Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team

Sportsnet announced its complete broadcast team for the 2014-15 NHL season on Thursday with several familiar faces joining the network as it takes over the national broadcast rights for the first year of a 12-year, $5.2-billion deal. The Sportsnet team includes 39 hosts, play-by-play announcers, analysts and reporters.

Among the new additions announced Thursday were Glenn Healy, Kelly Hrudey, Craig Simpson, Mike Johnson, Darren Pang, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, P.J. Stock and Garry Galley.

Here’s a look at the complete Sportsnet team:

Hosts

  • George Stroumboulopoulos (Hockey Night in Canada, NHL on Sportsnet)
  • Ron MacLean (Rogers Hometown Hockey, NHL on Sportsnet)
  • Leah Hextall
  • Jeff Marek
  • Daren Millard

Play-by-Play Announcers

National

  • Bob Cole
  • Jim Hughson
  • Dave Randorf
  • Paul Romanuk

Regional

  • Rick Ball (Calgary)
  • Kevin Quinn (Edmonton)
  • Paul Romanuk / Dave Randorf (Toronto)
  • John Shorthouse (Vancouver)

Game Analysts

National:

  • Gary Galley
  • Glenn Healy
  • Mike Johnson
  • Craig Simpson

Regional:

  • John Garrett (Vancouver Canucks)
  • Kelly Hrudey (Calgary Flames)
  • Greg Millen (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Drew Remenda (Edmonton Oilers)

Studio Analysts and Insiders

  • Don Cherry (Coach’s Corner)
  • Damien Cox
  • Elliotte Friedman
  • Glenn Healy
  • Kelly Hrudey
  • Billy Jaffe
  • Mike Johnson
  • Chris Johnston
  • Nick Kypreos
  • Doug MacLean
  • Scott Morrison
  • Darren Pang
  • John Shannon
  • Mark Spector
  • P.J. Stock

Rinkside Reporters

  • Cassie Campbell-Pascall
  • Arash Madani
  • Roger Millions
  • Dan Murphy
  • Scott Oake
  • Gene Principe
  • Christine Simpson

Meanwhile, RDS announced on Thursday that it will televise 64 Canadiens games and 52 Senators games this season. The Canadiens’ coverage will include four preseason games and 60 regular-season games. Pierre Houde will continue as play-by-play man for the Canadiens games with Marc Denis as colour commentator. Analysts will include Mario Tremblay, Benoit Brunet, Denis Gauthier, Guy Carbonneau and Vincent Damphousse.

TVA Sports has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Boucherville to launch its 2014-15 NHL and Canadiens coverage. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will be among those in attendance.

(Photo by Pat McGrath/Postmedia News)

Healy, Hrudey headline Sportsnet broadcast team, Sportsnet.ca

RDS Canadiens, Senators schedule, RDS.ca

Canadiens’ preseason schedule, canadiens.com

Canadiens’ regular-season schedule, canadiens.com

Former Hab Gomez invited to Devils camp, NHL.com

Former Hab White undergoes surgery, philadelphiaflyers.com

 

675 Comments

  1. JF says:

    Further to the comments about McCarron falling down our depth chart while Grégoire rises, it’s far too early to predict how each player will do. What is important, as Hobie notes below, is that a team needs several of this type of player – gritty, physical, hard-hitting, etc. Until recently, the Habs tended not to draft enough role players, with the result that we had to acquire them through trades and free-agent signings. Not only are players acquired like this over-priced, but they are often past their best – other teams’ castoffs. Since Bergevin took over, the Habs have been drafting a balanced mix of players with different skills. What they have in common, according to Trevor Timmins and his team, is that all have a reasonable chance of making the NHL. This shift in drafting philosophy is critical and part of the reason we have so much more depth than we had a few years ago. Some of these choices that people shook their heads over at the time may end up in a few years as important depth-players on a Cup-winning team.

    • dr. schmutzdeker says:

      agree, and heartily endorse the previous post.

    • twilighthours says:

      Are they that hard to find? We got moen for cheap. And prust (possibly overpaying). Poor Gorges only cost a second rounder. You think mccarron will have a better career than these guys?

