Things are starting to pick up, at least in the Wilderness. Our player grades are still continuing, with the defensemen taking the spotlight until Friday, when the goalies have their day in court. Also, please make sure to look at Dan Chan's draft coverage, if you haven't already, which will be rolled out every day, as well as the Noon Number, which makes a triumphant return to the Wilderness airwaves (is bandwith the internet equivalent of airwaves? If not, what is? Lemme know in the comments) in a short four hours.
Anyway, with that said, let's go onto the Walk.
Tending the Fields
Oklahoma tornado hits close to home for AHL’s Barons | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Only the best thoughts for Oklahoma right now.
2013 Memorial Cup tournament preview features Seth Jones | Home Ice - SI.com- A preview of some players we're going to be talking about soon.
Off the Trail
On Jonathan Toews and the concept of "squeezing your stick too tight" | Backhand Shelf- Perhaps Jonathan Toews should give his "C" to Marian Hossa?
Patrick Roy, the Colorado Avalanche and "name coaches" in general | Backhand Shelf- A look at the challenges figurehead-type coaches have in store for them. Bourne's always a good read.
LA Kings give Twitter to comedian; comedian makes rape joke - NHL - Sporting News- In my mind, at least, a joke about anything can be funny- even a horrible thing like sexual assault- given the right amount of craft to a joke. But it's clear that A) This wasn't funny, B) A hockey team's Twitter account is hardly the correct place or medium to go there, and C) handing your Twitter account over to a "Weenie and the Butt" or "Crazy Ira and The Douche" guy isn't the smartest idea to begin with. A stupid, stupid misstep by the LA Kings' Twitter, and hopefully one they'll take steps to correct. As an aside, I wish we'd also see this kind of backlash occur when hockey players, media, and fans compare their game to the brutality and horror of war, which (unlike this) happens every single day.
All hail Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, King of Game 3′s | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Heckuva Noon Number, right there.
Jersey Fouls: Parros mustache foul; Alex Brovechkin; Jagr, Schenn Dead To Me sweaters | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- As a person who finds it fun to call people "Broseidon: King of the Brocean", I approve the Brovechkin jersey. As well as the Parros. Definitely not the Pouliot.
On the Pitch ("Wack FCs", while an awesome Del tha Funkee Homosapien reference, did not test well)
United FC loses to Des Moines in U.S. Open Cup | StarTribune.com- Minnesota United loses 1-0.