Subject: Your Monday Morning Roundup
Subject: That Escalated Quickly: Ten Takeaways from Eagles 37, Cowboys 9
Subject: Jalen Mills shares a special moment with a young Eagles fan (VIDEO)
This is great.
D’aw. This is pretty cute.
Very cool of Mills to make her day by playing catch and later coming back to pose for a photo and a hug.
This Eagles team is so incredibly likeable. Winning obviously helps a lot in that regard, yes, but the players do a great job of being fan-friendly as well. It’s all one big Eagles family.
Subject: Eagles vs. Cowboys snap count analysis: Ronald Darby plays great in first game back
Playing time tracker.
Carson Wentz and the entire Eagles offensive line played the full game.
Zach Ertz played a lot of snaps in his first game back from injury but only had two receptions for eight yards. He would’ve had a successful two-point conversion if he didn’t fumble it before crossing the goal line.
LeGarrette Blount played the most snaps of any Eagles running back. He also led the team in carries with 13. Blount’s 57 rushing yards ranked behind Jay Ajayi, who had 91 on seven carries, and ahead of Corey Clement, who had 50 yards on six carries.
Marcus Johnson actually played more snaps than Mack Hollins. The former didn’t see any targets, however, while Hollins had one reception for seven yards.
Kenjon Barner made the most of his two offensive snaps played. He made a great leaping catch along the sideline before scoring a rushing touchdown on the next play of the Eagles’ first drive.
Isaac Seumalo only played one offensive snap. The Eagles didn’t use an extra blocking offensive lineman as often as they usually do (12% of the snaps or so).
The Eagles didn’t take it easy on Ronald Darby in his first game back. The cornerback played very well in his re-debut. Darby had eight solo tackles, two passes defensed, and one interception. His presence makes Philadelphia’s secondary even better.
Jalen Mills played 100% of the Eagles’ snaps as well, so this shows the Eagles aren’t rotating their corners. Jim Schwartz heavy utilized the Eagles’ nickel defense so Patrick Robinson got a lot of playing time still.
Quiet game for Vinny Curry. He didn’t show up on the stat sheet at all despite playing the second most defensive end snaps. Derek Barnett was much more productive in less playing time. The rookie pass rusher was fantastic. He finished the game with three solo tackles, three quarterback hits, two sacks, two tackles for loss, and one forced fumble. Barnett also pressured Dak Prescott into throwing one of his three picks. And he’s only 21 years old! Going to be a terror for a long time.
Joe Walker continues to take the middle linebacker snaps in Philly’s base defense, which they didn’t use a ton last night. Walker could lose some playing time to Dannell Ellerbe once the veteran is caught up on the playbook and conditioning.
Kamu Grugier-Hill played the most special teams snaps of any Eagles player. He filled in after kicker Jake Elliott suffered a concussion early in the game. One of Grugier-Hill’s four kickoffs even went for a touchback! Pretty crazy.
With Darby back, Rasul Douglas was relegated to special teams duty only. He didn’t get any defensive snaps.
DID NOT PLAY
The following player(s) were active but did not play: Nick Foles, Chance Warmack.
Subject: Recapping the CIBC Canada-Russia Series
A look at how the Flyers’ prospects and 2018 draft options performed in the tournament.
After the two sides split the first six games, Maxime Comtois (an Anaheim Ducks’ prospect) scored the only goal in the series-deciding shootout to let Team Canada edge out a 10-9 win over Team Russia in this year’s CIBC Canada Russia Series. Left winger Alexey Polodyan led the series with six points for Team Russia and finished in a tie for first with three goals. Andrey Altybarmakyan (Chicago Blackhawks) also had three goals for Team Russia in the tournament and was one of two players (along with Calgary Flames’ prospect Dillon Dube) who produced five points in the series.
Carter Hart posted a 20-save shutout in Game 1 of the series, as Team WHL put Team Canada ahead 1-0 in the series with a 7-0 win. Kole Lind (Vancouver Canucks) provided two goals and an assist in the win, while Kale Clague (Los Angeles Kings) had three helpers and Michael Rasmussen (Detroit Red Wings) had two assists.
Team Russia responded with a 4-3 win in Game 2 to break even against Team WHL and tie the tournament at 1-1. Dube provided a goal in a three-point performance and Sam Steel (Anaheim Ducks) had a trio of assists for Team WHL in the loss.
Team Russia experienced their first lead in the series thanks to a 5-2 win over Team OHL in Game 3. Polodyan and Artyom Manukyan (105 points in 60 MHL games in 2016-17) each scored two goals while Alexei Lipanov (Tampa Bay Lightning) had a pair of assists for Team Russia in the win. Taylor Raddysh (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Adam Mascherin (Florida Panthers) each scored for Team OHL in the loss.
Team OHL won Game 4 by a score of 4-2 to even the series 2-2 before Team Russia took on Team QMJHL in Games 5 and 6. Thanks to Nick Suzuki’s (Vegas Golden Knights) second goal of the night and Kevin Bahl’s (2018 Draft eligible) only goal of the series coming 39 seconds apart early in the third period, Team OHL was able to put the game away.
Following a 3-1 win by Team QMJHL in Game 5 and a 2-1 win by Team Russia in Game 6, the series found its way to the decisive shootout.
A pair of games in this series were impacted heavily by Flyers’ prospects. Along with Hart’s shutout in Game 1, Game 6 saw Pascal Laberge score Team QMJHL’s only goal in the loss and German Rubtsov provide the primary assist on Vitali Abramov’s (Columbus Blue Jackets) game-winning goal.