      • JF says:

        I think we overpaid quite a lot for Prust, considering his shoulder problems since joining the Habs. Gorges was acquired, along with a first-round pick that became Pacioretty, from the Sharks in exchange for Craig Rivet. One of Gainey’s better deals. I have no idea what kind of career McCarron will have, but if he makes the NHL, the Habs will be able to sign him for his best years at a lower price than if they had traded for him. My point is that Bergevin is building depth and balance.

        • twilighthours says:

          Gorges was dealt to buffalo for a second round pick. There ar the lots of examples of bottom six players around the league getting dealt for little.

          • JF says:

            OK, I thought you were referring to what it cost us to acquire Gorges. But are you disagreeing with my main point, that it makes sense to draft some guys whose future is probably as very good role-players? I’m not necessarily talking about McCarron specifically (his ceiling in any case may be higher than that of a role-player). You seem to be implying that depth players should be acquired by other means. I do not rule out these other means, I just think it makes sense to develop a few of our own.

    • Paz says:

      I don’t see McCarron as gritty, physical, or even hard hitting.

      He is simply big right now.

      • dr. schmutzdeker says:

        I don’t think the main theme of the post was about McCarron specifically…it was about drafting character guys (who will stand up for the team and themselves when things get a little dicey)…guys like Crisp, Thrower, and a host of others…as opposed to grabbing them when they’re approaching/beyond their “best before dates” (at an inflated price).

  2. Un Canadien errant says:

    Joe Thornton for Vincent Lecavalier?

    http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/rumor-roundup-vinny-lecavalier-and-joe-thornton-trade-buzz/

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    It’s somewhere between a toothless attack and a vicious homage.–Paul Rudd

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  3. Un Canadien errant says:

    Allan Muir says that Jonathan Willis says Justin Schultz’s new contract gives the Oilers all the negatives of a bridge deal without the positives.

    http://oilersnation.com/2014/8/29/justin-schultz-has-norris-potential-he-also-has-a-bad-contract

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    It’s somewhere between a toothless attack and a vicious homage.–Paul Rudd

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • Paz says:

      I disagree with the author.

      One year is very fair for both sides, and the money is not ridiculously high either.

      The Oilers are building some good will with a key player here.

      I believe that you need to define who your core players are, and then build the goodwill that will keep them happy.

      That’s the way I like contracts to be managed and that’s the way I like players to be coached.

  4. Rightwing says:

    Here’s a number of good reasons why the PK deal is a disaster, as it now stands…unless he’s traded.

    Great article on advanced stats and emphasis on forwards/goalies over “D”.

  5. Ian Cobb says:

    Please allow for 3 or 4 days longer for the USA bound SUMMIT TICKETS to arrive folks. Hab’s tickets have a close resemblance to open ice letter bombs I guess! Anyway! let me know when they arrive please. Pictures below!

    Summit game tickets, News, Pictures and comments
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Montreal-Canadiens-We-Are-Fans-Summit/197390760316125

  6. 24 Cups says:

    Francis Bouillon has been practising with other Hab players at Brossard this week. Veteran depth on the blue line is great but not for a player on a one-way contract. I think Bouillon should be offered a heavy, front end loaded, two-way AHL contract like MacDonald. That way Montreal could hide both Drewiske and Bouillon in Hamilton with no cap impact just in case Tinordi or Pateryn can’t cut it or the team gets decimated by injuries.

    The Habs have thrown Bouillon two life lines so maybe it’s time for him to return the favour.

    24 Cups

  7. Paz says:

    Hobie and others, in 2013 we took McCarron at 25 and Crisp at pick number 71.

    McCarron was hyped because we took him in the first round.

    Crisp was hyped less because he was a 3rd round pick.

    McCarron is way bigger, but Crisp is tougher, meaner, nastier, and Crisp is 6’3 and 220 lbs, which is plenty big.

    McCarron struggled at the Major Junior level, Crisp put up solid numbers.

    Crisp is ready to move up to the AHL, McCarron is not. McCarron could not keep up with AHL speed, not even close.

    Therefore, Crisp has now passed McCarron on today’s depth chart.

    McCarron fell, and Crisp rose, as judged against other prospects.

