With the reports that the L.A. Kings forward and the sportscaster spent New Year's Eve canoodling in Las Vegas, we are reminded that despite hockey's redheaded stepchild status on America's sports landscape, NHL players do pretty well when it comes to dating or marrying celebrities. Mr. Stoll, for example, has been linked to a bevy of beauties...
Looks like Stoll gained a few additional perks and benefits from his move from Edmonton to LA.
"I think McBean is the best player in the draft. Better than everyone, including Pierre Turgeon and Brendan Shanahan," says one scout.
"He controls the game when he's out there. He would be one of the best players on any major junior team in Canada."
THN champions McBean as the best defenseman available, ahead of future long time NHLers Glen Wesley, Stephane Quintal, Luke Richardson, Yves Racine and Eric Desjardins, as well as junior standouts Chris Joseph and Bryan Fogarty.
McBean suffered a bad knee injury early into his career and never was the player he was expected to be as a result. The guy was a puckmoving dynamo in the WHL at times though, and if he had turned into a 50-60 point defenseman like he was expected to, I can understand the ranking. The Kings didn't really help his development either, as he was a typical 80's rush job to the pros, playing 27 games right after he was drafted. When they finally sent him back to juniors, he had 45 points in 30 games in the WHL, which would have been a pace for 108 points over a full season as an 18-year-old.
Trivia note: The coach for McBean in Medicine Hat that season? Barry Melrose.