Sunday, November 16, 2014

Who Are Future Hall Of Famers?

We were having a good chat at the pub the other night about the upcoming Hockey Hall of Fame inductions before the conversation shifted to how some young guys in the NHL already have Hall of Fame resumes. A player like Jonathan Toews has already accomplished so much in 7 seasons that he will be a shoo-in for the Hockey Hall of Fame whenever his career is over. This got us thinking about what other young players like Toews are on the HHOF track and might be getting the call in 15 or so years to join some elite company.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

How Low Will The Buffalo Sabres Go?

While they might not sit dead last in the NHL just yet with 3 more games played than the Carolina Hurricanes, make no mistake, the Buffalo Sabres are the worst team in the league and it's not even close. Last year, the Sabres had the worst record in the three-point game era going 21-51-10 with 52 points. This year, they could go even lower.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Stat Geek: 5 Early Stats That May Surprise You

Admit it, you saw the golden retriever first.
It's Monday at work and for me that usually means some time to research my fantasy hockey pools and spend an hour or so checking out hockey stats. Often when I do this I find myself doing doubletakes because it's hard to believe a stat I'm looking at is real. If you actually have a real job and can't check hockey stats all day, I managed to do some work for you before my boss came in and I had to stop. Sorry Kevin, I'll finish that assignment tomorrow.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

9-Year-Old Johnny Hockey Just As Shifty

It's been almost a year since our favourite YouTube account has uploaded video of NHLers playing in their youth hockey days and they returned with a beauty. Here we have Johnny Gaudreau a.k.a. Johnny Hockey of the Calgary Flames playing for Boston in the 2003 Brick Invitational Super Novice Hockey Tournament as a 9-year-old. He doesn't look much bigger than he is now as a rookie in the NHL at 5'9", 150lbs, but you get to see Gaudreau's dangles that he is known for today.

Watch him go end-to-end and almost score before pulling a reverse Dougie Gilmour and burying a wraparound:

Also, these novice kids cycle better than my beer league team.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Connor McDavid Is Tearing Up The OHL

The #1 ranked prospect for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft is off to an amazing start in his third season with the Erie Otters of the OHL. Through 14 games, Connor McDavid, has already amassed an OHL and CHL-leading 14 goals and 42 points. Averaging 3 points/game, McDavid is currently on pace for 204 points although that likely won't happen because the junior star is destined to miss a handful of games for the World Juniors in December and because scoring 3 points/game is ridiculous. If he does keep this pace up through ~55 games or even dip a little, McDavid will have some of the highest numbers in the CHL in over a decade and similar point totals to another teenage phenom - Sidney Crosby.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Calgary Flames Are Better Than The Edmonton Oilers

This is a guest post by our brother, Jonas. He watches plenty of puck and loves to talk shop 
over a few beers so we thought we'd let him contribute his thoughts on Dirty Dangle.
Looking a little thin on top, Dallas.
That is a statement I did not expect to make this season, but through my observations of staying up late to abuse my free NHL GameCentre Live preview, my opinion is that the Calgary Flames are the best team in Alberta. Perhaps one of the more interesting things I noticed during my watching was that of each coach's facial expression which can tell a lot about a team. To the north in Edmonton, Dallas Eakins always looks pissed off and in disbelief that his defence can be that bad. He has some great hair and we worry about it going grey or worse - falling out. Down in Calgary, Bob Hartley looks awfully proud of how hard his team competes every night and sometimes you even catch him smile.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Breaking That Sophomore Slump

The bench was a familiar spot for Nail Yakupov last season
It's often difficult to live up the expectations of a great rookie year, especially when that year was a condensed 48-game season. There was no time to trail off and many rookies performed well making for a very interesting Calder Memorial Trophy vote that resulted in a tight race for first and 7 players earning first-place votes. Such was expected with a smaller sample of games and nobody should be surprised that many of those top rookies in 2013 petered out this past season. Well, those players had their slumps and now look forward to getting back on track as future NHL stars as they enter their third seasons and shake off the memories of the past year.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Have We Seen The Last Of...

The best way to leave the NHL is at your home rink when the crowd knows they'll never see you skate in the league again. When Teemu Selanne finished last season he got the proper send off he deserved and he even let J.S. Giguere in on the fun. The same goes for Ryan Smyth who made many Oilers fans teary-eyed during his last NHL game and Saku Koivu who got a great send-off when he played his last NHL game in Montreal. These were great goodbyes that we knew were coming, however there are many NHLers who we might have missed the chance to wave goodbye to.

Talking NHL Award Props

Is this the face of a man who could make you a lot of money?
Nothing gets some friendly "what if" discussion going like player props and the talk started this week as online oddsmaker Bovada released their betting lines for who will win the major NHL awards in 2014-15. Everyone has their predictions going into a season, but once you see some of the odds next to players names it can change things. Suddenly favourites don't look worth the money where as a sleeper pick becomes mighty appetizing at 30/1. Whatever your picks, it's a sign that the puck is getting closer to dropping in October.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

2014 NHL Free Agent Leftovers

We're well into August now and there are still some solid UFA leftovers out there waiting to be signed. While some leftovers hide in the back of your fridge for weeks to rot, some leftovers can be put to good use with the right fixings. Some of the players currently unsigned would be great additions on most NHL teams and it's pretty surprising they haven't been scooped up yet. Maybe they're just sweating it out like that casserole from last week, but with training camps starting in a month it's only a matter of time before the Domino's pizzas begin to fall.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bustville: Brett Connolly

"Wait, come out of the curtain, or just stay behind?"
It's funny how NHL prospects can go from being the next big thing to a buried prospect on his way to Bustville. Okay, maybe it's not that funny if this prospect is a member of your franchise, but every NHL team has different needs and a prospect could find themselves as an 18-year-old playing opening night or a 23-year-old waiting for a roster spot to open up. Every year there is new group of young, hotshot prospects coming in and new free agents taking up roster spots. Getting drafted is hard enough, but being able to lock down a full time NHL spot is the real challenge.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

NHLers Funniest Arrests

Giroux still wheeling while in cuffs via Reddit user, DeezMaster
NHLers are human beings too and can behave just as stupidly off the ice as they can on the ice. This was demonstrated yesterday as Philadelphia Flyers captain, Claude Giroux, was arrested for repeatedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer and ended up having to spend the night in jail for his copping a feel. It was the talk of the water cooler today as even though he was released without charges it was a very bizarre incident. This led to some talk and reminiscing about some of the more embarrassing NHL player arrest stories in recent memory. With this in mind we're not including incidents where people were injured such as Patrick Kane's no-tip cab ride or Ed Belfour's $1 billion bribe because that's not cool and we're not going to laugh at a victim's expense.

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