Sports by Randy Charles Morin.
Copyright 2005-10 Randy Charles Morin
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The NHL award that I have the biggest problem with is the Frank J Selke trophy. This trophy is awarded to the best defensive forward.
What would qualify you as a great defensive forward? I would suspect that's for players who play great defensively, like penalty killers or players that are used to mark the better scorers on the other team. Add solid play in your own zone, which would result in your team not being scored on much while your line is on the ice. Scrambling defensive zone faceoffs would be another asset I could see in this player.
Some criteria I wouldn't ascribe to a Selke candidate is goals, assists, points and making the all-star game, except in the extreme rare case where a forwards make the all-star team based on his defensive work. Rare.
Now, let's examine Pat Datsyuk. This guy has won the Frank J Selke award three times. He doesn't play on Detroit's short handed lines. In the playoffs last year, Zetterberg, not Datsyuk was used to mark the other team's top center (Thornton). Is Pat Datsyuk good on faceoffs? He's good, but hardly exceptional. The only thing he has going for him is that he leads the league in takeaways.
How does a player who doesn't play short-handed, isn't a defensive marker win the Frank J Selke three times? Well, he does score a lot of goals off those turnovers. And he does get a lot of assists off those turnovers. The problem is those people that vote, don't vote for the best defensive forward. They vote for the best defensive forward in the NHL scoring leaders. The last truly defensive player to win the Frank J Selke was Kris Draper, 7 years ago. I dare the voters next year to vote for a real defensive player, like Jay McClement.
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Central Preseason Preview
Red Wings vs Sharks
The Red Wings made it to the 2nd round on a horrible performance by the Flames. Unfortunately, they now have to play a much better team. The key to this series is Pavel Datsyuk. After a quick start in the playoffs, he's once again pulled his playoff disappearing act with 1 assist in his last 4 games. If Detroit wants to win, then Pavel has to show up. Go with the Sharks.
Ducks vs Canucks
Both the Canucks and Stars should've been eliminated in the first round but one of them had to win. If the Canucks are gonna win again, then Roberto Luongo is gonna be the reason, but that won't be enough. The Swedes are the key to this series. Can Markus Naslund, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin score against the best defense in hockey; Chris Pronger, Francois Beauchemin and Scott Niedermeyer?
Defense: +2 Ducks
OK, you are down by 3 points with a second or two on the clock. The problem? The other team has the ball. You need both a steal and a hail-mary prayer 3-pointer in a blink of the eye. Enter the Detroit Pistons Rasheed Wallace against against the Denver Nuggets on March 26th.
AP: Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the Detroit bench late in the first period of Monday night's game against the Nashville Predators and was hospitalized in stable condition. The team announced that Fischer had a seizure and was doing fine. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock later said Fischer's heart had stopped and was restarted at the arena. [cut] Fischer was diagnosed with a heart abnormality in September 2002, causing him to miss two days of practice.
CP: Preliminary Team Canada roster for 2006 Turin Olympics released Wednesday by Hockey Canada.
Randy: I organized the players by their likelyhood of being selected. I placed all reasonably young players who played well on the 2004 Canada World Cup team (marked *) and complimented it with players who are obvious choices (2002 Canada Olympic team marked **). Injuries will change everything, but as it stands, either Theodore or Turco will be the 3rd goalie, one of Blake, Foote, Jovocop and Pronger will be the 7th defenceman and one of a long list of players could be the 12th and 13th forward.