October 30 2012 10:19AM
I still don't quite agree with Mike Gillis' draft strategy, but I do know this: If you're a fan criticizing Gillis for not selecting enough WHLers, understand that the Edmonton Oilers are doing exactly the opposite, and they haven't won a lot of games over the past several seasons.
The Canucks have never selected a player off the team in their own backyard, although the Canucks compelled the Giants to select Mario Bliznak and Jonathan Iilahti in the CHL import draft and Kevin Connauton moved to the WHL following his draft year. The Oil Kings, one of the top teams in the WHL, have featured several Edmonton Oiler-selects over the last few seasons, including Travis Ewanyk and Mitch Moroz.
The Oil Kings, who are owned by the Oilers, also picked up Martin Gernat and Kristians Pelss in the import drafts. The two of them became big parts in the Oil Kings' WHL Championship run last spring. They also wanted to select Keegan Lowe, an Oil King and son of Oiler executive Kevin Lowe, but the younger Lowe did not want to be drafted by Edmonton.
October 30 2012 08:32AM
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For the second time in as many years, Jannik Hansen is headed for a European vacation. I don't mean this literally of course but last season Jannik Hansen followed up on a breakout 2010-11 season that saw him morph into a playmaking, hard-hitting super pest with a listless, non-physical campaign in 2011-12. As a result the illustrious "#shap crew" coined the nickname "European vacation" for him, and that nickname was then popularized by Jason Botchford.
Well this time it's for real, as Jannik Hansen has agreed to a deal with Tappara of the SM-Liga (the Finnish elite league). Per the official Tappara Twitter feed:
Tappara hankki toisenkin NHL-pelaaja. Tanskalainen Vancouver Canucksissa pelaava hyökkääjä Jannik Hansen tulee Tampereelle tänään.— Tamhockey Oy (@Tapparaofficial) October 30, 2012
In case you were wondering how they say "Canucks" in Finnish, wonder no more! "Canucksissa" it is. [Correction: via Eetu Huisman "Canucksissa" means "in (the) Canucks". We don't have prepositions in Finnish, we have suffixes."]
Read on past the jump for more.
KHL Highlights: Yakupov, Malkin, Kovalchuk, Backstrom, Kane, Hagman all put up points, and much more!
October 29 2012 10:08PM
There was an insane amount of KHL hockey today. Like I've been editing for hours and hours. If anyone says there's "no hockey" I'm going to have to punch them with my exhausted and carpal tunnel syndrome-stricken hands.
October 29 2012 06:10PM
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October 29 2012 12:56PM
Like Fernando told us, it's more important to look good than to feel good.
With a little help from Alexandra Grant of Vancouver fashion blog To Vogue or Bust, we've got some advice for players who have lost access to their team-provided style experts (in the Canucks case, that roll is filled by Manny Malhotra). Booking ice time at the local public arena can be a scary enough experience, but dealing with the hordes of fans who will be scrutinizing your every public move - possibly even trying to join you in everything you do - it all can get a little scary. You want to look professional and sharp.
So for any professional, locked out hockey players reading this - we're here to help (well Alex really, I only asked some questions).