Heart is Good, But Skill is Better

Cammers
December 24 2016 01:07PM

If hockey analysts aren’t arguing about Corsi and analytics, they are arguing about the value certain players bring to the locker room of their team. Many times these are players who are coined as having heart and grit, but their actual hockey skill is lacking.

Take a look across the league. There are players like Derek Dorsett, Matt Martin, Derek Engelland and more who are believed to have an immeasurable impact in the dressing room.

For the Jets specifically, they are frequently icing a lineup with Chris Thorburn and Mark Stuart in it. I am not in the dressing room, so I cannot see or quantify the impact they are making to the players around them but they are wasting a valuable roster spot if you are looking at what they bring skill wise.

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The 12 Flames of Christmas

Pat Steinberg
December 24 2016 10:05AM

I can't think of a better way to celebrate the holiday season than to take a beautiful Christmas song and use it as the motivation to write a whimsical, slightly lame article with a yuletide theme. But because I lack originality and yet also want to bring Christmas cheer, I present the 12 Flames of Christmas... a holiday wish-list for 12 members of your favourite team.

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DeBrincat and Makar and Vinnie—Oh My!

Curtis LeBlanc
December 24 2016 09:00AM


It's Christmas eve and rosters have been set for the only international tournament I care about. A welcomed break from the measured, defensive hockey of the modern NHL, the annual U-20 World Junior Championships is a hormone-fueled ice battle between teenagers fighting to improve their draft stock on the world stage and I personally can't wait.

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I Was Wrong, And How: Matthew Tkachuk

J.D. Burke
December 23 2016 03:00PM

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The Canucks never had serious interest in taking Matthew Tkachuk with the fifth overall selection in last year's draft. It was a two-horse race between Pierre-Luc Dubois and Olli Juolevi. When all was said and done, fate forced their hand, and they plucked the Finnish blue liner with their first pick.

For some, that was an egregious misstep. Tkachuk's counting stats were in line with what we'd expect from a first overall selection and he'd played a starring role on the CHL's top line with the London Knights. What's not to like?

I counted myself among those less convinced, though. Whereas the final consolidated 2016 Draft rankings had Tkachuk as the fourth best player available, I had him tenth on my board. Tkachuk, taken sixth overall by the Calgary Flames, has six goals and is playing on the Flames first line. These are early returns in a small sample, but I think we're at a point where I have to take the proverbial 'L' on this one.

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Tyler Pitlick Done for the Year

baggedmilk
December 23 2016 10:12AM

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This morning, it was announced that Pitlick is done for the year with a torn ACL in his left knee. If Pitlick didn't have bad luck he would have no luck at all.

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