With the Olympics over, and the NHL season back underway, all focus now turns to the March 5 NHL Trade Deadline. With the Oilers sitting in 29th place during a very disappointing season, Craig MacTavish is expected to make a series of moves, on top of the plethora of trades he’s already made this season.
I take a look at the Oilers pending UFA’s that are potentially going to be moved, as well as a few other players of interest, and what the possible return could be for the Oilers. Recently acquired players such as Ben Scrivens and Mark Fraser are not on this list.
*NOTE: This is all pure speculation on my part, and in no way should be considered any sort of “insider information”. I’m just voicing my thoughts on what could happen at the deadline, not rumour mongering.*
Ales Hemsky – Probably the biggest piece the Oilers have in regards to a UFA to move, Hemsky should be very enticing for teams looking at making a post season run. He showed during the Olympics that he can still generate offense when put in that role. I’ve heard talk that the Pittsburgh Penguins are the team taking a look at Hemsky, to help offset the hole left by the injured Pascal Dupuis on the top line. Continue reading →
Haydn Fleury is an elite puck-moving defenseman in his draft year playing for the Red Deer Rebels (WHL). This season Fleury is serving as an assistant captain and has tallied 6 goals and 27 assist for 33 points in 48 games played. Those are solid numbers for a young defenseman in the WHL, but what really impresses scouts is Fleury’s skating ability. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also 6’3 – 194, great size for an NHL defenseman. Fleury is reminiscent of Drew Doughty in junior in that he excels at rushing the puck, clearing the zone, and starting the rush. Another aspect of his game scouts like is his poise, Fleury’s very smooth when he has the puck on his stick.
Fleury is currently ranked as the 8th best overall prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft. The only defenseman ranked higher than him is Barrie’s super-prospect Aaron Ekblad. Whoever drafts Fleury will likely return him to Red Deer next season and he should again be among the elite defenders in a league well-known for producing some of the best at that position. Continue reading →
After spending the month of February on the road, the San Antonio Rampage capped off a successful road trip Wednesday night with a 3-0 victory over the Utica Comets.
The Rampage were on a season-high 10-game road trip which occupied the full month of February, but it appeared to be just what the club needed as Wednesday’s victory meant the team finished the road swing with a 7-2-1 record that included 2-shutout victories.
Forward Joey Crabb got things started for the Rampage on Wednesday as he fired a shot past Comets goaltender Joacim Eriksson for a 1-0 lead on the powerplay.
Just over 6-minutes later, Crabb would once again light the lamp as he beat Eriksson with his 11th of the season for a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. Continue reading →
The St. John’s IceCaps put together a great performance this past weekend as the club managed to complete a weekend sweep on the road as they claimed victories over the Worcester Sharks on Friday and Saturday, followed by a win over the Portland Pirates on Sunday.
Friday February 21 – St. John’s IceCaps 5 – Worcester Sharks 1
The IceCaps used two first period goals by Carl Klingberg to help power past the Sharks on Friday night. In a busy first period, which saw the IceCaps take 16-shots on goal, Klingberg managed to add his 14th and 15th of the season for the early St. John’s lead. Captain Jason Jaffray also tallied his 15th of the season to put St. John’s up 3-0. The Sharks would respond a minute later on the powerplay as Sena Acolatse would cut the lead to 3-1. However, the IceCaps would then tally 2-more goals less than a minute apart from Blair Riley and Kyle Mackinnon to finish off the Sharks with a 5-1 victory.
Sharks goaltender Troy Grosenick was chased from the net by St. John’s after allowing 4 goals on 21 shots. Harri Sateri would let in 1-goal on 10 shots. Meanwhile, Michael Hutchinson stopped 33 of 34 shots in the victory. Continue reading →
People woke up early across Canada today to cheer on their heroes in Sochi. The gold match up pinned Sweden against Canada in a battle that was supposed to be a close one. Team Canada which had been stellar throughout the Olympic tourney hit the ice with big expectations and when the final buzzer sounded they had thrilled the folks back home with a 3-0 victory. Team Canada’s win was a surprise to everyone in Sweden but as every Canadian knows – This is our game ! Congratulations to the boys in red and white. The standouts are too many to mention but one obvious nod has to be to Carey price and his brilliant play in the net for his squad. Team USA and Team Sweden were kept off the score sheet in the last two games and powerhouse forwards ruled the day for the Canadians. Unexpected nods go to Chris Kunitz and Jamie Benn. This team has been considered one of Canada’s legendary Olympic hockey teams. Congratulations again guys – how Swede it is !!