November 08 2016 10:00AM
Morgan Klimchuk will always have big boots to fill. Being the guy who was traded for Jarome Iginla, he has most often been the butt of the joke that was post-apex Jay Feaster management.
While Sean Monahan dazzled in the NHL and Emile Poirier was lighting lamps in the Q, Klimchuk plodded along in the Dub. He probably was the least impressive of the 2013 first rounders, struggling to find his place among the WHL's best. At the same time, Monahan was scoring 60 in the NHL and Poirier was being named an AHL all-star in his first year of pro. His unimpressive WHL stint turned into a disappointing AHL stint, with nine points in 55 games during his first full try in the league. Many, probably everyone, thought he was done.
That's why it's such a shock to see people clammoring for him to be called up, or to have no choice but to acknowledge him as one of the best prospects in the organization right now. Morgan Klimchuk has broken last year's records for points and goals in 48 fewer games. How did he turn the corner?
November 08 2016 07:36AM
Over the past four or five seasons, I've been a pretty harsh critic of Tyler Bozak. I've frequently argued that he was a poor player propped up by playing with one of the league's most dynamic wingers, and that if it weren't for Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak would score very few points in the National Hockey League.
Despite my criticisms, Bozak has continued to put up points since Kessel was traded to the Penguins, and I think it's time for a re-assessment of Bozak's play. Let's take a look at how we got to here, and what the evidence seems to say today.
November 07 2016 06:53PM
Yes, that's a scary title. Don't worry though, "Tank Nation" isn't back on. No need to panic, Leafs fans.
November 07 2016 04:00PM
The Vancouver Canucks opened the floodgates against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. At least in a relative sense.
While the three goals Vancouver scored on Saturday may not seem like much, for a club so goal-starved as the Canucks, it probably meant the world. The Canucks, as I'm sure you know, are off to the worst offensive start in franchise history, averaging just over 1.5 goals per game. For context, there isn't another team averaging fewer than two.
It's safe to assume that the Canucks are likely to suffer these ills going forward, too. Even with the added caveat that positive regression is inevitable. They're going to get their fair share of bounces eventually. Whether they can convert on enough of their chances to beat the opposition on a regular basis is another thing entirely.
Watch The Game Podcast
November 07 2016 03:48PM
Cam, Sam, and Adam talked about how the Blue Jackets beat the Canadiens 10-0 over the weekend, and the brawl that went down between the Leafs and Canucks (in case you hadn't heard enough about it yet). in today's podcast before being joined by The Hockey News' Dom Luszczyszyn, who explained the work behind his game score and predictive standings models.