Saturday, March 7, 2015

2015 NHL Mock Draft: New Year’s Edition

2015 NHL Mock Draft: New Year’s Edition

McDavid has soared ahead of Eichel in
the race for top spot in the 2015 NHL Draft.


While awaiting my latest mock draft soon to be published at THW, here's my last one:

Excerpt:

"Whether it be the Philadelphia Flyers going off the board to take Samuel Morin, the rapid rise of a Swedish blueliner’s stock, or Anthony Duclair slip sliding to the third round, a mock draft can go off the rails quicker than Connor McDavid can execute a wraparound. This draft class could be one for the ages with many pundits comparing it to the revered class of 2003.

2015 NHL Mock Draft: The Next Ones New Year’s Edition

The draft order is based on each team’s points per game played as of January 9th, 2015 taking into account the differing number of games played by various clubs."

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Connor McDavid Worthy of 'The Next One' Moniker

Connor McDavid Worthy of 'The Next One' Moniker

Connor McDavid (OHL Images)


Excerpt:

"Not much left to say that hasn’t already been said. I always enjoy cross-sport player comparisons –USA Today’s Johnny Saraceno called Connor the “Lebron James of hockey”, comparing McDavid to one of the NBA’s most complete superstars of all time. Whether he’s destined to centre Evander Kane in Buffalo, Taylor Hall in Edmonton, revitalize the Canes or become the centre of the centre of the hockey universe (highly debated) in Toronto, NHL fans are the winners when this phenom breezes into the big league."

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Jack Eichel: Hockey’s Ultimate Consolation Prize

Jack Eichel: Hockey’s Ultimate Consolation Prize

Jack Eichel (Photo: Dan and Margaret Hickling)


Excerpt:

"...However, that Canadian dominance at centre is likely to end three or four years down the road when Jack Eichel and Auston Matthews emerge as big 6’2-6’3, 205-215 lb. centres with NHL star qualities and abilities.
Editor’s Note: While north of the border rival Connor McDavid is worthy of The Next Onemoniker, Jack Eichel is the complete package with ridiculous upside and it’s only a matter of time when he will be in contention for hockey’s top American player."

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Magical Mitch Marner: McDavid's Malkin?

Magical Mitch Marner: McDavid's Malkin?

Mitch Marner (OHL Images)


Excerpt:

"Does Mitch “The Magician” Marner have an outside shot at making an appearance in the 2015 NHL Draft just after Connor McDavid? Hypothetically speaking, if I were an NHL GM or head of scouting, I would be tempted to do just, despite the immensely talented, athletic and proficient Jack Eichel in the mix. Realistically, he’s more likely to go in the aforementioned 3 to 6 range, but a team could do worse by building around this unique, relentless, uber-talented prospect. While Eichel is still the probably frontrunner to be this year’s Evgeni Malkin to McDavid (as Geno was to Ovechkin in the 2004 draft as the 2nd overall pick), don’t count out The Magician."

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sonny Milano: NHL Draft Prospect Profile: "Magic Hands" Displays Brilliant Stick Tricks

From the THW War Room Eldon MacDonald, THW: A few words on Sonny Milano:



  • Magic hands – Give him the puck and you will see magic at top speed that will make a magician green with envy. 
  • Skills – His acceleration and agility are money. Combine them with a good high gear, a great shot with a quick release and outstanding vision and you get the leading scorer on Team USA – U18 NTDP. 
  • Intangibles – He has that will to be better that coaches love. 
  • Defense – Could be better but he plays with enough grit and shows enough determination that he will eventually overcome any lingering deficiencies. Draft position – 15-20 on most lists, Sonny could go higher with a break out U18 WJC performance.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

THW: 2014 NHL Mock Draft: Olympic Hockey Edition

The Hockey Writers2014 NHL Mock Draft: Olympic Hockey Edition:

"Whether it be the Phoenix Coyotes going off the board to take a Blake Wheeler or the Los Angeles Kings selecting Thomas Hickey seemingly out of nowhere, one’s mock draft can be wrecked quicker than Jake Virtanen can do a lap around the rink.

