Ryan Johansen is quietly having a really good rookie season. He had two helpers last night and is on pace for close to 50 points. He’d be getting a lot more press if he played in a bigger hockey market, of course. He got off to a bit of a slow start and he bounced around the lineup a bit, but he’s settling in now. It’s amazing how many good young players the Portland Winterhawks have churned out in recent years.
Tomas Fleischmann played (and scored) last night. Great to see after that headshot he took the other night.
Crosby had another strong game. He recorded three points (all in the first 10 minutes of the game) against Ottawa.
Carolina continues to be awful. I am so frustrated as a Cam Ward owner, and I am sure many of you out there feel the same way.
Cory Schneider recorded his second consecutive shutout last night. He wasn’t tested a lot by the Coyotes, but he did make five or six tough saves throughout the game.
Ryan Kesler played his best game of the season (by far). Encouraging to see. Not surprisingly, Booth looked a lot better too.
Derek Morris had arguably the worst game I have seen from a defenseman this season.
Cody Hodgson only played 10 minutes last night. I was surprised to see that number after the game. He had another solid effort and recorded another really nice assist. He’s becomming a really good young NHL player. I hadn’t written him off last season, but his potential took a serious nose dive. Nice to see him building it back up.
Stefan Elliott was recalled by the Colorado Avalanche and will play tonight.
The Sabres recalled defenseman Brayden McNabb. He had 72 points last season in the WHL, and has 10 points in 19 games this season in the AHL. Keep an eye on him.
I'll have a lot of fresh content up around noon or so. Caught a few of the earlier games while at work, and watched the Canucks in Phoenix later on in the evening.
Ryan Callahan, the Swiss-Army Knife in New York, had three assists. Goal scorer, playmaker, hitter, leader, he really does it all. I don't buy jerseys, but if I did he'd be my first or second choice.
Artem Anisimov is really flourishing as a two-way threat under Tortorella. Seven shots on goal to lead the team, and two points to boot.
Fedotenko had two goals and played almost 20 minutes. A great complimentary/role player as he has proven in Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.
Carl Hagelin, who I wrote about yesterday, had an assist and recorded his first career NHL point.
As a Pat Sharp owner, I was of course happy to see his three goal, six shot output. He hasn't been his usual self so far this season.
Toews had a five point game. His line was ridiculous – 12 faceoff wins, two goals, three assists, plus-3, six shots on goal, and two PIM.
Bobby Ryan is alive, ladies and gentlemen! Two goals and seven shots on goal. He's been invisible for much of the season.
Selanne the Ageless with another two points. This league seems to be too easy for him. Won three of five faceoffs taken, as well.
Francois Beauchemin had an assist. More impressive is the fact he logged close to nine minutes shorthanded. Hard to be a productive player with that much ice time on the penalty kill.
I hate to rub salt in wounds, but McDonagh had a helper and played almost 29 minutes for the Rangers. One half of the league's most underrated defensive pairing (with Girardi). Sorry, Habs fans…
Ovechkin scored his first goal at home this season. Considering it is almost December, that is an alarming statistic (to say the least).
Ryan Smyth should get more than a few votes for surprise player of the season (to date). Another two points for him last night against the Wild.
The Nuge had two goals. Kid is unbelievably good. Reminds me a lot of Pat Kane, but I think he is a bit more polished than Kane was at the same age.
Taylor Hall had two points, as did Eberle. Hall had a bit of a slow start but has turned the corner in a big way. These three young talents are so fun to watch (even as a Canucks fan). I can appreciate good hockey.
Speaking of underrated defensive pairings, how about Smid and Gilbert? Gilbert has somehow learned how to play defense in one summer, and Smid (when healthy) is a solid, steady force