Proven wrong – Winning the draft lottery DID help the Leafs

It’s never nice to be proven wrong, but whenever it comes to me writing down opinion or prediction I’m used to it. I do Mock Drafts ahead of the NHL Draft each year and I’d hate to see my accuracy record on that. I’ve predicted every first overall pick (this year I’m 100% sure I’ll be wrong) but outside of that I’m usually quite a bit off with some picks.

And I was wrong again with an article I wrote a little over a year ago. During the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs the NHL Draft Lottery took place and the Toronto Maple Leafs retained the first overall pick.

The article I wrote in response was titled “Winning the draft lottery won’t speed up the Leafs rebuild”

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My World Junior Diary – Day 07 – Hall of Fame Part Two

If you want to view the full gallery of pictures I took on my second trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame, click here to view it on my photography page.

I said I was going to go back to the Hockey Hall of Fame and I did, mostly because it seemed like everywhere was shut in Toronto on New Years Day.

So I got up and had breakfast, wrote the blog for the day before and left the hotel around 11am to take the 20 minute walk down Yonge Street.

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Great Britain moving forward after Norway series

I should probably start by saying that this blog post is partly driven by me wanting to include the images I took of the event I’m going to talk about because I’m proud of them and want to shove them in your face for no reason other than, because I can.

Now that’s out of the way, Great Britain played Norway in Ice Hockey twice this week, they didn’t win but that’s cool. It’s Norway, they’ve qualified for the last two Olympic games and have qualified for the 2018 games in Pyeongchang, Korea.

FUN FACT: Great Britain have one more Olympic gold medal in Ice Hockey than Norway (1936 Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen)

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VIDEO: McDavid V Matthews Round 1

In the latest edition of Across The Pond I revisit a topic I spoke about last month where I predicted that both the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs would both improve this season but only slightly.

Tonight the 2015 NHL Draft first overall pick Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers take on the 2016 NHL Draft first overall pick Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs face off for the first of two meetings between the sides this season.

Both teams have vastly different experiences early in the 2016-17 season, watch below as I talk about tonight’s meeting at the season ahead.

I hope you enjoyed this latest video, more written content is coming (once this goes up I will be starting a new article).

Thanks

Ollie

Video: Cardiff Fire 3 – 2 Wightlink Buccaneers – Mark Cuddihy Interview

In the first of hopefully many interviews on this website, I caught up with NIHL 2 team Cardiff Fire Director of Hockey and Head Coach Mark Cuddihy after the teams win over the Wightlink Buccaneers.

The fire remained unbeaten on the season and are looking strong for the rest of the year.

Hope you enjoy.

Ollie

VIDEO: Auston Matthews Is The Real Deal

I posted a video last night previewing 5 storylines to follow in the 2016-17 season. Once I finished that video I had a nap before staying up to watch the start of the hockey season.

Since then I haven’t slept and had no intention of making another video, instead my plan was to finish work and go to bed straight away.

Instead, Auston Matthews upset my plans by breaking an NHL record in just his first game. So obviously I had to talk about it

I hope you enjoy this one.

Thanks

Ollie.

VIDEO: 5 Storylines To Follow This Season

My latest video talks about five storylines I find interesting ahead of the 2016-17 NHL season, although there are plenty more to talk about.

I focus a lot on goaltending and talk a little about the Leafs and Oilers but give it a watch to see more.

Thanks

 

Ollie

VIDEO: Connor McDavid named Oilers captain

The Edmonton Oilers have just named 19-year old generational talent Connor McDavid as their 15th captain in team history.

McDavid now joins greats like Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier while also being the youngest ever permanent captain in league history at 19-years and 266 days, beating Gabriel Landeskog by 20 days. (Brian Bellows was younger when he was named interim captain of the Minnesota North Stars in 1984).

Check out my latest video where I pretend to know what i’m talking about on this subject.

If you like what I’m doing, like the video, share the video and subscribe to the channel, it’ll really inflate my ego and hopefully mean you get to see content that interests you once in a blue moon.

Thanks,

Ollie.

VIDEO: World Cup of Hockey Finals Preview

In today’s edition of Across The Pond, I give a quick update on the World Cup of Hockey as the best of three final series is about to get under way, and I say who I think will win between Canada and Europe.

If you’re enjoying the series please give the video a like and subscribe to the channel, I have quite a few ideas for the upcoming NHL season and would love to have as many of you as possible along for the ride.

Thank you,

Ollie.

VIDEO: World Cup of Hockey – Group Stage Recap and Semi-Final Preview

I decided to head back to YouTube for my latest post to recap the teams that have crashed out of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and talk about the semi-finals and who I think will be the last two teams standing.

If you like this video check out my channel to view even more content and subscribe to see what I release next.

I’ll be back on Monday to talk more about the finals and then I’ll continue to upload through the NHL season where I’ll discuss a range of topics covering all 30 NHL teams.

Ollie.