The Out Of No Where Season

Every Season we see that out of no where season, that suprises, and (most of the time) delites us. Names like Teemu Selanne come to mind. Or Jonathan Cheechoo. Or even Cristobal Huet. It’s the player who resurects their career, or makes a name for themselves. It happens every season, and my question is, who will it be this year? I have put together a small list of players who may resurect their careers, or no-name( not neccarely no name, but anyone who shows talent beyond their labbeled potential) who make a name for themselves. One player from each team.

Anaheim Ducks: Jason King
-Who? That’s right, Jason King. Native of Corner Brook Newfoundland. He caught some “15 minutes of fame” in the fall of 2003 when he netted 10 goals in his first 17 games for the Canucks. he captured some attention in native Newfoundland, and local Canucks, as Vancouver musician Eric Holmquist wrote a song entitled “The Corner Brook Kid”. After those ten goals though, King would only put 2 more in the back of the net, along with 9 assists for a total of 21 points in all of 47 games. Not bad for a 7th rounder. He then slipped away into the night though, playing for the Manitoba Moose the next season. After a couple of injuries, and not a secound more of ice time in the NHL since 2003, Kings career seemed next to over. Now, maybe, he can resurect his short-lived career with the Stanley Cup Champions, Anaheim Ducks.

Atlanta Thrashers: Fred Brathwaite
-Alberta hockey fans will remeber him well. I say Alberta because Fred played on both sides of the Calgary-Edmonton rivalry. Fred was once a great goaltender: One season with Calgary saw him play 61 games, splitting Wins and losses at 25 each, and posting 5 shutouts, with 2.75 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. But perhaps his average career slipped when he played for the likes of the Blues, and then even the Blue Jackets. Then in the 2004-2005 season, when Fred could find no suitor in the NHL, Brathwaite made a move that is seldom among Canadian NHLers, he packed his bags, and headed to Europe (Kazan, Russia). Now, as he tries to make his NHL comeback, he lands in the birds nest: Atlanta. The Ottawa native will have to overthrow the tons of Thrasher’s goalies if he wishes to make his comeback, but if he does, it would make for a nice story.

Boston Bruins: Mark Mowers
– There’s just something very interesting about Mark Mowers. He was a small phenom in his minor league career(which has been pretty long) but seemed to dud when he stepped in the big leagues. Mark is not fast, strong, or overally skilled, but seems to posses some jolt to lineups. Maybe this will be the year that Mark comes out of no where and suprises ney sayers. Mark showed some potential, when he scored 5 goals, and set up 12 others this year for 17 points.

Buffalo Sabres: Daniel Paille
-Well, Paille isn’t at the top of anyone’s fantasy pool list, actually he’s probubly not even at the end, but Paille has some good star-like potential. The former Canadian junior captain, native of Welland Ontario is not very big, but makes up for that with some great speed, and a desire to win. Daniel has been forgotten by most people, but not by the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo hopes for the fast winger to furnish his scoring skills this pre-season, and to develop into a great NHLer. Daniel scooped up 11 points in 29 games this season.

Calgary Flames: Wayne Primeau
-A big centre who has never really lived up to full potential. This is finnaly a name that most people know, as Primeau was tangled in the Joe Thorton trade. Now, in a new enviroment, look for Primeau to fight right in with the gritty Flames, and finnaly ellovate his game to another level. The Scarbourough native should bring his sniper type of play to the flames, locked and loaded. The only thing that has held Primeau back so far in his career is he’s slow, and he has low self confidence.

Carolina Hurricanes:
Casey Borer
-Minneapolis native Casey Borer may be just what th Hurricanes need. Casey should be ready for the NHL sometime this season, and when he does pull on some skates for the big club, you’ll probubly be able to see an impact. Borer is a defensive defensman with some good skating upside. He can be related to a Thomas Kaberle: He can play a great defensive game, but can join the rush, and then he’s got such good acceleration, he can skate back into position. He’s a great fix for the ‘Canes D-injury problems.

