johnny gaudreau

Johnny Gaudreau was drafted in the 4th round, 104th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. Not many NHL stars were drafted in the 4th round and especially not point per game players. According to the Calgary Flames web site, Johnny stands 5’9″ tall. He looks shorter than that and that is on skates. We will just have to believe the Flames web site until proven differently.

2017-18 marked the first season with his new contract which will pay him $6,750,000 through the 2021-22 season. In his fourth full season with the Calgary Flames, Johnny enjoyed his most productive season to date, posting 24 goals and 60 assists for 84 points. His 84 points led all Flames in scoring, Sean Monahan was second in scoring with 64 points. 24 of his points came on the powerplay, another career best.

The Calgary Flames made a few changes in the off season. The Flames acquired James Neal from the Vegas Golden Knights as a free agent. They also made a huge trade with Carolina bringing in Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin. The main player on his way out of Calgary is Dougie Hamilton.

Johnny Gaudreau played on a line with Sean Monahan and Michael Ferland at even strength last season. With the departure of Ferland to Carolina that means newly acquired James Neal could see top line action with Gaudreau and Monahan. This would be the best case scenario for Johnny, even he wants it to happen.

“I think he’s gonna be a great addition to, hopefully, our line. I think that would be a great fit for me and Mony — a strong player who can shoot the puck,” Gaudreau said in an interview with the Cherry Hill Courier-Post. “Me and Mony have played together for four or five years now. We know each other really well on the ice and Neal would just be a great addition to our line. “Hopefully we can do some big things together.”

The Flames didn’t make the post season last year. With the new additions and the subtraction of troubled defenseman Dougie Hamilton, the Flames chances of returning to the playoffs have increased. I wish Johnny all the luck next season, except when he plays the provincial rival Edmonton Oilers. 🙂

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max pacioretty

Max Pacioretty was drafted in the first round, 22nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2007. Max has enjoyed a stellar career posting 448 points in 626 games for the Habs. He has 226 goals and 222 assists to date. He has been the model of consistency in Montreal. Max averaged 63 points a year in 4 of the last 5 seasons.

Last season was a horrendous season for Max Pacioretty. Not only was it a bad season for Max, but it was a bad season for Carey Price and the whole Montreal organization. Max posted just 37 points last season, scoring only 17 times and assisting on just 20 goals. Statistically one of his worst seasons as a professional. The majority of Max’s even strength ice time came with Phillip Danault and Andrew Shaw, not exactly prime linemates.

There were all kinds of rumors surrounding Max this off season. Reports of Max wanting a trade out of Montreal, and Max nixing a trade at the June draft to the Los Angeles Kings.

With a little digging I found this quote from Luc Robitaille on twitter by Jean-Charles Lajoie, @JiCLajoie.

«Ça n’a jamais été aussi loin (les discussions avec le CH). On était intéressés à Max. Marc sait qu’il a un très bon joueur. Nous étions plus intéressés à l’obtenir que Marc de s’en départir» – Luc Robitaille au sujet de l’échange avorté entre les Kings et le CH

I can’t say I know French well but the Google translator says

“It has never been so far (the discussions with the CH). We were interested in Max. Marc knows he has a very good player. We were more interested in getting it than Marc to part with it. “

so basically Robitaille is saying that Marc Bergevin didn’t go through with the trade.

Question I have is how honest is Luc being? I happen to follow Allan Walsh on twitter and vise versa. Allan had this to say this morning.

“Obvious these “sources” are coming from the club. Max will always take the high road and repeats again, he is ready to sign an extension with Montreal TODAY. It was Montreal that traded Max to LA at the draft and it was a DONE DEAL subject to Max signing an extension with LA.”

Allan also had this to say;

“Max Pacioretty has stated repeatedly that he loves Montreal and wants to remain in Montreal. To this date, he’s never received any offer from Montreal. You can have 3 sources or 10 sources, how many times does Max have to state that he wants to remain in Montreal long term?”

