Well, not the best game for the Minnesota Wild last night. Looking to wrap up a playoff spot they spotted the Oilers six goals.
Jeff Petry and Corey Potter combined for two goals and eight shots on goal. That doesn’t happen too often (not bad defensemen, but neither are known for their offense).
Hall and Eberle each had three points, while Yakupov is finishing his rookie season out strong (he netted a pair last night).
Two more points and plus-3 for PA Parenteau – said it a few times in recent weeks, but what a UFA signing by Colorado last summer. Been a huge part in the rebound season from…
Matt Duchene. Three helpers last night. Such a dynamic force on the ice -with his acceleration and aggresiveness, defensemen have trouble slowing him down through the zone. He’s going to break the 80-point mark within the next two years.
Tyson Barrie had a helper and played almost 29 minutes. Nice to see Colorado giving minutes to their only offensively inclined defenseman.
Keith Yandle had three helpers for the ‘Yotes, and he has quietly had a very solid offensive season. His role in Phoenix has changed, but he is still one of the better offensive d-men in hockey.
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My end-of-season award picks for the Canucks (including some made up awards).
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Columbus has inked Cam Atkinson to a two-year contract extension. Good move.
I anointed Brendan Smith as my 2013 keeper of the year. Consider him a golf tee shot hooked into the woods – mulligan. I still think Smith has 10-15 goal, 40-50 point, 100+ PIM upside, but it won't come for a bit longer than I had expected.
And he has turned a corner recently – after only one point in the first 15 games of the season, Smith has seven in his last 14. (A 41-point pace for those of you scoring at home).
And after praising Datsyuk and Zetterberg yesterday, I forgot to include Johan Franzen. Franzen has also been phenomenal over the past little while.
He has four consecutive four SOG games, and six points in his last five. The Mule isn't done quite yet, folks.
Any thoughts/opinions on my top 10 keeper league prospect defensemen list that was published yesterday?
Really wish I owned Trouba – missed out on adding him before the WJC this past winter.
Milan Hejduk's final NHL game may be tonight. He was, at one time, one of the most lethal scorers in the league. And he used to absolutely thrash the Canucks on a consistent basis.
Been a class player through and through, and he deserves a lot of credit for helping Sakic and Forsberg in Colorado t