November 28 2012 09:35AM
It is nearly decision time for the Edmonton Oilers and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. With Canada’s selection camp for the World Juniors coming up, the team and player need to decide whether he will stay in Oklahoma playing AHL hockey or represent his country at the annual tournament.
November 27 2012 06:03PM
Just a little KHL Update today, but sometimes the best gifts come in small packages!... OK, I think all this early Christmas music is starting to take its toll.
November 27 2012 05:32PM
This is Doug Lynch. He was the second draft pick made by Kevin Prendergast after he took over as scouting director (the first was Ales Hemsky). Lynch had a solid junior career and adjusted quickly to pro hockey--playing in the AHL All-Star game as a rookie. Lynch's future looked bright, but it was dashed by injury.
November 27 2012 12:07PM
Jeremy Roenick scored 513 goals and 1216 points in 1363 games. In his first 15 seasons he was a point-a-game player scoring 1,124 points in 1,120 games, but then the lockout hit. He'd already played 15 years and it's likely he was going to slow down, but a full season off, where he admittedly didn't train that hard, combined with a serious concussion from a Boris Mironov slapshot to the face saw Roenick's career stats wind down quicker than other elite scorers.
He scored 96 points in his final four seasons, 239 games, so some younger fans never got to see a true reflection of Roenicks' skill. He was a dynamic player. He scored 50 twice, had three 100-point seasons, and he played with an edge.
He had 38 regular season fights, and two preseason fights in his career, and he fought guys like Marty McSorley, Craig Berube, Jeff Odgers, Scott Walker and Matthew Barnaby. He didn't just fight scorers, and the league was different when he broke in. If you were going to run around and hit guys, even if you were a star, you'd have to fight your own battles. Sadly, that isn't the case today.
Roenick's mouth got him just as much attention as his on-ice prowess so it was no surprise when he teamed up with Kevin Allen from USA Today and wrote a book, J.R, The fast crazy life of hockey's most outspoken & most colourful personality.
November 27 2012 08:50AM
Magnus Paajarvi and Justin Schultz are having different years in Oklahoma City, there's some good and bad news on injuries to Oilers prospects, the NHL/NHLPA are going down the mediation path and some familiar names are eligible for this year's NHL Entry Draft. This and more, after the jump.