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Penguins Podcast w/ Kevin Czuczman

Penguins Podcast

This week’s episode of the Penguins Podcast sees defenseman Kevin Czuczman swing on by to sit down with Mike O’Brien and Nick Hart. They talk about being a late bloomer as a hockey player, Eastern Conference versus Western Conference and who has the best/worst style on the team.

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Penguins Podcast w/ Zach-Aston Reese

Penguins Podcast

Mike O’Brien and Nick Hart are back on the WBS Penguins Podcast with their first episode of the 2017-18 season. Zach Aston-Reese sits down with the duo to discuss how he passes the time on football Sundays, assists the guys with their new 3-on-3 segment and who he’s going to form a band with on the Penguins.

PENGUINS ROOKIE CAMP ROSTER, THE NAMES YOU DON’T RECOGNIZE

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced their roster for the 2017 Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, New York on Wednesday afternoon.

Unsurprisingly, the roster is headlined by the likes of Zach Aston-Reese and Daniel Sprong as well as 2017 draft picks Jan Drozg, Zach Lauzon and Antti Paloj√§rvi. However, as is the case with most of these prospect showcases, there are plenty of names that Penguins fans might not recognize at first glace. They aren’t drafted. They aren’t signed. But they’re more than just along for the ride.

One should keep in mind that once-unsigned, undrafted players like Jean-Sébastien Dea and Reid Gardiner made huge impressions at the rookie tournament once upon a time. They turned those strong showings into training camp invites and eventually contracts.

The following are just a few of the players fans might not be all too familiar with that could end up making waves in Buffalo this upcoming weekend. Continue reading

THE NHL EXPANSION DRAFT ALL-PURPOSE PRIMER

Now that the dust has settled from another year of hockey (and the Pittsburgh Penguins reign supreme once again), the offseason begins. This summer will not be your prototypical offseason, though. No, no, no. For the first time since the turn of the new millennium, the NHL will have an expansion draft.

And that event will be here before you know it.

Vegas gold

With the addition of the Vegas Golden Knights as the NHL’s 31st member club, the new team will fill out a roster through the expansion draft. The NHL has done this well before the advent of Sin City hockey, too. The league has held 11 prior expansion drafts, the first of which took place in 1967 when the NHL’s “Original Six” franchises were joined by the congregation of the Los Angeles Kings, Oakland Seals, Minnesota North Stars, St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The landscape of the game has altered significantly since 1967 (and, for that matter, from 2000, the last time an NHL Expansion Draft took place). The league exists in a salary cap era now, contract details have become increasingly more complex and widespread media coverage has evolved hand-in-hand with rampant fan fervor. Therefore, there are a lot of moving parts going into this upcoming event, and it can be very, very confusing.

Fret not, hockey fan, because we will happily explain everything you need to know about the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft and hope to answer any questions you may have.

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