Chicago Blackhawks:
Patrick Lalime
-The one time Ottawa Senators Pre-Playoff phenom lost a lot when he was “banished” by the Senators, with critisim following him. He lost his touch. He lost his confidence. And he lost everything. Lalime needs an extra boost in confidence, and a team that will rely on him. Chicago seems far off from a place that can give him a shot, with hot-shot goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. But Chicago gave him a few chances, and with words of encouragment from teammates, put up a clinic near the end of last season. Lalime must perfect his skills, and raise his self confidence in order to suceed this season, to go along with his backround as a starter.

Colorado Avalanche: Jose Theodore
-Former All-star, former Team Canada starter, and forme face of the Montreal Canadiens franchise. Good reseme eh? But if Mr.Theodore is looking to pass that resume in, he might want to leave out anything past the lockout. Jose is one of the prime examples of “a victim of the new NHL” and Canadiens fans are saying “You can say that again”. Jose could not perform in the new NHL were his pads were smaller, there were more offensive rushes, and he could no longer slid into the corners to play the puck. But Jose could still prove to be valueable to the Colorado Avalanche. He plays a classic butterfly style, and depends on his acrobatics, and his ability to cut down angles on shots to get him the win.Look for some fuel to possibly rekindle inside the labbeled “dud”, and to turn his career around.

Columbus Blue Jackets: Nikolai Zherdev
-Nikolai Zherdev, once touted to be in the same class as prospects like Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby, had some contract problems, and threatend to take his game back to Russia. Although Columbus settled contract negotiations, Zherdev’s play was not as planed. The “future of Columbus” could do no more damage than 32 points this season. But look for Zherdev to gain upon his small taste of failure this season. Zherdev is still a complete offensive package, and although recent slumps, injuries, and public arguments, still has the potential to be a 80-100 point scorer.

Dallas Stars: Joel Lundqvist
-Was once considred a good rookie, piece of the future puzzle for the Stars, but when givin his North American debut, crashed and fell. Even though Joel has been slammed hard by the hockey world so far, he still has some pretty good potential. In the publics eye Joel has been labeled a sleeper, whos only fame comes from his twin brother, Henrik, but with a tiny bit of confidence boost, he could become a star with the Stars.

Detriot Red Wings: Dick(Anton) Axelsson
-Labelled as a “hidden gem”, this Swede may just be another late round European to make it as a star in “Hockey Town”. Anton is the younger brother of Per-Johan Axelsson(forgive me if spelling is wrong), and plays a similar style of hockey. He is fast, and can throw his weight around. He is not a highley known rookie, but should his NHL debut be this year, I have a feeling he will catch some attention.

Edmonton Oilers: Devan Dubnyk
-Devan is not one of the most known ‘Tenders in the league, but he was drafted 14th overall by the “Oil’s” in 2004. He’s a big goalie(6’6) so he covers a ton of the net. Some say he still needs more experience, but if Garon fails to back up Roloson, than Dubnyk will step up to the plate and will swing for that home
run that will place him among the leagues best. Dubnyk has been compared as the next Olaf Kolzig because of his size and rock solid rebound control.

Florida Panthers: Rob Globke
– Rob is a skilled winger who can decide his own potential. He has been called a future star, and has been called a big time sleeper, either way, it’s all up to Globke how the story goes. Globke has recently endured some problems producing points, but still plays a fierce and detirmend game. Globke is strong, and can put the puck on the stick of teammates in an instant. He can be compared to Mats Sundin: He’s well sized, strong, great playmaking abilities, and can accelerate fast. Look for Globke to try and crack an opening roster spot this year, and then dazzle crouds.

L.A Kings: Jason LaBarbera
-A big goaltender, who is highly skillfull, and should be ranked as one of the best goaltenders this year. The only thing that has kept him from the NHL was contract problems with the Manchester Monarchs. Jason is a goalie who always has his head in the game, and takes up so much of the net, it’s like trying to get a beach ball through a wall(didn’t intend for it to ryhme). Jason can stop “for sure goals” out of no where, and top the highlight reel like some of the best. However, if Jason wishes to take to the NHL spot light, he will need to overturn goalies such as Dan Cloutier, J.S Aubin, and (unprobably) Johnathan Bernier.