    Interesting that Crisp does not make the EOTP top 25, but McCarron is still there at 21. That could change very quickly if Crisp has a good season in Hamilton.

    These are simply the facts. I am certainly not biased against one prospect over another.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      That’s a fair assessment Ed, one that’s hard to argue with, but depends on the parameters we set. I think it’s agreed that Connor Crisp has a lower ceiling that Mike McCarron, the latter has more impressive puck skills and offensive awareness, according to most experts (I’ve never seen Connor Crisp, except on a jumpy stream at the end of last season with the Bulldogs).

      So if we’re talking about which one is closer to the NHL, by virtue of being older and set to play in the AHL, Connor Crisp would rank as a better prospect, but if we’re talking about potential, Michael McCarron has more of a chance to be an impact player and have a longer career.

      Their respective draft position also plays into their perception. While Connor Crisp was seen as a reach by most everyone when he was picked, me included, he now stands a chance to be seen one day as a better pick than Michael, since a first-round pick wasn’t ‘wasted’ on him.

      • Paz says:

        Agreed.

        Except I don’t even think McCarron has better hands or is a better scorer than Crisp.
        Crisp is not a great skater either. That is something he definitely has to improve.
        I am looking forward to seeing how Crisp does in Hamilton.
        Many big men stall out in the AHL.

        • Hobie says:

          Don’t forget McCarron is a full year younger than Crisp. I think we’ll see McCarron, if you want to judge by stats, put up better numbers than Crisp in the OHL this year.

          He uprooted himself and moved to a different country. He played on a stacked team in London with a tough coach who was ready to lean on the veterans from the previous season. McCarron had to get used to the fights, high intensity and a different league altogether. Before he knew it, half the season was gone and he had a rough start.

          Things will be a lot different in his 2nd year in the OHL. He’s got more experience, players from the Knights have graduated and he’ll be used in more crucial situations all year.

          Hobie’s Habs Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byrgZ90b5Yw&feature=youtu.be

          • Paz says:

            That may all happen, absolutely. And when it does, my view of McCarron will evolve as well.
            As of today’s reality he is a long shot to make the NHL.
            It is up to him to change that.

          • Hobie says:

            A long shot? I find that to be completely false. Minimum he’ll be a 4th liner. A guy who plays 10-12 minutes a game.

            A guy who at the end of a long night steps in sticks up for his teammates and puts a stop to the Bruins or Flyers going to town on our star players. Instead of players like Galchenyuk and Beaulieu being wrestled to the ice, punched in the face and the Boston crowd going wild, McCarron and Crisp will be out there in the dying seconds.

            He’ll probably do that as a 3rd line player but worse case scenario he ends up on the 4th line.

            Hobie’s Habs Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byrgZ90b5Yw&feature=youtu.be

    • Habcouver says:

      Could we get the Rags to swap McCarron for McDunogh?
      Two American lads… late 1st rounders… both of Scottish descent….

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

    • 24 Cups says:

      We also have to keep in mind that Crisp is a full year older than McCarron. That means something in terms of overall development with guys who are that young (and oversized).

      24 Cups

    • frontenac1 says:

      McCarron is a year younger and played his minor hockey in the US. Crisp is a year older and played minor in Canada and has been in the OHL since 2010-11 season.Big diff amigo. McCarron will be fine. By the way, he had 9 fights last season and didn’t lose one. Saludos!

    • Chris says:

      At 18 years old, Crisp posted 22 goals and 36 points in 63 games.

      At 18 years old, McCarron posted 14 goals and 34 points in 66 games.

      Crisp was given pretty heavy minutes because he played on a terrible Erie Otters team. McCarron was given 10-14 minutes per night playing on the 3rd or 4th line of a top team in the league.

      I can’t argue that the numbers Crisp put up were any more solid at the same age than those of McCarron given the context of how they were played. I think they are basically equivalent players.

      I need to see Crisp in the AHL before I criticise McCarron for not keeping up with AHL speed. I was not at all impressed with Crisp’s skating in the OHL games that I watched.

  8. AliHaba says:

    Sekac is an interesting story. His skillset makes him a blue chip prospect. Say, do you think he can catch a spot on the team?

