November 22 2016 09:00AM
Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin - USA TODAY Sports
It's easy to take Brendan Gaunce for granted. He's not the most imposing player physically and doesn't often impress himself upon the scoresheet either. But make no mistake about it, he's making his mark.
In a year where development has become something of a taboo talking point around Pat Quinn Way, Gaunce finds himself a staple in the Canucks bottom-six at 22-years-old. He's had different linemates, played in different roles and at different positions too.
The one constant? He's helped the Canucks' suppress opposition offence in each scenario. He's among the team's best players in that regard, and the coach is taking notice.
November 21 2016 03:32PM
It's time for your weekly dose of the NHL Numbers power rankings, a weekly look on the previous week in the NHL. I'll look at the five best and worst NHL teams thus far in the season, as well as the three best and worst players in the last week.
All use of Corsi For and Expected Goals For are Score and Venue Adjusted, and at even strength. All stats come from Corsica Hockey, and NHL.com (don't worry, it's only the standings).
Watch The Game Podcast
November 21 2016 12:48PM
Sam invited Jeff Veillette of Leafs Nation to come onto the show and co-host. They then welcome on radio host Greg Brady (5:15) to talk about the NHL. Who is good, who is bad, what exactly is happening with the Leafs and Wings. Get ready for some good debate.
November 21 2016 12:00PM
A word-for-word transcript of my conversation with NHLN's Managing Editor on Saturday night:
Me: but um, hey, can i write about dylan strome?
Cam: Sure, what are you thinking?
Me: something like "a case for the 29th place Arizona Coyotes to keep Dylan Strome in the lineup for more than one game every week and a half" sort of deal + whether it'd be beneficial for him to be back in Erie after world juniors!
Cam: Yeah sure!
There goes that.
As of Sunday afternoon, the Erie Otters are a heck of a lot stronger -- and they're already the best team in the OHL with a record of 16-5-2, and Strome's return will undoubtedly make them Memorial Cup favorites. This also clears up Canada's World Juniors roster picture and lends them some stability, as they're now certain to ice Strome and Seattle Thunderbirds center Mat Barzal down the middle.
But is this the best move for Strome and the Coyotes?
NHLN Notebook: The OHL-AHL relationship, Detroit's ugly situation, and Dougie Hamilton's confusing usage
November 21 2016 11:24AM
Dylan Strome is stuck in limbo, being too good for the OHL but not good enough for the NHL. The Red Wings, after a hot start to the season, have started to crash, which helps remind us how bad their cap situation moving forward actually is. And Dougie Hamilton keeps coming up in trade rumours, which is bizarre, but not as bizarre as the Flames' reluctance to use him as much as they should.