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Hard Foul Sports Podcast Ep: 52 – Matthew Coller of WGR550 and ESPN

San Jose's Joe Pavelski has been dominant in their first round series against Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

San Jose’s Joe Pavelski has been dominant in their first round series against Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

NFL, NBA, NHL. We talked about it all on this episode of the podcast. In our first segment, Jim Bearor joined Evan Sally and Steve Stich to talk about the Eagles trading to the #2 pick. We then took a look at the NBA Playoffs, the pathetic (Houston), the surprising (Miami) and the head scratching (Oklahoma City).

Evan and Stich were then joined by Matthew Coller (@MatthewWGR) of WGR550 and ESPN’s NHL coverage about 32 mins into the show. The guys dug deep into the Sabres season and take a look at what the future may look like. Hint: A lot of Eichel and Reinhart. We then took a look at the NHL Playoffs where Matt has an interesting pick as to who he likes to win the Cup and he makes the case for Alex Ovechkin being the greatest goal scorer of all time. We also briefly touched on the Bills, should they draft a QB? And if so, what round?

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The NHL Rumor Mill

-Mike Tolsma

June 26th is right around the corner. If you are a fan of the Edmonton Oilers (still absolutely incredible) or the Buffalo Sabres, it will be a monumental day for those franchises. Since the beginning of this past season, the end game for the Buffalo Sabres never changed: tank. Cave for Connor, Savin’ for McDavid, whatever you like for your tanking phrase. But, of course, the ultimate prize of finishing in last place was the fact that the Sabres guaranteed themselves no worse (or better) than the 2nd overall pick in June’s draft – that pick likely (99.9999999%) being Jack Eichel. What if I told you that the Sabres may have an opportunity at both the 2nd and 3rd overall pick in this upcoming draft? It is very possible folks, so gear up for the ride.

According to a report from NHL.com, last night, the Arizona Coyotes, a fierce competitor in the Tankapalooza Sweepstakes and holder of that 3rd pick, is in fact fielding offers. Some may wonder why the Sabres would be in the discussion since they already have pick number 2, but it may happen.

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If You Catch My Draft

By Cruz Serrano

With the baseball season in full swing, the Rule 4 draft is quickly approaching. Although it doesn’t get the same publicity (or viewership) as other major sports drafts, the MLB draft is one of the more interesting to dissect. Aside from the occasional phenom like Bryce Harper, there are very few times you can look at a draft class and say for sure that a player is going to make a huge impact on a franchise. Some people would even argue that it’s a crapshoot because it’s impossible to project how an 18 year old will develop, or how they will adjust to the major leagues. The scouts in baseball have to put in a lot more hard work, and they are often projecting how players will develop for years to come before they ever get a chance to make an impact at the major league level. If there is one theme to this draft class, it’s the abundance of middle infielders, and the lack of pitchers. Here are ten of the top players that will be drafted, with the abundance of middle infielders being heavily represented on my list. My list takes into account where I think the player will go and is not necessarily based on who I believe to be the best player.


Dansby Swanson (Photo: Steven Branscombe / USA TODAY Sports)

1. Dansby Swanson: SS, Vanderbilt

Swanson seems to have it all. A great defender at short to go with a great bat. Projects to hit for power, however, with that power comes the tendency to often swing and miss. He has great on base tendencies and certainly projects well as an above average everyday shortstop. Swanson has starred in the toughest collegiate baseball conference, and he seems to be on the fast track to the major leagues. Continue reading

2015 NBA Mock Draft – Version I

– By Steve Stich

Version I of my NBA mock draft. See below for my thoughts on the first 30 selections for the upcoming June draft. Version II will be my final installment closer to selection day on June 25th.

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