  9. on2ndthought says:

    according to capgeek, Galchenyuk, Bournival and Sekac do not need to clear waivers. 1, 2, or all three could be sent to Hamilton to start the year. Obviously everyone here would be shocked to see Chucky sent down ( if Moen, Sherbak, Hudon, DLR or Reway, or Andighetto impress in one or both of the camps), but these are options and so the competition for spots is real.

    “a cannonading drive”

  10. Hobie says:

    So I’ve noticed there’s a continuing theme about Mike McCarron falling down the depth chart. He hasn’t played a game since last spring and he’s somehow getting worse every minute.

    There are some interesting sites out there that rate our prospects but they all must be taken with a grain of salt. The majority of them are compiled by people who attempt to tell a story from behind their computer. They look at the stats sheets, advanced stats and all of a sudden they are NHL scouts. Most of them have never even seen these players play before or have even bothered to interview the coaches who coach them or people who see them play on a regular basis.

    Nothing much has changed with McCarron since the day he was drafted a year ago. The Habs didn’t think he was the second coming of Eric Lindros or Brendan Shanahan. They knew he was a player that would need coaching and might take longer to develop. If things work out extremely well he can crack the top two lines but will probably end up being a 3rd line player.

    If he ends up scoring 10-15 goals during the regular season, killing penalties, nailing the other team with thunderous checks and dropping the gloves on occasion, he’s a success. You need several guys like that on your team. A guy like that can even stand in front of the net on a PP on the 2nd wave and be very useful.

    The playoffs are a very long haul. Teams get tired. McCarron could prove to be a very valuable piece in the playoffs. A few of the Habs current rivals might look a bit different when he’s ready to go but just imagine McCarron running Chara and the Bruins defence into the wall over and over again during a seven game series. He could also be parked in front of the net causing complete havoc.

    So I know there’s a collection of posters out there that want to see the Habs draft the leading scorer from their respective team with every pick we have. They also would love to see the team filled with guys from the Czech Republic and the Swedish elite league.

    This is hockey, not a video game or a stats sheet. We need hitters, grinders, stay-at-home defenceman, a couple scrappers, momentum changers, pests and many other types of players.

    I think guys like McCarron, Connor Crisp and Brett Lernout were very important picks and will help the team during long playoff pushes down the road.

    • JUST ME says:

      I just do not understand people`s judgement call in McCarron `s case.
      We all agreed last season that he was 3 to 4 years away from making it in the NHL if he was to make it but suddenly a year later he is no good no more ?

      A big guy like him cannot be judged like every other player . His progress, speed and skill set does not evolve as any other player`s would.
      I say we talk about him in a thousand days and we will have a better picture. But that`s wishfull thinking knowing the habs fans !

    • jacquesthemonkey says:

      Very well put. Have a look at the Oilers if you want an example of a team that has drafted very talented but similar player types. Now they are scambling to find players that can defend.

    • AliHaba says:

      I’ve been reading these poor reports about McCarron since the day he was drafted but in my limited exposure to his play I’ve seen little to not be excited about. Sure he needs to work a lot on his game but I trust the Hunter boys to ensure that he does. He seems to me to have the full complement of size, skating ability and soft hands to become a power forward to be reckoned with in the future. Often the mistake is made to write someone off before they have a chance. Remember…he’s still only 19 and made significant strides last season.

      • on2ndthought says:

        I still say big guys get painted as ‘slow’ even when they get around the rink quite well. To the casual observer they just don’t look like they are moving, it must be some trick of perception.

        Anyway, I’m an optimist and have McCarron pencilled in to the 4th line next year or the year after, and working his way to third line duty in 5 or so years.

        In the meantime we need at least a spot starter with dissuasive ability. Maybe it’s Tiny, maybe MB has another move to make.

        “a cannonading drive”

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      We often read about players who don’t do anything particularly well, who don’t have one ‘killer app’ or two, guys like Greg Pateryn or Patrick Holland, who consequently get downgraded as prospects. Mike McCarron has that one selling feature his huge size, both in height and in his large frame, which will allow him to carry considerable weight naturally, without being bulky or too heavy.

