The All-Star break was a chance for players and fans alike to reflect on the first half of yet another NHL season.
Through four months of hockey, there have already been plenty of triumphs, surprises, and failures -- here are the best and worst of 2010-2011 thus far.
Sidney Crosby’s Point Streak – Although Crosby’s 50-point, 25-game consecutive scoring streak fell a few games short of the record (Gretzky’s 153 points in 51 games), it marked the longest run since Mats Sundin tallied points in a 30-game stretch for the Nordiques in the 1992-1993 season. The numbers are incredible: 26 goals, 24 assists, 16 multi-point games, two 4-point games, 3 GWG’s—the list...
I missed the All-Star Game this year. Not just the game, but the Draft and the Superskills. And for some reason I don't care. If I wasn't at the arena the whole weekend I definitely would have watched it, but I don't feel upset for missing it, which I find weird. With all the hype the Game was bringing I thought the game was taking a turn for the better. It turned out to be the same thing as last year: a commercialized entertainment buzz with NHL players as the actors. What happened to the All-Star Game? Back in like 1983 the teams would actually play to win and the best players were all there. None of this "have someone from every team" garbage. Have the best players there. Period.
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Like anything else, the NHL All Star Game (and All Star Weekend as a whole) will receive differing reactions depending on who is asked. Some view it as pointless and refuse to watch. Some can do without it, but since it technically is a hockey game can't not watch. Others absolutely love it and get excited for it no matter what.
If you view it strictly as a hockey game, then of course it's not going to be something to talk about. Goals are exciting, but what's hockey without defense, great goaltending, hard hits, and special teams play? It's basically a simple game of shinny. You can always expect a high scoring game with offensive flare. But it's no...
Headshots and Concussions... they're an issue that is constantly talked about around the league, every game you watch, it is mentioned at least once. Every big hit, someone complains it was a headshot.
The NHL Board of Governors met on Saturday to discuss this issue. Whether the penalty needs to be broadened, maybe it isn't strict enough? Or does something else completely different need to be done about this issue, such as an equipment change?
GM's are constantly getting asked about the issue, and you can clearly see who has a bigger problem with it. With Marc Savard out with his second concussion in under two years, Sidney Crosby going down on a "headshot", which I saw, and have watch...
On the eve of the All Star Skills Competition, which I personally think is more entertaining than the All Star Game, we unveil the final ten picks of the 2011 Mock Entry Draft. By this time, anything remotely resembling consensus in draft lists is totally evaporated. If you hit even one out of these ten picks, it's a solid batting average...
21. Nashville Predators - Mika Zibanejad (Djurgarden, SEL)
The Preds have gone to Europe with some serious success lately. Players like Pekka Rinne,
Anders Lindback and Patric Hornqvist are already making an impact with the club ans Swiss
defender Roman Josi is already making waves in the AHL. Zibanejad is a very raw, two-way
physical centre ...
After finding out who'll be lucky enough to get their names called in the Top Ten. Today we deal with the meat of the draft. Teams individual lists will vary so much by this stage in the draft that calling the picks with 100 percent accuracy is almost absolutely impossible. This of course means it's worth attempting.
11. Los Angeles Kings - Tyler Biggs (USNTDP)
The Kings went to the well with the USNTDP last year, grabbing Derek Forbort fifteenth overall.
They'll go back to that well this year to grab some power and scoring off the wing with Biggs.
The Captain of this year's USNTDP squad will remind Kings fans of current Captain Dustin Brown
with his raw, bang and crash style.
With the All Star Break now on, the standings have solidified for a few days. Four Canadian teams are in the bottom ten with three retaining their picks, which means this could be a draft class that draws a lot of attention. With that in mind, this will be the first of three entries outlining a Mock version of this year's entry draft.
1. New Jersey Devils - Gabriel Landeskog (Kitchener, OHL)
The Devils don't draft for need. Lou Lamiorello has a system and takes players who will play within it. Landeskog is a complete player in all three zones on the ice. The Devils also like their Djurgarden Swedes (Josefson, Urbom) and Kitchener Rangers (Clarkson, Halischuk, Fraser, Kelly).
When watching the Leafs-Hurricanes game, we saw yet another goal disallowed when the puck shot by Jeff Skinner was clearly over the goal line. And once again the NHL found a way to screw it up. Sure, the goal didn't really affect the outcome of the game (a Canes 6-4 win), but it makes you scratch your head. The Rogers Sportsnet crew picked it up right away, the puck was over the goal line and should have counted.
In general the league really needs to take a look at these calls and ask themselves what they're doing wrong. Maybe they're using cameras from Foster Hewitt's days. Maybe they accidentally had the lens on. Who knows. But this isn't the only occurrence where the NHL messes up a c...
Before I jump into the all-star game thoughts and preview. I absolutely have to steal a line to mention this situation involving the Islanders and Evgeni Nabokov.
It has to be simply one of the funniest things to ever happen in the NHL. To see Nabokov rather not play or play in Russia than play for the Islanders is too funny. Nabokov summed this whole situation up with now one of my favourite quotes of all-time.
“I was surprised they picked me up,” he said. “I was like, ‘Wow, what’s the point?”‘
What’s the point? Exactly, the entire NHL knows Nabokov wouldn’t re-sign at the end of the year with the Islanders so what is the point in a last place team picking him up ...