ChrisMember since November 21, 2007
Habs fan since: 1984
Favorite current player: Andrei Markov, Lars Eller, Chris Higgins
All-time favorite player: Mats Naslund, Eric Desjardins, Stephan Lebeau, Kirk Muller, Saku Koivu
- Comment on Carey Price will be back in goal for Habs against Rangers as Michel Therrien coaches his 600th game (2014-10-24 23:46:03)
Patrick Roy used to get blown out a lot. Junior goalies are somewhat exposed because the defensive play can be so lax.
- Comment on Carey Price will be back in goal for Habs against Rangers as Michel Therrien coaches his 600th game (2014-10-24 23:45:10)
A kid that I was really playing up for the Guelph Storm during their Memorial Cup run last season was Swiss import Pius Suter. He was passed over in the draft last year because of his diminutive size (5'11" and 159 pounds). He's still got to put on some weight, but he's having an outstanding breakout year for Guelph, scoring a hat-trick tonight to now sit on 9 goals and 11 points in 10 games so far. I never saw this kind of offence from Suter, but I LOVE his defensive game. He never, ever quits. He's a ferocious forechecker that relies on his great speed and wonderful anticipation to break up plays. I doubt he continues on a goal per game pace, but if he can continue to add some weight and get himself 30-40 goals while playing strong defensive hockey, somebody will take a flyer on him next season. In the marquee OHL game of the night, Erie (9-0-0-1) met Sault Ste. Marie (9-2-0-0). The Greyhounds have been struggling a bit of late after going unbeaten in 7 to open the season, and dropped a 6-4 decision to Erie tonight. Dylan Strome (2 goals), Connor McDavid (1 goal) and Alex DeBrincat (2 assists) continued to pad their draft credentials. Strome now has 9 goals and 27 points in 11 games, while McDavid leads the OHL with 10 goals and 30 points in 11 games. 16 year old rookie linemate DeBrincat is reaping the benefit of his possible top-5 draft prospect linemates, leading all OHL goalscorers with 13 goals and sitting 5th in points with 25. At 5'7" and 160 pounds, DeBrincat still needs to grow to become an elite prospect for the 2016 draft. But those numbers as a 16 year old (he turns 17 in December) mean that he's going to get a LONG look by scouts over the next couple of seasons.
- Comment on Carey Price will be back in goal for Habs against Rangers as Michel Therrien coaches his 600th game (2014-10-24 23:31:09)
I am a fairly devout pacifist, uncomfortable with many military displays. But in this case, the young man was gunned down serving as a ceremonial honour guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, an almost purely honourable symbol of Canada. I think that that resonates with a lot of Canadians, which is why the tragedy of his death has resonated with even those of us who are sometimes uncomfortable with the glorification of the military.
- Comment on Carey Price will be back in goal for Habs against Rangers as Michel Therrien coaches his 600th game (2014-10-24 23:27:19)
CJ: McCarron has zero chance of being a center at the NHL level. He will do well there in the OHL, but he just doesn't have the agility for that role at the NHL level, and it takes away his main advantage, his physicality. I'm okay with him being a center in junior, though, as it will force him to work on his skating, defensive play and passing.
- Comment on Carey Price will be back in goal for Habs against Rangers as Michel Therrien coaches his 600th game (2014-10-24 19:37:28)
He is simply dominant.
- Comment on Carey Price will be back in goal for Habs against Rangers as Michel Therrien coaches his 600th game (2014-10-24 19:19:27)
On a non-hockey note: Seeing all these pictures and videos of Canadians covering pretty much every overpass on the funeral procession route for Nathan Cirillo is heart-wrenching. Three or four years ago, I was driving home from Ottawa and unknowingly was about an hour ahead of the motorcade for a fallen soldier from the Afghanistan conflict on the Highway of Heroes stretch of Highway 401 running from Trenton, Ontario to Toronto. It was the same thing: every single bridge had EMS personnel, military personnel (past and present) and Canadians of all ages, genders, races and religions out to pay their respects. I can't even begin to describe how moving it is to actually drive by it in person, and that was long ahead of the actual motorcade. I can't imagine the grief that Nathan Cirillo's mother and aunt must be feeling on that drive. I lost a brother when I was a toddler, and my mother explained that she was completely unaware of the outside world: she was just emotionally crushed and numb, incapable of appreciating the outpouring of support that was provided. Nothing can bring a young, 24 year old son and father back from the tragic events of Wednesday. My greatest hope is that someday, when the crushing grief eases, that his family can look back at today's events and recognize just how much Nathan Cirillo's life meant to his fellow Canadians. I am very grateful to my fellow Ontarians who took time out of their own busy lives to so ably represent the gratitude of all Canadians today.
- Comment on Liveblog: Desharnais scores in OT to beat Wings 2-1 (2014-10-21 19:08:02)
Wow...feel like Kronwall has been in the league for more than 600 games. Of the top guys, I feel like Kronwall is one of the more underrated: good offence, physical, and usually solid defensively. He was guilty of chasing big hits and trying to do too much the past couple of seasons, but he is a weapon when he's on his game.
- Comment on Liveblog: Desharnais scores in OT to beat Wings 2-1 (2014-10-21 19:04:53)
So the goal song used by just about every junior hockey rink I've visited ranks as #4? Yikes. That being said, I LOVED the Guelph Storm's hype song last year, "Hey Brother" by Avicii. It really worked for a hockey team montage.
- Comment on Habs recall Bournival from Hamilton; battle for jobs on fourth line (with practice video) (2014-10-20 15:10:15)
Could we say the reason Tavares is more important to the Islanders then Couture is to the Sharks is because Tavares plays for a weaker team? That is actually a perfectly valid argument. Tavares has not enjoyed the support that Couture has, so he is unquestionably more important to the Islanders. That doesn't negate the fact that Tavares is also much more talented, but it does contribute to his overall importance. I would argue that while Sidney Crosby is unquestionably more talented and a better player than John Tavares, Tavares is more important to the Islanders because they don't have an Evgeni Malkin to fill in if he goes down. Similarly, David Krejci is much more talented than a guy like Tyler Bozak, but Bozak has been more important to the Leafs' fate because the Bruins' forward depth has been so superior over the past few seasons. In the case of Subban vs. del Zotto, it comes down to a talent assessment. I think Subban has proven he is the better offensive player now, but when that article was written, you could still make a pretty strong argument for del Zotto. He certainly didn't enjoy the benefits of an Andrei Markov next to him, a guy who has made a lot of NHL defencemen look VERY good. In the defensive zone, both guys were prone to mistakes and risky plays. Both guys don't mind throwing hits. I personally think Subban was better, but I don't think it is unfathomable to see it as a draw defensively.
- Comment on Habs recall Bournival from Hamilton; battle for jobs on fourth line (with practice video) (2014-10-20 14:41:08)
Going to have to disagree...I think Pacioretty's skating is elite, both in terms of speed and agility. Its his hands that don't really keep up with his feet, which is why he flubs so many breakaways. Galchenyuk has a big advantage in stick-handling, but Pacioretty is far superior, in my opinion, when it comes to skating.