Hemsky dominated tonight’s game

It might be permanently, or it might only be for the weekend. Either way Liam Reddox walked out of Rexall Place tonight carrying his hockey bag, so he will going to Springfield to try and help the Falcons win some games.

Reddox and Gilbert Brule should help the Falcons, and they will also stay sharp if they are needed back in Edmonton after the all-star break.

Other tidbits

Zack Stortini is already back skating and is eyeing a possible return next Friday versus the Wild. Stortini’s ability to avoid a serious injury is still amazing to most. He said he is feeling great, and that the torn muscle is healing nicely.

It has been a long time since a player dominated a game for the Oilers the way Hemsky did tonight. He made it look easy.

“No deception whatsoever,” said a stunned Sheldon Souray. “He throws in the odd toe drag to make guys look stupid and that’s it. It’s great to have him on our side. He’s an elite player and his performance has spoken for itself all season. He misses ten games, comes back and totally dominates the games. I’m jealous.”

Most adjectives to describe Hemsky ranged from sick, unreal, unbelievable, astonishing and even a joking envy. That was the best game I can remember Hemsky playing. He has had great goals before, but almost every shift he dominated and looked on a completely different level than anyone else.

What makes tonight even more incredible is that he isn’t on the all-star team. Quickly: name the players in the west who can dangle as well as Hemsky. Datsyuk, Kane and that’s it off the top of my head. There are other great players, but few who can make it look that easy.

At worst the Oilers will wake up tied for sixth in the west tomorrow morning and I don’t know who will be more stunned them or the fans. The anticipation from fans for the game versus Buffalo will be huge, because tonight Hemsky left everyone from teammates, media and fans waiting to see what his next performance will bring.

Enjoy it fans, you might be witnessing the emergence of true superstar, and a player that will energize Rexall Place in ways it hasn’t seen in a long time. Tonight after he scored the game winning goal, the fans chanted HEM-SKY, HEM-SKY. I can’t recall another game where his name was chanted with such vigor and excitement.

  • Jonathan Willis

    CurtisS wrote:

    When was it, last year??? Everyone considered Vinny the best player of the World? Right.

    Not me.

    Its all about “what have you done for me now lately”
    Vinny is a more complete player than Malkin or Crosby.

    Seriously? I mean, have you ever watched either of those two play? I could get into the statistics (which slant heavily, heavily in favour of the latter two) but just watching the game ought to tell you that Crosby and Malkin are a hell of a lot better defensively than Lecavalier.

  • Jonathan Willis

    TV wrote:

    Alfredsson over Vinny..? Really, & why would you make that verdict..?

    I wouldn't trade Alfredsson for Vinny, based on age, but right now he's a better player.

    Lecavalier has a top-10 offensive game, but he isn't the two-way threat that some people think.

    In my books, a top-10 player in the league ought to consistently get it done in both ends. Alfredsson does.

  • Jonathan Willis

    Also, TV, fun comparison:

    Daniel Alfredsson has scored better than 1 point per game in 7 of 12 full seasons.

    Vincent Lecavalier has scored better than 1 point per game in 2 of 9 full seasons.

  • Jonathan Willis

    Also, let's compare Vincent Lecavalier at 19 and 20 (the best of his first four seasons) with those of Crosby, Ovechkin, and Malkin:

    19 years old
    Crosby: 79GP-36G-84A-120PTS
    Ovechkin: 81GP-52G-54A-106PTS
    Lecavalier: 80GP-25G-42A-67PTS
    Malkin: DNP

    20 years old
    Ovechkin: 82GP-46G-46A-92PTS
    Malkin: 78GP-33G-52A-85PTS
    Crosby: 53GP-24G-48A-72PTS
    Lecavalier: 68GP-23G-28A-51PTS

    Lecavalier isn't a comparable talent. Even now, he's well back of those three (truly elite) players; at the same age he wouldn't be in the same sentence.

    I know that isn't the point you were arguing, Curtis, but Lecavalier simply isn't a comparable player to those three.

  • TonyT

    Who cares about Vinnie? Hemsky's what we've got and would I trade him straight up for Vinnie? Contract for contract? No. Talent for Talent? Yes, but having the Hemsky that's shown up this year or Vinnie I don't think you can really lose, like Heatley for Hossa. However, the amount of holy **** moments belong to Hemsky. Him and Ovechkin have got to be the most exciting players to watch in this league, because when they are on, they make everyone look stupid.

  • Jonathan Willis wrote:

    19 years old
    Crosby: 79GP-36G-84A-120PTS
    Ovechkin: 81GP-52G-54A-106PTS
    Lecavalier: 80GP-25G-42A-67PTS
    Malkin: DNP
    20 years old
    Ovechkin: 82GP-46G-46A-92PTS
    Malkin: 78GP-33G-52A-85PTS
    Crosby: 53GP-24G-48A-72PTS
    Lecavalier: 68GP-23G-28A-51PTS
    Lecavalier isn’t a comparable talent. Even now, he’s well back of those three (truly elite) players; at the same age he wouldn’t be in the same sentence.

    Not a fair comparison because the way the game was played when Vinny was a teenager…Game is much more free wheeling…I'm not saying he is better than those three, and also Crosby and Malkin have had each other to play with. How did Vinny had.

    As for defensive play as far as top ten go. Did you consider Gretzky or Lemieux to be great two way players? Both of them are considered top five all time!!!

    How many games have you watched Vinny play? Just curious because stats don't always tell the story.

  • Drago

    Jason Gregor

    wasn't sure if you were aware or not, but you can get the Brass Bonanza as a ring tone for your Blackberry…go to zedge.net, i was getting some NFL themes and typed in NHL for fun and Brass Bonanza popped up. It's free too, thought you may wanna rock the Bonanza for old times

  • Dennis

    Gregor's a guy who believes it's easier to kill one kind of penalties rather than the other so I don't really know if it's worth bringing up stats in any argument against him.

    Other than that, he's super agreeable:)