS NOT gonna skip around, I'M gonna skip around so I can leave leave our best name for last for Jeff, but I know he wants to say. On defense, this guy ran the power play top unit for Valley last season. He was probably one of the most popular picks all year long. Hoping his brother can also stay healthy for them this season so we can see both guys together. But we're gonna go Don Metro on the point and hope that it's a strong opening weekend for the valley junior warriors. And then where would you like me to go from here? Should I go the other D I'll get the goal that you can get. You can get the name. Plaza is going to be our next our next defenseman from the new Englan Wolves. He had a great start and a wolve sweater and elite prospects. I hate you to go. He could have been the defenseman of the week. Honestly, he's another guy. He's on pace for forty six goals, but I think we hat to tweak the algorithm on d EP For this book. It's a little bit but yeah, he used to play for the pingree school, good prep school. He was there for a few years and now he's put him Keynes and Andrew Tremble and Connor Bates and Lou La trouell and the rest of the staff up there in New England. So hoping the Cody Plaza can bring that strong offensive defenseman ability to the showcase this week. And I know that I named Nick Demio Defenseman of the week with a goal and two assists. But two goals for plaza. He had an equally strong opening weekend. Um and then in goal. I don't know if I'm picking this one with hopes for fireworks as much as just I believe in this goal during showcases, Um Tristan fatted that. Now with the Seacoast Spartans, will he get all three starts? I don't know. But they do face the little flyers in game one, do face the REF riders in Game Two and then my firework potential against the protect ducks. Got To get that one. I would imagine gets the nod in that one. But it's not. There's no, it's not. There's no spite between that of that and and coach Terry Watt. They they just wanted a a chance, a chance to make sure that that as no two fat of that would be the full starter, full time starter, and he's gonna be that with with seacoast. So it worked out that, you know, uh, coach Watt worked on a deal with coach Trent. So, but, Jeff, last last week's e h l p four, the week actually, to be honest, I want to you say the name because I would probably just busher it, so you go ahead. Well, I tried it on you both. I tried it on all three of you. How many of you guys are here. Uh, and I'm not sure. So we're gonna go with peppy Della Condre, almost like Nasim Cadre. Or is it Della Quadre? Probably condrey right. Yeah, this is why you're saying tyler. What do you guys think? I always like to ask the player, Jeff, so I'll find out during the showcase. Okay, that's the way, peppi. I think. I'm sure he's gonna have a few Pepin step comments by all of us on the play by play, but we all sorts of dad jokes and uh, that's a good name for hockey. But he had five points, three goals to assist. For the love of Jackson, they're opening chop weekends. So, Peppie, we're gonna need that pep this week, but please bring it. I didn't really know who to pick for four of the week because he had five points. Brendan Manning had six points. Justin Prim had five points. Like I don't know if they played together. I gotta figure that out as well. But like, I kind of gave it to him because he had one more goal. He had the most goals of that of that group. So Um, but yeah, hopefully you can bring some more points for Vermont. But that does it. From team O G. WE'RE TIRED NOW, so team H and IB can go next. We need a NAP, all right. Um. So our first pick, we'll start with our first forward. We're gonna go with...