While in the slot halfway through the first period, Laberge managed to redirect a Jocktan Chainey (New Jersey Devils) shot from the point past Team Russia goalie Alexey Melnichuk. Rubtsov partnered with Abramov for a 2-on-1 rush late in the game and received a pass from the Blue Jackets’ prospect in the slot before making a move on Team QMJHL’s goalie Samuel Harvey. After Rubtsov completed his move in the crease, he dealt it back to Abramov for the game-winner.
Morgan Frost and Isaac Ratcliffe each played in Game 4 of the series, but neither really impacted the contest. In terms of statistics, here’s how each of the Flyers’ prospects did in the tournament:
Carter Hart (Team WHL): 1 game (Game 1), 1 win, 1 shutout, 20/20 saves/shots
Morgan Frost (Team OHL): 1 game (Game 4), 2 shots on goal, 2 PIMs, minus-1
Isaac Ratcliffe (Team OHL): 1 game (Game 4), 1 shot on goal
German Rubtsov (Team Russia): 2 games (Games 5 and 6), 1 assist, 4 shots on goal (3 in Game 6), 4 PIMs, 37.5 faceoff percentage (9/24)
Pascal Laberge (Team QMJHL): 2 games (Games 5 and 6), 1 goal, 6 shots on goal (4 in Game 6), 4 PIMs
PLAYERS ELIGIBLE FOR 2018 DRAFT
Along with a handful of Flyers’ prospects, several players who are eligible to be drafted in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft took part in the exhibition series. Below are the draft rankings from a few scouting services, the stats in this tournament, the season stats, and a short scouting blurb on these possible future NHLers (and Flyers).
Alexander Alexeyev, left-handed defenseman
Rankings: Hockeyprospect.com: 23, ISS Hockey: 22, Future Considerations: 55
Series (Team Russia): 2 games (Game 1 and 2), 5 shots on goal (4 in Game 2), 6 PIMs
Current Season: 1 goal, 11 assists, 28 shots on goal, and 14 PIMs in 15 games in his second year with the Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
”Red Deer Rebels defenseman Alexander Alexeyev was sidelined for a good portion of the season this year, but in the games that he did play, he was able to acquire the honor of Defenseman of the Year and Rookie of the Year for the team.
Alexeyev is a big-bodied, smooth skating defenseman that can set up plays off of the rush as well as his ability to protect the slot. There is a lot to like about Alexeyev.
Although his lower-body injury is of concern to his stride, his play until that point was stupendous. Alexeyev quickly became the go-to defender for the Rebels as a 16-going-on-17-year-old. His heads up play on the back end was a large contribution to the Rebels success. His first pass started the rush and playmaking in the offensive zone finished it.” -Max Marko, Last Word On Hockey
Kevin Bahl, left-handed defenseman
Rankings: Future Considerations: 60
Series (Team OHL): 1 game (Game 4), 1 goal (Shot from left point beat Vladislav Sukhachev thanks to screen from Jonah Gadjovich), 2 shots on goal, plus-1
Current Season: 1 goal, 9 assists, 18 shots on goal, and 44 PIMs in 23 games in his second year with the Ottawa 67’s
“Bahl is now in the early stages of his second OHL season and has emerged as a shutdown defender who’s eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft.
Given his hulking stature, he didn’t have much difficulty adjusting to the physicality of the OHL, but the quickness of the game took some time to get used to.” – Iain Colpitts, Mississauga.com
Evan Bouchard, right-handed defenseman
Rankings: ISS Hockey: 16, Future Considerations: 16
Series (Team OHL): 2 games (Games 3 and 4), 2 PIMs, plus-1
Current Season: 6 goals, 19 assists, 81 shots on goal, and 12 PIMs in 22 games in his third season with the London Knights
“A highly intelligent all-around defenceman that plays with poise and can shift the pace of play in a multitude of ways. Showcases smooth four-way skating ability and loves to get involved in all situations - especially when that situation happens to be an up-ice rush. Has a polished offensive skill-set which includes well-timed passes and a sneaky, erratic shot. Goes with the high percentage play and makes smart decisions. Could work on strength behind his shot. Defensively active, cutting off lanes and always staying in excellent positioning. Reads cues well in all three zones and seems to stay a step ahead. All-in-all, a well-rounded defender with great hockey sense and work ethic.” - Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects
Noah Dobson, right-handed defenseman
Rankings: Hockeyprospect.com: 16, ISS Hockey: 31, Future Considerations: 23, McKeen’s Hockey: 20
Series (Team QMJHL): 2 games (Games 5 and 6), 4 shots on goal (3 in Game 6)
Current Season: 1 goal, 19 assists, 95 shots on goal, and 20 PIMs in 24 games as an alternate captain in his second season with Acadie-Bathurst Titan
“A game-altering player with strong puck skills and pro-level size, Dobson leads all first-year QMJHL draft eligible defensemen with 12 points in 14 games. He’s got quick feet and uses a variety of fakes and cut-backs to fend off pressure, and his hard, accurate stretch passes create multiple odd-man chances.” – Hayden Soboleski (on October 23rd), Dobber Prospects
Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Center
Rankings: ISS Hockey: 19, Future Considerations: 15, McKeen’s Hockey: 19
Series (Team QMJHL): 2 games (Games 5 and 6), 2 shots on goal, minus-1, 1-of-7 faceoffs Current Season: 12 goals, 7 assists, 55 shots, and 26 PIMs in 23 games in his second season with the Halifax Mooseheads
“Groulx is a strong, well-rounded, two-way center…good, but not great, skater…needs to improve his first step…high motor, always keeps his feet moving…rarely caught out of position…provides a lot of grit, determination and skill…excellent ability to maintain puck control in high traffic areas…uses his strength, skilled hands and agility to be very difficult to defend…a threat to drive the net but can also go stretches of playing on the perimeter too much, being content to just dish the puck from the outside…he thinks the game at a high level, and can put on a show with his nifty stick work and creativity…shoots the puck hard, and accurately…owns a deceptively quick release and isn’t shy to show it off when available…strong awareness of when to support his defenders in loose puck battles and where to go… adept at tracking down pucks out of scrums…provides good pressure on the backcheck…displays a strong effort in his own zone as well as his ability to create scoring chances…a solid prospect that could be the complete package with high upside at the NHL level.” – Future Considerations
Jacob Ingham, Goalie
Rankings: Future Considerations: 48
Series (Team OHL): 1 game (Game 3), didn’t play
Current Season: 6-7-0, .885 save percentage, and 3.39 GAA in 14 games in his second season with the Mississauga Steelheads
“In addition to his competitive nature, Ingham boasts incredible reflexes and excellent physical abilities. Never truly out of a play and capable of making incredible desperation saves, Ingham consistently puts his body on the line in order to make high-lite reel saves. Now, this isn’t to say that Ingham finds himself out of position frequently, as his willingness to challenge shooters and read plays as they develop has become second to none in the OHL.
