Neate Sager

  • Like
  • Follow
Author

Neate Sager is a blogger for Yahoo! Sports.

  • NFL's New York Giants have unique pipeline into CIS football

    Byron Archambault set a bench press record at the CFL combine (The Canadian Press)Byron Archambault set a bench press record at the CFL combine (The Canadian Press)

    Following the NFL draft, there's always a steady trickle of news about undrafted players signing free-agent deals or agreeing to attend mini-camps with the aim of signing a contract. It's a long road, of course, from here to winning a job in the NFL, but fans attuned to their Twitter feeds might have noticed a pattern with the players the New York Giants see as having untapped potential.

    The Giants assistant general manager, Kevin Abrams, is a Western Mustangs alumnus, so it would make sense that the storied franchise would be eager to among the growing number of NFL teams who are recognizing that there is burgeoning football talent north of the border. All told, the Giants, who already signed Calgary Stampeders star offensive lineman Brett Jones, are also looking at seven Canadians at their mini-camp, including five from Canadian Interuniversity Sport schools.

    That includes Montreal Carabins linebacker Byron Archambault, who was the fulcrum of a Vanier Cup-winning defence last fall

    Read More »from NFL's New York Giants have unique pipeline into CIS football
  • KELOWNA, CANADA - JANUARY 14: Dillon Dube #19 of Kelowna Rockets celebrates his ninth goal of the season against the Tri City Americans on January 14, 2015 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)KELOWNA, CANADA - JANUARY 14: Dillon Dube #19 of Kelowna Rockets celebrates his ninth goal of the season against the Tri City Americans on January 14, 2015 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

    No. 1 star: Dillon Dubé, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

    Several Rocket men had hands in Kelowna dashing the Drive For Five with an 8-4 road win (with two empty-netters) to close out a six-game triumph over the Portland Winterhawks. The 16-year-old rookie Dubé (2G-1A, +2) came up big over the final two victories as Kelowna refused to be denied by a team that's vexed them for years and also overcame the absence of injured 48-goal scorer Rourke Chartier.

    The Cochrane, Alta., native scored 4:12 into the second on a setup from Gage Quinney (2A, +2) to pare Portland's lead to 3-2. At 6:58 of the third, Dubé also made a great pass out of the corner to linemate Tyson Baillie (1G-2A, +4) to give the Rockets their first lead at 4-3. The teams traded tallies once more, with Justin Kirkland restoring the Rockets' lead off a setup from Nick Merkley (2A). Then Rockets captain Madison Bowey (2G, -1), who'd scored a short-handed goal in the second, jarred the puck loose from Layne Vivieros. The Rockets broke away and Cole Linkaker put a shot just under the crossbar for a two-goal lead. Dubé then chipped in an empty-netter. 

    Read More »from Kelowna Rockets' Dillon Dube part of dethroning in the Dub: OHL & WHL 3 Stars
  • Flames prospect Hunter Smith scored Oshawa's first goal on Sunday (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)Flames prospect Hunter Smith scored Oshawa's first goal on Sunday (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)

    Styles make fights, and the final will pit The Connor McDavid Show with all its blue, red and orange-hued pyrotechnics against the Oshawa Generals' patient, defensive structure.

    The Generals and goalie Ken Appleby closed out the North Bay Battalion in the Eastern final with a 2-1 Game 6 road win on Sunday. The Generals, who trailed in the series after three games and were behind midway through Game 4, took control with an early Hunter Smith goal and repelled a late comeback push. The victory avenged a four-game sweep at the same stage in 2014.  

    "Going out like we did last year left a pretty bitter taste," overage Generals captain Josh Brown told TV Cogeco North Bay. "Not a day went by where we didn't think back to this situation against North Bay. This feels really good. They play a lot like us, they're a hard-nose team and we they got that goal near the end [from Nick Moutrey with 7:24 left] everyone bought back in and we stayed pretty composed.


    "They have some major firepower on

    Read More »from Oshawa Generals 'sneak out' clinching win over North Bay: OHL post-game questions
  • McDavid's playoff point total is already tied for third-best in the OHL since 1998 (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)McDavid's playoff point total is already tied for third-best in the OHL since 1998 (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)

    The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds took a plane to games during the OHL semifinal yet couldn't fly as high as Connor McDavid. 

