Your award winners (Hart, Norris, Vezina, Selke, etc) at this point in the season are...

 

Nick Backstrom on Semin: "I don't know if I've seen anyone more skilled than him, to be honest with you. He can shoot from every angle. That's pretty impressive. I'm just glad he's on our team."

 

Uh… how about that other Russian you play with?

 

 

I wouldn’t argue with Backstrom though – Semin is arguably the most naturally talented player in the league. He definitely has the best shot league wide.

 

 

ESPN's top 10 surprises of the season - can't say I disagree with any of them/

 

Dobber: It sounds like Joffrey Lupul will be back in a game in 10-15 days. Just my hunch from this video.

 

Anaheim's new third jerseys are disgusting.


Patty Sharp is back on track with four goals in his past five.


Corey Crawford is playing solid hockey for Chicago. As Dobber mentioned over on the forums, he probably won't be able to take a stranglehold on the starting job unless Turco gets injured at some poiint.

 

Teemu Selanne has missed two straight games with a groin injury.

 

Kudos to those who stuck with Marty Havlat through a brutal start to the season - he's been fantastic for the past month.

 

Alex Burrows is looking better and better each game. He now has goals in consecutive games for the Canucks.

 

Mikael Samuelsson was bumped down to the third line, but he still managed to find the back of the net twice. He's a very streaky player - as long as he sees PP time and the odd shift with the Sedins, he's good for 20+ goals.

 

Michael Grabner has points in three straight games for the Isles.

 

Thoughts on the Pronger no-goal call? Technically he was interfering with Kiprusoff, but the ref should have blown the play dead right away – the goal didn’t go in until four or five seconds later.

 

Keith Ballard recorded his first goal (and point) of the season last night. He skated on the second pairing with Dan Hamhuis. Ballard’s ice time has been very low to start the season, for a few reasons, but I’d expect him to inch closer to the 20-minute mark as the season continues.

 

Points-wise… He should see his fair share of points (at least compared to his current production). He skates well and makes great passes, and the Canucks heavily encourage offense from the back end.

 

Ondrej Pavelec is on fire right now. Kudos to Justin Goldman for predicting his good play (although even Goldman is probably surprised with how well Pavelec is playing).

 

Duncan Keith is going to get burned out in Chicago (if he isn't already) - I have the same worries with Dan Boyle in San Jose. Not much depth means he has to play 25+ per game - and every single minute of that is tough.

 

The streaky Jussi Jokinen has quietly bumped up his production and he is now on pace for 63 points.

 

Ian White has three points in four games for the Hurricanes since the trade from Calgary.

 

Tuomo Ruutu has nine points in his last 10 games. Like Jokinen, he is a streaky producer, but mostly for health-related reasons.

 

Jamie McBain has two helpers in his past 10, and saw his ice time drop to less than 13 minutes last night. Clearly he has hit a bit of a wall.

 

The name says it all – Dan Hamhuis destroys Douglas Murray:


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Ryan Van Horne said:

Scribe
Backstrom's comment I see what Backstrom is saying. It's not a slight on Ovechkin's talent. The thing that sets Ovechkin apart and makes him more effective as a hockey player is his tenacity and effort. Semin does not always give an honest effort and doesn't play a a physical style that allows him to make an imprint on the game the way OV can.

For strictly offensive talent, Semin is right up there with OV. I score it this way on a scouting chart (out of 80): Offensive skill - OV 75, Semin 75; Competitiveness - OV 75, Semin 50.

And there's your difference between the two. Semin's shot, passing and stickhandling skills are sublime.
November 27, 2010
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Austin said:

austeane
... You forgot about thomas JW!
November 27, 2010
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JW said:

revengespoon
... Hart: Stamkos or Crosby - slugfest all season long.
Art Ross: Crosby.
Maurice Richard: Stamkos
Vezina: Price or Quick - who blinks first?
Norris: Lidstrom has been head and shoulders above all others to this point. Byfluglien could surprise.
Calder: any one of Skinner, Bobrovsky, Hall, Eberle, Carlson, Shattenkirk, Kadri, Tedenby, Stepan could pull away in the 2nd half. Impossible to say this early in the season.
Selke: Datsyuk still amazes.
Jack Adams: Craig Ramsay has revitalized a stagnant Atlanta team. A playoff birth could clinch the award.
November 27, 2010
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Sanstanya said:

sanstanya
Samuelsson Didn't get to watch the whole game but what I did see he was actually playing on the 4th with Glass (where he should have been sooner) after getting bumped to the 3rd for the game against Colorado. Samuelsson probably hated it but I loved it. He earned his way down and he created a situation where all 4 lines were dangerous. What's not to like about that.
November 27, 2010
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flaupmes said:

Zangief
... If you watch the dissallowed Richards goal, Pronger waves the glove in front of Kipper with 1:39 left, and the goal goes in with 1:37 left. It's only four or five seconds in slow motion, or when Pronger is whining about it to the media.

Stamkos (Hart)
Lidstrom (Norris)
Thomas (Vezina)
Skinner (Calder)
Burrows(Lady Byngsmilies/wink.gif)
November 27, 2010
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Tim Jarrold said:

TJ4
... looked a bit further into my Byfuglien comment. tied for the lead with 4PPG, leading (by 27!) with 90SOG...that's Ovy territory...second in points. looks like, at this point, Liles may have to be considered as well.
November 27, 2010
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Tim Jarrold said:

TJ4
... Hart-Crosby, Stamkos (tough decision)
Norris-Lidstrom...but Byfuglien has to be mentioned
Vezina-Price, Thomas
November 27, 2010
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KJ said:

Big Kjell
Great hit... ....if anything over the knee caps is legit. smilies/tongue.gifsmilies/angry.gif

Norris....Lidstrom. Unbelievable season so far.
November 27, 2010
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sean said:

stormey
... Hart: Crosby
Norris: Lidstrom
Selke: Richards.
November 27, 2010
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Hammerin Hamhuis! Great hit, one that Denis Potvin would be proud of (Potvin probably wouldve hit him lower smilies/smiley.gif ).

The play by Pronger probably wouldnt have been called if a goal didnt result from it (it was only about 2seconds after). Its a marginal call-but the right one, kind of like in football where they dont call pass interferance on non-catchable passes. No problem in my eyes.
November 27, 2010
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Jason Banks said:

Jason_Banks
Correction He is sent to Syracuse Crunch not Oklahoma... was looking up Oiler Prospects in Oklahoma and the Oklahoma/Lake Erie game just started... lol had Oklahoma on the mind lol
November 27, 2010
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Jason Banks said:

Jason_Banks
Lupul Joffery has been sent to Oklahoma for conditioning... Conditioning stints are 14 days long max, so Dobber will be correct... of course barring a setback...
November 27, 2010
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Tim Johnston said:

holdUP
Murray no-fight / Pronger no-call As Rossi said, nice to see a great clean hit without a stupid fight afterwards. If anyone will appreciate a big hit like that, it'd be a guy like Doug Murray haha.

As for the Pronger incident, if a player can move his body in front of the goalie for a screen, why can't he stretch his arm out and do the same thing? If blocking the goalie's field of view is interfering with him, then anyone screening a goalie should be called.
Maybe if Kipper was paying attention to the play instead of taking time to slash Pronger's ankle, he would have made the save.

ps. I'm a goalie too....
November 27, 2010
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gerald said:

November 27, 2010
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Rossi said:

Dean Youngblood
Hamhuis Hit Isn't it nice to see a good clean hit executed without the hitter having to fight immediately after laying the hit. Well done Murray and the Sharks, well done. That is how hockey used to be played and SHOULD be played.
November 27, 2010
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