The Wall of Shame: Kotkaniemi Edition

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The Date: June 22nd, 2018. Location: Dallas, Texas, USA. The consensus: Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin will be selected first overall by the Buffalo Sabres. Next: Andrei Svechnikov should be selected second by the Carolina Hurricanes. Odds for third overall, selection owned by the Montreal Canadiens: QMJHL product Filip Zadina or stand out prospect, Brady Tkachuk. The rumblings: the Habs would go off the board and select Jesperi Kotkaniemi, the highest ranked centre in the draft at third overall, considered a stretch by many. The results: Shane Churla (former Stars) announces Kotkaniemi as Montreal’s first round pick at number three. The reactions: Priceless!

It’s early, I know. There’s a lot of hockey remaining to be played this season and I will be the first one to admit that I did, for some time now, believe that Kotkaniemi’s place was in the NHL or in Finland. I still believe that except that I think that his chances to stick with the Canadiens are much, much higher now after a dozen games. A dozen games seeing the Habs tied with the Bruins and Maple Leafs, one point from first place in the Eastern Conference, four points back of first overall in the NHL (with a game in hand). Kotkaniemi? Six (6) points in 12 games with around 14 minutes of ice time per game.

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You see, I’m old school. I believe in accountability which is why I’m so opposed to the Instigator rule (but that’s a whole different topic). It’s easy to flap your gums, be a keyboard warrior, particularly on social media, as most times, no one will remember what you said – or typed – months ago. Guess what? Let’s make some people eat crow, shall we?

First, the Tweet…

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Then, the Twits…

Okay, let’s start with the obvious… everyone remember this couple, right? Or the guy with the… P.K. Subban jersey (go figure)…

Back to Twitter now.

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The morale of the story is this: have an opinion. You’re fully entitled to it. But don’t you go out there with stupid statements without knowledge… or it’s you and nobody else, who will look foolish when someone takes the time to expose  you. How’s that crow tasting today? #GoHabsGo

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One thought on “The Wall of Shame: Kotkaniemi Edition

  1. It is still early to tell, BUT no matter what someone thinks about the players, to call an eighteen years old kid names and things just because he was picked instead of the other two shows that you shouldn’t spent your time on morons.
    He wasn’t my (uninformed) pick, but I love him! He probably (!) is the most talented Center Habs had in 25 years.
    CHeers!

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