September 28 2011 11:24AM
Jets 2.0 return to their home this evening for the penultimate outing of the pre-season, and there seems to be one topic that's dominating discussion. As Matt noted yesterday, there's a bit of unwarranted pressure on the club from a good chunk of the fan base to keep their prize rookie in town, although I'm not in that number. Anyone familiar with my scribblings knows I'm not one to advocate rushing players.
September 27 2011 07:25AM
September 26 2011 12:32PM
(Editors Note: Andrey Osadchenko is the senior Russian Correspondent at the Nations Network. He writes regularly in Russian at allhockey.ru, and has a series of web videos called "Joining the Rush" with Steve Dangle. Today Andrey catches up with some of the former Russian-born draft picks of the Jets organization. The piece underscores why drafting Russian-born players has gone somewhat out of style; simply put, it's a risky proposition.)
By: Andrey Osadchenko
Technically the Jets are a very young organization and almost every project they are stuck with isn’t their fault but the Thrashers’. And while one can fairly point out that the Georgia-based team made it to the play-offs only once in their history, they still managed to pick arguably the best Russian player in the league a decade ago – Ilya Kovalchuk.
However, along with Kovy the Thrashers made a few questionable decisions when it came to his compatriots. Let’s have a look on their Ruskies List.
September 26 2011 09:51AM
Often we watch those who have accomplished the near-impossible dream and wish we had their life - millions of dollars, millions of fans and seemingly no real-life issues.
September 25 2011 10:56AM
Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players.