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 ...
I was reading the TSN postgame report on the Flames' win over the Canucks last night and was surprised that they were only 5 points out of a playoff spot. After all, everyone expects the Flames to miss the post-season but a few games winning streak to put them right back in it.
And this is also true with virtually every Western Conference team chasing a playoff spot right now. A quick look at the standings lets us know how tight the competition is right now:
Only the dreadful Oilers are out of contention at this point, which should make for an extremely exciting finish in the West.
The East is quite the opposite.
I don't think any team out of the top 9 has a...
Some players beat each other senseless with their fists, other players throw on pads and use their bodies as targets for 100 MPH frozen rubber bullets, and then there are those players who are born to score goals.
The superheros of the hockey world.
The crème of the crop.
When you’re a kid playing street hockey outside with your friends, these are the guys you're pretending to be when you score.
Here are the top five snipers in the NHL today:
5. CBJ – Rick Nash
The Blue Jackets’ lack of success over the years has seemingly overshadowed Nash’s ability to score some tremendous goals. If he played for a better (and more offensively minded) squad, there’s no qu...
They're tough. They're fan favorites. They don't usually score goals but can change the momentum of a game with their bare hands.
Without further ado, I present to you the top 5 fighters in the NHL today:
5. TOR – Colton Orr (6’3”, 222 lbs)
After racking up 104 penalty minutes in only 44 games this year, Orr has now record 100+ PIM’s in five consecutive seasons. Even for an enforcer, that’s impressive consistency and durability. While Orr has certainly been on the wrong side of numerous fights, he’s also doled out his fair share of punishment. Orr has a knack for tying up his opponents early and being able to fire an endless fury of right hooks, just like the one t...
Mark Seidel, the head of the independent scouting agency NACS, caused a bit of a stir this week when he said that he and his scouts viewed this as the worst draft class maybe since that abysmal class in 1996. This perception isn't new. The Hockey News ran an article prior to the 2009 NHL Entry Draft that stated some scouts were looking ahead to the 2011 draft with a yawn. If the Draft has this kind of advanced billing, what does that do to the potential for picks to be moved? And if they are moved, what could they possibly be worth?
Well, first, we shouldn't get too far ahead of ourselves. First round picks are still first round picks and in the salary cap world, the ability to draft and ...
What is wrong with Russian Players these days?
I'm talking about the marquee players; the Malkins, the Ovechkins, the Kovalchuks, and how they seem to be struggling this season.
Let's look at the stats, shall we?
Alexander Ovechkin: 44 games, 15 goals, 30 assists for 45 points. Now, there's nothing wrong with being a point a game player, but that's not Alexander Ovechkin. There is nothing wrong with having 15 goals at this point of the season; but once again, that's not Alexander Ovechkin. He sits tenth in NHL scoring, which is low for him, and he has, get this, two powerplay goals ALL SEASON LONG. What the hell? Since when does the great 8 have less powerplay goals than say, Mark Rec...