You’ve probably heard by now so this is your chance to celebrate. Jeremy Jacobs was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday under the Builders category. Continue reading
The 2017 NHL Entry Draft was held this past Friday and Saturday. The Bruins’ picks:
Round 1, Pick 18: Urho Vaakanainen (D)
Round 2, Pick 53: Jack Studnicka (C)
Round 4, Pick 111: Jeremy Swayman (G)
Round 6, Pick 173: Cédric Paré (C)
Round 7, Pick 195: Victor Berglund (D)
Round 7, Pick 204: Daniel Bukac (D)
So, what can we expect out of these draft picks? As always, I highly recommend reading this article from Scott Cullen of TSN, which gives the expected value out of each pick by draft position. Warning: this article might cause you to descend into nihilism and start thinking that draft picks are worthless. What teams are hoping for is that they get two NHL players out of each draft. Not necessarily two top-quality NHL players – just at least players who make it to the NHL and play for a while. Over a 10-year period that adds up to about a roster’s worth of NHL players of varying quality. Each individual draft pick may have very low odds for success, but when you look at them in aggregate – the combined chance of the picks in a draft year producing an NHL player or two – you can see the value in draft picks.
Yesterday was a good thread day. We had fun despite the bad news, that which did not signal the end of the world. Continue reading
Last night the NHL Awards occurred and it was notable for a couple of reasons: 1) the Boston Bruins’ own Patrice Bergeron proved that he is perfect, and 2) the Vegas Golden Knights strip mined other teams for parts to build a team.
"Humbled. Obviously, it’s a huge honor. Also a huge honor to get it from Mr. Gainey."
Patrice Bergeron on his fourth Selke: pic.twitter.com/kcP1C0FP8C
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 22, 2017
The humongous, big Adidas jersey reveal happened yesterday. People are oohing and ahhing over the new Vegas Golden Knights jersey. I found one part of it particularly enticing. Continue reading
With all the buzz and banter going on about the Expansion Draft, there are some things that get overlooked, lost in the shadows of the possible loss of players to a new team out in the Nevada desert. Sure the NHL Entry Draft is happening on Friday in Chicago but that’s not what we need to focus on today. Today, we need to appreciate the state of perfection that is one Patrice Bergeron. Continue reading