September 14 2013 01:06PM
It's game one of the pre-season tonight for the Jets, facing off against a team that clobbered them last year by a goal differential of 20 to 8. But you know what? That was last year. It was probably all Mike Ribeiro anyway.
Somehow every summer I think I'll never make it to September, that by the time the fall arrives I'll have forgotten what hockey looks like, or Gary Betman will have stolen all the skates from Hockey-ville. For me, this is the day it becomes real. And part of me still thinks I'm going to turn on CBC today to find static (like it's 1973 and static is still a thing).
So everyone please cross your fingers on whatever hand you aren't using to click the 'Read Article' link below.
September 14 2013 12:01AM
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In the busy world of blogging, what with all the cheeto eating and all, I sometimes get to things a bit late. Such was the case with Claude Noel's opening press conference from Wednesday - the content of which I imagined to be the usual banality about clean slates for the people who struggled and building on last season for the people who didn't. Certainly there was some of that. But at the 15 minute mark came a moment in which Noel showed a sensibility for the game I wasn't sure he had, and provided some insight into how he might use his roster this season.
September 13 2013 03:01PM
Ever watch a TV show a couple times, decide that it sucks and then get completely shocked when it comes back for a second season? Yeah, StreakCred is exactly like that. Except that it doesn't suck. It's super fun. And this time we have a free preseason to get you hooked real nice like see?
OH AND THERE ARE TROPHIES THIS TIME AROUND
September 12 2013 10:58AM
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I'm starting Training Camp with a bold stance.
In attending the Young Stars tournament this year, I got my first live viewing of 2012, 9th overall selection Jacob Trouba with my brain so stuffed full of hype that I could hardly believe what I saw. In fact, my first game report chalked his poor decision making up to being a visceral player who became frustrated with his own performance and noted he'd have to work on his emotional discipline to improve his game. During an early shift in game two, when Trouba failed to recognize that he was responsible for a puck on his own end boards, and then didn't block the attacking lane of the forechecking forward, effectively allowing his partner (who was covering for his mistake) to be crushed with a running head-start, it dawned on me. I was watching a young Jack Johnson.
September 11 2013 12:35PM
One of the most interesting parts of the annual Young Stars tournament is seeing the talents of these young prospects relative to each other. With different systems in place, different ways of organizing lines, and even different levels of intensity about the tournament between franchises, wins and goals mean less than the process in evaluating player success. As one of the Nations Network scouts at the tournament, I thought I'd give my standouts, but in the hockey honoured tradition of naming All-Star teams.
It's a small sample size, so these aren't necessarily the best prospects, but instead the prospects who had the best showing in the tournament. Still, I bet we see the majority of these names in NHL sweaters within a few years.