In summary, Los Angeles is saying the trade didn’t go through because Marc Bergevin didn’t like the return. Max is saying he wouldn’t sign an extension in Los Angeles because he didn’t like the terms. He fired his agent, Pat Brisson as a result, hence the new agent Allan Walsh’s comments on twitter this morning. So, which is it? Did Bergevin pull the trade from the table? or did Max nix the trade? I believe Max nixed the trade because his agent Pat Brisson couldn’t hammer out a fair deal with Los Angeles, all signs point in that direction.

UPDATE September 10, 2018: Max Pacioretty has been traded to the Las Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki, and a 2019 2nd round pick.

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corey crawford

Corey Crawford was drafted in the second round, 52nd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2003. His first full season in which he played in 57 games was the 2010-11 season. Corey has won two Stanley Cup Championships, in 2013 and 2015. He has posted a career .919 save percentage. The Montreal native has 230 career wins under his belt in 409 games played.

Last season was not very friendly to Corey Crawford. Corey played in just 28 games last season as he was injured in early December. At the time of his injury the Blackhawks were in playoff contention mainly because Corey had 16 wins and a .929 save percentage. After Crawford went down the Hawks had to play 3 backups. Anton Forsberg appeared in 35 games and finished with a .908 save percentage. Jeff Glass played 15 games and finished the season with an .898 save percentage. JF Berube played 13 games and finished with an .894 save percentage. As a result of the poor goaltending the Hawks received, they didn’t make the playoffs.

Corey Crawford hasn’t been the most durable goalie in the league since taking the starters job in 2010-11. Corey has averaged 57 games played per season. The injury he suffered last season was a mystery for a couple months. Stan Bowman, the Chicago GM, finally told the media that Corey is suffering from concussion like symptoms. A timetable for a return is unknown, although the Hawks seem to think he will be ready to play by the time training camp opens in mid September. Corey himself wasn’t as sure as Hawks management.

“I’m not going to get into what I’m doing now,” he said. “Treatments are going well and we’re making small steps and I’m getting a little better so it’s a process. It’s been a process since I left in December. It hasn’t been easy but I’ll be back.”

How many games Corey will play in the 2018-19 season is another question. Goaltending coach Jimmy Waite had this to say on the matter of his return.

“Crow’s always played around 55 games anyways if you look back at all his stats. It’s not the amount of games, just something that happened that doesn’t have anything to do with the amount of games that he’s played in the past,” Chicago goalie coach Jimmy Waite said. “If he comes back, I think 55 games is a good number for sure.”

As a safety precaution the Blackhawks have signed free agent goaltender Cam Ward. Cam will backup Corey and or be the starter if Corey can’t play. Sidney Crosby missed around 100 games with concussion symptoms, and this injury to Crawford looks and feels very similar. At any rate, the Hawks need Corey to be playoff contenders again this season.

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nail yakupov

Nail Yakupov was drafted 1st overall in the 2012 NHL entry draft by the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers who finished in 29th place among the 30 teams won the lottery and pole vaulted over the last place Columbus Blue Jackets for the right to select first. It marked the 3rd consecutive year that the Edmonton Oilers would win the NHL lottery.

“It’s something you don’t expect, but I guess if you’re in the lottery, you might as well win it,” Tambellini said. “I feel really excited with the fact that now we can add another young talent, hopefully at the level of our past few picks. That’s pretty exciting for our organization.”

The Columbus GM at the time, Scott Howson was visibly upset that his team was supplanted for the first overall pick.

It turns out that 2012 was a disappointing draft year for a lot of teams. The top 3 of 4 picks are all busts. It remains to be seen whether or not Alex Galchenyuk picked by the Canadiens and since traded is also a bust. I will give Alex another year on his new team in the desert before I call him a bust. That makes Morgan Rielly the top pick for 2012.

Nail spent 4 seasons in Edmonton before being traded to the St.Louis Blues. His best season in Edmonton was the 2014-15 season where he scored 14 goals and added 19 assists for 33 points. Problem was he was a horrible minus 35 on the year. He played 40 games for St.Louis in the 2016-17 season scoring 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points. Nail signed as a free agent in the off season with the Colorado Avalanche. Yakupov posted 9 goals and 7 assists for 16 points and a plus 2 in his only season in Colorado.

