Mariners Top 5 options in the 2012 MLB draft (1st Round)

Mike Zunino

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin makes some predictions on the candidates to be selected by Jack Z. Here is all the information you need to get set for the MLB draft. Its on June 4-6 on the MLB Network. The consensus first round pick for the Mariners, Mike Zunino is considered the best college bat of the draft. Byron Buxton is considered by many to be the top position player.

In-Depth: A closer look at Seahawks rookie DT Jaye Howard

Jaye Howard, Seattle Seahawks

NWSB Insider Brandon Choate brings us a closer look at the Seattle Seahawks 2012 fifth round draft choice. The Seahawks selected Jaye Howard – DT – Florida. He’ll practice this week at the VMAC in Seattle at the first Seahawks rookie minicamp. He has deceptive speed for a big guy and will pursue ball carriers on the edges of the field.

Northwest Athlete Profile: Jason Garrison

Jason Garrison, Florida Panthers

NWSB insider Dave B brings us another profile featuring an athlete from the Northwest. Jason Garrison took the extremely hard road to get the NHL. After shining in the Vancouver Minor Hockey System, he failed to be drafted higher so he played for Nanaimo Clippers of the BC Junior Hockey League. Then onto the University of Minnesota Duluth squad. Garrison played for the Florida Panthers minor league team until he finally got the call.

Northwest Coach Profiles: Lou Piniella

Lou Piniella

Another North West Coach in the spotlight today. Former Seattle Mariners skipper Lou Piniella. Danny Ferguson one of our Seattle sports area bloggers points out Coach Lou Coach has coached 3× World Series champion (1977, 1978, 1990). In 1993, he was hired by Seattle. It was heartbreaking for fans when he demanded to be traded to Tampa. Piniella would go on to manage the heart break clubs of the Rays and the Cubs.

GAME 44: Sleepers Don’t Strike Twice vs. Vancouver!

Canucks vs. Lightning

Josh Hall one of our Vancouver Canucks bloggers is back with his Tuesday Vancouver Canucks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning matchup preview. 4:30 p.m. PT, on Rogers Sportsnet. Should be a good game. Look at Tampa’s talent; Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier take on Ryan Kesler, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin. We hope its not a snorefest.

GAME 43: These Aren’t Your Father’s Panthers

Canucks vs. Panthers

Josh Hall one of our Vancouver Canucks bloggers is back with his Monday Vancouver Canucks vs. Florida Panthers matchup preview. 4:30 p.m. PT, on Rogers Sportsnet. LW Mike Duco has been recalled from the Wolves. He will draw in on the 4th line with Manny Malhotra and Dale Weise. Andrew Ebbett had surgery today for his broken collar bone. Lots of EX-Canucks on the Panthers.

The Birth of the Vancouver Canucks American Express Line

Kesler + Higgins + Booth

With the big trade made on Saturday by Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis the Canucks have made it clear that the plan will be for Chris Higgins to join David Booth and Ryan Kesler on an all-American second line. Higgins and Booth know each other from their days in Florida and the Canucks are hoping to capitalize on that chemistry.

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