Perhaps the most impressive ability within Ingham’s arsenal is his lightning-quick glove. While shooters seem to target the top-right corner of the net more often than not, Ingham is equal to the task and can snare pucks out of the air with ease. What’s more is Ingham’s lower-body strength, as he can kick out pad saves with a startling frequency as well as move laterally from post to post to deny plays devised by the opposition during odd-man rushes.” – Brett Slawson, The Hockey Writers
Jared McIsaac, left-handed defenseman
Rankings: Hockeyprospect.com: 19, ISS Hockey: 15, Future Considerations: 10, McKeen’s Hockey: 9
Series (Team QMJHL): 2 games (Games 5 and 6), 2 shots on goal, plus-1
Current Season: 2 goals, 11 assists, 48 shots on goal, and 34 PIMs in 22 games in his second season with the Halifax Moosehads
“Heady Maritimer who controls the flow of the game and can be entrusted with the most difficult tasks, McIsaac was critical to Canada’s win at the Ivan Hlinka. He’s an effortless skater who knows when to attack and can stickhandle his way out of any jam.” - Hayden Soboleski, Dobber Prospects
Ryan McLeod, Center
Rankings: Hockeyprospect.com: 25, ISS Hockey: 9, Future Considerations: 14, McKeen’s Hockey: 13
Series (Team OHL): 1 game (Game 3), 1 shot on goal, minus-1
Current Season: 7 goals, 19 assists, 57 shots on goal, and 6 PIMs in 22 games as an alternate captain in his third season with the Mississauga Steelheads
Scouting: Here’s Marc-Antoine Michaud’s scouting report for HockeyTP
Joe Veleno, Center
Rankings: Hockeyprospect.com: 21, ISS Hockey: 7, Future Considerations: 7, McKeen’s Hockey: 8 Series (Team QMJHL): 2 games (Games 5 and 6), 1 assist (Secondary assist on Drake Batherson’s power-play goal in Game 5), 7-of-12 faceoffs
Current Season: 4 goals, 19 assists, 76 shots on goal, and 14 PIMs in 24 games as captain in third season with the Saint John Sea Dogs
Scouting: Here’s how Steve Kournianos (The Draft Analyst) views Veleno
The next time we’ll get a good look at these prospects is at the 2018 World Junior Championship, which will start on December 26th in Buffalo, New York.
Subject: Trust the Processed Meat
Subject: Jake Elliott Injury: Doug Pederson gives update on Eagles kicker situation
What will the Eagles do?
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson gave an update on Philadelphia’s kicker situation on Monday.
Jake Elliott is in the NFL’s mandatory concussion protocol after banging his head in the Eagles’ win over the Cowboys. The injury occurred on the opening kickoff, but Elliott wasn’t pulled from the game until after he missed a 34-yard field goal attempt.
Pederson said the Eagles haven’t made a decision on Elliott’s status yet. It’s entirely possible he could clear the concussion protocol before Sunday’s home game against the Chicago Bears. But there’s no guarantee.
It’s interesting, then, because the Eagles do still have Caleb Sturgis on injured reserve. He’s eligible to come off that list since it’s been more than eight weeks since he was placed on IR. But it doesn’t sound like Pederson is necessarily in a rush to do that. When asked if Elliott is the team’s kicker moving forward, he sounded committed to the rookie.
Elliott’s 34-yard field goal miss wasn’t his only failed attempt in recent weeks. He’s also missed a few 33-yard extra point tries. Philadelphia recently worked out some long snappers, so maybe that suggestions Elliott isn’t the whole problem.
In any case, here’s hoping Elliott can get back on track and be healthy enough to play this week. Having to bring in a new kicker would force the Eagles to make a roster move.
Or the Eagles can always just rely on backup linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, who did a great job kicking off against Dallas! (Or at least relative to expectations.) The Eagles didn’t let him try a field goal or extra point, though. It’d be hard to count on him in that role.
Here’s everything Pederson had to say about the Eagles’ kicker situation on Monday.
Q: WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT JAKE ELLIOTT AND WOULD YOU BRING BACK CALEB STURGIS IF HE CAN’T KICK THIS WEEKEND?
Pederson: Well, first of all, with Jake, he’s in our [concussion] protocol, obviously, so we’ll evaluate him more. We haven’t made any decisions yet this week. We’ve still got a couple of days before we have to make any decisions on kickers.
Q: IS CALEB STURGIS HEALTHY?
