Sports by Randy Charles Morin.
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We have some race this year. I can identify 7 legit candidates; 3 of which scored 30 goals.
One year ago, Skinner wasn't on anybody's NHL radar. He wasn't drafted and wasn't even projected in the 1st round of the draft. He scored 20 goals in 20 games during last years OHL playoff and he became a 7th overall pick. Twelve months later, he has 30+ goals in the NHL and is the choice of many to win the Calder Trophy.
Nineth overall pic in 2007, he stagnated for the next 3 years. Out of nowhere, he's regained his top prospect form and put 30 pucks in the net. Unlikely to win, as he doesn't have the most goals, nor the most points for a rookie, which is the prime criteria for a forward.
Grabner was the 14 overall pick back in 2006. Like Couture, he struggled after his draft year. He played the last 3 years almost entirely in the AHL. A brief 20 game tryout at the end of last season was successful, potting 5 goals. The Canucks traded him to the Panthers, who then waived him before the season started. He was claimed by the Islanders and the rest is history; 30 goal rookie campaign.
Drafted 27th overall in 2008. Note that all these rookies to date have been drafted in the 1st round. Somebody might wanna inform Brian Burke of these facts. Played half a season in the AHL and he's an NHLer. Fits in well, on a very talented Capitals team. Unlike to win.
Tell Burke that Fowler was drafted 12th overall in 2010. Ya, that's last year. And he scored 40 points this year as a defenseman. His -26 plus-minus rating is gonna keep him away from the Calder Trophy.
Drafted in the 2nd round of 2007. I have to think his skin color and mouth kept him out of the 1st round. How many defensemen score 56 points in their OHL draft year and don't get picked in the 1st round? He's improved every year since, is now a household name for every hockey fan and a twitter fad (#blamesubban). PK's stats might not get him the Calder, but I watch a lot of hockey and from what I see, this guy is already a leader on the Canadians. He's my Calder pick, but I doubt many will agree. They'd rather blame him for something.
I always hate it when a goalie qualifies as a rookie, yet he played games in 4 NHL seasons. This is actually his 5th season playing in the NHL. The numbers are there and he resurrected the Hawks season. He'll get votes, but he was drafted in 2003. Hardly a rookie.
Tonigh I watched Dale, the Movie. It's a documentary about Dale Earnhardt's quest to win the Daytona 500 and his death at the very same race. Dale's triumphant race in 1998 and death in 2001 combined to put NASCAR where it is today.
The movie doesn't quite explain the details that made these races great. Here's some details that weren't made obvious in the movie. Darrel Waltrip, the long-time rival of Earnhardt's and one of the greatest NASCAR drivers ever, was announcing his first NASCAR race. He's the guy who says "Boogidy, boogidy, boogidy, let's go racing boys" on TV at the start of many of the NASCAR races. Darrel's brother Michael was driving one of Earnhardt's cars along with Dale's son, Dale Jr. Earnhardt was blocking the entire field in 3rd place with his two cars (Michael and Jr.) in 1st and 2nd, when his overly aggressive blocking sent him into the wall and his death. Darrel, the announcer, was in tears as he watched his brother win. That was also Michael's 1st win. Michael has since won a 2nd Daytona 500 and two other plate races (Daytona Pepsi 400 and Talladega). He has never won a non-plate race. After spending his entire life trying to win the big race, Dale Earnhardt Inc. (his company) won 3 out of the 4 races following his death; Michael Waltrip in 2001 and 2003 and Dale Jr. in 2004. In 2007, Kevin Harvick, who took over Dale Sr's car, also won the Daytona 500, giving Dale and his cars 5 wins in 10 races.
The documentary itself was still awesome. When I chose this movie last night, the kids asked "Is this one of those boring documentaries?" I told them that if it was too boring that we'd put another movie on. We watched the entire movie. My wife even joined us for the death scene, which we rewinded over and over.
Next week, we'll park the RV in the middle of the same very track. Our spot is about 100 feet from the spot where Dale's car came to rest on the grass. We'll be watching this movie in the RV line of sight from where it all actually happened.
Most likely because of the lateness of the pick, quite often the winner of the Conn Smythe aware is not who it should be. Remember, they have to pick the winner in the 15 minutes following the game. I think if they waited a day, then you'd get a different winner almost half of the time. Here's my four disputes in recent history.
The Ottawa Senators have acquired to of the pieces of the 2007 Hurricane Stanley Cup winning puzzle; Commodore and Stillman for Corvo and Eaves. Both Commodore and Stillman will be unrestricted free-agents and Corvo and Eaves have longer-term rights. This is a now for tomorrow trade and likely a good one for both teams. The Sens are trying to improve on last season's Cup final lost. The Canes have struggled since a quick start and are adding a bit of youth and talent for the longer-term.
The I hate Randy Charles Morin club is growing. I hate him too!
Tops Forums in terms of total comments left in November 2007.
Top forwards this season in the NHL.
Top D-men for the first quarter of the 2007 NHL season. The rankings are based on what I've seen and also on stats.
Today, I thru together a list of the top goalies in the NHL to date this season. Debate! I'm gonna discuss the list tomorrow on the live talkcast. Join me!
I love reader what people are writing about the Steve Downie situation. Total bandwagon jumping. I have to wonder if some of these guys have even seen the hit. MG Franklin of Canada.com writes "Senators' centre Dean McAmmond suffered a concussion after being hit from behind and into the glass by Steve Downie of the Flyers." From behind? Into the glass? Canada.com is a major publisher here in Canada. I reponded in Franklin's comments that it wasn't from behind or into the glass. He chose not to publish my comment. Others, including the NHL seem to be claiming the hit was late, yet it occured less than 1 second after McAmmond passed the puck. What happened to two steambolts (2 seconds)?
I found a great article on who and how PGA golfers can win the FedexCup next weekend. Only Tiger and Steve Stricker have the cup in their hands. If either win, then they win. On the other hand, if somebody else wins, then it's decided by the scorekeepers. Check it out! Further if Stricker doesn't finished in the top three, Mickelson doesn't finished in the top two and neither Choi or Sabbatini win. The most likely outcome is that none of the top 5 compete and Tiger wins by default and that would be a Fedex joke.
On Saturday, I brought my son and father to the Wings v. Sharks game. We sat in executive suite #48. I bought my son a Zetterberg jersey and he scored a goal and two assists. My son has converted from a Crosby fan to a Zetterberg fan.
Some pics I took from the game. The first three are of the Windsor riverfront. Then me, with the Stanley Cup on cheek.
Some video that took...