Lars Eller and Tintin = Separated at Birth
The Habs Are Back in Town!!!!Well ladies and gentlemen, the 2010-2011 is only a month away and we somewhat know what the team will look like at the beggining of the season, but what we dont know is our rookies for the year.
with word that Desharnais wasn't invited to the rookie camp, the Montreal Media is already speculating that the young forward is well on his way out of town and that he doesn't seem to fit in the Canadiens plans. I for one think that he will be at the Official Training camp next week.
But we'll forget about that for now, what is important now is how the newest additions to the team will effect the promotions of last seasons hopefuls. We all know that PK Subban is sure in this season especially with the unknown return period of the Great Markov. The players that will be assessed in this analysis are Ellar, Pacioretty, Maxwell, Schultz, Tinordi, and Avstin.
we can safely assesse that Ellar will be playing on the team come October, because people will critisize the manegment for not obtaining a starter for the Halak trade. Ian Schultz on the other hand will start in Hamilton but i predict for only a breif stint, because of the lack of grit the team has they are gonna wana season him just enough to play his hard hitting/grinding style in the NHL.
the important players to watch are Patchy and Maxwell, often veered as being the next Leclair's and Carbonnaue's will be on a short leash especially Maxwell, with the addition of Halpern, the young centers will have a small window to play this year. Patchy will have to work his but off to make the squad because although Boyd and Lapierre are natural centers they will both develope as wingers this season which will additionally take the window of oppurtinuty from a three panel 6 foot long window to a single pane bullet proof 1 foot long window, he also has to compete with Avstin. Unlike Pacioretty, Avstin has 3 years of professional hockey in Russia under his belt, Profesionnal Hockey Played With men not Junior hockey Played with boys.
Same goes with Leblanc although he's playing junior hockey this year with the Juniors de Montreal, he once played in the USHL were you can play up to 25 years old. Playing a big mans game at 16 really helps your development mentally and physically. Finally, Tinordi, this years first round draft pick fallowed the same foot steps as last years first rounder (Leblanc), that is to join the London Nights OHL (which by the way is the hardest hitting team in the OHL). He will do exactly as Leblanc and learn to play 72 games a year and develope a regemental idea of hockey. The 6'7" defensmen will be hot on the tale of O'Byrne's position if he's anything like his father was in the 80's and 90's.
One thing is for sure, if Koystisen and Pouliot dont panne out by the holiday's, Hamilton will be banging on the door to replace them.
Though windows a slowly closing on some young guns, the Camp utterlly be gratifying for thier development. I am looking forward to witnessing who will step up and dominate the camp.
Ellar: starts year in Montreal
Pacioretty: starts in hamilton
Maxwell: starts in hamilton
Schultz: starts in hamilton
Tinordi: spends the year in OHL
Leblanc: spends the year in QMJHL
Avstin: starts year in Montreal
Boyed: starts year in Montreal
Most Improved Teams This Upcoming Season/ some Mike Woods style funWhich Anthem Singer do You think has the greatest Rack? personally I think that the award goes to Karen Newman( followed closely by Mark Donnelly) of the Detroit Redwings. But being a 'Wings fan, whatdya' expect. I would like everybodies 2 cents, but its not just the really good goods I wanna hear about, I would also enjoy hearing your pick for the team that will have the most improvement in league standings this upcoming season.
The "Blocked by Allan Walsh" Club
If you're a hockey fan and a twitter user, and you've been unjustly blocked by NHL player agent Allan Walsh, then this is the place for you.
Come in, have a seat, put your feet up, and share your grievances and annoyance with the one they call @walsha.
Reply here and your name will be added to the list, and don't forget to share the link on twitter with the #BlockedByWalsh hashtag!
Our annual meeting will be held at the Ye Olde Orchard pub in Montreal.
Kevin Van Steendelaar
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Pens are going ALL THE WAY in 2011!!!Last season ended rather abruptly for the Pens, but I am telling you, this is the year to rebound. Ray Shero has got to be the best GM in hockey. To get two of the best and most underrated defensemen on the market and lock them up for 5 years each is unbelievable. The centers make the Pens the best team in hockey up the middle and I fully expect Fleury to rebound this year especially with the D being as stout as they are gonna be this year. I would love to hear from the rest of you HOCKEY FANATICS out there who you think is gonna take it all this year. Join me at http://hockeystores.org for more information on all the latest hockey gear and training aids. Please leave me any commnets on future blog topics and I will do my best to research the topics left for me.
New Blogging Opportunities on The Checking Line!TCL is looking for good writers, of any walk of life and of varying experience to join the team and help improve both the content and the readership of the site!
While the community is ever growing, and the team has reached 20 writers covering nearly 15 teams, there is a need for coverage for several teams around the NHL, especially in the Western Conference.
Any writers that are interested are welcome to contact me, whether TCL already has coverage of the team they would be willing to write for, but the following teams are considered "priorities" for coverage:
- Detroit Red Wings
- San Jose Sharks
- New Jersey Devils
- Pittsburgh Penguins
- Colorado Avalanche
- St. Louis Blues
- Dallas Stars
- Tampa Bay Lightning
- Edmonton Oilers
If you would be interested in writing for these teams, please e-mail me so that we could discuss terms before the training camps begin! At the moment, writing at The Checking Line is on a volunteer basis, however with the community growing, we wish to grow to the community to the point where there would be benefits for the writing staff.
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