Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Liam Reddox may never be more than a tweener, a guy who is a very good AHL player but just a serviceable fourth liner in the NHL. Having said that, anyone who saw him play last night knows that he belongs on this team. Hopefully that anyone includes Lowe's monkey. Reddox can skate, he is smart, he is aggressive and he doesn't handle the puck like a case of the clap. In short he is a far better player than JFJ, MacIntyre and possibly Colin Fraser as well ... If Tambellini wants size, the one thing that Reddox cannot provide (although I would bet that despite his lack of size he is a magnificent and generous lover) then that's fine but the guy who is a bigger player should actually be able to play hockey ... Until you have that guy on the roster then play Reddox ... We have friends who are big port drinkers. When I was in university a buddy and I used to drink a port. It was cheap cheap stuff, Balls Of An Old Mule port or some such thing ... Usually we'd crack it open after a dozen beers or so because we were such sophisticates. The last time I drank it I was stone cold sober and I never touched it again until last summer when it was reintroduced to me and I discovered that all port doesn't taste like ass, its actually pretty good shit!! ... At the beginning of the WJC I tweeted that I thought this Canadian team was better than last year's which was the worst that I could remember - poor goaltending, shaky D, little up front (Nazem Kadri? Seriously?) - and still came away with the silver medal. This club may end up with a silver itself although if Visintin is solid I would guess they will beat the Russians handily ... The best international game I have ever seen Canada play was the quarterfinal rout of the Russians in Vancouver, the best junior games were the consecutive finals where they shut the Russians down a few years back ... the game Monday ranked up there in terms of executing so well that they absolutely dominated a pretty quality club.
The best news from the WJC - the play of Curtis Hamilton and Anton Lander. Both look like the real deal, big kids who can play ... Olivier Roy not so much but a goaltender's development is a twisted ridiculous path so I'm not going to put too much into a couple of bad games ... And yes I realize that I'm trying to have my cake and eat it too by saying nice things about the other two from the same small sample size ;)
Not sure if its based on anything but Terry Jones tweeted multiple times that he expects Anton Lander to be the third line centre in Edmonton next season ... based on Tambellini's work so far I don't see that as a far fetched notion ... inert is far too dynamic an adjective for him ... here is a question though, if Lander is slotted for that spot and the Oilers draft a centre then does that mean Sam Gagner gets traded? ... Gagner gets hacked on a lot but he's on pace for ~ twenty goals and fifty points, not too bad for a twenty one year old centre ... Plenty of questions about this year's draft class, Nugent Hopkins is small, Larssen has not had a great year (apparently he has had injuries) although he was great in the SF against the Russians, Couturier's skating looks Jason Allisonesque plus there is Landeskog (fucking the dog for Landeskog as someone said at LT's), this is going to make last year's 'debate' look like a tea party by comparison.
The emergence of Theo Peckham is a godsend for the Oilers, not just because of what he brings to the table - size, some skill and smarts, thuggishness - but because out of nowhere, relatively speaking, he fills a hole on the roster. A guy who looked to top out as a six or seven looks to be a possible four or five and there is one less crack that needs patching ... we expect that guys like Hall and Paajarvi and Eberle will be good NHL players but you only have so many first rounders and not all of them will work out either, as we know ... you need those guys down the draft list to become players, if so then you can start talking about a quality club ... hopefully Petry will be next, he certainly has the physical tools and he doesn't look overwhelmed at all. And if Omark can cement a spot as a top nine guy ... maybe I'm asking for too much here.
Ray Ferraro said it but I can say it better because I won't be censored - why the fuck would Jim Vandermeer think he can stickhandle through a bunch of Red Wings at their blueline? Ales Hemsky trying it is one thing (and not right either by the way) but Vandermeer? When he is the last man back? That's atom shit right there. Just terrible.
The boy cheers according to geography and geography only. He cheered for Russia over Sweden because 'Russia is closer to us, just a little jump over Alaska and a little jump over the water and you are there'.
Nothing more ridiculous then watching Andrew Cogliano try and defend. The guy tries and he should be commended for that but its time to move this little dogie along and come summer I would guess that he will be gone ... Brule too, just as Reddox > JFJ so to is Omark > Brule ... I know that first rounders seem to get a never ending series of chances but I would have to think that Brule's next club may be his last ... he just looks lost ... too bad because he doesn't seem a bad sort but I think he's going the way of POS and Nilsson soon.
And because I always beat this drum, how about bringing back Patrick Thoresen to play next season. Terrific fourth liner who can fill in on a higher line if need be. My guess is he isn't coming back unless he gets a good offer and its a one way deal, don't know what he makes in the KHL but its probably better than minimum in the NHL. Buddy can play though.
Posted by Black Dog at 1:05 PM