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Daily Cupcakes: February 18th, 2011

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Let's start with a bit of an update on Joey Hishon, his team is doing well, and are winning games even without their number 1 goalie

"Sometimes you do feel a little bit of pressure from (the fans) because the city hasn't won before -- the team hasn't won before," Hishon said. "But I think that will only push us harder and make us play better."

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Joey Hishon's 34th goal of the season midway through the third period was the winner as the Owen Sound Attack nipped the Niagara IceDogs 4-3 in OHL action Thursday night.

In case you are wondering, he has played 46 games, has 34 goals and a whopping 45 assists for 79 points. He is a +/- +12 and has 64 penalty minutes for the season.

 

How about some love for the American Junior leagues too?

NHL teams and fans should start paying attention to U.S. college hockey in the NCAA because Canada isn’t the only place you’ll find Calder-calibre hockey players.

Two players that no one expected to make an impact were Kevin Shattenkirk of the Colorado Avalanche and Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers.

As a Canadian hockey fan, it was easy to ignore these two players as possible as candidates for the Calder.

 

And a slightly stale Cupcake, but I'm sure still tasty. Follow the link to see a  blurb on each guy.

For purposes of this list, we used the criteria whereby we ranked only NHL drafted or signed blueliners currently playing in the WHL. Most of those in our Top 10 are providing valuable offensive contributions for their respective teams, with only a trio on this list establishing themselves as true shut-down types.

1. Tyson Barrie Kelowna Rockets (COL)

3. Stefan Elliott, Saskatoon Blades (COL)