Friday, June 14, 2013

Class of 2013 on TPS

There are a few things that make The Pipeline Show a unique radio program for hockey fans. One is that we focus almost exclusively on levels of hockey below the NHL. Another is that, while based in Edmonton, we spend a significant time on leagues outside of our immediate market including the OHL and QMJHL. We're still, as far as we know, the only hockey radio show in Canada with a regular NCAA segment and we might cover the USHL more than anyone on either side of the border.

Another thing we pride ourselves on is the draft. On just about every episode of TPS we're profiling a player eligible for the next NHL draft. And by 'profiling' I don't mean simply talking about a guy, we have that player on the show so listeners can hear from him directly. While the vast majority of hockey media is gearing up for the draft now, we do it all year long. 

This year our Draft Spotlight segment has featured no fewer than 65 players. When you add in our bi-weekly segments, the ISS Draft Countdown with ISS head scout Ross MacLean and The School of Block with Justin Goldman of The Goalie Guild, we've discussed well over 100 draft eligible prospects this season. 

We recognize that not all hockey fans are prospect crazy like we are but as the draft gets closer, interest in the players we always speak with goes up dramatically. With that in mind, over the next few days I'm going to post links to all the pertinent interview segments we've done over the last 11 months so that new listeners to The Pipeline Show can find them all in one place. 

The batch of interviews from August-December of 2012 follows after the jump.

Photo: Marissa Baecker


  • Ian McCoshen, Taylor Cammarata, Eamon McAdam and Cal Petersen. - Waterloo Black Hawks head coach P.K. O'Handley. (Aug 4th
  • Hockey Canada head scout (at the time) Kevin Prendergast previewing the Ivan Hlinka team loaded with draft eligible players. (Aug 4th) 
  • Ross MacLean from ISS reviews the Canadian Ivan Hlinka camp. (Aug 7th


  • Goaltender Eamon McAdam of the Waterloo Black Hawks. (Sept 1st)
  • Potential #1 overall selection, defenceman Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks. (Sept 11th)
  • New Ottawa 67's Associate head coach Misha Donskov shared his early impressions of center Sean Monahan. (Sept 11th)
  • Defenceman Kayle Doetzel of the Red Deer Rebels. (Sept 15th)
  • Brandon Wheat Kings rearguard Ryan Pulock. (Sept 18th)
  • Another defenceman, Michael Downing of the USHL's Dubuque Fighting Saints. (Sept 22nd
  • Justin Goldman profiles Zachary Fucale, Eric Comrie and Evan Cowley. (Sept 22nd
  • The first member of the US-NTDP program to join us on the show this year was future Golden Gopher forward Hudson Fasching. (Sept 25th)
  • Sherwood Park Crusaders defender Marshall Donald joined us from the AJHL Showcase. (Sept 29th
  • ISS Draft Countdown featuring AJHL draft eligible prospects Marshall Donald, Nelson Gadoury, Nick Josephs, Ryan Berlin, Chase McMurphy and goalie Colin Cooper. (Sept 29th
Photo: Dan Hickling


  • Saginaw Spirit forward Jimmy Lodge joined us after playing in the All-American Top Prospects Game. (Oct 2nd)
  • Our media colleague Julie Robenhymer reviewed the All-American Top Prospects Game and singled out Hunter Miska, Seth Jones, game MVP Ryan Fitzgerald, and Hudson Fasching.  (Oct 2nd)
  • Bruising Vancouver Giants defenceman Mason Geertsen was a guest on the show while still a member of the Edmonton Oil Kings. (Oct 6th
  • Halifax Mooseheads star forward Nathan MacKinnon. (Oct 9th)
  • Center Sean Monahan of the Ottawa 67s. (Oct 13th
  • ISS Draft Countdown featuring Kerby Rychel, Adam Erne, Morgan Klimchuk, Josh Morrissey and Hudson Fasching. (Oct13th)
  • American Adam Erne on playing with the Quebec Remparts and more. (Oct 16th
  • Soo Greyhounds defenceman Darnell Nurse. (Oct 20th)
  • Goaltender Eric Comrie of the Tri-City Americans. (Oct 23rd)
  • Head Coach Brett Larson on team USA heading to the 2012 World Junior A Challenge with special mention of Eamon McAdam and Ryan Fitzgerald. (Oct 23rd
  • Mississauga Steelheads starting goaltender Spencer Martin. (Oct 27th)
  • ISS Draft Countdown featuring Adam Tambellini, Taylor Cammarata, Ian McCoshen, Ryan Fitzgerald, Austin Plevy, Pavel Buchnevich and Martin Kokes. (Oct 27th)  
  • Edmonton Oil Kings netminder Tristan Jarry. (Oct 30th)
Photo: Damon James


  • The top ranked player from the BCHL this year is Adam Tambellini of the Surrey Eagles but when we talked to him he was still a member of the Vernon Vipers. (Nov 3rd
  • QMJHL goal scorer Anthony Mantha of the Val d'Or Foreurs. (Nov 6th
  • Regina Pats marquee forward Morgan Klimchuk. (Nov 10th)
  • ISS Draft Countdown profiles Nikita Zadorov, Jonah Imoo, Valentin Zykov, William Carrier and Luke Johnson. (Nov 10th)
  • All-American Prospect Game MVP Ryan Fitzgerald. (Nov 13th
  • Zachary Fucale of the Halifax Mooseheads, the top ranked goaltender heading into the 2013 Draft. (Nov 17th)
  • Sioux City Musketeer Blake Heinrich. (Nov 24th)
  • ISS Draft Countdown spotlights Ryan Kujawinski, Valeri Nichushkin, Nic Petan, Sasha Barkov and Dillon Heatherington. (Nov 24th)
  • Kelowna Rockets blueliner Madison Bowey. (Nov 27th)
Photo: Andy Devlin


  • Offensive defenceman Josh Morrissey of the Prince Albert Raiders. (Dec 1st
  • Hunter Shinkaruk of the Medicine Hat Tigers. (Dec 4th)
  • Plymouth Whalers forward Ryan Hartman. (Dec 8th)
  • US-NTDP defenceman Steven Santini. (Dec 11th)
  • Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr offers his thoughts on the rosters for the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game. (Dec 15th)
  • Luke Johnson of the USHL's Lincoln Stars. (Dec 22nd
  • A WJC edition of the ISS Draft Countdown features Sasha Barkov, Rasmus Ristolainen, Arturri Lehkonen, Jacob de la Rose, Elias Lindholm, Ryan Hartman, Jonathan Drouin and Valeri Nichushkin. (Dec 22nd
  • Jouni Nieminen previews Finland for the WJC including stellar reports on both Rasmus Ristolainen and Sasha Barkov. (Dec 25th)

TPS Guest Player Blogs

Photo: Andy Devlin
We've had two players blog with us right from the start of the season; Edmonton Oil Kings forward Curtis Lazar and Waterloo Black Hawks netminder Eamon McAdam. Both players contributed twice to our blog before Christmas.

Curtis Lazar Part 1. (Sept 17th)
Curtis Lazar Part 2. (Nov 23rd)
Eamon McAdam Part 1. (Oct 7th)
Eamon McAdam Part 2. (Nov 27th)

I'll recap the second half of Season 8 on The Pipeline Show in the coming days.

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