Had a good chuckle reading this, an ice cold Ovechkin giving advice to an ice cold Kessel:
Ovechkin’s advice to Kessel
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel went into Tuesday night’s game at the Caps without a goal in his first nine games. The longest goal-scoring drought of his career was 14 games in 2011.
Oates said the key was getting chances, and Kessel was doing that with a league-best 40 shots through Monday. As a fellow star who has gone through struggles, captain Alex Ovechkin offered his own advice to Kessel.
“I think after a couple games, you think like, ‘OK, I’m gonna have a chance and I’m gonna score,’” Ovechkin said. “After nine games you feel like big pressure on your shoulder, especially in Toronto. The fans, the media all over him I think. I just wanna give him advice like, ‘Don’t listen nobody. Just play your game.’
“Everybody knows he can score; he’s a top player out there. Lots of players play against him very carefully and give him more pressure. He just have to handle it.”
In the "here's another guy I never think would make it" category, I have to add Tye McGinn. I've been seeing him play so often, and while it was obvious to recognize his offensive talent, his size and his ability, I would have swear that he would never have the skating ability to make it in the NHL. While, 6 games don't make a career, I even thought he'd never have a chance to play 1 game. Kudos to him. His AHL stats do show thought that you don't necessarily have to DOMINATE before you become a NHL'er, as small a sample it is.