He plays for the Coyotes but he is hardly a villain. He wants to play like Patrick Kane and he is actually pulling it off.
As noted earlier, some correction is due. Then again, Steen can give more as he showed late in the game and in the shootout. I can see the Steen/Stastny/Sobotka group doing more. Also, Berglund could return in a few weeks and he'll chip in some goals.
Did not see that, but I assume the surgeon repaired the correct knee.
They know that predicting bone fracture healing is dicey. That is why the team always says that a player will be reevaluated in X number of weeks, not that the player will actually return in X number of weeks.
I don't know that they overhype them. That franchise is notoriously slow to promote guys from the AHL. They just haven't hit on as many guys, especially later in drafts.
Widening the rink would actually force teams to reconstruct the lower bowl to maintain proper sightlines. Simply cutting into the lower bowl for a bigger rink wouldn't work because the first few rows would now be elevated instead of ice level. The logistics are trickier than you would think.
Stastny is still a leader. The coaches want Tarasenko to lead by example and he does. Steen is a pro's pro. Bouwemeester is quiet overall, but highly respected. Good leadership group overall.
The Predators could kick into gear after getting Turris from Ottawa. And the Wild have the most room to improve and that team will get healthier up front. Also, Edmonton looks like it is starting to come around as well after a huge early-season letdown.
The longer he ranks among league leaders, the less people will consider him underrated. Instead, he will be regarded as simply very good.
Unless the Saad/Toews tandem catches fire, that team will struggle offensively. And Chicago's defense is a shell of its former self. Crawford has been awesome. If he struggles even a little . . .
Tage Thompson, Sammy Blais and Klim Kostin are players to watch in San Antonio. Ivan Barbashev and Jake Walman are the players to watch in Chicago. Barbashev has the potential to fill a third-line void here sooner than later, so his next few weeks should be interesting. He was quite an asset late last season but he lost a step over the summer somehow.
Yeah, wait til Bryan Little and Patrick Laine get rolling for real. They will have team powerhouse lines. They are big on D and Hellebuyck finally figured it out in goal. Look out indeed.
In his prime, Hull didn't check. He didn't have to because he was scoring 20 or 30 goals more than other top guys. But the game changed (for the worse) and became a defensive slog. He adjusted and won as a strong all-around player in his post-prime days.
Mike Fisher retired and the Predators let James Neal go in the expansion draft. Roman Josi has time left at team-friendly terms -- $4 million per year. The Preds aren't spending a lot on its bottom 6 forwards either.
I doubt the larger jumbotrons are the issue. The league employs ice quality specialists to monitor all the variables. I would expect them to flag this if it were an issue. These modern arenas tend not to have great ice.
It's early for that. Teams that were supposed to be terrible (Vegas, Colorado and Vancovuer to name three) are playing well, so maybe a James Neal or a Thomas Vanek doesn't come free as we expected they would. Conversely, some good teams have struggled and might be willing to move a veteran for cap reasons. Slow-starting Edmonton would move Jussi Jokinen, but he looks like he is done.
That sounds familiar. I know he got one look at my guy Phil Bozon and wanted no more. And, in fact, Phil played just one game in 1994-95 and was done as Blue.
That's a good call. Bortuzzo is playing way better than people realize too.
He is stuck in junior hockey until his team is done playing, playoffs and all. He can only return on an emergency -- if all the other pro forwards were hurt.