MacArthur

It was an ugly scene last Monday with Jason Pominville being escorted off the ice on a stretcher after being hammered into the boards by Chicago's Niklas Hjalmarsson. With the NHL's discipline czar dishing out a two game suspension, all that's left to figure out is who might benefit from Pominville's absence?

 

Nathan Gerbe drew into the line-up last night. For those who haven't seen the pint-sized fireplug play, he is versatile (can play all three forward positions) and offensively gifted.

 

Gerbe recorded 68 points in 43 games for Boston College in 2007-08. The following year, he turned professional and was named AHL Rookie of the Year, scoring 30 goals and 56 points in 57 games. His second pro season was split between the AHL (38 points in 44 games) and the NHL where he had five points in 10 games.

 

If Coach Ruff decides to substitute Gerbe directly for the injured Pominville, he would line up with the talented Tim Connolly and sniper Thomas Vanek. Gerbe might also be in line for some power play time. He would still need to step up and take advantage of this opportunity. Note:  Last night Gerbe received only 10:48 minutes of ice time, including 1:48 on the power play.

 

Infirmary Island?

 

One interesting storyline is taking shape is with the New York Islanders.  You may have noticed that the Isles have some issues with serious injuries to their best players; Mark Streit and Kyle Okposo are both out for months with shoulder injuries and John Tavares is currently sitting out with a concussion. That's three of their top offensive players.

 

Despite those key injuries, heading into last night's games, the Islanders were one of the top scoring teams in the league, recording ten goals over their first two games. Fully half their goals had come via the power play that was clicking at a gaudy 38.5 per cent.

 

What's left is a collection of mainly cast-offs and late bloomers that have overachieved thus far in 2010-11.  The top three lines are Josh Bailey-Blake Comeau-P.A. Parenteau, Doug Weight-Nino Niederreiter-Michael Grabner and Trent Hunter-Matt Moulson-Frans Nielsen.  Not exactly something opposing coaches are drawing up plans on the chalkboard to defend against. So who's picking up the slack on Long Island?

 

One Islander player who looks rejuvenated is Doug Weight. The 39-year-old is tied for the team lead (Comeau and Bailey are the other two), recording four points in the first three games this season. He's averaging nearly 20 minutes of ice time per game while playing with rookie Nino Neiderreiter and the speedy Michael Grabner. Last night, Weight set up rookie El Nino for his first NHL goal. Waiver wire pick up Michael Grabner added the second assist.

 

Does this mean you should run out and pick up Weight if he's available on your waiver wire?  Maybe. He could be a decent short term call up, especially in a points only league.

 

What's with Clarke MacArthur and his four goals this year? He had 16 goals all of last year!  He's playing on a line with Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin, two guys who are underrated skill-wise.  MacArthur has a history of being a bit of a streaky player, so don't get all worked up and think that he'll finish with 35-40 tallies. Ratchet those expectations down to about 25 for this season.

 

Sticking with the Maple Leafs, it's kind of nice to see Canada's team atop the NHL standings! Two years ago, I thought the Leafs were overachievers and then last year, they grossly underachieved.  This year should see the Leafs at least challenge for a playoff spot. Note:  I am NOT a Leaf fan, so please refrain from accusing me of being one, it's insulting...I'm an Oiler fan!

 

Thursday Trivia Time - Doug Weight is one of only 25 NHL players who have hit the century mark in points from the 1995-96 season onwards. Less than half of those 25 players went on to repeat the feat. Eleven players managed to record 100 points twice during that period and only six of them were able to hit the mark three times or more.

 

Name the six players who have recorded three or more 100 point seasons since the 48 game lock out season. Cheaters, please let others try to answer before using Google!


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Russ said:

The Comish
Trivia Answer Thanks to all those who left their replies. Here is the answer:
Jagr (5x)
Crosby (4x)
Ovechkin (4x)
Sakic (3x)
Selanne (3x)
Thornton (3x)

The other five who hit 100 points twice from 1995-96 onwards:

M.Lemieux, Malkin, P.Kariya, Heatley and Forsberg.

That's a pretty exclusive list!
October 14, 2010
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Russ said:

The Comish
One good boooh deserves another! boooh, your criteria for a sniper may be a little high or is it "what have you done for me lately"? Vanek has never had an NHL season with less than 25 goals (25, 43, 36, 40 and 28 last year). When a two time 40 goal scorer (or three time 35 goal scorer?) can't be called a sniper, then the bar is indeed set high!

