Junior, the CHL podcast: January 20, 2016

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Jeff Marek hosts Sportsnet’s weekly CHL podcast, a one-stop shop for news, analysis, opinion and interviews covering the WHL, OHL and QMJHL. Sam Cosentino, the CHL’s top analyst/insider, joins Marek each week to discuss the latest from around the league, as do newsmakers from across the CHL. Couple that with NHLers remembering their days in junior hockey and regular updates on the latest risers and fallers for the NHL Draft, and there’s really nowhere else fans need to go.

On this week’s show, Sam stops by to recap the action that was around the country. The guys also get into a discussion about the favourites to host the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Ontario. Windsor? London? Mississauga? And what do we make of Sean Day at this point?

The Saint John’s Sea Dogs are red hot, going 8-1-1-0 in the past 10 games, and general manager Darrell Young joins Jeff to break down his team.

From the Dub, 2015 16th-overall pick by the New York Islanders and Seattle Thunderbirds star Mathew Barzal calls in. Among other things, he’s known as one of the most well liked guys in the league, and he and Jeff try to get to the bottom of why.

Finally, ahead of Sunday’s Mississauga-Barrie battle on Sportsnet, Steelheads forward Nathan Bastian joins the show to talk about what it’s like playing on one of the best lines in the CHL and his rising NHL Draft stock.

All of that and much more.

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