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 08 – The Return Of The Upgrade

I figured out why I’ve been upgraded three times now (more on the third one later). My seat up in the 300 section is the opposite side to the TV camera’s, so they’re moving a bunch of people down so theres more people in the seats the cameras show and then the arena doesn’t look as empty as it has been.

But anyway, my last full day started as normal, woke up, shower, grabbed breakfast then come back to the room to write the latest blog entry before heading out.

With the Quarter-Finals of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship getting underway, the penultimate game in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre was the early game of the day, starting a 1pm. So I left my hotel around 11:40 for the 20 minute walk down to watch the Russians take on Denmark. I thought if I got there early enough I’d have a greater chance at my seat being upgraded but this game was actually pretty well sold so I stayed up in the 300s.

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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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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: 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.

World Cup Day Five Review – Canada Clinch Group A

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We’re almost at the end of the round robin format of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and now we’re waiting to see who the last teams the qualify for the semi-finals are.

Canada clinched Group A last night while Team North America kept their hopes alive with a big win against the Swedes who are now already through to the semis.

It’s now a race between North America and Russia to see who goes up through and who goes home.

Last night there were two more games and first on the bill was North America against Sweden.

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World Cup Day Four Review – USA Crash Out

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Four days into the World Cup of Hockey and we have our first official casualty. Team Finland are on the brink of an exit but after a second loss Team USA is officially out of the tournament after losses to Europe and Team Canada.

Before we talk about the US loss, let’s talk about the early game between Scandinavian
rivals Sweden and Finland.

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World Cup Day Three Review

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We’re three days into the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and so far, it has been pretty exciting and proving doubters (like myself) wrong. They players obviously want to be there and compete, the standard is as high as it should be and the games are as exciting and fiercely contested as any fan would hope for.

With all eight teams playing their first games, Monday night saw day three of the competition mix it up with one game from Group A and the other from Group B.

First on the billing saw the Czech Republic take on Team Europe. The Czechs were brushed aside in their opening game against Canada, losing 6 – 0 while Europe shocked the US with a 4 – 1 victory on Saturday night.

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