Don't sell little Gerbe short (pun intended), the player he's most compared with is Brian Gionta and that's more than just a size comparison...both players played their college hockey at Boston College. In Gionta's best year he scored 62 points; where Gerbe managed to score 68 points. Gionta hit for 89 points in his fourth NHL season. Just sayin'.
October 14, 2010
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Renaldo? said:

Teh Doktor
... I'm guessing: Lemieux, Jagr, Sakic, Ovi, Crosby, and Thorton.
October 14, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
boooh I'll take that bet (warning - I win more bets than I lose)
October 14, 2010
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boooh said:

ddp
Vanek Talented Connolly yes, sniper Vanek? hardly. Gerbe is destined for useless.
October 14, 2010
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Jon Dey said:

Sovereign
Trick Question? Nope. Not a trick.

I was right as were all others with Selanne.
The year he was traded he got a combined total which most stat sheets don't compile, but list two separate entries for each team.

Can't confirm cheating or not, but "dekem" was the first to get it right. Or at least knew the elusive 6th man.
October 14, 2010
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Jon Dey said:

Sovereign
3x100pts Without looking

I would say OVI, Crosby, Thornton, Sakic, and Jagr are the easy ones.
Selanne, Kariya, Lemieux, Forsberg, Hull, Francis, Recchi and Yzerman are all thoughts, but probably pre-94-95 half-season.

Sixth choice would be...I can't think of it. And am now going to check.
October 14, 2010
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Ed said:

GoHabsGo
... Crosby, Ovechkin, Thornton, Sakic, Lemieux, and Jagr

Selanne did it 3 times but the first one was before the lock out
Malkin and Forsberg only has 2 season with over 100 pts.
October 14, 2010
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myron said:

cannon
... I like Scott's revised listed with Thornton in instead of Kariya. I know Thornton had a 100 pt season in Boston, then another one the year he got traded and another the year after his trade. Until he was mentioned I didn't think of him though.

Not sure about Selanne though... he probably is the safer choice between he, Lemieux and Forsberg though
October 14, 2010
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Dave Poleck said:

hockeyrobot
... Jagr, Crosby, Ovie, Thornton, Lemieux, Sakic
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lanky522 said:

lanky522
Trivia Time I know bure did 100 points at least a few times before the '94 lockout... I think he came close after that, but I'm not sure if he ever hit the mark again. He, Gretzky, Yzerman, Oates, and Messier were all beastly leading up to the '94 lockout, but tapered off significantly after it... so they're not on the list =/

Nazzy did it at least once in the heyday of that Nazzy-Morrison-Big Bert line in vancouver. I think lindros hit 100 1x... but never stayed healthy enough to hit it again. Pretty sure that Forsberg got it 2x, but same as lindros... couldn't stay healthy. Kariya and Heatley have only hit 100 twice each i think (and both have come pretty close to hitting it more times than that - kariya if i remember had a 98 or 99 point season the one year).

As scott says, Lemieux sat out for 3 years (because of his battle with cancer) after getting something like 300 points in 2 seasons following the '94 lockout. otherwise, he'd definitely have hit it.

My list is gonna have to be:
- Ovechkin
- Crosby
- Sakic
- Jagr
- Selanne (tricky, because i think he bounced around teams during this time... and he got a few 100 point seasons split between teams if I recall).
- Thornton (same with selanne... had a huge year split between boston and sj)
October 14, 2010
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Claudio said:

sakic19
Really thought it would have been easier SO Jagr,Crosby and Ovechkin seem to the easy ones.

I'm a sakic fan so i know Joe did it 3 times if you include 95-96.

That's 4 and need two more. Thornton,Selanne Kariya have been mentioned but I'm not sure Russ would have made this question if it didnt involve a sleeper were not thinking of.

Really tough but I'll go with Ovechkin,Crosby,Jagr,Sakic,Forsberg and Lemieux.
October 14, 2010
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Scott said:

BroadwayBlue94
Thornton 100 pt Thornton - Wow. That one should have been obvious too.
October 14, 2010
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dekem said:

Dareo
RE: Scott Scratch Kariya & add Thornton.
October 14, 2010
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Scott said:

BroadwayBlue94
... Tougher than it seems if there were only 6.

Obvious guys are Ovechkin, Crosby, Jagr

Can't be Gretzky, he was with the Rangers and I know he didn't put up 100 (close one year). Lemieux and Forsberg came close. Hard to think Lemieux isn't on the list but he didn't play full seasons.

Sakic had a bunch of 100 pt seasons but did they come after the lockout? Same with Selanne. Since I can't think of anyone else, I'll go with them. For the last one, Kariya?

So...OV, Crosby, Jagr, Sakic, Selanne & Kariya
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