You Know What I Hate?! - March 12th

Cam Davie
March 12 2012 02:09PM

This chess-playing kid is angry. And so am I.  Do people really get that angry playing chess? 
Or did this kid's opponent spill his unflavoured almond milk or something.
(Photo from ebaumsworld)

Today I continue my weekly feature of me venting and raging on stupid crap happening with the Canucks, their fans and around the NHL. Two things about feature... 1) It will appear (hopefully) every Monday (this week, Tuesday!), and 2) It is blatantly ripped off from a stand-up bit from comedian Craig Anton. On either point, I make no apologies. Enjoy. Or don't.

This week, I deliver an illegal, unpunished hit to the Canucks disappearing "core", the red line, and suddenly sympathetic Bruins fans.

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Patrick McNally Nominated for (but unlikely to win) ECAC Rookie of the Year

Thomas Drance
March 12 2012 12:53PM

Patrick McNally has been recognized by the ECAC for his impressive rookie season.

Canucks prospect Patrick McNally (drafted in the 4th round of the 2010 NHL draft), has  followed up on his Yandle-esque senior year of Prep hockey with a stellar freshman campaign for the Harvard Crimson this season. Jeff Angus looked at his development a few months ago, and generally speaking McNally has successfully reigned in his freelancing style, while remaining a standout offensive defenseman.

Late last week, McNally's play was recognized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) who nominated him as one of three finalists for the conference's "Rookie of the Year" award. Read past the jump for analysis of his chances at winning the award.

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Nicklas Jensen's Progress

Thomas Drance
March 12 2012 11:45AM

Jensen (centre) celebrates a goal with line-mates Boon Jenner and Lucas Lessio.

Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen does it all for the Oshawa Generals. He plays on the first penalty-kill unit, he's been deployed in the slot, along the half-wall and at the point on the first unit power-play (which has finally begun to congeal, and become potent). At even-strength he plays difficult minutes, and based on their deployment, Jensen's line (he plays regularly with 2nd round picks Boone Jenner and Lucas Lessio) is clearly Oshawa's featured two-way group. 

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Rising Action: The reported-on complain about the reporters

Patrick Johnston
March 11 2012 03:49PM

So NHL clubs are complaining about Hockey Night in Canada, eh?

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Trouble for Hockey Night in Canada?

Jonathan Willis
March 11 2012 09:26AM

An interesting article appeared in the Globe and Mail yesterday, an article that suggested Hockey Night in Canada’s problems with the NHL go well beyond the Don Cherry/Brian Burke feud.

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