NHL Drafts Top-10: The Tale of Missed Opportunities

This is a continuation of a previous article on this blog about the Drafts redone for those years. This time around though, we will look at the teams who have clearly missed out on some great picks, selecting the wrong player(s), and how many times those teams blew up opportunities. That said, hindsight being 20-20, every single NHL team messes up at the Draft as they’re not comparing talents at the time, but rather they’re trying to determine, to the best of their abilities, the ceiling those young men will reach in their development. Lots of room for errors at the Draft… as we’ve all seen. As looking at all 30-31 teams for even just the first round would be quite the undertaking, we’ll only focus on the Top-10 once again.

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2003 to 2017 NHL Drafts Top-10 redone

This Coronavirus is causing quite the commotion everywhere in the world, including in Canada and the United States. You can’t turn a TV Channel, listen to the radio or browse the internet without hearing about it… and that’s a good thing. Just recently, the NHL announced the postponement of the NHL Draft which was supposed to be held in Montreal this year. With local product Alexis Lafrenière ranked number one, it would have been a great venue for his to be named to a NHL team. The date and format are still up in the air at the time of writing this, as is the rest of the season and the playoffs.

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NHL Hopeful To Return But Will Fans Be Ready?

The NHL is stopped, and it’s not the only thing. All other major league sports around the world are either postponed or cancelled. Concerts are postponed, businesses are either shut down or working under difficult conditions, some are forced to work from home. Doctors, first respondents and hospital staff are exhausted. Everyone has to adjust to this terrible Coronavirus pandemic. This situation is not without reminding me of a quote by the great Martin Luther King Jr… “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

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Habs’ assessment and suggestions from Brian Burke

It is a sad time right now. People are going crazy being in isolation, trying to avoid spreading the Coronavirus. Everywhere on the news, on a daily basis, we are inundated with sad, even morbid information about this deadly and widely spread disease and we just can’t get away from it. For some odd reason, the NHL is the only winter league to have yet to cancel its season. Is it legitimate or wishful thinking on their part? Well considering that they expect COVID-19 to peak in around mid-May, allow me to question the motive behind it. You see, players will need a full out training camp after this and the meaning of “peak” means that it will still be strong thereafter. And even if they played the playoffs in July, this would affect the players for next season too. Gary Bettman needs to bite the bullet and do the right thing by calling it a season, as the NHL did back in 1919 during the Spanish Influenza.

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When the Habs Just Can't Win

It’s been a while. It’s been a long time actually. As a matter of fact, this will be the 27th anniversary of the Canadiens’ last Stanley Cup. The fact that they are the last Canadian team to win the Holy Grail does very little to the fan who wasn’t born or was too young to remember when current Habs’ assistant-coach Kirk Muller lifted the Cup over his head as a player, wearing Brendan Gallagher‘s number 11. Some of us were spoiled, having lived through several Habs’ Stanley Cup wins over the years. I was alive for 10 of them myself and while I mostly recall the ones from the 70’s onward, I still cherish the memories. But many can’t do that.

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NHL: Now What? Drink Corona… Draft?

This Coronavirus epidemic has reached proportions that no one expected. The NHL, like every other professional sport, was going about its business as usual. The trade deadline had come and gone, and teams were gearing up for the playoffs or, like our beloved Montreal Canadiens, they were in the evaluation phase of their season, making plans for the next step(s) to take in the off-season. Scouts were all over the world looking for talent in preparation for the NHL Draft in June but have since been called back home, with most leagues having made the decision to shut down. Only the NHL and AHL have yet to announce the cancellation, or so it seems.

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The Impact of Cancelling The NHL Season

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced the suspension of its 2020 season after it was discovered that Utah Jazz’ player Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with the Coronavirus. In the same timeframe, the showbizness world was also put into shock when highly decorated actor Tom Hanks and his wife posted a message announcing that they both had contracted the virus as well, while filming in Australia. Cases are mounting everywhere in the world, to the point where the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.

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Trudeau’s Smoke Screen – A False Sense of Security

First and foremost, allow me to clarify a few things about myself. Most of you know that I’m a gun owner, a hunter. I don’t need an Earth Day as for me, every single day is Earth Day. I respect nature and clean up after myself. I don’t hunt for sport, I hunt for meat. In a hunting season, I usually spend one or two bullets. I don’t shoot for no reason. I’m not a sports shooter but have many friends who are, and they do so by following the rules and regulations put in place by our Governments and the RCMP. I have the RAPP phone number on my cell and have used it in the past. I am not promoting anything illegal here, never have, never will. I am 100% against crime and have family ties to the RCMP and support most of their actions. I am also not a Conservative fanatic, nor am I a Liberal or NDP or Green Party fanatic. When I vote, I vote for the party or leader who makes sense. How I miss Jack Layton… So this is NOT a campaign against Justin Trudeau, although he’s making it just that with his actions.

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