First Star, Worst Star: January 3rd, 2016

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Happy New Year everybody! It’s a brand new year, a time to make resolutions, grow older and wiser, and try new things! Who am I kidding, most of us have probably already broken our resolutions and we’re just gonna spend another year being the same crappy people we were in 2015. And with that I bring you the first edition of First Star, Worst Star of 2016!

FIRST STAR

Well it happened: John Scott is an NHL All-Star! Thanks to the NHL’s hilariously shortsighted fan voting system the internet was able to rally and enough people voted that we’re now living in a reality in which John Scott is a captain of an NHL All Star team. 

Some people aren’t super happy with this, as they feel it makes a mockery of the game, and let’s be honest; John Scott, with 11 career NHL points, is obviously not an all star. 

Others feel that this is the NHL getting what it deserves for constantly tinkering with the game itself, which a lot of people already think is a boring waste of time, and if anything this has brought more interest to the all star game than it’s seen in years. 

I think it’ll be interesting to see the big fella out there with players like Patrick Kane and Taylor Hall as the NHL tries out the 3 on 3 format this year. And hell, if John Scott is going to go out there and have fun with it, so should the rest of us. 

John Scott: NHL All-Star. What a time to be alive! 

WORST STAR

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It just wasn’t meant to be. For the first time since 1998 Team Canada failed to make the semi-finals of the World Juniors. While Saturday’s game against Finland was an incredibly entertaining barn burner, this team just never seemed to put it together all tournament. 

Mitch Marner, Brayden Point and Dylan Strome led the way with 6 points a piece, but they couldn’t help the team overcome undisciplined play, mediocre goaltending and also has anyone seen Jake Virtanen? He made the Canucks out of training camp but did absolutely nothing in the tournament, finishing with zero points and earning himself a questionable double minor in the third period that all but handed the Finns the game in Canada’s tournament ending quarterfinal loss. Mackenzie Blackwood struggled to find any consistency, and a lot of people are questioning coach Dave Lowry’s decision to give him the crease after missing the first two games of the tournament due to suspension. All in all it was a very poor showing by this years Team Canada squad, as they were more or less a non-factor in the tournament. 

It is encouraging, however, that the gap appears to have close between Canada and the rest of the junior hockey world. Parity in the tournament makes for much more fun hockey, and hopefully this will push Hockey Canada to raise their game and get back on top to their rightful spot as the world’s foremost hockey power!

And hey, at least we still have the Spengler Cup! 

  • Spydyr

    It would have been a different story if Canada and the other teams actually had all their best 19 year old players there instead of in the Show.Or like McDavid injured.

    Canada still leads the World in hockey.

  • BlazingSaitls

    Canada has 1 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze since 2010.

    Sweden has 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze since 2010.

    USA has 2 gold, and 1 bronze since 2010.

    Russia has 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze since 2010.

    With Canada out that means either Russia, Sweden, Finland, or USA will be the official new junior hockey power. Of course I am only talking about medal count. I understand countries are not playing their best players.

    I think its safe to say the perceived gap between Canada and the rest of the junior hockey world closed some time ago.

    Sure Virtanen gave the game to the Finns but he was by no means the reason Canada lost the tournament; they had no chance. There was a lot of things wrong with this years junior team. It was like watching Eakins era Oilers.

  • Spydyr

    Off topic but panthers have won 9 in a row. How do other franchises turn things around so fast? Why do oilers still suck and can’t win for 10 years? Can someone please explain?

    This year is still a disappointment, 29 place isn’t progress.

  • Dwayne Roloson 35

    The all-star game has always been a joke so why should we take it seriously?

    Lets see what the 6’8 255 lb beast can do. He’s gotta have a good slap shot.

  • Dwayne Roloson 35

    Believe it or not, i’m actually going to at least check it out…because of John Scott. It has been a boring pile of crap for decades.
    I remember when Mike Milbury was going to put Chris Nilan on the all star team. Simply because he said it wasn’t a hockey game. And he was right(for once).

    As for the Oilers never seeming to be able to get it right? To many people without hockey brains. They still have some mice crawling around that organization.