Song says Beijing Winter Games will boost NHL in Asia (Reuters)

By Julian Linden KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Song Andong, the first Chinese-born player drafted to play in the National Hockey League, got a first-hand look on Wednesday at the giant shoes he is trying to fill. Since being picked this year by the New York Islanders, the 18-year-old Song has been billed as the NHL's answer to Yao Ming, the towering Chinese basketballer who made the NBA such a big hit in east Asia. Song said he would love nothing more than to emulate Yao by introducing millions of Chinese to another American professional sport, but the enormity of his task became evident when he stood next to the 2.29 meter (7ft 6in) Yao at a news conference on Wednesday.

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Olympics-Song says Beijing Winter Games will boost NHL in Asia (Reuters)

By Julian Linden KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 (Reuters) - Song Andong, the first Chinese-born player drafted to play in the National Hockey League, got a first-hand look on Wednesday at the giant shoes he is trying to fill. Since being picked this year by the New York Islanders, the 18-year-old Song has been billed as the NHL's answer to Yao Ming, the towering Chinese basketballer who made the NBA such a big hit in east Asia. Song said he would love nothing more than to emulate Yao by introducing millions of Chinese to another American professional sport, but the enormity of his task became evident when he stood next to the 2.29 metre (7ft 6in) Yao at a news conference on Wednesday.

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And Now For Something Completely Serious: Ranking The Top 25 NHL Right Wingers In 2015-16 (Yahoo Sports)

Top 25 NHL Right Winger Rankings: There's a lot of goals on the right side, from elite scorers such as Patrick Kane, Corey Perry and Vladimir Tarasenko at the top of the rankings to the best of the rest in the 'Honorable Mentions.'

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And Now For Something Completely Serious: Ranking The Top 25 NHL Centers In 2015-16 (Yahoo Sports)

Top 25 NHL Center Rankings: Take a look at our projections for the league's best pivots in 2015-16, from bona fide superstars such as Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Ryan Getzlaf to the best of the rest in the 'Honorable Mentions.'

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Payday for Okposo?; Burke’s management future; goalies go 3-on-3 (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com .   

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Winners and losers in 2015-16 NHL schedule mileage (Puck Daddy)

For yet another year, Pacific Division teams will be burning up the jet fuel for travel. The one and only Dirk Hoag , former head of On the Forecheck , looked at the NHL’s schedule and came up with an estimate of how many miles teams will travel. Teams in the Pacific Division occupy six spots in the top-10.  Behold the table below that shows … Edmonton's Connor McDavid will go way, way further to play his hockey games than Buffalo's Jack Eichel in their rookie years. Miles and back-to-backs games go through the 2013-14 season, the first year of the NHL's current divisional format.  The table was originally released by OTF:  Team 2015-16 Miles 2015-16 B-to-B  2014-15 Miles  2014-15 B-to-B  2013-14 Miles  2013-14 B-to-B  San Jose Sharks 50,362 14  45,318  11  57,612  10  Edmonton Oilers 49,401 9  45,597  11  45,192  12  Dallas Stars 48,419 12  48,216  12  46,660  13  Calgary Flames 48,341 12  38,874  10  48,970  12  Vancouver Canucks 45,711 13  45,173  12  48,510  17  Anaheim Ducks 44,653 11  46,967  13  48,568  14  Los Angeles Kings 43,750 13  44,100  9  48,432  14  Colorado Avalanche 42,901 10  44,167  12  49,007  10  Winnipeg Jets 42,380 12  42,027  9  46,477  10  Florida Panthers 41,891 14  42,786  12  45,136  14  Carolina Hurricanes 41,558 16  40,800  16  38,879  20  Minnesota Wild 40,976 15  41,178  13  44,273  13  Tampa Bay Lightning 40,974 13  37,221  12  43,102  12  St. Louis Blues 40,649 12  38,965  14  39,328  13  Arizona Coyotes 40,504 15  49,818  13  52,633  12  Montreal Canadiens 39,947 16  37,135  16  39,327  17  Chicago Blackhawks 39,332 13  40,074  15  38,680  18  Ottawa Senators 38,796 14  33,421  13  34,850  16  Boston Bruins 38,236 11  38,938  16  42,389  17  Columbus Blue Jackets 37,602 18  35,139  19  36,597  17  Nashville Predators 36,971 12  42,096  11  39,810  15  New Jersey Devils 36,271 12  33,597  18  33,151  22  New York Rangers 36,089 17  36,113  13  29,839  13  Washington Capitals 35,487 13  36,487  16  36,250  17  New York Islanders 35,015 15  33,214  16  29,933  18  Philadelphia Flyers 34,811 15  31,272  14  34,929  14  Buffalo Sabres 34,201 15  37,022  19  34,812  13  Toronto Maple Leafs 33,880 16  34,020  18  35,975  16  Pittsburgh Penguins 33,660 17  32,444  17  37,061  17  Detroit Red Wings 33,487 17  34,179  12  35,324  15 Hoag also made an incredibly detailed spreadsheet on this .  A few reactions to this… • The Detroit Red Wings must really, really love playing in the Eastern Conference. Per the 2011-12 super schedule , Detroit traveled 42,865 miles. On this graph they will travel an estimated 33,487 miles. Those 9,378 or so fewer miles go a long, long way. In 2011-12 the Blue Jackets, the other former Western Conference team moved East, went 42,831 miles. On the above graph they will travel an estimate 37,602 miles. • A total of 14 teams will travel fewer miles than last year. Which means 16 teams will travel more.  • I’m amazed the Philadelphia Flyers don’t travel the fewest miles for the second straight year. Have they lost their favored status with the NHL? • Teams that joined the Central Division after the 2012-13 season seem to still have the screws put to them from a travel perspective. Out of the top-10 most traveled teams, the only Central Division teams are relative divisional newbies Dallas, Winnipeg and Colorado. Minnesota is the fourth-most traveled Central team. They rank 12th overall. So much for that whole realignment limiting their miles.  • San Jose will travel the most miles for the second time in three years since the new alignment. Guess that’s the price you pay for being able to play Putt-Putt in the middle of winter. • The Western Conference team with most back to backs is the Arizona Coyotes. Seven Eastern Conference squads have more with Columbus topping out at 18. Columbus will travel close to 2,902 fewer miles than Arizona. Would you rather play three more back to backs or travel 3,000 more air miles? • The top-three most traveled Eastern Conference teams, Florida, Carolina and Tampa, all play below the Mason-Dixon line. The South will rise again! • After Jan. 18, the Penguins will not have to leave the Eastern timezone. • The Nashville Predators will travel 5,125 fewer miles than a year ago and only play one more back-to-back. They owe the NHL schedule maker a cold one. • Hopefully McDavid knows how to pack a suitcase.  - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper MORE FROM YAHOO SPORTS    

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Top 5 goals from NHL development camps (Videos) (Puck Daddy)

Development camp breakaway goals are a joy and a treat. The young lads seem to always try new and exciting moves to impress the old management men sitting in the stands in hopes of making an impression. Generally a lot of these goals look way cooler than NHL scores, probably because they come before #theplayers are bogged down with the monotony of the day-to-day NHL grind. So oooh, aaah and swoon over the next generation of NHL highlight makers while getting in your July hockey fix.   5. Sergey Tolchinsky, Carolina Hurricanes   This guy wasn’t drafted? You have got to be kidding me. Granted he’s listed at 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, so that could play a role. But sick mitts, dude.  4. Haydn Fleury, Carolina Hurricanes This move looks familiar ... he stoles it from us! Or stole it from Tolchinsky to some degree. Looks like @fleury96 has been taking #CanesCamp notes from @Tolchinsky10 . pic.twitter.com/Z1pKDKp30X — Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) July 9, 2015 3. Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres Not many players can score a goal in slow-mo. Eichel has this power. Just kidding, but nice speed, power and a bank shot off the goalie’s glove. Jack Eichel is pretty good. @BuffaloSabres pic.twitter.com/cbvWocasIO — Rick Procknal (@RProcks10) July 8, 2015 2. John Schiavo, New York Islanders Just amazing hand-eye coordination on this play. Yow. That's East Patchogue's finest right there.  1.  Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers How many times did he deke on this? Yikes ... eat your heart out Charlie Conway. Also, loved this move on Leon Draisaitl.  Overall was a good camp for McSavior.   - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper   MORE FROM YAHOO SPORTS

