Team Austria hockey preview: Thanks for playing

Thomas Vanek

This is Austria’s first Winter Olympics hockey tournament since 2002, where they finished 12th. Needless to say, they’re just happy to be here. Surprisingly, the Eagles have at least notable and current NHL players. Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner also play together for the New York Islanders.

Forwards

Vanek and Grabner are the only two forwards with NHL experience, as the rest play in leagues throughout Europe including Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga and the Swiss National League . Michael Raffl, a rookie with the Philadelphia Flyers, is earning praise from management and should add to what little depth Austria has.

Scoring will be limited especially since Team Austria’s best players will be lined up together. [Read more…]

2013 NHL PREVIEW: NORTHEAST DIVISION

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Finally, after months and months of everyone involved being morons, causing 113 days, 625 games, and the biggest outdoor hockey game in history to be cancelled, hockey fans can finally say “Game On!”  The NHL has a new 10-year labor agreement, and is set to start the shortened, 48 game 2013 season on Saturday, January 19.  Find out what you need to know about every team in the NHL for the upcoming season, this time featuring the Northeast Division.  Continue after the jump to find out where your team will finish.

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