The NHL/hockey panel at Blogs with Balls is being live streamed on Youtube. Puck Daddy, Elliotte Friedman, Justin Bourne, and more - check it out here.
Glad to have Brendan Ross back on Saturday's. Really enjoy his work on covering the OHL.
I was at the Medicine Hat/Vancouver game last night. Hard to gleen too much from a single game sample size, but the Giants did a great job shutting down Tigers captain and star forward Hunter Shinkaruk.
On the Giants side - no real standout performances. A very solid team effort, and that is what the Giants will have to do to be successful this year without much star power.
Undrafted Cain Franson (younger brother of Cody) was pretty good - he had a few points and created some chances in the first two periods.
San Francisco welcomes the return of pro hockey:
Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all of our Canadian readers. We have a lot of great content coming this weekend – DobberHockey never rests!
Next week we will have a comprehensive breakdown of the DobberHockey Experts League draft, which was conducted on Wednesday night. We will get the thoughts and strategies from each of the 16 participants.
Kevin Allen from the USA Today weighs in with some very reasonable CBA proposals.
Will the two sides really risk $3.3 billion in revenue and $1.8 billion in player salaries in a fight over $231 million a season? At some point, this fight, even over $1 billion, isn't worth it because of lost revenue and fan alienation.
The Portland Winterhawks come to play in Vancouver in a few weeks. I am very excited at getting a chance to see Seth Jones in person – he may not go 1st overall next June, but he won’t slip past the second pick. He’s simply a dominant defenseman in all aspects of the game.
Jones grew up in Dallas (his dad Popeye was a player for the NBA’s Mavericks), and fell in love with hockey from a young age.
"We were following the [Dallas] Stars when I was with the Mavericks. I did a charity event with [Mike] Modano and thought he was a nice guy," Popeye Jones, now an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets, told NHL.com. "So we went to a Stars game and we really fell in love with the sport. I started watching hockey and we adopted the Stars as our team."
My previews for the PlayNow blog continue – I took a look at the NLA (the top Swiss league) on Thursday.
Probably not the most famous Lakers team on the planet, Rapperswil-Jona could also win for best name among all NLA teams. In goal is David Aebischer, formerly of a few NHL clubs (his best stretch came with Colorado, though). Jason Spezza signed a few days ago, joining former NCAA scoring star Robbie Earl up front.
If you live in Eastern Canada, it may be worth the drive down to Portland, Maine, to get a look at defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. He is a quality top pairing defenseman at the NHL level – imagine what he is going to do at the AHL level?
But the minor-league show must go on and in Ekman-Larsson, the Pirates have a defenceman that Tippett believes can be among the elite in the league. But his skill on the ice has been matched by his enthusiasm here in Portland where he seems committed to assuming a leadership role.
“It shows a ton about him,” Coyotes assistant general manager Brad Treliving said. “This is where he wants to be. He wants to play and he wants to lead by example.
Boston defenseman Torey Krug got his first taste of AHL hockey earlier this week. The offensively-skilled defenseman has NHL upside, and could be with the Bruins once the season finally gets under way.
Krug’s skill was very apparent. He seemed very poised with the puck while working either point on the power-play and he made a couple of nice stick plays in front of his own net to clear the puck.
He was victimized once on a bad break while the Baby B’s were on the power-play. The Sound Tigers cleared the puck and Krug peeled off for a change. The only problem was the puck never made it into the trapezoid behind goalie Adam Morrison and he was left all alone to fend against Bridgeport’s Nino Niederreiter, who scored the easy goal.
Another offensively-skilled defenseman who is going to use these next few months to hone his game furthe
r in the AHL – Winnipeg’s Paul Postma. He had a significant opportunity for a top four spot with the Jets after Bogosian was injured this summer, but Bogosian should be healthy by the time the lockout ends.
"Obviously, I feel extremely bad for Zach (Bogosian), he's a good guy and heck of a player but, with saying that, it opened up a spot for me," Postma said this week as the IceCaps, the Jets farm team, opened their camp in Cornerbrook, N.L.
"It kind of guaranteed me a top-six spot. I was definitely looking forward to the season and I was ready for it but this (NHL) lockout is kind of out of my control, so I'm just going to be in St. John's for the time being and enjoy it."
An amazing goal from Wild prospect and rugged defenseman Matt Dumba: