Proven wrong – Winning the draft lottery DID help the Leafs

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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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I Was Wrong – Mitch Marner Is Thriving In The NHL

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At the start of the 2016/17 NHL season there was a lot of talk about rookies coming into this season.

And why wouldn’t there be? Auston Matthews is one of the most exciting players to arrive in Toronto in recent years, Patrik Laine has a lethal shot and is too young to drink in the US and each team has a whole host of rookies looking to break into the big league.

One of those players looking to break into the NHL was former London Knight Mitch Marner.

This is the part where I’d usually point and laugh and say “you were all wrong” but to be honest, I was just as wrong as most about this 5’11″/ 160 lbs forward.

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Jacob Trouba re-signs with Winnipeg on two-year deal

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The Winnipeg Jets and RFA defenceman Jacob Trouba finally reached a deal today, with Trouba signing a 2-year/$6 million contract to stay with the Jets.

Time was running out for Trouba this season, if he reached December 1st without a contract he wouldn’t be eligible to play for the rest of the 2016/17 season.

Back in May, Trouba requested a trade out of Winnipeg because he wanted top four minutes as a right-handed defenceman, something that most teams would definitely like to acquire. Within the Jets organisation, Trouba is lower on the pecking order than he would be at most other clubs, he’s got to compete with the big bodies of Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers.

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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

Top rookies for 2016-17 NOT named Matthews or Laine.

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With the NHL season drawing ever closer, it’s the perfect time to make bold statements that you’ll regret come the season end in April.

So in true bold statement spirit, here are the rookies I think you should know about going into the season.

The twist though, I will not talk about Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) or Patrik Laine (Winnipeg Jets) because that would just be an easy way to use the word count that I don’t actually have, but it’d also waste your time because i’m sure you know exactly what to expect from these two.

As well as excluding Matthews and Laine, I’ll also exclude guys like Matt Murray (for obvious reasons) and William Nylander (22 games already in the NHL) just to focus on newer guys to the league.

So lets begin.

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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.