    To think, the Erie Otters phenomenon could have his playoff points-per-game rate fall off by half during the league final against either North Bay and Oshawa, and still have a good shot of setting an Ontario Hockey League record for the most prolific post-season. While most major junior hockey individual records were set in an era that predated sophisticated video analysis and improvements in goalie equipment and training, McDavid is within striking distance of the OHL mark.

    Sixteen years ago, Justin Papineau had 51 points in 21 games to lead the late and lamented Belleville Bulls to the J. Ross Robertson Cup. McDavid has 42 in 15 after having a nearly routine five-point night during the 7-3 Otters win that completed a six-game victory over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to win the Western Conference title. The fun starts 40 seconds in.

    Please pay particularly

    Read More »from Connor-icles: McDavid 10 points from OHL playoff record after Erie Otters win West
  • NHL draft tracker: Travis Dermott, Erie Otters

    Travis Dermott was a minor hockey and lacrosse teammate of Connor McDavid (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)Travis Dermott was a minor hockey and lacrosse teammate of Connor McDavid (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)

    Travis Dermott is proof positive of how good things happen to junior teams that do their homework for the later rounds of the OHL priority selection draft, and how the round where a player is chosen is irrelevant.

    While Connor McDavid has the most buzz on the Otters as the playoffs unfold and the NHL draft draws nearer, the phenom's former minor hockey and lacrosse pal is turning heads with his qualities as a puck-moving defenceman. During these playoffs, Dermott is showing on a nightly basis that he has the speed, touch and defensive savvy to become a potential NHL draft steal.

    Somewhat like, Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Connor Brown, of course, who went from 11th-rounder out of minor midget to OHL player of the year in 2014 with Erie, Dermott was also picked up later. The Newmarket, Ont., native was a ninth-rounder in the 2012 priority selection.

    "I broke the same collarbone that year, but in two different spots," explains Dermott, a 5-foot-11¼, 197-pounder who is ranked No. 47

    Read More »from NHL draft tracker: Travis Dermott, Erie Otters
  • Capitals prospect Madison Bowey checks WHL opponent into camera bay (VIDEO)

    KELOWNA, CANADA - NOVEMBER 7: Madison Bowey #4 of Kelowna Rockets congratulates teammates on the win against the Spokane Chiefs as they exit the ice for the dressing room on November 7, 2014 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)KELOWNA, CANADA - NOVEMBER 7: Madison Bowey #4 of Kelowna Rockets congratulates teammates on the win against the Spokane Chiefs as they exit the ice for the dressing room on November 7, 2014 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

    The hip check is often a lost art, but on Friday, Kelowna Rockets captain Madison Bowey revived it at the expense of the Portland Winterhawks' Evan Weinger on eye-popping fashion on Friday.

    During Game 5 of the hotly contested Portland-Kelowna semifinal series in the Western Hockey League, Weinger tried to slip between Bowey and the boards in the neutral zone. Bowey lined him up perfectly, sending Weinger airborne into the camera bay between the benches at Prospera Place. 

    That fairly demands a Jim Ross-style narration. 

    Picture every hockey photographer in North America thinking, "Yeah, been there." Fortunately, it didn't appear that either Weinger or the photographer was injured.

    Meantime, talk about physical force delivered with impeccable timing by Bowey.

    The 20-year-old Winnipeg native was a strong cog for Team Canada during its march to the gold medal at the world junior championship. Bowey's performance for Kelowna and on the international stage has pretty much confirmed that

    Read More »from Capitals prospect Madison Bowey checks WHL opponent into camera bay (VIDEO)
  • PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 28: Jayce Hawryluk speaks to the media after being drafted #32 by the Florida Panthers on Day Two of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 28: Jayce Hawryluk speaks to the media after being drafted #32 by the Florida Panthers on Day Two of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

    No. 1 star: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

    The Wheat Kings will play for the Ed Chynoweth Cup for the first time in a decade after Hawryluk (2G-2A, +2) and his teammates crushed Calgary 8-2 to win the conference final, scoring five goals in fewer than seven minutes during the second period. Hawryluk, whom the Florida Panthers chose with their second choice last June after landing Aaron Ekblad, was in on three of those goals.

