I agree, but he's also been forced higher in the lineup and getting more ice time that I'm sure he would if this was a healthier team.
On the other side, if he doesn't spring Bjorkstrand on a great pass or finish a partial break, we don't score the first two goals. Certainly an eventful night for the captain.
That was a comically weak call, but even if it does happen, the PP goal still makes it 3-2, instead of tying the game. Totally different dynamic. Elvis can't give up a goal from 40 feet away. You just can't.
Whole game swung on a criminally soft goal allowed by Elvis (Philly's 2nd). Game was completely in control at that point. Played well, just can't seem to get the shot or the save they seemed to get for two straight months all of a sudden.
You'd get laughed off of the phone with those first four trades for varying reasons. Those aren't anywhere good enough to get some of the best young players in the game, and in Kuraly's case, a critical bottom-six piece.
Hall is a free agent after the season.
Bob keeping Florida in it vs. Anaheim, 1-1 in the second.
Colorado skating circles around the Islanders, 2-0, who are scoring even less than Columbus these days (1 goal in the last 3+ games).
You are correct. Toews went 3rd overall in 2006, then they got Kane at 1st the following year.
It's really remarkable how a big part of success, really in any sport, is being really bad at the right time, and in the NBA and NHL with the lottery, also being lucky.
As an aside in that '06 draft, Erik Johnson went 1, Jordan Staal 2, Kane 3, Backstrom 4, Kessel 5, then Brassard at 6 to Columbus. Good player, but certainly a level below those other guys right in front of him.
Tell that to Tom Wilson.
Definitely intrigued by Puljujarvi. Jarmo is gonna know more about him than any other GM in the league too. Just imagine ending up with the 3rd and 4th picks from the same draft.
He's played pretty well in Finland this year, if there's a deal to be made.
Didn't even think about this, but it moves Jenner back to the wing where I think he's a much more effective player on both ends of the rink.
Hard pass for me. He got hot for a couple of weeks when he first got to Montreal, but hasn't had a point in like six games. He had five goals in his first seven games, and just one in the last 10.
He's largely been fine for a third paring guy IMO. If one of the three injured guys were healthy, he'd probably be back in Cleveland to get more regular minutes, but I don't think he's been a huge liability, last night not withstanding.
Pierre LeBrun reported this morning that Vincent Trochek may be available from Florida for a top-4 defensemen. Do you consider moving Savard or Gavrikov in that scenario? There's the obvious short term pain given the injury situation, but Trochek would immediately slot in right behind Dubois down the middle.
Then again, three decent defensemen all moved yesterday for nothing more than 2nd/3rd round picks. Unless we were acquiring those to flip them, nothing that would qualify as immediate help. If that's still the going rate in June, it's no big loss when you're able to make those moves without worrying about immediate on-ice impact.
I agree to some degree, but it's worth pointing out that for a couple of weeks in the streak, they were getting every bounce. Over a long enough time, those things even out.
That was a strange game. A couple fluke bounces early, and it felt like Philly was content to just muck it up. Much like the Rangers game last week, getting down early just sucked any life out of Columbus. There just isn't enough talent in the lineup at the moment to make up for it. Yes, they could've played with more energy, but this one felt a lot like a talent mismatch too.
Never should've put that out into the universe.
Yeah, just saying that you'd think with the demand, it would've been a perfect scenario for a healthy Columbus blue line.
Exactly. With hockey, one year the puck hits a skate in front and goes in. The next year it hits a skate in front and finds the goalie. One year the puck hits the post and goes out, the next it goes in.
Shooting percentage is largely a combo of luck and skill. I don't think he suddenly lost the ability to shoot well, so I chalk a fair amount of it up to bad luck. It would be one thing if his career numbers were lower, but he was a pretty consistent 11+% shooter even before Panarin got here, so I don't think it's related to that. In the three years prior to Panarin's arrival, he was 10.4%, 11.9%, and 14.6%. The last two seasons were 10.4 and 13.9.
I'm sure his shot quality has dipped a bit without Panarin creating space, but that doesn't make up the entirety of a 3+ point difference to his career mark.
If it's any consolation, either when he returns this year, or next year, those numbers are due to trend back towards his career averages.
For sure, he was invisible for stretches before getting injured as well. But still, I think his numbers/production would look better if he was shooting at his career numbers.
I believe after 12/1 they were able to send him down with his Swedish contract.
He has definitely disappeared at times, but he also clearly was less than 100% when he came back from injury the first time.
He has 148 shots on goal this year, and if he is at his career shooting percentage of 11.3%, he's at 17 goals instead. He can certainly be better, but there's also some bad luck involved too.
He has a bright future. He's where Bjorkstrand was a few years ago, in my opinion. He has that great shot, but is learning how to find the time and space in a smaller rink with faster skaters. It'll come. I thought he was playing very well when he got hurt back in December, and is just now starting to find his game again after getting back.