September has always been preview month for us and for the last few weeks we've been breaking down the CHL. Every week we try and introduce listeners to another prospect that is eligible for the next NHL draft and we did that again yesterday. Lastly, over the last few episodes we've taken a closer look at the Canadian NHL teams and their training camps and on Tuesday we ticked another team off the list.
In case you're wondering about the title... that would be The Pipeline Show Season 5, Episode 4.
We began the program talking about Oiler camp and which young players we've been impressed with or disappointed in and interestingly enough, Dean and I chose different players in both categories.
Dean and I also announced the start of a couple new contests for the year - our annual Name the Opening Night Roster contest as well as the yearly Pipeline Show Hockey Pool. For details on the pool, just click on the link and you'll be taken to the site's contest page where you can see the instructions and the groups of players to start building your own team.
The Opening Night Roster contest is pretty straight forward: email us the 23 names you believe will be with the Oilers on opening night. We don't care who the healthy scratches are or what the line combos are either - just the 23 names who are with the team when game #1 gets underway on Saturday October 3rd. But you don't want to wait to enter... as always, the tie breaker goes to the earliest entry so get your 23-man list in to us today. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Segment two saw us head out East and welcome Adam Proteau of The Hockey News back tot he program. Adam tore the lid off of Toronto Maple Leafs camp and gave us a breakdown of who will, who won't and who might make the team out of camp. We also talked about Phil Kessel and what that trade means to the Leafs, a club supposedly in a rebuild that willingly gave up significant building blocks to acquire a single player. Nazem Kadri played a central role in our discussion in regards to his balancing his career with his religious priorities. You can hear Adam Proteau's Maple Leafs preview HERE.
Our 2010 eligible prospect this week is already considered a top-10 pick. Brandon Gormley is a blueliner with the Moncton Wildcats and joined us to talk about the outlook for the season in the Q as well as his experience at the Ivan Hlinka tournament wearing the Maple Leaf for Canada. Gormley comments on Russian forward Kirill Kabanov and goalie Louis Domingue - both teammates in Moncton, as well as Mark Pysyk all of whom are eligible this June for the draft. Hear what Brandon Gormley had to say HERE.
Over the last couple of weeks we've previewed the OHL and the QMJHL so this week we turned our attention to the Western Hockey League. To give us a rundown on the Eastern Conference we tapped the shoulder of Cam Moon, the voice of the Red Deer Rebels and analyst for Shaw TV. Covering the Western Conference for us is Allan Bristowe from PGTV in Prince George. You can hear Part 1 and Part 2 of our WHL previews by clicking on the links.
We also played an interesting round of Bad Ass Trivia during which a "frustrated" Bob Stauffer called in to show up the list of failed callers that came before him. Unfortuantely for Bob... he proved he wasn't quite as Bad Ass as he'd hoped. Our AJHL Alumni Player of the Week and Game of the Week were also announced earlier in that segment.
NEXT WEEK: We will preview the USHL as well as one of the 6 NCAA Conferences as hockey south of the border gets going in early October. we'll also meet another top prospect for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and more!