The hypocrites have taken over the asylum.
Connor McDavid gets hurt in a fight and there’s a groundswell of finger-waving, tongue-cluckers wondering why the most talented player in junior hockey is trading knuckle sandwiches with someone he should be battling on NHL 15.
Seriously? This is exactly what we want. Minus the broken/fractured/bruised metacarpal, of course.
Remembrance Day may have passed, but the Ontario League will be honoring veterans for the whole month.
Everyone with a cognitive apparatus in reasonable working condition should know by now that anyone who tells you nobody gets hurt in a hockey fight is not telling the truth. The latest example proving those people to be liars came Tuesday night when OHL superstar Connor McDavid suffered an apparent right hand injury in the first real fight of his burgeoning career.
McDavid’s Erie Otters were taking on the Mississauga Steelheads when, after the whistle, McDavid and Steelheads center Bryson Cianfrone decided to fight. By the end of it, McDavid was the worse for wear, leaving the ice holding his right hand gingerly in his left and subsequently heading to the hospital for x-rays. Read more
The CHL-Russia Super Series kicked off in Saskatoon Monday night and the visitors continued their hot streak by winning 3-2 in a shootout over the Western League’s squad. The six-game showdown usually starts in Quebec and goes West, but things are flipped this time and will be interesting to see if that affects the results at all. In other news, top 2015 Swedish prospect Oliver Kylington was loaned out to AIK in the country’s second-tier league, the Allsvenskan, where he will get more playing time. Here’s a look at some of the other youngsters we’re keeping an eye on.
For the better part of two seasons, when it comes to prospects the consistent names have been Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. Both players stand to be NHL superstars and will almost undoubtedly go first and second overall in some order.
McDavid and Eichel are the type of players teams wait for – the type of player that you “build through the draft” with. But for nearly every team in the league, there’s a selection of undrafted talent that carries some of the load. In certain instances, they’re key cogs. In others, they’re depth players who contribute in ways you can’t find on the score sheet.
For the purposes of cutting out the established NHLers like Martin St-Louis and Mark Giordano, this list of the best undrafted players in the league today are the young guns that have broken into the NHL by unconventional means in the last five seasons: Read more
Thanks to all the folks who voted on Twitter, we have figured out our “Sweet Sixteen” candidates for the Western League’s name of the year. If you need a refresher on what we’re doing, check out the primer here. Otherwise, let’s take a look at the second-round matchups:
When the San Jose Sharks re-tooled this summer, they didn’t go out and splurge on a bunch of free agents – they left the door open for the youth, instead. Forwards Chris Tierney and Barclay Goodrow both made their NHL debuts this fall, but the rookie who has made the biggest impact so far is Swiss teenager Mirco Mueller.
Ontario Hockey League commissioner David Branch took strong steps Wednesday to address vile misogynistic comments made by two players, suspending Peterborough Petes forward Greg Betzold and Belleville Bulls forward Jake Marchment 15 games apiece for “social networking activity” that contravenes the OHL’s social networking policy and other league policies including Respect in Sport (Harassment and Abuse) and diversity.
“The OHL takes issues related to respect, diversity and harassment very seriously,” Branch’s league said in a statement. “The social networking conduct displayed by these players goes against what the League stands for and serves to highlight a sense of entitlement that we, as a League, have worked hard to try to eliminate. We believe these suspensions, going forward, will reinforce to our players that all activity, be it in person, on the ice or online, must be in keeping with our policies.”