      The downside of this size is in his current lack of quickness and agility, his skating needs work. Also, while he is very big, experts and our own eyes tell us that he’s not particularly strong, that he’d not necessarily overpower anyone who had reasonable size and strength.

      Back to the positives though, strength and quickness deficits are relatively easy to address, more so than ‘compete level’ or hockey sense. Mike just needs to be dedicated, to work hard on his dryland training and on the ice, and he’ll develop strength and explosiveness in his lower body, in his core, and very few will be able to push him off the puck or out of the front of the net. And it appears that he has that good attitude with respect to fitness, partnering with Jarred Tinordi, an ex-London Knight, to work out last summer and this one, not just sitting back and enjoying the summer at the lake or on the golf course.

      Also, we need to factor in that for the very big players like him, they have to deal with their growth spurt to a greater degree, later into their adulthood, than the average six-footer. Again, we can refer to Jarred Tinordi who made immense strides between his draft year and his second OHL season. The Canadiens coaching staff seemed to be pleased with his progress at the development camp.

      So yeah, it would be nicer if Michael had locked up a spot on the U.S. WJC team, or had been more productive in London last season, if he’d managed to secure a spot in the Top 6, but he’s still generally on target in his development. We don’t need to worry about things like clashes with the coaches, off-ice incidents, he’s got the right frame of mind.

      So yeah, I’m with you Hobie. If he turns out to be a Mark Hunter type, or, fingers crossed, a Mike McPhee (oh please, please, please, please…), I’ll be more than happy.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2014/07/michael-mccarron-is-training-hard-in.html

  11. AliHaba says:

    Oh well, I’ve vented enough for one day. Beautiful Sunday here on PEI. Looking forward to an outdoor concert this afternoon and a BBQ later. Watched Genie last night and she didn’t disappoint. A little shaky at times but she’s saving her best for later.

    Can’t wait for the Habs to get started. Have a good feeling about this year. A big breakout for many.

  12. Mavid ® says:

    I guess your not allowed to use the word boonies?

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  13. AliHaba says:

    So on this beautiful Labour Day Sunday which happens to also be Jean Beliveau’s 83rd birthday, the folks at HIO have deemed it proper to grace its front page with a photo of Dumb Herring.

    • JohnBellyful says:

      Although it’s been suggested posters submit their tax return before making any criticism of Mr. Cherry, I think we’re still allowed to offer our two cents’ worth of comment. I heartily endorse yours.
      Happy birthday, Mr. Beliveau.

      • Mavid ® says:

        I agree too..lets see the birthday boy

        Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

      • AliHaba says:

        Down here in the Maritimes we call herring “Queen of the Sea” because they are the lifeblood of so many other species of fish. Seeing some of the “suits” worn by Mr. Cherry (and I use the term “Mr.” lightly) the name herring suits him to a T. Perhaps I should call him Queen Dumb Herring.

  14. Mavid ® says:

    Those were the days my friend we’d thought they’d never end..we’d sing and dance for ever and a day..we’d live the life we’d chose we’d fight and never lose..those were the days oh yes those were the days
    Happy Birthday Mr Beliveau

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie6-MhWyBSk

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  15. Mavid ® says:

    38

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • Cal says:

      Denis I tell you lalor about how I malakhoved my way up the hill using skis? I almost fogarty all about that earthquake that measured 4 on the Richter scale. It’s no word odelein either, because I’d never bulis you guys.

    • JohnBellyful says:

      saves, Halak leads Habs to 2-0 win over Panthers on Jan. 7, 2010
      saves, Price leads Habs to 4-0 win over Devils on March 11, 2008
      atomic number for strontium
      age at which Babe Ruth pitched his last complete game, a 6-5 win over the Red Sox in 1933. He also – guess what – hit a home run
      phrases to avoid when making proposals
      Smith and Wesson special revolver
      th American president – Gerald Ford
      ways to win an argument (good information to have when posting here)
      dead at age __: George Gershwin, Harry Chapin, Sam Kinison, Roberto Clemente, John F. Kennedy Jr.

      • Mavid ® says:

        Wow I did not need all those fancy statements to win an argument..I am married..I figured out all that stuff a long time ago..the longer your married the better you get at it..so that makes me an expert..hehe

        Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • on2ndthought says:

      Cal and JB both on their game!