Minnesota Wild: Miroslav Kopriva
-Not a well known goaltending prospect, but remember the name Kopriva, because it looks like Miroslav may land an NHL spot very soon. The 6’4 goaltender covers a lot of the net, and may suprise some people, when he makes an acrobatic save to steal a goal. He should become custom to North American hockey very fast, and look for him to steal a spot behind Backstrom. He’s still very young for a goaltender, and will make some mistakes, but will make up for it with his hatred for losing.

Montreal Canadiens: Yann Denis
-Once was considered the future #1 for Les Canadiens, he has been forgotten among the Jaroslav Halak-Carey Price talk. But Denis is still a tremendous ‘Tender. Yann Denis would be ripe to play in the NHL right now, but is playing out of a goaltending factory. He posses a lot of tools to be a good goalie in the NHL, and is very mature. If the Canadiens give Denis a chance, he will flourish. His future with the Canadiens remains a question. All Denis can do is trap the pads, and play his backhand off.

Nashville Predators: Radek Bonk
-Bonk was once a 70 point scorer, which is hard to believe with his play as of late. Bonk crashed when he went to Montreal, and failed to bring any of the scoring or checking that he had in Ottawa with him. But Radek is now playing with Nashville: a city with not even a tenth of pressure as in Montreal, and he’s playing with a new set of players, and a new set of coaches. If there was anytime that Bonk could bring his career back to normal, it would be now. Although he has been labeled as ” greedy” by some people, Bonk brings some great grit, size and goal scoring to the Preds.

New Jersey Devils: Kevin Weekes
-Was once the face of the New York Rangers francise(arguably), and had a roster spot on team Canada. But was reduced to secound fiddle to Henrik Lundqvist, and now is shoe shiner for Martin Brodeur. Kevin has been prone to injuries(which basically slipped away his career) but when he’s on his game, he’s on his game. Kevin has litterally been around the league, and has tried to do the best where ever he landed. Look for Weekes to see very few games, but if he is givin a chance, I think he will excell and may even do the unthinkable: Race with Martin Brodeur (im going to get complaints about saying that).

New York Islanders: Richard Park
-Look for the overall 20 point scorer to finnaly find his own this year. Richard is a lightning fast forward, with a good defensive game too. He has good attacking skills, and has a great wrist shot. He hit a career high last year in points(26) and assists(16). The small South Korean has been labelled as a 3-4th liner by most, and too small to play in the NHL, but Park has an indepth hockey knowledge, which could land him far this season, after some confidence boost from last seasons succes.

New York Rangers: Dan Girardi
-An undrafted prospect of the NYR, Girardi proved that he is ready to play at an NHL level last year. But he is still flying under most peoples radars, which could turn out for the better. Girardi is looking to improve his skills this pre-season, so that he will be ready to burst into the NHL again. iel is a big mobile defensmen, who moves the puck well, and has some great offence. Get ready for Girardi to make an impact on the NHL.

Ottawa Senators: Martin Gerber
-After lossing his job to Ray Emery, Gerber looks to put his career back on track, not long after it spun out of control. Gerber is an exciting goaltender who covers the net- post to post. He can play great acrobatically, and in a standup position. Look for Gerber to try to adapt to the Senators type of play, and try to regain his job as sole number 1 from Ray Emery, which might not be very easy as Emery is now a fan favorite.

Philidolphia Flyers: Joffrey Lupul
-Lupul is a young, fast sniper with great offensive skills. Lupul failed to live up to his full potential last year, as he was being marked as a 70 point scorer. But after a dissapointing 28 points for the Oilers last season Lupul was traded to the Flyers along with Jason Smith. Lupul still has potential, and will try to use his abilitiy of finsishing off plays to pull past the 50 point marker with the Flyers this year. And as Ducks and Oilers fans will tell the people in Philidolphia, when Lupul scores, he scores in bunches.

Phoenix Coyotes: Alex Auld
– A very interesting story. Sometimes Auld can play like a Luongo, while other times he plays like a Ty Conklin. The one thing Auld needs though is more developing. If the ‘Yolks want to turn Auld into something, theywill need a good goalie coach, smeone to relieve pressure for Auld (Abisher-frgive me for spelling) and some patence. Auld could be a top Goalie if he applied himself, and gained some self confidence. Auld uses his size to stop pucks, and his ability to cut down shooters angles. Only time will tell how the Auld story ends.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Dany Sabourin
-A goalie that didn’t make the impact that some people thought he would. Sabourin, believe it or not, still has potential. Dany played 9 games last year, and showed that he can compete. he had a .906 Save Percentage, a 2.63 Goals Against Average, but only 2 wins, with 4 losses. Sabourin cuts down shooters angles, and even though he’s a pretty tall, e still makes some spralling saves. Maybe if Fluery goes on a losing streak like many times before, Sabourin will do some good.

