January 30 2015 09:30AM
Early mentions of Johnny Gaudreau from trusted online sources were promising but read like a distant bell: Kirk Luedeke's initial thumbnail sketch told of an undersized wizard who was years away and needed at least one growth spurt. From humble beginnings, Johnny Gaudreau never stopped exceeding expectations.
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January 30 2015 06:39AM
Trade speculation begins, Canucks better without Bieksa, Stamkos to Toronto, Ryan O'Reilly watch, Phaneuf an Oiler, size in the NHL matters, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Roundup.
January 29 2015 05:24PM
Apparently, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey going to be a guinea pig for jersey advertising. We all know it’s coming, unfortunately, whether we like it or not. According to TSN, it's believed that putting advertisements on jerseys could result in over $120 million in revenue. I assume we’re going to see advertisements in the form of shoulder patches and helmet stickers first, but eventually logos will dominate the main crest portion of the jersey. It's simply too lucrative for the league to reject, even if it results in negative fan feedback.
Here are some NHL jersey advertisement concepts that make sense/are inevitable:
January 29 2015 03:00PM
All eyes in the NHL this weekend were turned to Columbus, where you could see a once interesting and entertaining fixture in the hockey world now turned into a laughing stock, filled with professionals just going through the motions and putting on an embarrassing display.
No, I'm not talking about the All-Star Game, I'm talking about Ken Campbell and The Hockey News.
With news breaking that the NHL is about to revamp it's website to add new statistics, as well as trialing new technologies to automatically track even more on-ice parameters, Campbell penned an obituary to Corsi.
January 28 2015 11:00AM
Recently, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that young Czech phenom David Pastrnak would be staying with the Bruins for the duration of the year. This comes as little surprise given his four goals scored in his first two games back with the Bruins after an excellent showing in the World Junior tournament. It should also come as a slightly bitter pill for the Canucks, as the Bruins selected Pastrnak 25th overall in the 2014 draft, exactly one spot after the Canucks selected Jared McCann, who is actually putting together a very strong year for the OHL Western Conference leading Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
You could consider this miss a bit of a one off, if not for the Canucks passing on Canadian-born, American trained, Swedish international William Nylander to select Jake Virtanen 6th overall as well. Nylander, another World Junior tournament standout who recently made his AHL debut with the Toronto Marlies, was recently ranked by Corey Pronman as the top NHL prospect in his recent rankings, whereas Virtanen clocked in at 19th and McCann failed to make Pronman’s top 50 or honorable mention list.
This got me thinking about whether the Canucks have missed a pretty important trend. And after digging around on Eliteprospects.com, it hit me. These two absolutely owned when playing against men in two of Europe’s top leagues. Pastrnak happened to be the top scoring U18 player in Allsvenskan (Swedish second division) history, and Nylander owned the highest points per game mark before jumping to Sweden's top professional league midway through the year.
So, is playing against men as a teenager in one of Europe’s top leagues an indicator of future success in and of itself? Read past the jump to find out.