Will Ryan Nugent-Hopkins always be bad at faceoffs?

Jonathan Willis
October 03 2012 10:11AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the league’s worst face-off man last season, and it wasn’t particularly close. Of the league’s 120 most-used centers, Nugent-Hopkins was ranked 120th, with a 37.5 percent success rate (the only player on the list that lost more than 60 percent of his draws).

Is he always going to be a bad faceoff man, or is there hope for improvement?

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OKC R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Lowetide
October 02 2012 05:02PM

OKC training camp is underway and the Barons have a lot of natural talent down on the farm. However, there's always room for one more. If Taylor Hall does play in OKC this season? Holy hell it's a minor league murderer's row.

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WOULD YOU WATCH REPLACEMENT PLAYERS

Jason Gregor
October 02 2012 12:29PM

Who didn't secretly root for Shane Falco in the football comedy, The Replacements? It wasn't the greatest football movie, but it wasn't awful.

Falco's speech in the huddle was epic. "I wish I could say something classy and inspirational, but that just wouldn't be our style.... Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory...lasts forever."

Another classic came from butter-handed receiver Clifford Franklin, "The football's like a one-man cold to Clifford Franklin. Clifford Franklin's the only man catchin' it, Clifford Franklin's the only man comin' down wid it" What an awesome line.

Some have questioned if the NHL would look at bringing in replacement players. Would it be smart or stupid? I can't speak for the all fans or season ticket holders. It would be wrong for me to assume if you'd pay, so instead I will ask.

Would you watch replacement players?

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Annual article extolling the virtues of Patrick Thoresen

Jonathan Willis
October 02 2012 06:22AM

With the NHL locked out, the mantle of “world’s best hockey league” falls to the 26-team Kontinental Hockey League. That league’s second leading scorer is one-time Edmonton Oilers forward Patrick Thoresen.

Which makes it time for my annual piece wondering why he isn’t in the NHL.

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THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER THING

Robin Brownlee
October 01 2012 06:44PM

It's been all talk and little or no action, at least at the NHL level, while we wait for Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr to sort things out, but the consolation is some of the gab we've been getting over the past few days has a hopeful and common sense ring to it.

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