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|M. McDonald strong vs. University of Calgary||09-18-2014|
Mason McDonald turned aside all 15 shots he faced as the Flames' prospects earned a 3-1 win against the University of Calgary.
|McDonald was only asked to play in the first half of the contest. "I felt good out there," McDonald said. "The first was kind of a weird period. The puck was bouncing off the boards, and there were some weird tips, but I settled down and felt pretty good." Obviously a prospects game, especially one that didn't even involve two NHL teams, isn't something you can really read much into, but in McDonald's case these rookie games have allowed him to settle down and get used to the idea of playing as a member of the Flames' organization. At 34th overall, he was the first netminder taken in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.|
|Sullivan to use past good, bad times as coach||09-18-2014|
|Steve Sullivan LW NJ|
Steve Sullivan has plenty of personal experiences he can lean on as he begins his new career as the Coyotes' development coach.
Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
|Sullivan played in 1,011 career NHL games, but as impressive as that is, it doesn't begin to tell the full story of his playing career. He nearly had his career derailed because of back problems that sidelined him for almost two years. In the end, he managed to return and, despite being in his mid-30s by the time he was back, enjoy several solid campaigns before hanging up his skates. He also had to climb up the ranks to get into the NHL after being passed on until the ninth round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. His ability to overcome the odds might help inspire the Coyotes' young players as he tries to help them get the most out of their careers.|
|Boudreau feels Kesler's size addresses need||09-18-2014|
|Ryan Kesler C ANA|
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau feels Ryan Kesler provides the Anaheim Ducks with something they lacked last season.
Orange County Register
|"He's a big, strong centerman," Boudreau said of Kesler. "As much as I loved all of the players on our team last year, Saku (Koivu) wasn't very big, Nick Bonino isn't very big and Mathieu Perreault isn't very big. Now we have that big centerman who can play against every other team's top line, and allow Ryan Getzlaf's line not to have to play against them, especially at home." Kesler is expected to typically center the second line after being acquired from Vancouver. The Ducks are betting on the idea that the one-two punch of Ryan Getzlaf and Kesler will help Anaheim not only excel in the regular season, but also edge out top teams like Chicago and Los Angeles in the playoffs.|