Michael Del Zotto has been sent to the minors. It was the right move. But we’ve seen flashes of what he can do, he’s a great hockey player with a bright future. I still think he can be a 55-point defenseman. Think of this as a confidence boost.
Philadelphia has waived Michael Leighton. That’s the best move from a cap standpoint, and from a hockey standpoint. Now I can drop Leighton and get a forward… unless a team picks him up. I don’t see it unless Chicago does (and in turn waives Turco), or wouldn’t it be funny if the Islanders did? They’d be swapping Rolo for Leighton and acquire Wishart, and pay Leighton half his salary and come out smelling like roses.
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Shea Weber has five points and is a plus-4 in the last two games, finally showing us the type of star that he is in this league. We’ve waited all year for back-to-back games like that. He’s normally a strong starter, so perhaps this year he’s Bizarro-Weber and will be a strong finisher.
Undrafted college star Trevor Smith scored four times yesterday in the AHL for Syracuse. He had a cup of coffee with the Isles two seasons ago and now the 25-year-old belongs to the Ducks. It will be interesting to see if they give him a look.
So… Linus Omark gets sent down, he scores in his first game and tallies four assists in his second game. Get this guy back up!
Finally waking up? Patric Hornqvist was pointless three games ago despite an eye-popping 14 shots on goal. I think that pissed him off, because he has three points in two games since. If he has awakened, look for a good – a reall good – 10 or 15 game run.
Carey Price lost again. As a Price owner I’m bothered because I know this will drag out for at least another two weeks, possibly a month. If he comes out of January going 2-7-3 I won’t be shocked. More disturbing – the team isn’t getting outplayed when he loses. Ondrej Pavelec faced 50 shots and stopped 47 of them. Whereas Price faced just 28 shots, stopping 24.
Ironically, Price was Montreal’s player of the month for December. He must have built a great lead in the first half.
Max Pacioretty had seven of the shots, and recent recall David Desharnais had three shots. I really like Desharnais (of course – he’s small!) and hope he can make an NHL roster next season.
PK Subban scored, giving him 12 points on the year. As long he doesn’t get scratched, I still believe he’ll get 40 points. But that’s the key – being responsible and not getting scratched.
Now that’s the Ryan Johansen I’ve been waiting to watch all tournament. If he didn’t make so many bad decisions on the power play in the final 15 minutes or so, he would have had the perfect game there against the Swiss. If you want to know what to expect from him, simply look at Derick Brassard’s numbers. And maybe bump RJ up a year because he’s not as fragile as DB. But they have similar upside and similar readiness at the same age.
On my radar: Casey Cizikas. Man, you just can’t ignore him. He’s been all over the place every game. He may wind up an energy