It was a very busy Saturday edition of The Pipeline Show as we covered the CHL, NCAA, the NHL Draft, some NHL topics, a charity game and one of the hosts returned for just his third appearance in 2011. All in all we had 6 guests crammed into the two hour program including the return of some familiar names and the debut of two new guests.
First off Dean and I recapped the action from Friday night in the CHL and the NCAA. We also discussed the Taylor Hall slewfoot on Barret Jackman during the Oilers/Blues game. Dean had a chance to touch on his vacation in the Cayman Islands and we set up the rest of the show.
In our first guest segment we welcomed back the colour analyst for the Kitchener Rangers, Mike Farwell. With Gabriel Landeskog returning to action for the first time since before Christmas (with the Rangers) and the arrival of Jerry D'Amigo, Kitchener basically adds to players to their already potent line up. We talked about that, about whether D'Amigo would settle in to his new surroundings, if Brandon Maxwell provides good enough goaltending to get the club to the OHL Finals, and more.
In segment 3 we introduced our listeners to Justin Goldman, the an behind The Goalie Guild. We limited the segment to NCAA goaltenders but we touched on several of them including Scott Gudmandson, John Muse, Sam Brittain, Allen York and Kieran Millan. Justin gave us a run down on what his site is all about and we recommend you checking it out HERE.
At the top of the second hour we were joined by our 2011 Draft eligible guest - Dougie Hamilton of the Niagara IceDogs. We began talking about the fun he has playing with his older brother Freddie in Niagara and how competitive they are on and off the ice. Both brilliant scholastic students, that sometimes makes them targets for their teammates. Dougie gave us a scouting report on fellow 2011 eligible Ryan Strome. He also touched on similarities and differences he sees between himself and Saskatoon Blades rearguard Duncan Siemens. The pair are considered the top 2 big, physical defencemen available in North America.
Daren Millard checked in with us and after the weekly sibling barbs we discussed a myriad of NHL topics. From Rick DiPietro needing to wear bubble wrap, to the budding rivalry between Taylor Hall and Drew Doughty. What's more impressive to you: Jeff Skinner's point total, Sergei Bobrovsky's win count, Brad Marchand's +/- rating or Cam Fowler's time on ice? We threw that around a bit as well.
In the final segment we spoke with Global TV's Kevin Karius, one of 40 participants in the upcoming World's Longest Game - a charity event looking to raise $1 Million over the course of a 10-day nonstop outdoor game here in Edmonton. We encourage you to check their website out for more details and if you can spare some change to help the guys hit their target, do it!
Finally, Corey Graham, the voice of the Oil Kings recapped the Friday tilt against Portland and set up the WHL game that night in Everett. You can hear the entire show courtesy our archive RIGHT HERE.
(Photos: Aaron Bell OHL Images)