September 20 2012 10:10AM
As Canadian Hockey Leagues fire up the generators for opening night, I thought I’d share some the Leafs point totals by players drafted from 2010 and returned to their respective CHL teams.
The three leagues under the CHL umbrella start their respective seasons WHL (47th) QMJHL (44rd) and the OHL (33rd).
With the NHL lockout, fans looking for alternatives have the option of following some of their own team’s prospects returned to the CHL, a likely natural lure to see future NHLers.
Basic boxcar stats don’t provide enough context for prospects development but they do still have a place in a symbiotic relationship with scouting notes. In both instances, you’re looking for something to stick out, be it an improved first-step burst, or an anomalous number in a place to pique curiosity to explore further.
One such anomaly that is easily pointed out below as we will see.
September 20 2012 06:17AM
Even though we all knew it was going to happen, the announcement of the cancellation of NHL pre-season games was still a bit of a blow yesterday as the reality of the lockout hit.
"Oh, this is real, we're going to start missing games over this."
Just before closing time yesterday, the NHL sent out this press release. I thought some of the typography was a little odd:
September 19 2012 08:14AM
Image source via Sportsnet
Uh oh, it's opposite day.
Or perhaps it's one of those days where un-sourced information reigns. When it comes time for falling out in some sports organization, you can usually tell which media outlets were carrying the water to keep the proverbial ship afloat.
September 19 2012 04:42AM
During TSN's regular segment "Insider Trading" Wednesday evening, it was relayed to us the news that the next 7 to 10 days of discussions between the NHLPA and the league will likely make or break this lockout. If some common ground doesn't start to come together, it looks like everything could go south and we're left looking at a potential full-season cancellation once again.
Whether it's a few weeks, months, or the full season, there are some things I will be upset about missing. For one, hockey in general of course. But in particular, there are a few interesting stories that should be written, or at least started, about the Leafs this season.
September 18 2012 12:30PM
Earlier this morning (or afternoon if live on the other side of Atlantic ocean) top Russian newspaper Sport-Express reported that Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski is about to sign a lockout contract with Dinamo Minsk. However, two respectful Belorussian media outlets suggest the deal is far from being over and they have quotes to back it up.
‘Mikhail is stuck at the crossroads. He doesn’t know what to do. Nobody knows anything for sure and he doesn’t think it makes any sense to go play somewhere else for a month,’ said Yuri Grabovski, Mikhail’s father, in his interview to Goals.By. ‘I would like to see my son play for his native club – Yunost. However, [Yunost head-coach] Mikhail Zakharov said he has nothing to do there. To be honest with you, I’m against these short-term contracts.’
Yunost currently plays in VHL – a farm league for KHL clubs. Its notable alumni include the Kostitsyn brothers. Zakharov in one of his interviews this summer made it clear both Andrei and Sergei as well as Grabovski should sign with Dinamo Minsk come the lockout, no matter how much they wanted to play for Yunost.
Nevertheless, it appears there’s another fish lurking in KHL waters for Grabovski.