What I Read This Week (1/21)


Holy $#*! It's Cold Outside!

Another week in the record books and it's been a good one for the Wild as they've won their last three games by a combined score of 14-1. Throw in the US Pond Hockey Championships this weekend (I salute those brave souls as the current temperature in Minneapolis is -2) and there's plenty of great hockey to be found. Good news for someone who has to go skate shopping.

As always, you can follow First Round Bust on Twitter and I hope everyone has a great weekend. Enjoy!

Minnesota Wild:
-After reading this article, John Madden might be irritated at Tom Powers. (Pioneer Press)

-Minnesota still feeling effects of weak 2006 draft. At least it's better than 2005. And 2004. And maybe 2007. (Hockey's Future)

-And by six games it was $2500. More Senseless On-Ice Acts (ESPN)

-This always reminds me of fifth grade and playing the Stock Market Game. Wild Stock Market Report: Left Wingers Edition. (Hockey Wilderness)


Prospects and the Farm:
-Darcy Kuemper continues to win the WHL Player of the Week.

-The big picture featuring all the Wild prospect updates. (Wild.com)

-Joel Broda gets sent to Bakersfield. (The Third Intermission)

-Not the first nor last time this headline is used. Jason Zucker heats up ice. (DU Clarion)

-Video of Mikael Granlund in the shootout. It's good to see someone associated with the Wild organization be successful in it again.


General Hockey:
-Bouchard knows concussion struggle all too well. Yes it features PMB, who admits he's not 100% back yet, but the overlying focus of the article is on concussions and player saftety. (Globe and Mail)

-How Elite Is Tampa Bay? The answer might surprise you. Or not that much. (Hitting The Post)

-Aiming For The Top Episode 3 (Sports Agent Blog)

-The origin story of the NHL Guardians. True to form, we're seeing parodies already (Puck Daddy/PensBlog)

-Hockey As You've Never Seen It (NY Times)

-The NHL is changing up the Superskills competition (corporate sponsorship and all) although personally I'm saddened there is no Ric Flair woo-off. (NHL.com)


College and HS Hockey:
-The Gophers and Sioux played nice last week. Oh wait...


-Hobey Rankings (INCH)

-INCH Power Rankings

-Let's Play Hockey Rankings

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