While we’re waiting for the season to start for the Boston Bruins, there are other subjects about which we can talk. For instance, ESPN broadcasted the first two games of the season last night starting with Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning. If you had Danton Heinen scoring the first goal of the new season, take a bow.
Danton Heinen https://t.co/8dvsgmRHo7
— phonymahoney (@phoneymahoney) October 12, 2021
— NHL (@NHL) October 13, 2021
What makes phony’s guess even more mind blowing is that Danton Heinen is just a random player not a powerhouse on a team that still retains some decent talent. Heinen also received the first minor penalty on the season after tripping Alex Killorn.
The announcing crew of Sean McDonough (a local legend) and Ray Ferraro weren’t annoying while still giving pertinent information, Emily Kaplan seemed psyched to be at ice level, and the studio crew was pretty good with Mark Messier and Chris Chelios as the analysts who seemed natural and Barry Melrose trying to fit in.
The late game on ESPN was the first ever game featuring the Seattle Kraken playing against the Vegas Golden Knights.
oh my goodness pic.twitter.com/XIJvsBDewL
— Marisa Ingemi 🎃 (@Marisa_Ingemi) October 13, 2021
Well, this is incredible pic.twitter.com/sB6y5IqAwr
— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) October 13, 2021
Catching a game in Vegas is worth it just for the pregame show.
But that isn’t what I wanted to talk about. The various national teams have started to mete out their top three men’s team players for the Beijing Winter Olympics. The full reveals will take place on October 15th but the NHL and NHLPA wanted each national team to announced their first three NHL players, or in some cases, AHL players.
Canada: Sidney Crosby (PIT), Connor McDavid (EDM), Alex Pietrangelo (VGK)
USA: Patrick Kane (CHI), Auston Matthews (TOR), Seth Jones (CHI)
Sweden: Victor Hedman (TBL), Gabriel Landeskog (COL), Mika Zibanejad (NYR)
Finland: Aleksander Barkov (FLA), Sebastian Aho (CAR), Mikko Rantanen (COL)
Czech Republic: David Pastrnak (BOS), Ondrej Palat (TBL), Jakub Voracek (CBJ)
Germany: Leon Draisaitl (EDM), Phillipp Grubauer (SEA), Moritz Seider (DET)
Slovakia: Jaroslav Halak (VAN), Erik Cernak (TBL), Andrej Sekera (DAL)
Switzerland: Roman Josi (NSH), Timo Meier (SJS), Nico Hischier (NJD)
Latvia: Rudolfs Balcers (SJS), Zemgus Girgensons (BUF), Kristians Rubins (TOR /Marlies)
Denmark: Oliver Bjorkstrand (CBJ), Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG), Alexander True (SEA)
I wonder if David Krejci would have been announced had he stayed with the Bruins this season. I mean, he has won the Golden Stick numerous times before he was upstaged by Pasta.
One has to imagine that Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand will join the star studded Team Canada, forming a line with Sidney Crosby as in the World Cup of Hockey a few years back.
I feel bad for Jack Eichel because of the way his neck injury has been managed/ mismanaged, he won’t be able to play in the Olympics this time around.