Our favourite annual hockey guide hits the newsstands this week.
McKeen’s offers intelligent, scout’s-eye assessments of every team’s important players.
One omission: an editing error resulted in dropping the report on Alexei Yemelin.
But here’s McKeen’s on P.K.: “… a confident, freewheeling workhorse with great speed and passion … takes charge, strives to be a difference-maker … adept at one-timers while moving backwards … continues to shore up defensively, displaying better patience and tighter positioning …”
And a cautionary note on Erik Cole (whom McKeen’s grades as a good acquisition): “shows a moderate compete level defsnsively but can get lazy and rigid in terms of body psoitioning and preparation …”
The coach will love that.
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Best news of the summer: Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated, who’s been on the DL, is recovering and will be back in his morning slot Tuesday on CJAD.
A reminder, if you need one, of what a great writer Farber is.
• Stu Hackel, another great SI writer, on the league’s biggest gambles