...the current forward of the week from the Eastern Hockey League, Oliver King Hockey Club Rhode Island. Three goals. He's got the hot touch right now, so we're hoping that he can. Yeah, we're we're very honored to make that selection and we're anticipating a big showcase from him and from his team, because they're currently feeling it right now, so hopefully they can keep it up. Um, we're gonna stick with the expansion team trend as well, and for our next forward, we're gonna go with Caden sue Um, another player who we feel very high on, very optimistic about. He's a young player. Oh Five. Um. I think the expansion teams are going to be in for for a big showcase, guys. I think that it's a real good opportunity for them to make an impact. Um, yeah, exactly. Um, for our P forward, I'm gonna let Anthony Do the honors of saying the name because he's an eighty seven's e h LP player. Yeah, that's that's Dominic White Trowski. He's a short but very quick, shifty forward. He scored a pair of shorthanded goals in there. Went against the Union thunder ended up scoring a hat trick. I really like his game. I think he can have a big showcase, so we're gonna have him on our fantasy team this week. That rounds out our forwards. Going to the Blue Line, we are going with also a wolves defenseman. A similar trend to the O G s. There we're gonna go with Nick Demio, Um really solid blue liner. was was more of a stay at home kind of player last year, but he's got three points to start the year, a goal and to assists. So if he can chip in a little more offensively, we will definitely take that at team Hockey Knight in Boston. But very, very pleased with that selection. Uh, our second defenseman to round things out, we're gonna go with Jacob Gates. Uh. This was a player that Neil actually suggested. So a little a little bipartisanship, a little reaching. Yeah, a little reaching across the aisle. They're from from team O g. We like that. Uh. And then to round it out in goal, Um, we're making our pick of Stefan Kohanek from the railers. Um, arguably one of the more reliable goaltenders in the league. Um puts up very strong numbers, plays a lot of minutes. Um. It'll be interesting this year. The railers have Cam Wickens and Xavier Lapierre backing him up and I know that those are two goaltenders that that organization view pretty highly. So steph's playing time could get split up a little bit this year, but we're really confident and going with him in goal. Um. He's he's one of the best goalies in our league's one point I do want to make for Nick Demio that Tyler did bring up Um. I actually used it in my stars of the week post yesterday. After chelling five points last season, three points in two games so far this year. I will hammer the over um that he will surpass last year's total. I will as well, and especially for fantasy purpose, Nick Uh, we are rooting for you to break that. Uh. That season total from last year have go off this weekend. King go off exactly, but that does it for for fantasy obviously a huge slay of games, so a little bit tougher for us to pick, but we'll see where we stand the two teams after this something weekend. But with all those games to preview, let's now get to what to watch for. Before we wrap things up. Here's what you watch for this week in the show. What to watch for is presented by hockey TV, the official streaming platform for your E H L and E H L P action through the twenty three season. Let's start e h L. Um, what games jump out? Because there's there's a bunch. I mean there's a championship rematch. Um, there's the game that I think I talked about before when the express play the apple core. That's the first time in league history where there's two former players facing off as head coaches, Nick Cooda versus Lenny K Cagliano. Like that's there's a can't believe we haven't happen. You know what? There there's there's a new and unique matchup that I haven't seen before and I'm excited to see how it pans out. The New Hampshire Avalanche in the Boston Junior Rangers, two teams that don't really have much of a history against each other. No, not at all. Um. Really gonna be interesting to see how those two teams match up. Very a lot of feeling out that in that first pade or so rich Chris Anthony is the is the eight seven staff office saying quite the opening showcase express lumberjacks wolves. Not really the easiest schedule I gave them for the first showcase. Look, if I think Adam Adam hooley would...

