Sports by Randy Charles Morin.
Copyright 2005-10 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.
I updated all the OHL rosters on Talk-Sports.
The lineup to get into the Battalion v St Mikes game last night went from the arena, to the sidewalk, down the street a block and around the corner. Oddly, there was only 3,800 at the game. Which is a lot of Mississauga, but obviously more than they are prepared to handle. We arrived about 40 minutes early, which is usually very early for an OHL game, but had to lineup around the corner.
It was a great game with Brampton winning 3-2 and taking the series in 6 games. The video is of the 3 stars (volume is noisy).
We just updated all the OHL rosters for the 2008-09 season.
Overnight, we added fan forums for all the LPGA lady golfers.
Today, I made two major changes to the talk-sports website.
Marion Gaborik was not suspended for this jumping flying elbow to Ryan Kesler's head and into the boards. This is the same game where Mikko Koivu thru an elbow at Matias Ohlund and Ohlund retaliated by breaking Mikko's ankle.
Getting close to the trading deadline, it looks like the Leafs are on the bubble again. I'd prefer the Leafs build for tomorrow, then this year's playoffs which might not even happen.
I also created a bunch of ATP player girlfriend forums. Hope you like one.
Now that we've won a game and still sit 6 points out-of-the playoffs, what do we do? We trade them. Let's do it, but only if we get something of value in return. Remember also that a late 1st rounder is no better than a 2nd round pick.
Assuming this means McCabe, Kilger, Allison, Belfour, Domi, Belak and Czerkawski are gone. This leaves us with...
And we'd have tons of cap room to sign a top goalie, failing that, a top scoring young forward. I'd resign Lindros, conditional on a physical, for $750k. Need to pick up 2 young goons that can play.