The Oilers were all set and ready to draft Ryan Murray before they won the draft lottery. The majority of Oiler scouts wanted GM Steve Tambellini to draft Murray, why Steve did the opposite is entirely up for discussion. Dallas Eakins certainly didn’t do Yakupov any favors by deploying a complicated system to hard to follow for a young draft pick. The flying V did not sit well with fans let alone players.

Nail Yakupov signed a contract to play in the KHL this season with SKA St. Petersburg. Is a redemption return to the NHL on the horizon? Perhaps. Nail certainly made himself likable to the fans with his upbeat and joyous states, too bad he couldn’t produce on the ice. One of his biggest issues was the play in his own end. A NHL coach can live with some warts in your game but you have to play defensively responsible and Nail just didn’t do what was necessary. I for one hope Nail returns someday, whether it be with the Oilers or any other team.

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mikko rantanen

Mikko Rantanen was selected 10th overall in the 2015 NHL entry draft by the Colorado Avalanche. 2015 was a deep draft with McDavid and Eichel leading the charge. The Colorado Avalanche did very well by selecting Mikko. Mikko stands 6’4″tall and weighs in at a strong 215 pounds.

Mikko had a stellar stat line last season, producing 29 goals and 55 assists for 84 points, a 48 point increase over the previous season. His production came on a line centered by Mackinnon with Landeskog on the opposite wing. The trio formed the second best line in hockey, second only to Smith, Marchessault and Karlsson in Las Vegas. Mackinnon should have won the Hart Trophy but suffered the Eastern bias vote that has become all too typical lately. Eastern media really needs to watch some West Coast games so they can gauge who is the best player in the league.

Rantanen benefited by playing with Mackinnon but he wasn’t any slouch on that line. If there is one thing that Mikko could do better, that would be to throw his weight around a little more. He dished out just 32 hits last season. He would gain puck possession more and therefore produce even more. He could stand to play better in the defensive zone too, even Mackinnon could do more of that as their line wasn’t all that good in their own zone. Once they gained puck control they were invincible in the offensive zone.

“Mikko’s another guy with a great skill set, a big-bodied guy who can skate and make plays,” said coach Jared Bednar. “Him, Nathan and Landeskog have really formed a good bond on and off the ice. Second year in the league, he knows what to expect. He came out to a bit of a slow start but he really found his stride lately because of his work ethic and commitment to play the right way.”

Expect more of the same for the MGM line again for the 2018-19 NHL season.

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jonathan huberdeau

Jonathan Huberdeau was drafted 3rd overall by the Panthers in the 2011 NHL entry draft. Huberdeau was taken after Nugent-Hopkins and Landeskog. Jonathan has 181 career points in 385 games played. Hopkins has played 457 games and has racked up 313 points, while Landeskog has racked up 341 points in 506 games. If you had to do the draft over again the same three would be taken where they were chose.

Jonathan Huberdeau lit the lamp 27 times last season and had 42 assists for 69 points. He had 19 powerplay points and finished the season a minus 2.

Jonathan has incredible chemistry with Aleksander Barkov. The two form a formidable line with Dadonov on the wing. Coach Bob Boughner broke up the pair at the All Star break last season. Huberdeau became the playmaker on the second line with Trocheck and Malgin. The line failed to produce consistently as Huberdeau and Malgin were trying to setup Trocheck all the time. Malgin was replaced by Frank Vatrano once he arrived from a trade with the Bruins. Huberdeau’s production spiked once Vatrano was put on the line. Expect that line to start the year together this season. Jonathan plays on the first unit powerplay with Barkov, Dadonov and Trocheck.

Jonathan saw an up tick in shooting percentage with 13.2% overall, his highest total since becoming a professional. Expect another productive season as Huberdeau is set to break out yet again. He is coming into his prime as he just turned 25 years of age in June. No reason why he can’t post 75-80 points this season as long as he stays healthy which is something he was able to do for the first time last season. Florida needs him to stay healthy in order to be successful.

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