Pederson: He’s continuing to rehab, obviously. He’s begun a kicking regiment. So, yeah, he’s getting himself back, back to where he was prior to the [quadricep] injury, so he’s close.
Q: WHEN YOU SAY HE’S CLOSE, COULD HE PLAY IF YOU NEED HIM ON SUNDAY?
Pederson: Well, again, you’re talking about roster spots and making moves and things of that nature. We’re not there yet. So we’re going to continue these discussions the next couple of days.
Q: IS IT EITHER JAKE OR CALEB, OR IS THERE A “PLAN C?” HOW DO YOU SEE IT?
Pederson: Well, I think moving forward as we continue to evaluate this week, I think, obviously we’ll find out more in the next couple days with Jake. And I don’t want to put myself in a box but we’ll keep all the options open right now and still have conversations. But it kind of goes back to the same old thing, we still have a couple of days here, today and tomorrow, evaluate Jake, see where everybody’s at. Still a little while before we play Sunday, and we’ll make a decision as we go.
Q: HAS A DECISION BEEN MADE MOVING FORWARD THAT JAKE IS YOUR GUY IF HE’S HEALTHY?
Pederson: I think so, you know. If he’s healthy and can play, you hate to disrupt that right now. So, I’d have to say yes to that.
Subject: Making Sense of the Phillies
Subject: Flyers prospect report: Mike Vecchione and Carter Hart are bringing the noise
Cooper Marody and Wade Allison also vying for attention
Phantoms update: Vecchione comes knockin’
Philippe Myers (D): 2 GP, 1 assist, 3 shots, 4 PIM
Undrafted Free Agent
He’s back! This was Myers’ first game since November 3, and he improved his season total to 6 points (2 G, 4 A) in 11 games. The expectations remain very high for the promising defenseman (when he is on the ice).
Samuel Morin (D): 2 GP, 1 assist, 2 shots, 5 PIM
2013 1st Round Pick, 11th overall
Morin’s also back! He has been out even longer, with 10/28 being his last game action. He has 5 points (1 G, 4 A) in 10 games this season. With the Radko Gudas 10-game suspension, could there be a chance for Morin to get some NHL action?
Mark Friedman (D): 2 GP, 1 assist, 2 shots, 2 PIM
2014 3rd Round Pick, 86th overall
His assist on Friday was his first point since 10/21. Friedman has struggled a bit offensively this season, scrounging together 3 assists in 16 games.
Mike Vecchione (C): 2 GP, 4 goals, 1 assist, 9 shots
Undrafted Free Agent
It’s hard not to see a weekend like this from Vecchione and not get frustrated seeing the likes of Lehtera and Filppula struggling in the Flyers lineup. In his rookie season with the Phantoms, Vex has 18 points (6 G, 12 A) in 17 games. Here is a goal, here is a goal, here is a goal and here is a goal.
Nicolas Aubé-Kubel (RW): 2 GP, 1 assist, 3 shots, 2 PIM
2014 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall
Once again another quiet week for NAK. The 2nd year Phantom has 10 points (4 G, 6 A) in 17 games.
Danick Martel (RW): 2 GP, 11 shots, 2 PIM
Undrafted Free Agent
Yowza. Martel puts up 10 shots on goal in Wednesday’s game with no results. His 14 goals on the season still lead the AHL by a comfortable 3-goal margin.
Oskar Lindblom (LW): 2 GP, 4 shots
2014 5th Round Pick, 138th overall
The Lindblom/Vorobyev combo didn’t connect this week, but both seem to be developing a strong chemistry as the season goes on. Lindblom sits at 9 points (3 G, 6 A) in 17 GP.
Mikhail Vorobyev (C): 2 GP, 1 goal, 5 shots
2015 4th Round Pick, 104th overall
His goal on Friday was a power play tally, giving him 2 goals on the season.
Alex Lyon (G): 3 GA, 9 saves
Undrafted Free Agent
You read that right. Lyon was yanked early again on Wednesday after another poor showing. Things are not looking good for 2nd year pro.
Notable Canadian junior performers this week:
Connor Bunnaman (C/LW), Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
2016 4th Round Pick, 109th overall
- 11/14 - 2 shots, 6 for 15 FOW
- 11/17 - 1 goal, 4 shots, 5 for 11 FOW
- 11/18 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots, 6 for 12 FOW
- 11/19 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 6 shots, 6 for 11 FOW
After some initial worry earlier this season, I think it’s safe to say that the Bun-man is back on track. After going goal-less in his first 6 games, he now has 14 in his last 15, giving him 20 points in 21 games. Here is his short-handed goal from Saturday.
Anthony Salinitri (C/LW), Sarnia Sting (OHL)
2016 6th Round Pick, 172nd overall
- 11/15 - 1 assist, 2 shots, 2 for 5 FOW
- 11/17 - 3 goals, 5 shots, 1 for 3 FOW
- 11/19 - 4 shots, 2 PIM, 0 for 3 FOW
A hat-trick for Salinitri, his first this season after getting two last year. The 4th year OHLer has 23 points (10 G, 13 A) in 23 games and yet is only 4th in scoring on Sarnia. You can check out all three of his goals here.
Morgan Frost (C), Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2017 1st Round Pick, 27th overall
Frost has yet to go cold this season, racking up 28 points (11 G, 17 A) in 22 games for the Greyhounds. He is second on the team in points and first in assists. Frost looks really, really good.
Isaac Ratcliffe (LW), Guelph Storm (OHL)
2017 2nd Round Pick, 35th overall
You see, the key to scoring goals is to take as many shots as you can on goal. Ratcliffe has that down, putting 89 shots on net in 21 games this season. That has also helped him accumulate 10 goals (and 6 assists) on the season. Look at this stupid good move for a short-handed goal.
