My Saturday post – what is Jordan Schroeder’s offensive upside?
Will Schroeder be a 60+ point player at the NHL level? Probably not. His production at lower levels doesn't indicate that kind of upside. But it doesn't rule it out, either. Schroeder has always been a player who excels with more talented linemates (to be fair, this could be said about any athlete in any sport).
To expand on that further – Schroeder has terrific vision and plays a smart game positionally, and those attributes are best utilized when he is put with talented wingers. For example, he and Mason Raymond have been great together this year, and Raymond is another really smart hockey player (and he looks significantly stronger on his skates this year than last too).
I thought Columbus put up a great fight against Chicago last night, although the Hawks still found a way to get it done in OT. Chicago is so lethal at four-on-four with how they activate their defense.
Ryan Johansen scored his first goal of the season, and it was a beauty. He also added four shots on net and played 18 minutes.
Artem Anisimov had a goal and was really involved all night long – when he is skating and moving his feet he is really tough to handle. I really like the mix of players Columbus is gathering.
Steve Mason let in four on 35 – some great saves, and a few goals he would probably like back.
Stalberg had two points and six shots on goal – he’s having a great season for Chicago, and has a lot of value in most roto leagues (of the deeper variety).
Taylor Hall left the Oilers game with a minor lower body injury – don’t expect him to miss any games.
Jaden Schwartz found the score sheet for the Blues – one of my favorite prospects in hockey. He is being brought along slowly by the Blues in his rookie season. He also had six shots on net, all while playing less than 14 minutes.
Ryan Whitney scored his first goal of the season for the Oil. He’s been a healthy scratch as of late.
Only 28 minutes of ice time for Ryan Suter last night. Does this guy have his own oxygen machine yet?
Another balanced effort for the Ducks – they are getting great performances from forwards like Bonino, Beleskey, and Palmieri.
Teemu also scored a vintage goal – what a beauty.
Minnesota rookie Darcy Kuemper got the start in goal – I thought he played pretty good in the loss.
Here is an extensive breakdown of the failures of the Calgary Flames as a franchise. Warning – if you are a Calgary fan, maybe skip this one.
The problem with making lateral moves as a team fighting for the playoffs every year, is that you continue to struggle in the fight for the playoffs every year. Calgary has been stuck in this middle area for a long time because of the lateral trade moves. Calgary needs to break this trend and start to liquidate their assets as stated above. The Flames need to try and get as many quality prospects or draft picks with Iginla and Kiprusoff. Unfortunately for the Flames they are in a spot where even if they did commit to a total rebuild, they do not have enough attractable assets to trade for high end picks or prospects.
Ultimately the modern day Calgary Flames can be described by a combination of bad contract value/cap hits, lateral trade moves, bad drafting, and an unwillingness to do a full rebuild. It has left Calgary fans with a product that is the definition of mediocre. There is no worse place to be in a salary cap league. Until changes are made in how the Flames operate, I see no end in sight to the Flames underwhelming results. Calgary is a great hockey town with knowledgeable and passionate fans. They shouldn't have to sit idle while its business as