Daily Archives: September 19, 2011

Season Preview: Jeremy Morin

photo credit: Hockey Broad

By Jon Fromi

Jeremy Morin is a name that has been at or near the top of the Blackhawks’ prospect list since Chicago obtained his rights 14 months ago. As last season’s training camp came to a close, it appeared that the Auburn, New York native was on a fast track to the NHL.

Almost a year later, Morin is playing what has to be a frustrating waiting game, one that will likely continue for the talented forward until two things occur. A spot on the roster will need to be won. First, Morin will need a clean bill of health in order for that to happen.

Morin, a product of the United States Hockey Developmental Program, was a second-round pick by Atlanta in 2009. Following his selection, Morin torched the Ontario Hockey League for 47 goals and 36 assists in 58 games with the Kitchener Rangers. He was also a point a game player in seven games for the U.S.A.’s gold medal team at the 2010 World Junior Championships. Read more »

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TTMI~Fantasy Hockey Leagues 2011-12

Returning invites went out last night to everyone who participated in either of our fantasy hockey league’s last season.  If you were in one of our leagues last year and did not receive the email invite, please notify me immediately to secure your spot.

I expect several openings, so if you’re interested in joining and managing your own team against myself and other TTMI readers/listeners – act fast.

I’m required to tell you these are not money pools, our leagues are for fun only.  We run on the Yahoo! NHL Fantasy format which has proven reliable and easy to navigate.  We’re running live interactive drafts on Monday night, October 3.

So, if you want to join, shoot me an email at the address listed below and I’ll get you the info to sign up.  It’s a fun, supplemental way to track the league during the season.  And you’ll probably whip my ass.  So there you go….

ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com

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Preseason opener roster set, Captain and mini-serious to skate in Saskatoon

Here’s the roster the Blackhawks will travel to Saskatoon with tomorrow for the first preseason game against the Oilers.  This info has been relayed from today’s practice sessions by Jesse Rogers and Chris Kuc on their respective Twitter accounts.

The Blackhawks couldn’t resist the temptation, both Toews brothers will suit up.  Ray Emery and Alexander Salak will be the goaltenders.  I imagine they’ll split the time some how, but that isn’t clear.  Making their unofficial pro debuts are 2011 draft picks Mark McNeill, Brandon Saad and Phillip Danault.

Emery, Rostislav Olesz, Jamal Mayers, Sami Lepisto and Steve Montador see their first real game action as members of the Blackhawks organization.

These are not the lines.  Those should be released on the Hawks’ main site sometime Tuesday afternoon. Read more »

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Upcoming radio show schedule

Some quick notes on our upcoming internet radio schedule.

First off, I never did plug this but since I do have a link for this…  I was the guest on the Let’s Go Kings podcast back on September 7th answering LA Kings’ fans questions on the Blackhawks, the new acquisitions and expectations in Chicago this season.  Also, which players I “hate” most on the Canucks, which is a ridiculous question but I tried to answer as best I could.  Overall, it was a good interview and I had a nice time chatting with those guys.  So give them a listen if you get the chance.  I’m on for about the first half hour.

On to our business….

TTMI~Radio returns live tomorrow night September 20th at 9pm eastern/8 central/6 pacific.  No guest tomorrow so we’ll have plenty of time for listener questions and our usual innate babble.  I realize we’re going head-up against the Hawks-Oilers game streaming from Saskatoon.  Even more reason to tune in with us as we give live feedback during the action.  We’ll discuss the opening days of training camp as well as updated analysis on Rusty Olesz, John Scott, Viktor Stalberg, Sami Lepisto and Corey Crawford.  If you have a topic or question you’d like us to hit, you can send those to me at my email listed at the bottom of this update.

On Monday September 26th at 10pm eastern/9 central and 7 pacific, I’ll be joined by John Hoven, author of the terrific LA Kings’ blog MayorsManor.com.  Some of you may remember when The Mayor first joined us this time last year.  He’ll give us an all-access pass to all things to the new and improved LA Kings, a team considered to be a top favorite by many to lead the way in the Western Conference.

The next night, September 27, back at our regular 8pm central start time, we’re joined by Sam Fels, writer extraordinaire to preview the Blackhawks and the upcoming NHL season abroad.  Listen in as the editor of The Committed Indian, Second City Hockey and NBC’s Madhouse Enforcer gives us his take on the 2011-12 season.

That’s all for now.

ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com

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