...be the first one to say. Look, if you're defending your title, you want to prove you're the best team, you gotta beat the best teams. Last season in the showcase, when they had that big winning Shriek, they beat the Boston junior rangers. Yeah, I can see who it just started off. Yeah, yeah, they're the defending champs. I mean the team sets really high expectations for itself. So I don't think they really care about the strength of schedule. And right before the season started they honestly, like the coaching staff, honestly believes that this year's team in some ways is better than last season or at the very least more talented starting. But yeah, I think if anything they want that Shrenth of schedule and I'm sure tremble wants that matchup two with the wolves in eight seven. So we'll see once again who has the bragging rights. I say, well, they have a championship Mus they have a semifinal rematch in that as well. I mean, I think there's so many different storylines that you could find here. I mean look at the first game for the e H L. Wizards. Off To an o. When to start? RAILERS OFF TO NO? When one start? Like both of them want to to get back on the right foot early on in this season. She's feeling. Yeah, I was gonna say the chiefs. She just took the words right in my own keep the central moving and play the express in, Jack Bosher, that'd be a way to get us talking about you. On the show we talked about Rhode Island. Right there there to and Oh. They get to face the team that's Oh and one who just watched them, you know, beat their division opponent for years. Um and the wizards, the Rangers are probably gonna say let's send a message, let's send the real welcome to the league. Right, Rhode Island, right. So, I mean there's so many good matchups this weekend. Um, you talk about the two coaches facing off for former players first time in league history. I'm also just interested in general to see how Apple Coral Pan out, because it was a pretty good game when they played at Jersey shore arena. was talking to Lenny Caglioni, their head coach. Great Guy. He worked with the Titans, an a three team last season, so he was in the coach's office with the Nol team who ended up winning the Robertson Cup that year. But it's a much more spread out lineup where apple core doesn't have to rely on their top line. They're their goaltending was yeah, there their goaltending look pretty solid, so I really am intrigued to see how they're going to do in their three games in the showcase. I think they're also going up against the East Coast Wizards. For one of their matchups. They're going up against the express. There are new red jerseys. Looks Awesome too. Yeah, I love that college hockey look. It looks like a Division One Jersey. I think like Cornell being little. Yeah, Yep, I think I said Cagliono. I'm sorry, Lenny Caglion I was to ask you if there was a difference. I totally just butchered that guys. Come on, he's from Staten Island. I'm probably going to meet him at the San Gennaro feast today. I don't know. After they had a team event last night. I hate the Yankees, but what a game for the apple core team event to go do last night. I think their owners, Steve Santini, has season tickets, so he brought the team last night. Did you see this? Jeff down eight to four going into the ninth inning. They leads off the beginning with a home bron eight to five, and then they load the basis walk off Grand Slam. I'm like, what the Hell just happened? That's an ultimate Grand Slam. Now you're down by three runs and you hit a walk off Grand Slam. They call that an ultimate Grand Slam. Coming into the season the Yankees have only done it twice. Babe Ruth and I think Jason Giambi. Then Josh Donaldson hit one earlier this season and now Gian Carlos Santon hits hits one this year. So I guess the watch TV. So I can't wait to see her in judge next year it. I guess, Anthony, we have to find out did the apple cores leave early? If they left early like we are to ask him then if they left that game early. But they had this weekend. We had a pretty picture out in center field. So flipping over to the E H L, p Um a number of great matchups to watch. You as well, Anthony. I'm surprised he didn't already text me. Whatever. There's a showcase seven have to play the seahawks and the H L. I think. I mean, I don't know what it is. I just it's kind of just four out of the four, out of the five matchups last season were decided by one goal and three of them went into overtime. So I'm expecting nothing less. It should be an incredible matchup between those two teams. And you know, as the Scheduler, I mean you're trying to get teams that are far from each other, Cape Cod, Jersey shore, you know a little bit of distance. So it makes sense if they play each other in...

...showcase. A lot it's trying to save on the travel budgets. But you know, Anthony mentioned before for the HL team, tough schedule, but you want to beat the best you got, you gotta beat the best obviously for the B A huntsman who haven't played a game yet. I'm sorry, I don't know why I did this to you to welcome you to the League, but they lead off the season against the walls, then they faced the lumberjacks and they faced the express I mean there's no easy matchup. I should say that. Say That, though. There's really no easy matchup in either divisions right, but I guess if you're a new team I could have tried to make it a little bit easier. I don't know, there's really no easy matchup. I should say that. I would agree, you know. I mean you look at some of the other other new teams as well. I mean adirondack has to play Boston. Uh Union junior thunder