December 26, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Wednesday, Dec. 26

By Jesse Connolly

Like many Bruins prospects before him, Lee Goren (seen here being chased by Scott Niedermayer and wearing No. 37 before Patrice Bergeron came along) failed to live up to expectations. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • ESPN’s Pierre LeBruin offers up 10 ways for the NHL to recover from the lockout.

  • Charles Curtis of debates whether it’ll be the owners or players that blink first this time.

  • There will be a lot of fresh faces suiting up for the United States at the World Juniors. Jim Connelly of USCHO profiles the newbies America will be counting on.

  • Incredibly classy tribute to Sandy Hook last week by the Sound Tigers, who wore the names of the 20 children whose lives were lost on their jerseys. Take a look at the photos from the game.

Quick hits

  • The Whale will look for just their fourth win in the last 12 games when they take on the Sound Tigers tonight. Chris Kreider has just one goal during that stretch for Connecticut.

  • On Dec. 23, former Harvard standout Alex Killorn was named the Tampa Bay Lightning Prospect of the Week for the second week in a row. He has 21 points in 28 games for the Syracuse Crunch this season.

History lesson

  • Happy 35th birthday to Lee Goren, who was drafted 63rd overall by the Bruins in 1997 and expected to be a tremendous NHLer by many an optimistic fan after leading the nation in scoring with 63 points for North Dakota during the 1999-00 season. Goren played in just 67 games in the league (35 for Boston), during which he had 5-4-9 totals. He’s been in Europe since 2007 and remains active.

Entirely off-topic

  • Among the presents I hauled in yesterday, I think the Oh My God That’s Awesome award goes to this one: a Bluth’s frozen banana t-shirt. Pretty sweet, right?

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