Maksim Sushko (RW), Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 107th overall
- 11/16 - 1 assist, 1 shot, 2 PIM, 0 for 2 FOW
- 11/18 - 1 goal, 2 shots, 6 PIM, 1 for 1 FOW
- 11/19 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 5 shots
There might not be a more pleasant surprise from the 2017 draft than Sushko right now. The 2nd year junior player has 19 points (11 G, 8 A) in 19 games this season. The Flyers might have really lucked out on this pick. He can snipe and pass.
Matthew Strome (LW), Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 106th overall
Sometimes when you ask a prospect to keep doing ‘the thing’, they listen! Strome has been straight fire this past couple weeks, scoring 6 goals in his last 5 games. He has 20 points (11 G, 9 A) in 20 GP.
Carsen Twarynski (LW), Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
2016 3rd Round Pick, 82nd overall
- 11/14 - 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 shots, 2 PIM, 1 for 4, FOW
- 11/17 - 1 assist, 1 shot, 4 for 6 FOW
- 11/18 - 5 shots, 2 for 5 FOW
The good times keep rolling for Twarynski as he adds to his season total. The 4th year WHLer has 22 points (12 G, 10 A) in 19 GP. Here is one of his goals from Tuesday.
Carter Hart (G), Everett Silvertips (WHL)
2016 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall
Carter Hart is just the gift that keeps on giving. Since coming back from being out with mono, he’s posted two shutouts in his last 5 games. Overall this season he holds a .944 SV% and 1.84 GAA in 9 games. Both of those marks are best in the WHL among goalies with more than 3 games played.
Pascal Laberge (C), Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
2016 2nd Round Pick, 36th overall
Our thoughts and prayers are with Laberge’s future career.
German Rubtsov (C), Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)
2016 1st Round Pick, 22nd overall
Rubtsov was a late-scratch for the game on Sunday. Look for an update next week to see if there is any major cause for concern.
Notable European performers this week
Linus Högberg (D), Växjö Lakers HC (SHL)
2016 5th Round Pick, 139th overall
Not a bad week for Högberg who is seeing more and more ice-time as the season has gone along. That’s 3 assists in 17 games this season so far.
David Bernhardt (D), Djurgårdens IF (SHL)
2016 7th Round Pick, 199th overall
As with Högberg, Bernhardt is seeing increasing responsibilities and ice-time. He has 2 assists in 18 games this season.
David Kaše (C/W), Mora IK (SHL)
2015 5th Round Pick, 128th overall
His solid season continues as his 3-assist game gives him 11 points (3 G, 8 A) in 18 GP.
Olle Lycksell (RW/C), Linköping HC (SHL)
2017 6th Round Pick, 168th overall
Hey Linköping, give the kid more ice time so he can do more stuff like he did on Friday. This was his first SHL goal.
Felix Sandström (G), Brynäs IF (SHL)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 70th overall
- 11/14 - DND
- 11/16 - DND
- 11/18 - DND
Sandström remains out the lineup with injury. This has not been the season most fans were expecting from him this year.
Ivan Fedotov (G), Toros Neftekamsk (VHL)
2015 7th Round Pick, 188th overall
- 11/17 - DNP
- 11/19 - DNP
Things also aren’t looking too good for Fedotov, who has struggled all season and holds a .891 SV% through 12 games.
Kirill Ustimenko (G), MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg (MHL)
2017 3rd Round Pick, 80th overall
Still happy and good times for Ustimenko who now boasts a .921 SV% in 23 games.
Notable NCAA and USHL performers this week:
Wade Allison (RW), Western Michigan University
2016 2nd Round Pick, 52nd overall
It’s my opinion that Wade Allison is not bad and actually pretty good! His 17 points (8 G, 9 A) in 13 games. That’s 12th in NCAA scoring, for those not keeping track at home.
Tanner Laczynski (RW/C), Ohio State University
2016 6th Round Pick, 169th overall
No games for Laczynski and OSU this weekend.
Cooper Marody (C), University of Michigan
2015 6th Round Pick, 158th overall
Marody is on quite the pace in the early going. His 20 points (4 G, 16 A) in 12 games are 4th best in the country right now. Hobey Baker talk shouldn’t be out of the question right now. Check out this laser.
Brendan Warren (LW), University of Michigan
2015 3rd Round Pick, 81st overall
He is very much un-like Marody with his 4 points in 12 games.
David Drake (D), University of Connecticut
2013 7th Round Pick, 192nd overall
Wyatt Kalynuk (D), University of Wisconsin
2017 7th Round Pick, 196th overall
The freshman is absolutely killing it on the stat sheet. He has 11 points (1 G, 10 A) in his first 12 games. You can see his 3 assist game here.
Terrance Amorosa (D), Clarkson University
2013 5th Round Pick, 132nd overall
As it stands right now, Amorosa is the 2nd highest scoring NCAA defenseman in the country, and is only 3 points from that top spot. He has 13 points (4 G, 9 A) in 14 games.
Noah Cates (LW), Omaha Lancers (USHL)
2017 5th Round Pick, 137th overall
- 11/17 - 3 shots
Still just two points (1 G, 3 A) for Cates this season.
Matej Tomek (G), Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 90th overall
- 11/17 - 2 GA, 18 saves
Sadly, this was one of Tomek’s better starts this season. In his 3 starts previous to this he had allowed a combined 12 goals.
Subject: Eagles-Cowboys Final Score: 10 things we learned from Philadelphia destroying Dallas
Big takeaways from the Birds game.
The Philadelphia Eagles are now 9-1 in the 2017 NFL regular season schedule after defeating the Dallas Cowboys by a final score of 37 to 9 (recap here). Eight wins in a row! Here’s a look at everything we learned from this game.
