Monthly Archives: February 2013

Stunning video: Jonathan Drouin makes everyone’s jaws drop with unbelievable display of skill, tenacity

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Anybody who enjoys watching a hockey player completely strip every member of the opposition of their dignity must watch the video at the bottom of this post.  Jonathan Drouin, a top prospect for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and who is in just his first full season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL, shows an unbelievable amount of skill, tenacity, toughness, work ethic and smarts in 15 seconds of awesomeness.

The 17 year old, who begins his dominating sequence 21 seconds into the video (he’s No.27), basically doesn’t relinquish control of the puck for a full 15 seconds – a pretty incredible feat for someone who is only 5’11” and 176lbs (and that’s probably generous), but made all the more incredible by the fact that in that time he made several Datsyukian style moves to dance around the defence, took a hard shot at the goalie, collected his own rebound on the opposite side of the ice whilst taking a hit from an opposing player, continued to summon his inner-Datsyuk to charge the net where he sucks the goalie over to one side, and then finally – in comically laid-back fashion in comparison to the rest of his shift – nudges a nice little pass to his team-mate Fournier to deposit the puck into the yawning cage.  The opposition didn’t know what hit them, his team-mates were shaking their heads in disbelief, and the crowd went wild.  For me the most impressive thing is the work ethic on display – made all the more evident by the fact he looks exhausted when he finally reaches the bench!

With that assist, and subsequent points since, Drouin has now moved into the QMJHL scoring lead with a staggering 93 points in just 42 games, including 36 goals.  The next scorer on the list is Josh Currie of the PEI Rocket, who has 92 points but has played 59 games and is about 3 years older than Drouin.  It’s even more unbelievable that Drouin isn’t even the most highly touted player on his team – that honour goes to phenom  and fellow Moosehead Nathan MacKinnon, who is in the conversation for 1st overall in this year’s draft.

Anyhow, enjoy the video…

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NHL NEWS: Blue Jackets fire GM Scott Howson

Courtesy of NHL.com, it has been announced that the Columbus Blue Jackets have fired General Manager Scott Howson.  The announcement doesn’t really come as a surprise, although more than a few people thought it might happen last summer.  His record as GM isn’t exactly glowing…

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06/02/2013: NHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE NIGHT

Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche makes a stunning save against Kyle Palmieri in a losing cause.

Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche makes a stunning save against Kyle Palmieri in a losing cause.

Here are the results from last night’s games:

  • BOSTON 2 – 1 MONTREAL
  • ANAHEIM 3 – 0 COLORADO
  • DALLAS 3 – 2 EDMONTON (OT)

Only 3 games on offer, and not a lot of goals, but the games looked from the highlights to be pretty entertaining affairs.  Boston has developed quite the rivalry with Montreal over the last few years, especially since the Chara incident, so they’re always hotly contested affairs, and whilst the memories of the numerous Dallas/Edmonton playoff series are no longer quite so fresh in the mind there is still a certain bitterness between the two teams which makes for intense play.  On to the night’s top performers…

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05/02/2013 – NHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE NIGHT

James Van Riemsdyk of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores on Michael Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals.

James Van Riemsdyk of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores on Michael Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals.

Here are the results from last night’s games:

  • NY RANGERS 1 – 3 NJ DEVILS
  • PITTSBURGH 4 – 2 NY ISLANDERS
  • TORONTO 3 – 2 WASHINGTON
  • LA KINGS 4 – 2 COLUMBUS
  • BUFFALO 3 – 4 OTTAWA
  • TAMPA BAY 1 – 2 PHILADELPHIA
  • CALGARY 4 – 1 DETROIT
  • FLORIDA 2 – 3 WINNIPEG (OT)
  • NASHVILLE 6 – 1 ST LOUIS
  • CHICAGO 5 – 3 SAN JOSE

Not too many surprises amongst these results, except for the St Louis v Nashville game – lord knows what happened there, but I expect it was just an off night for the Blues – and the Capitals and Rangers continue to struggle despite their star power.  Ottawa did well to keep one of the hottest scoring teams in the league at bay by limiting the Pominville/Vanek line to just one goal, and Winnipeg broke their 3 game losing streak with a scrappy OT win.  Chicago also continues to show that they may be back as contenders, defeating the powerful Sharks to lead the league with 18 points through 10 games, and have not yet lost a game in regulation.  For last night’s top performers, read on…

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