December 02 2016 09:00AM
The Jets are in a bit of a quandry. They are half committing to a youth movement that is not letting them optimize their lineup. Currently, they are deploying players like Mark Stuart and Chris Thorburn to fill 4th line and bottom pairing roles on defence and offence.
Now, the Jets are playing Stuart out of necessity because of injuries, but what would it look like to trade for a cheap and better option to fill out the bottom defence pairing?
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December 02 2016 05:00AM
A look at the Oilers without McDavid on the Ice, Brian Burke is fed up with the Dougie Hamilton rumors, Leafs young players - playing like stars, analyzing the Jets early season struggles, Flames need to be open for trade business, coach shake up in Florida, analytics vs traditionalists, NHL power rankings and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
December 01 2016 03:00PM
Ever since the Canucks began showing signs of decline a few years back, fans have been pondering where the next great offensive players are going to come from once the Sedins have ridden off into the sunset. It’s been pretty clear to everyone sitting at home that the Canucks don’t have much of a succession plan for their top line, with no high calibre centre prospect currently in the system.
So naturally, the inclination is to wonder whether Bo Horvat, the best young centre that they have in their organization, is going to be able to develop his game to the point where he can take on the mantle of a top line player. He himself seems to think so, and his recent hot streak has lent credence to the concept.
But Bo Horvat’s recent hot streak really isn’t all that “recent” anymore. Stretching all the way back to late December of 2015, Bo Horvat has been the Canucks most productive player, with numbers that aren’t just impressive compared an otherwise woeful Canuck offence - they’re damn impressive in general.
So it’s time to ask the question: is Bo Horvat already a first line centre?
December 01 2016 12:31PM
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November is officially behind the Toronto Maple Leafs. Over the course of those 30 days, the team went 8-5-1 and gave everybody a heck of a lot to be excited about, even if that 7-0 loss to the Kings made life feel temporarily pointless. With December's games soon to be underway and the Leafs sitting a point out of a Wildcard spot, I figured it would be interesting to compare where the Leafs stand now to where they did before. We'll be breaking this up into two posts, with this one covering just the team's statistics. Let's dive in!
December 01 2016 09:00AM
Photo Credit: Isaiah J. Downing
A few short weeks ago, I suggested that the Canucks would be wise to make inroads on a long-term extension for Bo Horvat post-haste. The Canucks announced not long after that they'd signed Ben Hutton to a two-year extension.
Following the announcement of the Hutton deal, Horvat was brought up:
#Canucks GM Benning says management group will now focus on Horvat and they'd like a long term deal there, not bridge.— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) November 24, 2016
Music to many a Canucks fans ears!