November 06 2013 04:15PM
Well, it appears the Toronto Maple Leafs have "fixed" their hole at centre, luring mercenary Jerred Smithson out of retirement limbo and onto his fourth National Hockey League club in the last three seasons.
No, that's not a typo, and no, Smithson is exactly the wrong kind of player you want to look at when you're thinking about adding an experienced centreman. Smithson hasn't played above 12 minutes a game since the 2010-2011 season, and over the last two seasons has been hockey's worst offensive producer among forwards by an absolute longshot.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 06 2013 03:17PM
It looks like the Leafs are taking the temporary fix route to their centre crisis, signing Jerred Smithson to a 1-year contract ahead of Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils. While not the big splash that some were hoping for, it's probably the sanest move. Why? Read on.
November 06 2013 12:45PM
Photo courtesy of Jason Schwabe
As Sportsnet 590 the Fan reporter David Alter mentioned on the Steve Dangle Podcast last week, it looks like the Leafs will be getting defenceman Mark Fraser back from a knee injury for Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils.
Will he actually play? That doesn't seem like it's written in stone.
November 05 2013 06:04PM
Connor Brown - RW - Erie (OHL)
Despite the Otters’ 11 game win streak coming to an end, winger Connor Brown had another big weekend. Brown netted a hat trick in a 6-0 Erie romp over the Niagara Ice Dogs, and added another goal and assist in a 6-2 loss to the London Knights. A five point weekend helped Brown strengthen his hold on the OHL scoring race - with 15 goals and 21 assists in 17 games, Brown’s 36 points is five up on second place.
And while the mountains of goals and assists are nice, Brown recently revealed in an interview with Hockey’s Future’s Jason Menard that it’s his plus-minus numbers that he gets excited about:
November 05 2013 12:01AM
You ever go on a never-ending YouTube journey until four in the morning? Well you're about to go on one.
While on a trip to Edmonton with the fine folks at Oilers Nation last week, we visited the West Edmonton Mall. While walking around, we came across an indoor ice rink right in the middle of the mall. I had heard of this place in interviews with Jordan Eberle and Steven Stamkos in the past. I realized that this is where The Brick Tournament is played.
I mentioned that it would be really cool to see footage of guys like Eberle and Stamkos as kids playing novice. Not long after, Avry showed me that not only is there footage - there's tonnes of it!
Check these gems out!