1 - The Eagles are virtually NFC East champions
The NFC East race is essentially over. Just look at the standings:
The Eagles’ magic number to win the division is down to three. That means it’ll only take three more combined Eagles wins OR Cowboys losses for Philly to officially clinch the division crown.
The earliest the Eagles can clinch is next Thursday, November 30. That situation would involve: the Cowboys losing to the Chargers on Thanksgiving, the Eagles beating the Bears this Sunday, and then Dallas losing again to Washington. Even if that doesn’t work out, it shouldn’t take much longer for the Eagles to officially clinch. The Cowboys still have to play four more games without Ezekiel Elliott.
With the division essentially wrapped up, it’s all about getting the No. 1 seed in the NFC now. The Eagles got a little help on Sunday (not that they need it) with the Rams losing, but the Vikings and Saint still won. Here’s an updated look at the NFC playoff picture.
Top six seeds
1 - Philadelphia Eagles: 9-1 overall, 7-0 conference
3 - New Orleans Saints: 8-2 overall, 6-1 conference
4 - Los Angeles Rams: 7-3 overall, 4-3 conference
5 - Carolina Panthers: 7-3 overall, 4-3 conference
6 - Seattle Seahawks: 6-3 overall, 4-2 conference
In the hunt
7 - Detroit Lions: 6-4 overall, 5-3 conference
8 - Atlanta Falcons: 5-4 overall, 4-1 conference
9 - Green Bay Packers: 5-5 overall, 4-4 conference (direct tie-breaker over Cowboys)
10 - Dallas Cowboys: 5-5 overall, 4-4 conference
Keep in mind the Seahawks and Falcons play tonight on Monday Night Football.
2 - The Eagles can still be dominant even when they don’t play all four quarters
We already saw this in the 49ers game, but it needs to be mentioned again. It’s kinda crazy how the Eagles can look out of rhythm for most of an entire half and then just crank out a blowout win anyway. It’s also crazy how the Eagles are getting contributions from so many efforts. It sounds cliche, but this is truly an entire team effort.
The Eagles are legitimately the best team in the NFL. They’re not just beating their opponents. They’re straight up demoralizing them. Philly’s dominance bodes well for the team moving forward.
Time to start booking your trip to Minneapolis, folks.
The Eagles lead the NFL with 320 points. The most through 10 games in franchise history.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 20, 2017
Eagles have scored 30+ points in 4 straight games, which is longest active streak in the NFL. Longest streak in Eagles history since 1953.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 20, 2017
3 - Carson Wentz > Dak Prescott
Again, I don’t want to hear “they’re both good.”
Prescott was very bad on Sunday night. He’s been very bad the past two weeks now, which is exactly what a lot of people expected to happen when Ezekiel Elliott got suspended.
Prescott’s last two games: 38/61, 321 yards, 5.3 average, 0 TD, 3 INT, 56.3 passer rating.
The measure of an elite quarterback in the NFL is a player who elevates his team in spite of less than ideal circumstances. It’s painfully clear that Rayne Dakota Prescott does not fit the definition.
Wentz, on the other hand, continued his MVP campaign on Sunday night. It was a shaky start, for sure, and the numbers don’t look sexy (14/27, 168 yards, 6.2 average, 2 TD, 0 INT, 95.9 passer rating) ... but I’d encourage you to not be a box score scouting fraud like some people on Twitter choose to be.
Wentz made some truly tremendous throws in key situations. His pass to Kenjon Barner along the sideline on the first drive was great. He did an unreal job of avoiding pressure to hit Alshon Jeffery for a conversion on third down. He fit the ball into tight coverage on multiple occassions in the red zone, including his touchdown passes to Jeffery (on 4th-and-5!) and Torrey Smith.
Wentz wasn’t perfect, but he WAS clutch. He’s a big driving force behind the team’s success.
Wentz is just the 4th QB since 1950 to throw 25+ TDs & no more than 5 INTs through 10 games. Others: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Y.A. Tittle.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 20, 2017
Carson Wentz leads the NFL with a career-high 25 passing TDs, which are the most ever by an Eagles QB through 10 games.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 20, 2017
Carson Wentz making it rain tuddies pic.twitter.com/5DUE6LGH1d— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 20, 2017
It’s laughable to suggest Prescott is better. It’s also silly to think they’re comparable. Wentz is clearly ahead of Dak.
Dak wasn’t under pressure on this throw; he had all the time in the world and threw a duck into double coverage. Can’t blame this on not having Zeke or Smith. https://t.co/DpuIcaRgDQ— Patrick (@PatrickMCausey) November 20, 2017
4 - Doug Pederson redeemed himself
Pederson had one of the worst games of his coaching career in Dallas last season. We all remember the play that took the Eagles out of field goal range. And then his poor decision to punt.
Pederson once again drew ire of Eagles fans after Philly got off to a slow start in this game. We’ve seen it a few times now where the Birds have taken some time to get going after long layoffs (Lions game after the bye last year, Washington game after Thursday Night Football this year).
But Pederson made some stellar half-time adjustments and sparked an offense that became stagnant in the first half. Kudos to Dougie P for coming out of the half running the ball.
I also just really loved some of creative play-calling. The way Pederson had three receivers and Corey Clement motion out to the right on a two-point conversion put the Eagles into a four vs. three situation. Philly easily scored. Also loved the play-action to Brent Celek on 3rd-and-inches. That provided a much-needed spark at the time.
Pederson has been having a hell of a year. There were some positive flashes of this last season, but now he’s really showing out with more talent to work with. Pederson is the Coach of the Year. And a legitimate one, at that.
