January 5 2015



Thoughts on MacKinnon, Kucherov, Turris, Stralman, Gelinas, Lehner and more …


I would also like to extend my best wishes and thoughts to the founder of Cap Geek Matthew Wuest, who had to shut his site down on the weekend due to health reasons. He created one of the best hockey sites in the world and he built it up pretty much on his own.


With his 22nd point of the season, Aaron Ekblad topped Jovanovski’s franchise record for most points by a rookie defenseman. And he still has half the year to go. Ekblad is well on his way to 45 points and stands a good chance of getting 50.

Nick Bjugstad has four points in four games since signing his big contract December 30.

Luongo left Sunday’s game with what looked like a head injury. He finished the period, but then left the game. He returned to the bench midway through the third. But it’s a head injury so you never know with these things.


With two more points Sunday, Alex Ovechkin has three consecutive two-point games. His numbers are still too low so in my mind – this “market correction” is just getting started.


The Oilers sent 19-year-old Leon Draisaitl back to the WHL. He left on a high note, posting two points in his last NHL game. The Oilers are actually make some good moves right now. It may look like they’re going hard after McDavid and you know what – they probably are. But the team is inadvertently addressing some needs. Derek Roy, Matt Fraser, Anton Lander and (technically) Benoit Pouliot bring a different kind of game to the table, versus Draisaitl, Mark Arcobello and David Perron. I know that obviously one side is vastly more appealing than the other. But the common criticism has always been that there were too many David Perron types. The team is still losing, but are 1-0-2 in their last three games and all have gone to overtime. I wonder if this is going to be another one of those scenarios in which a team gets torn apart to get that top draft pick – but starts winning with the inferior team that was supposed to lose.


Heading into Sunday night – Brock Nelson has points in just two of his last 10 games. With Frans Nielsen taking his spot on Ryan Strome‘s line with Anders Lee