December 05 2014 04:15PM
The long existing schism in the Dustin Byfuglien fan-base is about to explode. Injuries have piled up on the back-end at the NHL level (Enstrom, Clitsome, Bogosian) and AHL level (Ellerby, Fredheim), and a blue line that boasted Adam Pardy and Paul Postma as regulars wasn't deep to begin with.
Andrew Halipchuk looked at the move of Byfuglien back to defence yesterday, arguing that despite the holes, the team was better off with him at forward. Against a talented (but so far unsuccessful) Avs club, Big Buf pulls in on defence for the first time under Paul Maurice.
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December 05 2014 07:30AM
Canucks luck, Tyler Bozak, Jake Gardiner, Oiler fans, Darryl Katz, Flames scoring chances, a new comic and more in this week's Roundup.
December 05 2014 06:00AM
The first draft pick of Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets 2.0 played his 100th game against the Edmonton Oilers this week. Mark Scheifele was a contentious pick at #7 overall on draft day in 2011, a noted reach that saw the team pass on Sean Couturier (#8, 230 NHL games) most notably, but also Dougie Hamilton (#9, 132 NHL games) and Jonas Brodin (#10, 139 NHL games). Central Scouting had Scheifele at 16th among North American skaters. The Hockey News had him at 41. Assistant GM Craig Heisinger said at the time, “Every team left with the same opinion [of their draft] today. In three years we’ll know.”
What do we know now, three years on?
December 04 2014 04:15PM
The Jets are faced with a difficult decision over who will play defence through the month of December. Due a string of injuries to some key rearguards, the Jets will have a different look to it this month.
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December 04 2014 09:35AM
NHL Fantasy Hockey tips from The Nation Network and DailyFaceoff.com. Here’s a quick run through of the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds, sleepers and buy-low sell-high candidates for the week (Based on 12 team leagues).