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Penguins want techies; Toews not scared of cap sell-off; wallaby sale gone bad (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com . Looks like @fleury96 has been taking #CanesCamp notes from @Tolchinsky10 . pic.twitter.com/Z1pKDKp30X — Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) July 9, 2015 • Amazing puck handling by Carolina Hurricanes prospect Haydn Fleury with the behind the back goal. [ @NHLCanes ] • Attention all tech entrepreneurs: the Pittsburgh Penguins want you and your ideas to enhance the fan experience. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ] • Mirtle: It's a buyers market and the remaining free agents are scrambling as the money dries up. [ Globe & Mail ] • Colby Armstrong said playing with Phil Kessel on the Toronto Maple Leafs was 'frustrating.' That should go over well... [ Puck Drunk Love ] • Ryan Miller could have been traded by the Vancouver Canucks instead of Eddie Lack (and other revelations from the team.) [ The Province ] • Jonathan Toews isn't worried about the Chicago Blackhawks precarious salary cap position and moves made for relief. He believes the team can keep up their success. [ Winnipeg Sun ] • If there is any doubt the New Jersey Devils are now Ray Shero's team, look to the parting of ways between 31-year employee, executive vice president of hockey operations/director of scouting David Conte and the team. [ Fire and Ice ] • Bruce Arthur: Why can't the NHL free agency period be a circus like the NBA's (i.e. DeAndre Jordan dramarama)? [ The Star ] • Could it even be remotely possible that Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning end up parting ways? [ The Score ] • A financial adviser and a race car driver have been convicted of defrauding at least 13 NHL players to the tune of $30-million. [ Reuters ] • Resigning Braden Holtby should be the Washington Capitals No. 1 priority. [ Too Many Men on the Site ] • Highly anticipated Detroit Red Wings prospect Dylan Larkin draws closer to his chance at the big show. [ Today's Slapshot ] • The Columbus Blue Jackets have already made some massive moves this off-season; however, their work is not done. [ Along the Boards ] • Nashville Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey decided to delay his transition to the NHL to protect his future, should this hockey thing not work out. He's returning to Harvard to finish his degree. [ NHL ] • The New York Islanders are attempting to keep a part of the team in Long Island with the Cantiague Park practice facility. Only thing is it might be against New York state law. Cue the political ruckus about to ensue. [ Isles Beat ] • "Who are the best two-way centers in NHL over past 5 seasons?" [ Hockey Analysis ] • The Boston Bruins want players on their roster who are excited to don the black and gold. [ The Pink Puck ] • "David Poile and the gang drafted this year with a nearly singular focus, and then addressed some roster holes via free agency. Is it enough? And are the pieces the correct ones?" [ On the Forecheck ] • Fantasy hockey alert: The best and worst free agent defensemen signings, cap-hit wise. [ Dobber ] • Cutler Martin, defenseman for the University of Michigan, was nabbed by PETA for attempting to sell a pet wallaby. Yes, you read all of that correctly. [ Buzzing the Net ] • Best wishes to David Pollak. After 44 years in news and the last eight as the Sharks beat writer, he's moving on. [ Mercury News ] • Boston College alums face off against Boston University alums in the Comm Ave Charity Classic at Walter Brown Arena benefiting the fight against ALS. Some notable attendees: Johnny Gaudreau, Brian Leetch, Cory Schneider, Chris Krider, Charlie Coyle, and Adam Clendening. [ Bruins Daily ] • Finally, Jimmy Hayes heads home: - - - - - - - Jen Neale is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @MsJenNeale_PD . MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:  

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