Remember how god-awful the Pens were the year they got the #1 overall and snagged young Lemieux out of juniors?
It's been discussed on other boards here at HF that whoever finishes last this year (my money's on the Pens) may get Ovechkin AND Crosby, provided next year's lockout cancels the entire season.
Not that I want the Lightning to return to its leaner days, but it appears the team was a league doormat a few years too early. How would you like to face, in about five years, Ovechkin and Crosby up front and Fleury between the pipes? With a new small-market-friendly CBA, the Pens could turn into a powerhouse for a decade or more.
And please God, don't let the Panthers finish dead last. I'd rather see Ovechkin-Crosby-Fleury up in Pittsburgh than Ovechkin-Crosby-Luongo down in Sunrise. AARRRGGHH!!!
TBL-HF "Props" to Darren Reid, Coleman and O'Brien.
Now paging Jonathan Boutin.
Cape Breton 4
-Boutin 23/27, L
-Hrdel 0+0, +2
Victoriaville 3 (OT)
-O'Brien with the OT Winner (2nd of year), +1
-Coleman 41/43, W, 3rd Star
-Ottawa and Corey Locke can score. Good showing by GC... whom I have adopted.
-The guy I was convinced TB would take, Khomutov (Devil's got him right before where the Stillman pick was), 3 assists for London.
-No soup for Henrich.
-Henrich given an "A" recently.
-No soup for Tarnasky
-No soup for Egener
Medicine Hat 8
Swift Current 0
-Reid 2+2, 4 PIM, No Star (?)
-(2+1 on PP, 0+1 SH)
Thought I would do Chad and Pete a favor by posting some NA stats...
WHL GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Darren Reid 3 3 4 7 2 11 (Producing just like I was hoping)
Mike Egener 5 0 0 0 1 25 (Where's the offense?)
Nick Tarnarsky 6 1 3 4 3 11 (A Darren Reid in the making, I'm liking what I'm seeing so far)
Adam Henrich 3 1 3 4 -1 11 (Needs a big year)
Paul Ranger 3 2 0 2 1 6 (Needs a big offensive year)
Zybek Hrdel 7 2 2 4 1 12(Playing with Crosby never hurts)
Doug OBrien 4 2 3 5 0 4 (So far so good)
Sidney Crosby 7 8 7 15 4 8 (I can dream right?)
Jay Rosehill 6 0 3 3 N/A 42 (2nd on team in PIM)
Goalies GP W L T GAA SV%
Jonathan Boutin 3 0 2 0 4.550 0.842 (Terrible start for the whole team, I was expecting better numbers after such a great rookie tourny)
Gerald Coleman 2 2 0 0 1.500 0.960 (OHL's #2 goalie)
Why oh why didn't R2 do the right thing and stay with Moncton?
I think they wanted him out of there. There were two articles in the N.B. Times and Transcript before the Euro draft that said R-2 would not be coming back to Moncton, among other things. (I don't have either article anymore)
One rumor was that he wanted to go back to Russia. A stronger rumor was they didn't want him back in Moncton.
I can't confirm either one.
The Lightning, at that same time, told me R2 was going to be sent back to Moncton. I wonder why they would say that if R2 intended on leaving. It's a better chance the Lightning would have known about R2 going back to Russia before they knew Moncton didn't want him back if they were planning on sending him back there. That's my guess, anyway.