St.Louis Blues: David Backes
– Is a two way power forward with lots of “spunk”. Backes had an impressive rookie season last year, but is still not known by most people. David scored ten goals and netted 13 assits to combine for 23 points. David will be a valuable piece to the Blues squad, and may start some hype, with his ability to put numbers on the board.

S.J Sharks: Tomas Plihal
-The very offensive winger played three NHL games last year. He didn’t score any points, but got the feel for NHL hockey. Expect Plihal to be givin some chances this year, and expect him to explode. He has good skating, and acceleration, and has very good hands. He can deke the opposing goalie like Jussi Joikenen in a shootout competition. Tomas was a late round draft pick, which would make it even more exciting if he can tear his way to a roster spot. *Note: I would have done one on recently signed J.R but when I heard that he got signed, this part of the article had a
lready been done.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Karri Ramo
-A very big goaltender who uses size, and his ability to cover both posts to save pucks. He is very mature, and very atletic. Most people have only labbeled him as a back-up goalie at most, but Karri has the determination, the work ethic, and the size to stick in the NHL. Some people critize his ability to adapt to the NA style hockey game. It will fun to see Karri develop into a goaltender, and he actually may be ready this year. He played two games last year, and looked pretty good as he adapted.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Jay Harrison
-A big strong defensman with lots of defensive upside. He is however small, but very effective at taking the puck away from his man. He has been forgotten by a lot of people, but did not play last year because of an injury, but this year he is ready to prove himself at training camp, and work his way back into the Toronto picture. Jay is a pretty good part of Toronto’s D, and hopes to suprise everyone by having a great season. The big D man from Oshawa has a rocky road ahead of him, but if he pulls through, I think he can have a great season.

Vancouver Canucks: Ryan Shannon
-Ryan is a proflic minor league scorer. But if he wants to stay in the NHL he’s going to have to improve his game. He did, however score 11 points in 53 games(his rookie season) so it’s not all day, but some say that Ryan is like a volcano ready to explode. Watch this season to see if Shannon produces like he did in the minors, and maybe with some more ice time, he will eventually become better known, and could have a break out season.

Washington Capitals: Joe Motzko
-Not really a known players, as he has had very little ice time his whole(which is small) NHL career. He was pretty good in the minors, but was never drafted. The native of Bemidji(USA) is pretty fast, with some good acceleration, and can take a hit from time to time. If Washington gives him a chance, and puts him on a decent line, Motzko could flourish, and perhaps have the one season that will make him valuable. Because face it, when your playing on a fourth line for the Columbus Blue Jackets, and seeing ~2:00 mins, and only seven games, you know your career has ultimatly hit rock bottom. But Motzko is still farely young, and may have some hidden flare in him that could propel him to new heights.

Free Agents: Jeff O’Neil
-Jeff did have a really good season, but was scratched at the end of the season by the Leafs in a questionable decision, deeming that O’Neil was too inconsistant, and that their were just other players who were playing better. O’Neil is fast, and has good acceleration. He has a good backround (as he used to be one of the Hurricanes top scorers), and can be described as a deadly sniper at some times. Jeff had been through some rough times lately (with the death of his brother), but found away to break through that challenge , scoring 42 points in 74 games. Jeff is definatly an underdog in the Free Agent Market.

But remeber, these are players that arent having the planed career they thought they would, or semi forgotten-forgoten-failed rookies. You can say “He’ll never do anything” or “He’ll never come back” or “That’s totaly outragous” but thats the point of the article. Most people thought that Selanne’s career had hit its peek, or that cheechoo would never become more than a 3rd liner, or that Cristobal Huet was only a backup at best, but in the sports world, anything can happen.
So those are my picks, who are yours?