      “a cannonading drive”

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Mike Lalor.

  16. Kfourn says:

    Here’s a question for the more knowledgeable posters on junior prospects. Which 3rd overall pick would you rather have on the Habs Jonathan Drouin or Alex Galchenyuk?

    Edit: Let’s add Jonathan Huberdeau and Leon Draisaitl for good measure.
    _______________________________________________________
    “It’s sad when our rookies have no NHL experience before they jump up to the NHL.” – nunacanadien

    • savethepuck says:

      Chucky because I’m a Habs fan, but it is a tough choice.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

      • Kfourn says:

        I’m kinda torn as well, because of the emotion invested in Chucky, but I think Huberdeau might turn out to be the better player. Drouin would be a faster better skilled DD in my opinion, but the Habs need size and speed. I have never seen Draisaitl play.

        _______________________________________________________
        “It’s sad when our rookies have no NHL experience before they jump up to the NHL.” – nunacanadien

        • B says:

          A lot of folks have this idea that Drouin is diminutive. The 19 year old kid is 5’11” 192 lbs and still growing. I don’t think that qualifies as Desharnais’ian sizewise?

          –Go Habs Go!–

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Chucky, he is big, a fitness freak at a young age and has slick hands, vision and skill. Chuck also fits the character description. Drouin is talented and has awesome skill and vision but I do think long term chunky is a better fit for what we need due to work ethic and size.

      Both need to work on their explosiveness of their skating but I do believe that they will both be key parts to the teams they are on.

      • Kfourn says:

        I like Chucky’s size as well, I just don’t know if he has the same vision as Drouin. In any case I don’t believe that the Habs need another small player.

        _______________________________________________________
        “It’s sad when our rookies have no NHL experience before they jump up to the NHL.” – nunacanadien

  17. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning everyone! As I await my Summit game tickets from Ian a recent email from the Canadiens.

    Countdown has begun!
    The Canadiens will get back in the action in less than 30 days.
    Here are the upcoming ticket on-sales:

    5 TO 10-GAME PACKS
    • Wednesday, September 3 at 10 a.m.: 10-Game Packs pre-sale for MasterCard cardholders
    • Saturday, September 6 at 10 a.m. : Public on-sale for 5 to 10-Game Packs

    INDIVIDUAL GAMES
    • Wednesday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m.: MasterCard pre-sale for October Games
    • Saturday, September 13 at noon : Public on-sale for the 45 games of the 2014-15 season (4 pre-season games + 41 regular season games)
    http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=53060

    • savethepuck says:

      I have had Saturday September 13th written in my calender for a while now. Thinking seriously about the Super Bowl weekend games with brother. We did it in 2012 and had a great time

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

      • AliHaba says:

        Did the family weekend last year and had an amazing time with my sons and daughter and others. The Super Bowl game topped off an amazing weekend although last year’s was less than exciting.

    • savethepuck says:

      I notice you have Ryan Strome at #5 overall. Shouldn’t a 5th overall pick in the 2011 draft have developed faster than this? He played 2 full years of junior after his draft and then split last year between the AHL and NHL. That seems more on par with a mid 1st rounder.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

      • Loop_Garoo says:

        The vast majority of players spend a year or two in junior and then a year or two in the AHL. Outside of top 3-5 picks each year, most players develop a bit later.

        • savethepuck says:

          I totally understand that but Strome was 5th overall 3 years ago. I also understand that his July birthday probably has something to do with it, but I would still think he’d be farther ahead in his development.

          “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
          Carey Price

  18. rhino514 says:

    Despite only being selected near the end of the first round, Sherbak pretty much straight away was considered to be the best habs forward prospect, leapfrogging over all of our young kids. I find this interesting. What makes him look to be suddenly so much of a steal?
    Contrast with McCarron, who seems to be outside of the top ten or twelve prospects, and is now somewhat of a longshot. Of course he could develop slowly and still make it, I´m not trying to be a negative nelly.
    Also this Sekac kid was apparently the best forward at camp by quite a bit; he could be an interesting fit with his fellow countryman, Plekanec; however Plekanec is now used in a defense first role, not the ideal complement for an offensively gifted winger. It will be interesting to see how the habs handle this. I can see them giving the slot instead to Bournival, if he has a decent camp, because he can forecheck effectively.