    Brandon was down a goal until Calgary Flames-drafted defenceman Eric Roy (1G-1A, +4), who had an exception series, scored at 8:35 of the second. Hawryluk drew a helper on another defenceman goal, by Ryan Pilon for a 2-1 edge. Rookie Nolan Patrick (1G-2A, +2) scored 10 seconds after that go-ahead goal, chasing Calgary goalie Mack Shields. Hawryluk scored off his own rebound to open a 4-1 lead and then had the primary assist on a tally from New Jersey Devils first-rounder John Quenneville (2G, +1).

    Read More »from Jayce Hawryluk gets 4 points, Wheat Kings off to WHL final: Friday's 3 Stars
  • Mitchell Vande Sompel left Game 5 with an injury (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)Mitchell Vande Sompel left Game 5 with an injury (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    Oshawa got the Game 5 win with a 4-1 verdict against North Bay, even thought it was Pyrrhic. Oshawa had a second regular on the back end go down after Mitchell Vande Sompel was put out of the game after a knee-on-knee hit from Ryan Kujawinski, who got a major and game misconduct.

    With the win, the Generals are one win away from the franchise's first trip to the OHL final in 18 seasons. On with the post-game questions:

    Read More »from Oshawa takes 3-2 lead, Vande Sompel hurt by knee-on-knee: OHL post-game questions
  •  Doef, 17, plans to enrol at Princeton in 2016-17 Doef, 17, plans to enrol at Princeton in 2016-17

    Just try not to get inspired by the sight of Neil Doef, more than four months removed from his spinal cord injury, sitting up on the couch with his mother and father, Bobbi-Jean and Bruce.

    The former star of the Junior A Smiths Falls (Ont.) Bears and Princeton University hockey recruit is continuing to make progress after the medical catastrophe that befell him when he was checked into the boards on Dec. 14 while playing in the World Junior A Challenge. As it turns out, in two months' time Doef, who is "able to accomplish limited assisted walking," will participate in the Pan-Am Games torch relay.

    From Laurie Weir:

    Neil will be taking part in a 200-metre stretch as it hits [Smiths Falls on July 2] during this leg of the event. The Relay will make its final stop on July 10, at the Pan Am Games opening ceremony in Toronto.

    ... Before his move back to Smiths Falls, Neil had been making day trips home from Ottawa. He was home for the Smiths Falls Bears Fan Appreciation Night – their

    Read More »from Neil Doef, Junior A player with spinal cord injury, participating in Pan-Am Games torch relay
  • Senators prospect  Nick Paul is looking to get untracked in the North Bay-Oshawa series (Kenneth Armstrong, The Canadian Press)Senators prospect  Nick Paul is looking to get untracked in the North Bay-Oshawa series (Kenneth Armstrong, The Canadian Press)

    Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...

    WHL

    Can Jake Virtanen, back from his three-game head-checking ban, give Calgary a spark in a must-win Game 5 against Brandon? (Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun)

    The Brandon Wheat Kings could earn a weekend off by eliminating Calgary on Friday. (Winnipeg Free Press)

    The Portland Winterhawks are "upbeat" while knowing they have to pull off another road win in Kelowna to win the Western Conference. (The Columbian)

    Meantime, the Winterhawks have signed Caleb Jones, brother of the Nashville Predators' Seth Jones. (The Oregonian)

    Former NHL tough guy turned TV analyst Louie DeBrusk can impart a lot to his goal-scoring son, Swift Current's Jake DeBrusk: "I do still think there is a place for the physical part of the game and have tried to give him advice on how to handle himself if he has to. Being an offensive player, he can be a target." (NHL.com)

    Prince George Cougars centre Jansen Harkins hopes he

    Read More »from QMJHL final won't conflict with Habs, Virtanen back for Hitmen: the coast-to-coast

Pagination

(3,663 Stories)