November 19 2012 02:24PM
I got to catch Morgan Rielly play a couple of games last week, Wednesday and Thursday games as part of Team WHL against Team Russia in the Subway Super Series. I talked to him briefly after the Thursday contest, but, like many hockey players, he's not particularly talkative and conversations don't fall into debates about hockey theory like they sometimes do with coaches at that level.
So the best way to analyze Rielly is to count up what he did. This was my first chance to see him live, and I was going to concentrate on him and track his performance. I'm not a particularly trained scout, and the best thing I could do was track team puck-possession metrics when Rielly was on the ice, i.e.: tally up all the goals, saved shots, blocked shots and missed shots, as well as scoring chances.
November 19 2012 11:20AM
This is going to be the hockey statistical equivalent of calling the pocket after I've sunk the 8-ball, but not having been in Toronto for the last month, I didn't quite get that Nazem Kadri's point production was actually a major storyline.
If I've got this right, through the first 11 games of Kadri's season, he had only managed one goal and seven points. That was before this weekend's games, where he put up a goal and six assists in three weekend games against Hamilton twice and Abbotsford.
Even worse, stripping all the games before November 10, Kadri had just three assists in nine games. Not the stuff of "former first round pick" material, but I looked into it a little bit further today.
November 19 2012 03:08AM
Morgan Rielly’s season just keeps going downhill.
With only 2 points in his past 7 games, the Leafs’ greatest beacon-of-hope faced further humiliation this past week. First, news surfaced that Rielly’s bobblehead release date would be pushed back “due to complications with the manufacturer.”
Now, video footage from the Subway Super Series shows Moose Jaw teammate Sam Fioretti making some disparaging (and censored) remarks about Rielly’s Movember muzzy. Leave your 'PG' guess as to what Sam Fioretti actually said to Rielly in the comments section below.
Moving on - It’s good to see that Nazem Kadri has woken up.
November 18 2012 11:44PM
Here for your entertainment, ladies and gents, are highlights from five KHL games. If you're skeptical about the KHL, watch the highlights from the CSKA Moscow-Lokomotiv game and the Dynamo Moscow-Dinamo Minsk game, because those were damn good games.
November 18 2012 08:23AM
After the jump, some of the best general interest articles from the Nation Network this week. Topics include (but are not limited to, he said in a lawyerly, small print voice): Justin Schultz, whether older players get worse over the course of a long season (don't break a hip, Ryan), the best bargains in the NHL, Hall of Fame inductees Pavel Bure and Barrie Stafford, the best and worst in jerseys, a player who isn't happy with his NHL '13 rating, and of course the lockout.