The Canadian Hockey Atlas– by Stephen Cole
(for Official birthplace of Canadian players and small story about Jason King) (for looking up stats)

50 Responses to The Out Of No Where Season

  1. CrosbyMalkin66 says:

    Penguins have a lot of players who are going to be bigger surprises than Sabourin.  For instance… Kristopher Letang could be a big surprise. Petr Sykora playing with Crosby or Malkin is going to be a 35-40 goal scorer I think which is a huge surprise, and Colby Armstrong could be considered a suprise if he has a good year after last years downer. Ryan Malone in a contract year might be a suprise… but Danny Sabourin might not even play 15 games this year cause Fleury is the guy.

  2. TheDonkey says:

    Is Jay Harrison big or small?

    Bonk would truly be a surprise.  His career must be considered "underachiever".
    Go Brathwaite!
  3. flyersfan10897 says:

    Clearly, in the defensive zone he is big and strong, and in the offensive zone he is small. 

  4. dcz28 says:

    Axelsson (either one since they have a Dick Axelsson and an Anton Axelsson in the system) has very little chance of playing for the Wings this season since they have plenty of role players already. Grigorenko, Johan Ryno (similar to Franzen) or Jakub Kindl i think have better shots at making the Wings and end up being a surprise player. You never know and Axelsson could end up being the surprise player for the Wings but like i said i doubt it.

    Derek Meech will have some time to crack the Wings defense since he has to clear waivers but will be competing with Kyle Quincey, Jakub Kindl, Jonathan Ericsson and Brad Ference for a spot on the Wings blueline. Unless the Wings sign a UFA defenseman or make a trade…one of these guys will be with the Wings and will have a chance to be a surprise player for the Wings.

  5. jrl2282 says:

    Jon Zeiler in LA

  6. Hockey_Insider says:

    *my bad, typo. It was supposed to say: He is however slow

  7. muckies says:

    Nice list, but Kevin Weekes and Martin Gerber have about as much chance of resurrecting thier careers as Tomi Salo does.

    Weekes has to be one of the most overrated goalies in the past 10 years, Gerber is just a bust, – they can't even trade him.

    Both goalies suck and are about 2 bad goals away from finishing their careers in Sweden.

  8. hatterson says:

    I really don't think Harrison will be having a great season, primarily becuase  basically the only chance he has at making the Leafs is from an injury.  The top 4 are an absolute lock and Colaiacovo is basically there.  White is the only one that *might* lose his starting role although I'd be very surprised.  He impressed a lot of people last year.

    Harrison might have a great season on another team but unfortunately the Leafs are just too deep with NHL caliber defensemen.  He actually could end up being trade bait near the deadline, possibly in a package with Raycroft.

  9. Aetherial says:

    A big strong defensman with lots of defensive upside. He is however small,


  10. habsoverserver says:

    he's listed at 6'4" 211.  i believe the knock on him isn't size, but rather speed in dealing with faster NHL forwards.  he's a third round pick from 2001 who has played sparingly at the NHL for two seasons.  tough for guys this old to make the NHL.  leafs signed him to a $450k one year deal, so I hope he makes the best of it. 

  11. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    I'll look at the NE teams, which I know best.

    Ottawa-Gerber wont have a shot at showing his talent, Emery is no 1 and will keep it. I'm looking at Dimitrakos. This years McCammond IMO.

    Toronto- Harrison sits 10th on the leafs defensive depth charts, my pick is Williams. Injuries will hit, he'll get his chances, and do well. This years John Pohl.

    Montreal- Denis is 4th on the depth chart for goalies, my pick is Lapierre. He'll mak the roster, and I see him playing well with few minutes, and getting chances on the scoring line. This seasons Latendresse(to a lesser extent).

    Boston- Mowers is too old, and wont play enough. Bochenski is my pick. cant say this years anybody, because nobody on Boston really surprised me last season.

    Buffalo- The list is endless, Gaustad, Paille, MacArther, plus decent guys like Strafford and Paetche will improve. However, my pich for the MOST surprising will be Connolly. Dont be shocked to see him geting 80+ points this season.

