December 16 2014 12:34PM
Today is a tough day in the “Heart of Canada” as the depth of the Winnipeg Jets defence just got a little bit thinner, and the end of the tunnel is nowhere in site.
It was announced this morning that Jacob Trouba joins the long list of injured Jets rearguards and is expected to be out until February with an upper-body injury. This is terrible news for a team like the Jets seeing as they are already missing two of their best defencemen, (Toby Enstrom and Zach Bogosian,) for at least the remainder of the month.
December 15 2014 04:11PM
If you're drafted in the first round, it's likely that you'll see some NHL ice. If you're drafted in the second round, then you'll have to show a little something, but it's still likely that you'll get a chance or two to get that call-up. If you're drafted in the third round, you have keep improving. Beyond that, it's unlikely that you'll become an NHL player.
In the case of Ben Chiarot, he's one of those players that has defied the odds of making it to the NHL as a late round pick.
December 15 2014 07:30AM
The IceCaps didn't do themselves any favours in regards to their playoff chances as they completed a week that saw some up and down play leading to a 1-2-1 record in back to backs against the Providence Bruins and Toronto Marlies.
With Patrice Cormier returning to the IceCaps, it seems like Eric O'Dell will be getting the next call-up based on performance. O'Dell was on fire playing on a line with Kyle MacKinnon and Carl Klingberg. O'Dell exploded with five goals including a hat trick in the team's only win over the week.
December 14 2014 07:25AM
Only 11 more sleeps until Christmas, and only 7 more sleeps until the next First Star, Worst Star, so you may want to read this one 200 to 300 times between now and then just to be safe.
December 13 2014 06:55PM
Cory Conacher is not a well-known player in the NHL, even after stints in four markets. An undrafted college free-agent signing by the Lightning, he steamrolled the AHL as a 5'8" 21 year old after being told he might never walk properly as an infant and living with type 1 diabetes since childhood. He entered the NHL as a walking made-for-tv underdog story. Shortly after he obliterated the Jets (the first time) as a rookie with the Lightning, we had an in-depth (and I must say well-written) look at him here.
Since then, he's had himself a whirlwind tour of some of the worst places to play hockey in the NHL - Ottawa, Buffalo, and finally Long Island. Turning 25 tomorrow, he boasts 141 NHL games of experience, including 58 points and 84 PIMs (the man is a firecracker).
He also just cleared waivers despite a very cap friendly $600K contract that expires at the end of the season.
Is this the end of Cory Conacher in the NHL? Or can he still offer something to an NHL team?