Third straight healthy scratch for Kyle Okposo. I wonder how many teams are trying to acquire him?
Joe Colborne was called up and will play for the Leafs tonight. He’s had a fantastic start to the season down on the farm.
Taylor Hall is really struggling this season. I am not concerned about him from a long-term perspective, but he is trying to use his natural talents (speed) way too much. Don’t get me wrong, he can flat out fly, but NHL defensemen are really quick to adjust if a player has only one or two moves he consistsently relies upon.
Edmonton’s depth scoring has really been underwhelming this season. Ryan Smyth’s surprising start has helped a lot, because after him, Eberle, and Nugent-Hopkins, no Oiler has more than three goals.
Rough night for Duncan Keith last night (see more below). He was on the ice for all four of Calgary’s goals.
Curtis Glencross had two goals and a helper – he’s a streaky player and could be worth owning for the next few weeks.
Jhonas Enroth redeemed himself with a shutout last night for the Sabres.
From my Thursday ramblings:
"Enroth allowed five goals on 19 shots – as quickly as poolies rushed to pick him up yesterday, do they drop him today? He's a great goalie, but it is tough to win consistently at the NHL level. Chalk it up as a bad start, and don't overreact to it."
The good news for Carolina – they only allowed one goal, and Eric Staal wasn't a minus player. The bad news – they still lost.
The rest of the games from last night as well as the AHL and junior leagues will be updated at about 11am EST this morning.
Had my first "real" interview last night for my writing contest – chatted on a wide range of topics with Alex Burrows (no biting or Mark Recchi comments were discussed, unfortunately). I'll have the interview up later on today or tomorrow.
My two most recent posts, please give them a read and a thumbs up if you haven't already:
Why young players need to be viewed with patience – Cody Hodgson and failing successfully, and:
Mike Gillis: The Great, The Good, and the Bad
The contest is over after this weekend, so I'll stop spamming you with my Canucks-related work. I promise.
Brendan Ross won’t have a column today, but he supplied some great CHL tidbits:
Ontario Hockey League
In the OHL, all of the leading scorers are enjoying a nice battle to remain atop the list.
Nail Yakupov of Sarnia entered the night trailing Barrie’s Tanner Pearson (undrafted) by 2 points and Yakupov had one of his strongest games of the year scoring 2 goals and an assist. Unfortunately for Nail, Tanner Pearson was unreal notching 3 goals, 3 assists for 6 points and one of his snipes was the OT game winner. Six Points!
Pearson now has a five point lead in OHL scoring over Yakupov. Barrie’s Colin Behenna (3 points last night), Ottawa’s Tyler Toffoli (3 points last night), and Sarnia’s Charlie Sarault (4 points last night) had strong nights too and remain in 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.
Western Hockey League
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