After a fun and controversial couple weeks of talking and watching the World Junior Championships from Ottawa its time to let the dust settle and think back with a more rational, and maybe less biased, view.
I’d first like to tab a player I like a lot but who I haven’t heard much about – Radko Gudaj. My ‘looks’ at him were few, but when I was able to see this kid compete I was highly impressed. He was blocking shots, playing tough, and making the smart play most of the time. I don’t know where he’s currently ranked for the upcoming draft, but I think he seems like a good utilitarian defenseman who could be a “franchise asset” to a club for a long time. I would imagine that a comparison to Karlis Skrastins, currently with Florida, would be a fair one. Who knows, maybe he’s not on anyone’s radar, but I’ll be watching to see where he goes in June. Continue reading
The Kings got pinned to the floor by the Ducks last night in a VERY boring affair that ended 1-3. Eric “Bergie” Ersberg got the start to successfully work his way back after suffering a mid December groin-strain. The Kings in front of Bergie, however, appeared to be the ones with the “Balls” problem. Of course they’re being lead by the balls on offense by coach Terry Murray who doesn’t have the Ducks team in purple that he truly desires. Continue reading
warning; the host is very biased against…uh, you’ll know.
In a few hours we’ll know who are champions.
Will it be Sweden, will it be Canada.
I’m no fool, so I’ve got money on Canada. How could they not have brought the dough to pay for the final, too? hee hee.
Just Kidding, I didn’t place a bet. But I’m thinking… Continue reading
There are valiant efforts and there are cryin’ shames. And, its a cryin’ shame that Russia iced the puck with just a dozen or so ticks of the clock left in regulation; or, that they couldn’t get it past Subban(?) with just over 10 seconds to go – twice.
But fatigue plays a factor in these cometitions and for some reason the IIHF wants tired teams playing for the second night in a row. I’m not saying it would have made a difference in the game because I don’t have to, everybody knows it. But you also create your own luck and Canada believed it could happen until the end, and you have to hand it to them for that. They also did what they do best – they dump the puck in and chase it down with frenzy. I again have to defer to this article:
http://deanbrownblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/ducks-are-right-kind-of-dirty.html. Continue reading
*writer’s note: I’m watching on my DVR, so I’m not necessarily live…
Is John Tavares playing in this game?
The real star of Canada is Dustin Tokarski. Where would they be without this little spark plug? Some great play by Ennis, Subban, Kane, and Cormier.
Della Rovere continues to disgrace the Canadian team and it’s a wonder how he’s getting away with it. The game is working into the Canadian game-plan of flooding the game with penalties. The Russians need to continue to come together as a team, rather than a group of individuals and after some shaky decision making early are looking solid. Continue reading