Unlike the fraud who claps on the sideline, because that’s all he’s been given permission to do, down in Dallas.
5 - The Jay Train is off to an explosive start
Ajayi’s only been with the Eagles for two games. He already has 15 carries for 168 yards (11.2 average) and one touchdown. Plus one reception for 10 yards. Thanks from some help from an awesome Eagles offensive line, Ajayi’s already looking like a beast in this offense.
Jay Train isn’t the only Eagles rusher giving the team good production. LeGarrette Blount gained 57 yards on 13 carries for a respectable 4.4 average. Corey Clement, in shades of Chris Polk, scored another touchdown to go with his 50 rushing yards on six carries.
Even Kenjon Barner got in on the action! He only played two offensive snaps but he made the most of them with a 22-yard sideline reception and a 4-yard touchdown run.
6 - Alshon Jeffery is heating up down the stretch
Not unlike the Eagles in Sunday’s game, Jeffery got off to a slow start this season. But he’s started to heat up recently.
Against Dallas, Jeffery had four receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown. The one catch he made on 4th-and-5 for a touchdown was incredible. That’s a No. 1 wide receiver right there.
In his last three games, Jeffery has 12 receptions for 213 yards (17.8 average) and four touchdowns. He also has two 2-point conversions in that span, which brings him up to an NFL-leading three total conversions on the season. Jeffery’s presence in the red zone has really been helping in those situations.
After the game, Jeffery was SUPER fired up about the win. You can tell he truly loves Philadelphia and wants to be here for the long-term.
Alshon Jeffery put on a Brian Dawkins t-shirt and started dropping f-bombs after the Eagles beat the Cowboys https://t.co/uGjDAoH8gq— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 20, 2017
7 - Ronald Darby gives the defense a big boost
I can’t believe it took this long to get to Ronald Darby. Get it together, BLG.
The return of Darby clearly had a big positive impact on the Eagles’ defense. He finished with eight solo tackles, two passes defensed, and one interception.
Darby made a number of key plays in this game. He made a strong open field tackle on Dez Bryant to limit a potential catch-and-run. He broke up a fade pass for Bryant in the end zone. He had good coverage on the play where Rodney McLeod logged his interception. And then he had a pick of his own.
Darby wasn’t the only member of the Eagles’ secondary who played well. McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins also notched a pick for themselves. Jalen Mills looked good in coverage. Patrick Robinson continued his strong season.
It’s harder to pass on this Eagles team than it’s been for a long time. The combination of strong coverage and a disruptive pass rush is lethal.
And to think Sidney Jones hasn’t even played yet!
8 - Derek Barnett is a beast
Speaking of pass rush ...
I can’t get over how good Derek Barnett is already. The 21-year-old had two sacks, two tackles for loss, four quarterback hits, and one forced fumble on Sunday night. Oh, and he also forced Prescott into some bad throws, including an interception. This kid is the real deal.
Although the Eagles weren’t as dominant against the run as they’ve been for most of the season, the rest of the d-line contributed as well. Big Money Tim Jernigan had one sack, one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hit. Same for Brandon Graham.
9 - Kamu Grugier-Hill should be NFC Special Teams Player of the Week
Despite having extremely limited kicking experience, Grugier-Hill was called upon to fill in for Jake Elliott on kickoffs. Things weren’t looking great at first. One of his practice kicks into the net on the sideline went into the crowd.
But when it came to the real deal, KGH did a fantastic job of getting his kicks deep down the field. One even went for a touchback!
The NFL should recognize KGH’s efforts with a Special Teams Player of the Week award. In addition to his kicks, he also made a really nice tackle on punt coverage.
10 - The most two important words still ring true
The Cowboys lost by 28 points at home for the third time in the last 25 seasons (all three have been against the Eagles). pic.twitter.com/dhhpZpuHfs— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 20, 2017
Subject: Morning Wood: Finishing Them
Subject: Every Dallas Fan Today
Subject: Joel Embiid is Truly a
Subject: Doug Pederson
A few important observations:
- Doug loves to mention that “We talked about getting on that plane 9-1” thing in his speeches. That’s his go-to move.
- “You’re the best team in football right now, but we’ve still got a long way to go.” — It’s simple, but it’s nice to see him stressing this after big wins.
- “WHERE’S KAMU?” You gotta love that Pederson singled out the Eagles’ linebacker for his emergency kicking performance against the Cowboys. Jalen Mills: “My guy got a TOUCHBACK!”
- “We rode that big offensive line we do, you guys kicked ass!”
We’ve been saying it all year ... you gotta love this team.
Subject: Cowboys player is getting clowned by Howard Eskin
Eskin vs. Beasley, Part II
Last week, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley and SportsRadio 94WIP Eagles sideline reporter Howard Eskin got into a fight on Twitter. The two sides exchanged words once again after the Eagles stomped the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.
Just would like to remind @Bease11 our exchange on Twitter last week. “Dak was that dude” with a QB rating of 30 against # eagles Sunday. Cole Beasley needs to pay attention to me next time. @SportsRadioWIP https://t.co/uUsSPp3d4l— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) November 20, 2017
Eskin’s not wrong. Dak Prescott was certainly not “that dude” against the Eagles. The Cowboys quarterback turned the ball over four times in a loss. This didn’t stop Beasley from firing back ... with a typo in his tweet.
I stand by it. There is 11 our there.— Cole Beasley (@Bease11) November 20, 2017
Then Howard brings the fire:
Hey bro you got beat by 20 last week to #falcons and 28 Sunday to #eagles and your on Twitter. PS..you had two catches for 7 yards of Dak’s 145. That ain’t special. @SportsRadioWIP https://t.co/f8FSo7GDYI— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) November 20, 2017
Then Beasley brings out the whole “I make more money than you do,” which is real original.
