#SAVEUSPRONGER (Recapping NHL Drafts from Pronger’s Departure – 2007 Edition)
Written By Ken Moorhouse (RHBDKEN)
The 2006-07 season for the Edmonton Oilers can be categorized as a slow moving disaster as the realization of the fact that we were now nowhere close to the same team we were just the previous season. After the last draft the Oilers in very desperate moves tried to fill in the voids that were left by Pronger with developing 2nd line winger Joffrey Lupul, Defenseman Ladislav Smid and several draft picks. Still however it was a quite summer for Kevin Lowe as the only major move he made was picking up Jan Hejda from the Buffalo Sabers who proved to be a very good depth defenseman in the NHL.
Once the season started the Oilers floated with a .500 record that lasted until the NHL Trade Deadline where the second biggest face of the franchise player was traded due to a contract dispute. Ryan Smyth was shipped off to the Islanders for forwards Robert Nilsson, Ryan O’Marra and the Islanders 1st round pick 15th Overall in the 2007 NHL Draft.
Right after this major trade the Oilers play on the ice sharply declined as we fell from just below the playoff line to 6th last in the NHL in a matter of two months. This then prepared Continue reading '#SAVEUSPRONGER – A look back at the NHL 2007 Entry Draft'»
Was Ruff too hard on Hall?
So there’s some uproar that Lindy Ruff unfairly benched an offensive weapon in Taylor Hall against a team that has a stifling defense. The thought was that Canada needed a guy like Hall who such a penchant for generating scoring chances. Hall’s line seemingly saw some decreased ice time in the 2nd. In the 3rd, it was clear that Hall played his last shift of the game with 14:54 remaining in the 3rd period.
So.. was he unfairly benched?
I would like to break down the first half of the game more.. I didn’t start really paying attention until the 2nd, so I’ll probably come back to this. But here’s a quick breakdown of the mid 2nd and early 3rd: Continue reading 'Did Ruff unfairly bench Taylor Hall in game 2 of the WHC?'»
Nail Yakupov will suit up for Russia
Finally a game I can watch live, in its entirety. I have to work tomorrow, but luckily I’m working at home and will just stream the game on TSN’s site (well worth the $20, BTW).
Not much of a GDT thread here, as it’s 2:30AM, and I have to be up in a mere 4.5 hours or so. Looks like this game starts at 7:00AM MST. The times for this were a bit all over the map. I am sure I saw somewhere on TSN’s site that the game started at 7:30AM MST, but it now says 6:30AM (probably pre-game show). But looks like the puck drops at 7:00AM, so be there folks.
I can’t remember how the hell to make the game day chat work, so hopefully this works…
Chat is currently closed.
Edit: game over… Canada wins 4-1. Overall a good game by Canada. Got an early break with a 5-min powerplay, which gave them a 2-goal lead to hang on to. Subban played yet another good game.
One thing I’ll say, and I’m probably alone on this, but I don’t like the gloating some players do (holding the jersey crest to the Russian crowd, Subban’s penalty shot celebration, etc..). It’s one thing that irked me about the Russians in the past. But oh well. It’s not that bad and could be a lot worse, but some humility would be nice.
Malcolm Subban makes a big save against Team USA
Canada wins 2-1 over the USA. Canada built up an early 2-0 lead in this one, in the first period. They exchanged chances with the Americans up until the 3rd period where the US came on strong in spite of getting into serious penalty trouble. Canada had a brief 5-on-3 followed up by a full 2 minute 5-on-3, but couldn’t capitalize.
This game was Malcolm Subban’s best game we’ve seen thus far, answering questions about whether he could rise to the question or not. He did make one near fatal error though. On a delayed penalty in which he was a bit mysteriously called on a trip, Subban raised his hands in disgust just before a shot was coming in from the point. Luckily, our boy Nugent-Hopkins came to the rescue, sliding across on one knee to block the shot, or that likely would have went right in (thumbs down to him though for taking a dumb penalty in the final 2 minutes of the game while protecting a 1 goal lead though). Credit also to Scott Harrington for his unheralded defensive game. He came up big near the end of the game to stop the Americans from banging in a loose puck. That all said, Subban played quite fantastically throughout the game, including a huge kick save (and a beauty) in the 3rd. He earned player of the game for this one. John Gibson also stood out in the other net and also was given player of the game.
Overall, I thought the Canadians played a decent game and managed to stay out of penalty trouble for the most part. This game was a lot less of an offensive showcase, and was more of a tight defensive game / goaltending battle… I would have thought the Americans would beat us in a game like that. It didn’t help much that the Canadian powerplay was quite limp throughout the game. They had their chances, but couldn’t finish.
Next game is vs. Team Russia tomorrow, a 7:00AM MST start. I’m looking forward to that one cause I can actually watch the full game live. I work tomorrow, but I’ll have the game on for sure. I stayed up for two periods this AM for the Canada / USA game, but that was about all I could do. Canada will get a boost as J.C. Lipon (1 game) and Boone Jenner (3 games) return from their suspensions. I’m thinking about putting up an actual GDT for that one since there is a chance people will be up to watch that one.
Great game for the Nuuuuuuuge
So, Team Canada just wrapped up a 9-3 win in their first official game of the tourney against Germany.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins stood out for Canada, earning 1 goal and 4 assists, and getting the player of the game award for Team Canada. The German player of the game was Leon Draisaitl, who looked like one of few Germans who were really in the game… so that was well earned on his part. Edmonton prospect Tobias Rieder had the first goal for the Germans on a back-door play on the powerplay. He was left unprotected behind Malcom Subban, and banged a cross-crease pass home on the one-timer. Later in the game, Subban got revenge though.. on a similar play 5-on-5, Rieder was in tight for a cross-crease one timer, and Subban made a remarkable kick save.
Good game all around for the Canadians. Some shakey play here and there, to be expected. The top line of Jonathan Huberdeau, “The Nuge” and Mark Scheifele is also as dangerous as you might expect. Huberdeau and Nugent-Hopkins, in particular, have incredible chemistry together.