    • JF says:

      I think Scherbak was drafted lower than his talent would suggest because of the “Russian factor.” He’d been in North America for less than a year and teams were wary. One of the reasons he’s such an exciting prospect is that he’s a very quick learner and has the kind of temperament that absolutely gobbles up new challenges. Coming to Saskatoon without a word of English, he quickly made himself completely at home in his new town, charmed hosts and teammates, and was the best forward on his team. He spent the first couple of weeks watching the team practice while he was waiting for his papers; his coach said that when the kid first stepped on the ice, instead of having to show him the team’s systems, Scherbak demonstrated them to him. That shows that he was watching the practices attentively and was able to process and analyze what he saw.

    • Cal says:

      Scherbak appears to go all out all the time, and he’s a positive and fun interview at the moment. He is a student of the game with a lot of speed compared to the other youngsters, and that raises his potential.
      Bournival will have competition from the other young guns, including Sekac. He will be hard pressed to keep his job with the big club.

      Plekanec’s first job is to shut down down the other team’s best. That doesn’t mean he won’t be productive if he has both Galchenyuk and Sekac with him. It will likely be a well-balanced line with 60 goal potential.
      A large player like McCarron is a longer term project. He will likely only have a true shot at making the team in 3 more seasons. He still could be a power forward or a 4th line plugger.

    • savethepuck says:

      I was thinking the same thing about Scherbak. Everything I have heard and read about him have me extremely optimistic but I am also not going to be pencilling any 26th overall pick into any Habs’ lineup for a couple of years until I see how he develops. I am hopeful we got a steal in this draft but I am leery that he may just be the newest toy in the toy box and everyone is just excited to play with it and throw the toys we got last year and the year before away too early.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

    • Commandant says:

      de la Rose is ahead of Scherbak in my book.

      Go Habs Go!

      http://lastwordonsports.com/

  19. twilighthours says:

    Rogers sucks because it didn’t hire anyone new. I just left a wedding. Really drunk. I feel like frontenac probably feels. Really really drunk celeb u

  20. 416erHabsFan says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKkxArVXd_s In case anybody was wondering how to pronounce P.A Parenteau’s name.

  21. JUST ME says:

    Wow ! Great win for Eugenie ! 3 hours of super tennis ! Only one game could have made my saturday night better but in time…

    Really when Eugenie gets her temper under control with maturity and knowledge of opponents she will improve even more ! Very impressive.

    • JF says:

      She’ll need to make a lot fewer errors against her next opponent and, if she gets through that match, against the players she’ll face afterwards – almost certainly Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams. She battled well and played the really big points better than her opponent – a bit like her match the other night – but she still has a lot to learn and improve on. However, she’s certainly a fighter.

      • JUST ME says:

        Absolutely agree. She is at the footsteps of the great ones but to achieve a better ranking will take a lot more tennis and experience. A match like tonight`s is invaluable experience wise. It`s the same situation with Milos . I am amazed that even though they are not ready for prime time players yet, they still are hanging tough every tournament. It is unseen territory for canadian tennis.
        It is promissing and exciting but one must be patient and give them time and keep expectations at the proper level.

        • JF says:

          I agree. I really think Bouchard can get right to the top, but it’s going to take at least a couple of years. The way she was crushed by Kvitova at Wimbledon and by Li at the Australian Open indicates how far she still has to go. In fact, I think she has beaten only one top-10 opponent so far – Simona Halep at Wimbledon; and Halep was slightly injured at the start of that match.

          It’s a bit the same for Raonic. Most of his victories are tighter than you would expect considering the relative rankings of the players involved. And he was absolutely dominated by Federer both at Wimbledon and in Cincinnati. He’s improving rapidly, but I doubt he has the mobility to get right to the top; his height, which is such an advantage on the serve, hampers his movement. And his return game still needs a lot of work. But he’s starting to look like a good tennis player rather than a kid with an incredible serve but not much else.

          Anyway, you’re right that people need to be patient and realize that both players are still learning. There are going to be ups and downs, and losing matches can be an even more valuable learning experience than winning them.

          • JUST ME says:

            Reality is that you have the top 3 and then you have all the rest !
            There is a huge gap between those two plateau. Right now it is nice to see that they are keeping the pace and not fading away. Never before seen in canadian history.
            Eugenie has passing shots and service returns that are out of this world . I mean to put it clearly, the ones that are too feminin at one point do not match up, you need strenght and power. Oddly genie has everything ! Even a twin sister for pete`s sake ! But that`s another story for another time !

      • Chris says:

        My fear with Bouchard is that she ends up as a slightly harder hitting Caroline Wozniacki. Before Wozniacki became distracted, she reached #1 in the world by winning some lesser tournaments and hanging around in Grand Slams due to her superior defence and movement. When she ran into the true heavy-hitters of the women’s tour, she more often than not was beaten handily.

        Another top player who lacks power is Agnieszka Radwanska, a great shot-maker and brilliant tactician who just can’t seem to get over the hump. She’s been hovering around the top-5 for the past 2-3 years, and she’s managed to win some lesser tournaments. But that lack of power has been her undoing against the likes of Azarenka, Williams, Kvitova and Li.

        Battling and tactics can take you a long way, as shown by Justine Henin, probably the best smaller player of the last 20 years. Bouchard appears to understand the lessons offered by Henin, but I’m not sure that she is capable of being so wholly dedicated to becoming a champion as Henin was. Bouchard, who is rapidly becoming one of the WTA’s poster women in marketing campaigns, already has more PR duties than Henin ever did in her illustrious career.

        • JF says:

          I had the same thought about Bouchard, but I think she has quite a lot more power than Wozniacki. Her shots also have better depth. When Wozniacki was at the top, what the commentators always said about her was that she needs a bigger game. She would get pushed around easily by any of the bigger, hard-hitting players. In the last couple of years, however, she has managed to add some power and penetration to her shots. I always thought she should get rid of her father as her coach and get some new input from someone else.

          • Chris says:

            Agreed about Wozniacki.

            My favourite on tour right now is probably Radwanska, and she’s somewhat resigned to the fact that she’s never going to have the power of the other top contenders. But I love the way she anticipates and sees the court. I also love that she can hit the tennis ball quietly, without the unsportsmanlike shrieking and grunting employed by so many of her peers.

  22. jols says:

    Yay, Genie. Totally bizarre match. Serving seemed to be a disadvantage. But she pulled it out in 3 sets. Off to the 4th round. Good for her!!!

  23. theox_8 says:

    Saw scherbak play tonight in a pre season game against medicine hat. He was by far the most skilled and agressive player on both teams . He wasn’t scared to throw his body around as he had 3 huge hits. Think we have gotten a steal of a pick with this kid !!

  24. punkster says:

    And of course…
    http://vimeo.com/95874194

    Release the Subbang!!!

  25. punkster says:

    And a build up for a big one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzmzZxWAwnQ

    Release the Subbang!!!

  26. UKRAINIANhab says:

    I was watching a football game last night (cuse vs nova, cuse won in 2 OT even though they were favoured by 20) and the middle linebacker on Villanova’s name was Don cherry. I kept thinking of Grapes out there with football equipment on tackling our guys.

    Thats all I got, what is it 39 days till the start? Who cares about preseason

  27. Commandant says:

    Our Preseason top 30 NHL Prospects includes two Habs. (today #s 30-11)

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2014/08/30/tsp-10-top-nhl-prospects/

    Go Habs Go!
    http://lastwordonsports.com/

  28. jols says:

    Genie looking good. In full control.

  29. Ian Cobb says:

    Did anyone receive summit tickets yet and where do you live.

    Summit game tickets, News, Pictures and comments
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Montreal-Canadiens-We-Are-Fans-Summit/197390760316125

  30. dr. schmutzdeker says:

    yawn

  31. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Has anybody here have any idea what the Habs are up to right now? Lately, LaPresse is the only one that has the scoop and this is what they gave:

    Des joueurs du Canadien de retour au bercail


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