Still, inevitably it is difficult to hold back and not go through the futile process of creating a NHL mock draft. My 2013 NHL Mock Draft Final Edition turned out to be one of my most accurate efforts to date, but even then NHL GMs thwarted hockey draft prognostications planet wide with events like:"

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Tough Pill to Swallow: Methamphetamine Analog Identified in ‘Craze’ Workout Supplement

English: 2D structure of stimulant drug metham...
English: 2D structure of stimulant drug methamphetamine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
From Wiley:

Muscles and Meth: Drug Analog Identified in ‘Craze’ Workout Supplement
Danger of U.S. Federal Shutdown Preventing FDA Ban, Scientists Warn

An international team of scientists have identified potentially dangerous amounts of methamphetamine analog in the workout supplement Craze, a product widely sold across the U.S. and online. The study, published in Drug Testing and Analysis, was prompted by a spate of failed athletic drug tests. The results reveal the presence of methamphetamine analog N,α- DEPEA, which has not been safely tested for human consumption, in three samples.

“In recent years banned and untested drugs have been found in hundreds of dietary supplements. We began our study of Craze after several athletes failed urine drug tests because of a new methamphetamine analog,” said lead author Dr. Pieter Cohen, of Harvard Medical School, U.S.A.

A workout supplement marketed as a ‘performance fuel’, Craze is manufactured by Driven Sports, Inc., and is sold in stores across the United States and internationally via body supplement websites.

The supplement is labeled as containing the compound N,N-diethyl-phenylethylamine (N,N-DEPEA), claiming it is derived from endangered dendrobium orchids. However, while there is no proof that this compound is found within orchids, it is also structurally similar to the methamphetamine analog N,α-diethylphenylethylamine (N,α-DEPEA), a banned substance.
The team analyzed three samples of Craze for traces of N,α-DEPEA. The first sample was brought from a mainstream retailer in the U.S., while the second and third samples were ordered from online retailers in the U.S. and Holland.

The team used ultra-high performance liquid chromatography to detect the presence of N,α-DEPEA. The first two samples were analyzed by NSF International, while the third was tested at the Netherland’s National Institute for Public Health. The findings were independently corroborated by the Korean Forensic Service, which confirmed the presence of N,α-DEPEA in two further samples of Craze in a parallel investigation.

“We identified a potentially dangerous designer drug in three separate samples of this widely available dietary supplement,” said Cohen. “The tests revealed quantities of N,α-DEPEA of over 20mg per serving, which strongly suggests that this is not an accidental contamination from the manufacturing process.”

As a structural analog of methamphetamine, N,α-DEPEA , may have stimulant and addictive qualities; however, it has never been studied in humans and its adverse effects remain unknown.

The product labeling claims that Craze contains several organic compounds, known as phenylethylamines. However, phenylethylamines are a very broad category of chemicals which range from harmless compounds found in chocolate to synthetically produced illegal drugs.

“The phenylethylamine we identified in Craze, N,α-DEPEA, is not listed on the labeling and it has not been previously identified as a derivative of dendrobium orchids,” said Cohen.
“If these findings are confirmed by regulatory authorities, the FDA (The U.S. Food and Drug Administration) must take action to warn consumers and to remove supplements containing N,α-DEPEA from sale,” concluded Cohen. “Our fear is that the federal shutdown may delay this, resulting in potentially dangerous supplements remaining widely available.”

Full citation: Cohen. P, Travis. J, Venhuis. B, ‘A methamphetamine analog (N,α-diethyl-phenylethylamine) identified in a mainstream dietary supplement’, Drug Testing and Analysis, Wiley, DOI 10.1002/dta.1578 
URL Upon Publication: http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/dta.1578

About the Journal:
Rather than focus on the application of a single technique, Drug Testing and Analysis employs a unique multidisciplinary approach to the field of controversial compound determination. Papers discussing chromatography, mass spectrometry, immunological approaches, 1D/2D gel electrophoresis, to name just a few select methods, are welcomed where their application is related to six major topics: Sports doping, Illicit/recreational drugs use, Pharmaceuticals, Toxico-pathology, Forensics/homeland security, and environment.
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