Intentionally Offside: Buffalo, Bobby Ryan and Hockey Fights Cancer
1. The Buffalo Sabres may lead the NHL in one category- Idiots.
Patrick Kaleta and John Scott with a couple of very blatant cheap shots within a couple of weeks. Scott's hearing is set for Thursday and hopefully his suspension is at least equal to Kaleta's 10 games.
2. If you did not see "The Secret Life of Bobby Ryan" documentary, you definitely should. It was very well done and is an unbelievable story.
3. Matt Duchene is on another planet right now. If the Avalanche's young star continues this type of play, he will get serious Olympic attention, not to mention Hart Trophy consideration.
4. The Rimouski Oceanic's Peter Trainor tallied 3 assists last night to give him a solid 18pts in 14 QMJHL games. The Fredericton, NB native was late to join the Oceanic after being a last minute replacement for a Buffalo Sabres rookie tournament.
His strong play during the tournament was enough to keep him with the Sabres right through training camp until the final cuts were made. Look for him to be among the leagues top 5 scorers again this season and be a sought after free agent by many NHL teams.
5. It is absolutely scary to think what Connor McDavid will do in the OHL next season. The phenom who would be the #1 NHL pick this season, is not eligible until 2015. One scout has already commented that "there are nights when this level looks below him."
I am a firm believer that there are not many players ready for NHL duty at 18 years old and that some teams rush them into the line up when they are not ready, which a lot of times ends up slowing their progress.
While some would argue that it is time to explore an NHL Exceptional Player Rule, my counterpoint would be that John Tavares went through the same thing during his junior career and he turned out just fine.
6. Yeah, I figured that the Blues' Alex Steen would be leading the NHL in goals through 10 games, that's why I didn't select him in any of the 15 hockey pools I'm in.
A great start for a very underrated player.
7. The big debate in Canada concerning Olympic talk is whether or not Team Canada should take Chris Kunitz to play with Sidney Crosby.
My opinion right now is this: It worked in 2010 when we took the San Jose line of Thornton, Marleau and Heatley. While Chris Kunitz doesn't seem like the sexy choice when Canada is so deep at forward, it makes sense to me.
The chemistry is there and the speed that is needed for Olympic ice surfaces is there. Aside from the Golden Goal, Sid struggled to gel with his wingers in Vancouver. When time is of the essence to practice and bond as a team, why not take some sure things and save yourself some work. I would also take Stamkos and St.Louis for the same reason as well as Getzlaf and Perry.
8. Finally, the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative is in full swing, please check out the NHL Shop for products to support such a great cause or simply check out the link below for all information about Hockey Fights Cancer and the other Charitable Partners involved in the campaign.
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