September 12 2014 12:42PM
The Nations Network is sending this Jets blogger to the 2014 Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. I'll be judging your team and bringing you live scouting reports. Check out last year's wrap-up piece here.
The Young Stars Tournament is here again! I'll be there all weekend to scout, blog, and dry out my insides with Okanagan Events Centre popcorn. You can follow me on twitter (@kevinmccart) for live insights, or check out the Nations Network of blogs for game and player reviews.
Inside we'll reflect a bit on last year's tournament and take a look at the Canucks' Young Stars roster. Have a player, story or system you're excited about? Let me know in the comments!
September 12 2014 11:07AM
There have been some rather dry stretches here as the offseason has dragged on and I've found myself eagerly awaiting the return of hockey in certain instances. With that being said when friends, family, and other acquaintances - after they've found out what it is that I do - ask whether I'm bored these days, I'm quick to point out that it's actually to the contrary.
Once the season gets going, things become hectic and there proves to be very little time to be retrospective, thinking about the big picture. The schedule is a grind; you're usually hopping from watching and recapping one game, to previewing and getting ready for the next. Rinse, repeat.
That's why I've been spending the past few weeks catching up on things that would normally fall by the wayside amidst all of the in-season hoopla. Like, for example, a neat thought-provoking piece by Iain Fyffe in Rob Vollman's latest Hockey Abstract about using past history as a means of predicting who will ultimately get inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
September 12 2014 09:12AM
Who will be the recipient of the prestigious Fedor Fedorov Preseason Award this year?
Ah, how I love the smell of prospects in the morning..
OK, I probably could've worded that in a less creepy manner, but my point remains. After a long summer of inactivity and people trying to pretend to be interested in soccer, hockey is finally stumbling out of bed and starting to put its pants on. This process for most teams usually involves their younger players going out and playing in mini tournaments, such as the Young Stars Tournament that the Canucks, Flames, Jets, and Oilers are putting on this weekend.
The mere fact that hockey is back in any kind of form - I got so desperate for a hockey fix in August that I ended up watching the Australian hockey league. Go Mustangs! AIHL Champs! - is reason enough to be excited, but their is a particular kind of enjoyment I get out of hockey before the regular season starts.
Read on past the jump to find out more, you know how this works.
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September 12 2014 08:05AM
Rookie camps, team previews, zone entries, hockey markets contributing to losses, and more in this week's Round Up
September 11 2014 04:01PM
Noted friend of the blog Dan Murphy ran an interesting little interview with Jim Benning today, which pivoted off of something we already knew about the team's GM and the way he likes to conduct his business. In the video, Benning said of his "roster wall":
"Yeah, so I keep it updated if there's trades, if players get sent down, young players make teams. I try to keep it updated throughout the year so I know what's going on with all of the players in the league.
We'll be brainstorming and we'll look at other teams. If there's things we think we might be able to do, we can go from one team to the other team and it keeps the conversation going. Instead of on the computer, where you have to flip from team to team.."
As a visual learner that benefits from having written things out myself on occasion, I can understand where Benning is coming from. Still, that hardly means we can't poke a little harmless fun at the expense of his time consuming, dated habits. But more noteworthy than that, ultimately, was the part of the interview in which he had Sportsnet blur his own team's roster out.