play the railers. Like you know, welcome to the League. It's just how it is. You'RE gonna match up against teams that that are good and that have a reputation, that have had a reputation over the last few years, and it's an opportunity to prove yourself. I think these teams you can't be scared. You gotta be you gotta be ready to show up and and give it your your best swing uh, there's there's no such thing, I think, as a quote unquote bad team. It's it's too early to tell just yet. Here, here, here's a question actually, because I see that there isn't this matchup for this showcase. But are we gonna at least see one game between the union junior thunder in the adirondack junior thunder playing against each other? And can we call that game the Thunderdome or the junior the junior Thunderdome, and the only song allowed to between? We can set a world record for the number of times thunderstruck is played in a three hour span. Actually, you know what that that's one of my biggest hockey pet peeves is on scorekeepers play the same song from multiple whistles. Just switch so it shuffles. All jokes aside, adirondack had for onety fans on Saturday night. Oh, I know, it's an easy H L building and they love their hockey talking with all their staff up there. They do. I mean that's a damn good crowd. That's that's probably one of the bigger crowds we've had. Yeah, that sounds like our frozen finals in the Pennsylvania a couple of years ago, right middle, probably the middle of Covid I love that. I'd love that as a player for sure. I think that's pretty cool. Yeah, I mean they I know they're e h l team does very well. Attendance twice up there, so I'm not surprised to see them do well in the H LP as well, I guess. I guess the funny part for me Um, and it's really not like a shy. They were able to chart admission for that E H L P game and they got background like. That's not that's not a thing in our ly like like, I guess it's just not. It's not a complicat. Yeah, if you can make it a thing, then hey, yeah, so like more to your team. I Love Providence. I know without even having to go to a vote, we have a low's vote, but like maybe we move the finals to Ataranda a little flyers vote. Yes, played, played right omen, but yeah, obviously a bunch of other teams and the e h LP as well, who haven't played yet. Um, excited to see valley get back out there. They were kind of a little bit of a dark horse type sleeper this past season. I think if they don't run into Um hot Vermont team right to start off their post season. Maybe their playoff run goes a little bit deeper this past season. But yeah, I mean fifty games buck up so much depend it's uh, the big reason why, of course, is the first day that college coaches can get on the ice with their teams, especially at the division two and three level, is Columbus Day, October tent, which I know we do have some games as part of our second mini showcase that weekend, but we're trying to give these guys the best chance that we can to be seen by scouts as many times as possible before those scouts that their attention is brought a little bit elsewhere. Not to say that they don't do their recruiting once their season starts, but they have their own team they have to worry about you. I think that's kind of the unique thing about the N C a. A yes, that you just you really can't have any interaction with your team up into that point. So as the coach, the college coaches always say to us is if they have a chance to go watch hockey, as opposed to think about hockey in their office, Um they're gonna go watch hockey every time. So I think it helps again just to reiterate that are...

...the food is the best of any showcase, especially that that pop downstairs, the pizza. Maybe it's just because we're in a hockey right that makes it taste better. Anthony's taking his head because he's got his Italian fest tonight. Well, no, I mean, but it's just the fact that New York and New Jersey has the best pizza in the country. So Anthony's got a territorial bias. So I understand your water. Makes bagels differently, makes pizza differently. He's very he's very proud of where he's from. At least that's what I was told when I went to yes I will say for those that are driving themselves in not taking a bus, be aware that on Friday, Saturday Sunday the wooster, I think, the woo socks. Now, yeah, I think it's really keep thinking about that. The Worcester Red Sox. They change the woo socks, but I think I still hear people call them the Worcester rits. So there's just the woroster socks regardless. They play this weekend. It yeah, and that it's like if you're facing worcester ice center. It's it's the park and polar park is behind the building. Yeah, there's not a lot of parking to begin with. Um, it doesn't get it doesn't get a lot easier, so get there early. I'm saying woo socks. I guess there's a lot of homework we have for this weekend. We have to figure out a lot of name pronunciations. We have to figure out that the woo socks and the Red Sox, I think. I think they're the woo socks. I think they're called the woo socks. Okay, well, they'll always they'll always be the packs to the bucket listen. Plenty to figure out off the ice and on the ice this weekend. So let's see where both of these leagues, E H L and E H L P, stand after fifty games in worcestern. We'll see you guys there. See Them Bos. Let's go. Thanks for listening to the show. Learn more at Eastern Hockey League Dot Org and follow us on Facebook, twitter, instagram and Youtube. Also, be sure to subscribe and get notified when next week's PODCAST is released.

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