Thursday, March 5, 2015

Can Connor McDavid Complete The Comeback?

When Connor McDavid broke his hand in early November he was on a tear of the OHL registering 16 goals and 35 assists in just 18 games. He was far ahead of the current OHL leading scorcer, Mitchell Marner, who had 32 points in 19 games played for the London Knights when McDavid got injured. McDavid would miss 20 games for the Erie Otters - 12 due to the injury and 8 due to his selection for Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships - before returning in early January to start an improbable comeback for the OHL scoring lead.

It's shades of Mario Lemieux in 1992-93 coming back after missing two months to win the NHL scoring title by 12 points over Pat LaFontaine (but not actually because Mario had cancer and what he did was simply unbelievable). When McDavid returned in January he trailed Marner by 27 points who had heated up after a slow start and put together 70 points in 27 games from late September to when McDavid returned. Since January 8th when McDavid rejoined Erie the two have battled it out with McDavid cutting the distance between the two down to 12 points thanks to a streak that's seen him tally 23 goals and 56 points in 22 games since his return. That's 2.55 points/game and he's stepping it up even more with 9 goals and 20 points in his last 5 games played.

As the OHL enters the final stretch of the season this is going to be an exciting race to keep an eye on especially with junior hockey being such a gongshow. Marner's Knights have 6 games left while McDavid's Otters have 8 remaining. Also in the mix is McDavid's Otters teammate, Dylan Strome, who sits 2nd in OHL scoring with 112 points and will have to be leapfrogged by McDavid if this scoring comeback is to happen. The Otters' will have 2 games in hand over Marner and hopefully the last weekend of the season is one to follow as Erie has 3 games to London's 1 including two games after Marner's regular season has ended. It should be down to the wire between these top prospects who are all expected to be top picks in June and if McDavid keeps having night's like these than he should find himself on top of the OHL scoring race:

Monday, March 2, 2015

Trade Deadline Offers Fresh Starts

There were a few trades today that may not have looked big on paper, but garnered a lot of chatter of what could be. They involved young players looking for fresh starts with a new organization who could potentially rejuvenate their careers with a clean slate. Whether they couldn't climb the depth chart or just never fit in, these young guys couldn't capitalize on their chances in the NHL and will be getting another look to prove they belong at the NHL-level. We are reminded of Brandon Pirri's situation in which he led the AHL in scoring at age 21, but couldn't jump into the Chicago Blackhawks lineup due to their depth down the middle. He got a change of scenery in a trade to Florida last season and has 18 goals and 27 points through 51 games played with them since the trade. It's paid off for Pirri, and it could for these young players.

What's The Deal With Daily Fantasy Hockey?

Tyler Seguin's knee injury might have derailed your fantasy season, but not if you're into daily fantasy hockey!
Unless you've been living under a rock this NHL season, you've probably heard of the new fantasy fad sweeping the hockey world - daily fantasy hockey leagues. From sponsoring leagues to in-rink advertising, daily fantasy hockey is growing and offers those fantasy hockey junkies a chance to make some coin throughout the season. Different than your standard season-long leagues where friends toss in $20 each for the year, daily fantasy hockey allows you to draft a new roster every night and stay in the game the entire year.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

2015 NHL Trade Deadline Drinking Game!

There's only one thing that can make watching hockey analysts and ex-NHL scrubs talk about potential trades for 8+ hours and that thing is alcohol. With a flurry of trade action occurring in the past two weeks there's no real expectation for Trade Deadline Day to be that exciting, but there is still a lot of work to be done by NHL GMs. Players are still likely to be moved and with David Clarkson's unmovable contract being dealt a few days ago literally anything is possible. So enjoy your day at home on the couch with some beers, fire up NHL 94, and order some Za to get you through the day. 

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