2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs: PHT’s Round 1 picks


Welcome to ProHockeyTalk’s springtime tradition of embarrassing the staff! Comprised of myself (Mike Halford), Jason Brough, Joe Yerdon, James O’Brien, Ryan Dadoun and Cam Tucker, the PHT braintrust is once again doing round-by-round picks for the Stanley Cup playoffs, which you will be able to stash away and use as ammunition at a later date.

So with that stellar intro out of the way, here are our fearless first round picks. Be sure to add yours in the comments section — if you do well, there’s a chance we’ll mention it in a future post, which is about as good a prize as you’ll get from a hockey blog. What, you were expecting jet skis? This this ain’t the Showcase Showdown.

Western Conference

Anaheim vs. Dallas

Halford: Ducks in 6

Brough: Stars in 6

Yerdon: Ducks in 7

O’Brien: Stars in 5

Dadoun: Ducks in 5

Tucker: Ducks in 7

San Jose vs. Los Angeles

Halford: Sharks in 7

Brough: Kings in 6

Yerdon: Kings in 7

O’Brien: Kings in 6

Dadoun: Sharks in 7

Tucker: Sharks in 7

St. Louis vs. Chicago

Halford: ‘Hawks in 7

Brough: ‘Hawks in 6

Yerdon: ‘Hawks in 6

O’Brien: ‘Hawks in 7

Dadoun: ‘Hawks in 6

Tucker: Blues in 6

Colorado vs. Minnesota

Halford: Avs in 6

Brough: Wild in 6

Yerdon: Avs in 6

O’Brien: Avs in 5

Dadoun: Avs in 6

Tucker: Avs in 6

Eastern Conference

Boston vs. Detroit

Halford: Wings in 7

Brough: Bruins in 7

Yerdon: Bruins in 7

O’Brien: Bruins in 6

Dadoun: Bruins in 6

Tucker: Bruins in 5

Montreal vs. Tampa Bay

Halford: Habs in 5

Brough: Habs in 7

Yerdon: Habs in 6

O’Brien: Bolts in 6

Dadoun: Bolts in 6

Tucker: Habs in 6

Pittsburgh vs. Columbus

Halford: Pens in 6

Brough: Pens in 6

Yerdon: Pens in 6

O’Brien: Pens in 5

Dadoun: Pens in 5

Tucker: Pens in 6

New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia

Halford: Rangers in 6

Brough: Rangers in 7

Yerdon: Rangers in 7

O’Brien: Rangers in 6

Dadoun: Flyers in 6

Tucker: Rangers in 5

Derek Roy continues his career in Switzerland

Alex Tanguay, Derek Roy
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Derek Roy will continue his pro career overseas, as he has signed a contract with Bern in the Swiss League.

Roy attended training camp on a professional tryout with the Washington Capitals, but he was unable to claim a spot on their roster.

The 32-year-old had some great years in the NHL, but since the 2011-12 season Roy had suited up for six different teams (excluding his PTO with the Caps).

His best season came in 2007-08 when he scored 32 goals and 81 points in 78 games with the Buffalo Sabres.

Roy will leave the NHL with 189 goals and 524 points in 738 career games.

He will join former NHLers Cory Conacher, Andrew Ebbett, Chuck Kobasew, Simon Moser and Sean Bergenheim in Bern.


Sabres place Lehner on IR; Recall Lieuwen

Connor Brown, Robin Lehner

They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.

The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.

Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.

The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.