February 18 2014 11:45AM
You know things have come to a screeching halt in Canucks Nation when you are pondering doing a "Where Are They Now?" piece on Mason freaking Raymond.
I am a big believer in not forcing through articles that I don't believe in, so rather than bore you all with an introspective look on Mason Raymond's year with the Leafs (Fun Fact: He had pancakes for breakfast yesterday....please don't face check that Dimitri), I figure I might as well use this Olympic break to simply talk about the main attraction of the Olympics (my apologies to curling fan Cam Charron), the men's hockey tournament. Since everything is sped up during a tournament like this, and one game can make the difference between excellent showing versus "You let our country down, we hope you burn in a fire", I figured it would be fun to hand out awards based on the world's smallest sample size of three games.
Who has impressed? Who has failed? Who has surprised? Let's dive into this and find out!
February 17 2014 07:52PM
Image via Jean Levac
By now you're all well aware of the narratives surrounding Mike Babcock, P.K. Subban, and Team Canada's personnel decisions. And let's face it, there was going to be controversy surrounding them no matter which players were scratched and which were dressed. We Canadians panic a lot about small things like this. It's just what we do.
But at the same time, the reigning Norris Trophy winner as last year's consensus best defenseman in the known universe was scratched yesterday in favour of three inglorious minutes from Dan Hamhuis, as Canada just barely squeaked by a Finnish team that's probably not even as deep as the Buffalo Sabres by a 2-1 score in overtime.
It's not exactly a stretch to say that they probably could've used the services of one Pernell Karl..
February 17 2014 03:09PM
Lots of people might be worried about the Canadian men's hockey team right now. My advice? You probably shouldn't be. As much as people are focusing on the negative, there's a lot of positive arrows - including their three wins.
February 17 2014 10:57AM
Image via Utica Comets
Something that you'll notice when it comes to professional sports is that there's an inverse relationship between how good the parent club is, and how much interest the fanbase has in how the up-and-coming prospects are doing.
As long as the NHL team is winning and staying relevant, most people generally speaking are indifferent to the state of the system. Just keeping winning. As soon as the cyclical nature of the sport begins to take a hold, fans start looking down to the minors in the hopes that there are some sort of reinforcements on the way. Is something on the way that'll right this ship?
It's tough to safe with the Canucks. They're still not considered as having an overly deep or strong pool of young talent in the system, but things are definitely trending upwards (having two picks in the top 24 of a good draft certainly doesn't hurt in that regard). It takes time cultivating a proper system.
Just past the jump we'll take a look back at our Top-20 prospects from this past summer, and try to assess how they've done, and what they're tracking towards moving forward.
February 16 2014 07:00PM
Courtesy of @TheAHL.com
Immediately after finishing their game last night the Comets jumped on a bus and drove the four and a half hours to Toronto to partake in their third contest in three days, as they took on the well-rested Marlies.
Read on past the jump for a recap of another 2-1 victory.