Naw but I got two kids whose college is payed for already and they’re still in diapers. ;) https://t.co/CWFZqsQXrL— Cole Beasley (@Bease11) November 20, 2017
So Eskin fires back again with a HAYMAKER:
This is too easy going after a #cowboys player. So I had to ask @Bease11 Cole Beasley, Who’s Your Daddy. Last year his QB had all the weapons, now Dak Prescott has to carry team. He’s good, but Cant do it. @SportsRadioWIP https://t.co/HmhPPBG9S4— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) November 20, 2017
Hey Cole @Bease11, I will always admire parents taking care of their kids education. that’s great. I took care of my 5 kids w private school and college and feel good too. But bro your #cowboys team is disaster. QB Dak can’t pull you out of this. Enjoy watching playoffs on TV https://t.co/Qjw2Z3GJir— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) November 20, 2017
Beasley didn’t respond to any of these.
He didn’t need to. After getting embarrassed on national television on Sunday night, Beasley got clowned by Howard Eskin on Twitter.
daLLas taking all kinds of L’s.
Subject: Seahawks vs. Falcons: How to watch Monday Night Football, game info, live streaming, odds, more
Watch MNF here.
Seattle is currenly the sixth seed in the NFC playoff picture. The Falcons, meanwhile, are hanging around as eighth team in the NFC.
As far as the Philadelphia Eagles are concerned, I don’t think there’s a clear rooting interest here. You should root against the team you find more threatening to the Eagles.
Find everything you need to know about tonight's game below.
Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks TV Schedule
Game time: 8:30 PM EST
Date: Monday, November 20
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters
Location: CenturyLink Stadium | Seattle, Washington
Online Streaming: WatchESPN
Atlanta Falcons -1.5 (-105)
Seattle Seahawks +1.5 (-115)
Open thread: discuss Monday night’s game in the comments below.
Subject: NFL Playoff Picture: Updated standings after Week 11
Overview of the league.
Here’s an updated look at the 2018 NFL playoff picture now that Week 11 is over and there are only six games remaining for every team.
NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE
Top six seeds
1 - Philadelphia Eagles: 9-1 overall, 7-0 conference
3 - New Orleans Saints: 8-2 overall, 6-1 conference
4 - Los Angeles Rams: 7-3 overall, 4-3 conference
5 - Carolina Panthers: 7-3 overall, 4-3 conference
6 - Atlanta Falcons: 6-4 overall, 5-1 conference
In the hunt
7 - Detroit Lions: 6-4 overall, 5-3 conference
8 - Seattle Seahawks: 6-4 overall, 4-3 conference
10 - Dallas Cowboys: 5-5 overall, 4-4 conference
11 - Washington Redskins: 4-6 overall, 3-5 conference
12 - Arizona Cardinals: 4-6 overall, 3-5 conference
13 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 4-6 overall, 2-4 conference
The Eagles are at the top of the conference with a 9-1 record. They’ll have a chance to maintain their lead with a home game against the 3-7 Chicago Bears this week. Philly’s magic number to clinch the NFC East is three, so it looks like it’s only a matter of time until they’ll do that. They’ll need to keep winning in order to secure that No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
The Vikings and Saints are currently the biggest threats to the Eagles. Minnesota plays the Lions in Detroit this week. They already lost to the Lions earlier this season. A Detroit win would be nice for Philly. As for New Orleans, they play the Rams in L.A. It’d be nice if the Rams won that one, but Los Angeles losing wouldn’t be the worst thing.
The Eagles already have a direct tie-breaker over the Panthers so they’re not much of a threat. Carolina has been inconsistent anyway.
The Falcons moved into the sixth seed after defeating the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. Seattle’s secondary is depleted after losing Richard Shermand and Kam Chancellor for the season. Russell Wilson is still dangerous, but he can’t make up for all of their weaknesses. Atlanta won in unimpressive fashion since they almost choked a lead but Blair Walsh choked harder on a 52-yard field goal attempt that fell short.
The Lions have one of the easiest remaining schedules in the league so they could very well sneak in for a wild card spot, or even take the NFC North lead if the Vikings slip up down the stretch.
The Packers are bound to continue to lose with Brett Hundley quarterback.
Washington and Dallas are still in the hunt. The Cowboys are dealing with some key absences, though, and Dak Prescott has failed to step up in the face of adversity. Washington also lost their best offensive weapon, Chris Thompson, for the season.
Arizona and Tampa Bay are long shots here.
AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE
Top six seeds
1 - Pittsburgh Steelers: 8-2 overall, 6-1 conference
2 - New England Patriots: 8-2 overall, 5-1 conference
3 - Jacksonville Jaguars: 7-3 overall, 7-2 conference
4 - Kansas City Chiefs: 6-4 overall, 4-2 conference
5 - Tennessee Titans: 6-4 overall, 5-4 conference
6 - Baltimore Ravens: 5-5 overall, 4-3 conference
In the hunt
7 - Buffalo Bills: 5-5 overall, 3-3 conference
8 - Miami Dolphins: 4-6 overall, 3-3 conference
9 - New York Jets: 4-6 overall, 4-4 conference
10 - Cincinnati Bengals: 4-6 overall, 4-5 conference
11 - Houston Texans: 4-6 overall, 3-4 conference
12 - Los Angeles Chargers: 4-6 overall, 3-5 conference
13 - Oakland Raiders: 4-6 overall, 4-5 conference
Since this is an Eagles blog, I’m not going to get deep into AFC playoff picture analysis here. Just posting these standings to give you an idea of who the Eagles might play in the Super Bowl this year.