  12. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    In this instance, i think he's looking at players currently in utter obscurity. Sykora, Armstrong and Malone dont count. I donrt expect Letang to breakout just yet. I think he'll play a few games in 07-08, play the season in 08/09, and breakout in 09/10

  13. MR40 says:

    I don't think any of those count as surprises.

    Letang is a good prospect, so a breakout year is a definate possibilty (he won't breakout, but no one will be surprised if he does).

    A Peewee house goalie could score 40 goals playing with Sidney Crosby, so when Sykora gets 100 goals i'll be surprised.

    Ryan Malone won't have a surprise year. Everyone thinks he'll get better, but he never does.

    Armstrong put up like 40 points in like 50 games a few years ago, so he an't really be a surprise.

  14. Hockey_Insider says:

    I already stated that it was a typo for slow

  15. bernie1parent says:

    you mention selanne in the opening paragraph, if i recall, he has only had one season where he wan't point per game, and that was in colorado where he played on the second line at best and didn't get the playing time he should as there was already so much talent on that team.  Not a player who so called resurected his career. 

  16. Hockey_Insider says:

    That's why everbody talks about how Selanne's career was supposed to be over. He only scored 32 points with the Avalanche, and not a lot peopl wanted to sign him. It looked like he was either going back to Finland to play with the Jokerit, or he was going to retire, because he had a couple of "pending" injuries and was deemed too old. Then when the lockout happened, everybody says Teemu found his groove again. He broke back into the NHL as a star, thus ressureting his career.
    Links to back this up:  : "Given his comeback season last year"

    The Hockey News even has a "trphy" called the Teemu Selanne comback player of the year award.

    Hmm, I wonder why I said he ressurected his career….

  17. CrosbyMalkin66 says:

    What are you talking about? Your telling me it would be more suprising to see Danny Sabourin get a few wins then Petr Sykora scoring 40 goals or Colby Armstrong getting 70 points.  Im sorry but I would hope with the team the pens have Sabourin can get a few wins so that little thing you said about how Sykora should score with Crosby works both ways because then Sabourin should get some wins if the Pens score so many goals.

  18. bernie1parent says:

    He scored 32 points for the Avs playing on the second line, at times, the third after they realized he wasn't producing.  He also came off serious ligament injuries the year before and never got a chance to really heal and get back on his hockey feet that year.  Other then that, he had 0 bad seasons.  For one to deem him as washed up and not be good based on one season is bad.  I mean, my best example is of a few baseball players.  Jake Peavy and Josh Beckett, had horrible seasons last year, but look at them this year.  2.2 era and 3.1 era respectively.  So would you say those guys ressurected their careers?  No, they just improved drastically from the season prior.  Now, if Selanne were to have a couple of bad seasons in a short span of time, then come out and have a 90 point season, then i would say he ressurected his career.   

  19. Hockey_Insider says:

    Well, not to be rude, but I guess that it's not up to what you think. Every body else have said that he ressurected his career, which is why I included him. Even valuable sources like The Hockey News have said this. End of story.

  20. Hockey_Insider says:

    Nobody said a few wins. It would be special if Sabourin pulled off amazing stats then Sykora or Armstrong. Sabourin has the goaltending potential to make an "out of no where" season. he just needs to be givin a chance, and possibly he can do it.

  21. bernie1parent says:

    First, learn some grammar, I'm struggling to follow what you type. 
    Second, you have two sources, one that is credible for news, the other, is just some random guy stating his opinion, which is about as good as mine, except that I'm probably more logical then he is. 
    Third, your title for the post is "The Out of No Where Season."  In that context, you should be talking more about Selanne's 32 point season rather then his 90 point season following. 
    Fourth, like i said, to resurrect your career, you must have some sort of consistency at underachieving.  One year does not count as consistent.  Guys that could resurrect their careers would be guys like Theodore, Riberio, Lindross, Roenick, and Bertuzzi.  So, end of story, you have just been shown why you can't say that Selanne had an "Out of no where season", or as you keep on saying, resurrected his career after one bad year by putting up what he was known to do the next.

  22. NiittymakiForVezina says:

    "Philidolphia"? Are you serious?

  23. PointMeAtTheSky says:

    Interesting read.

    Bonk was labeled an underachiever a long time ago, due to his lack of physicality(for someone his size) and his disappearance in the play-offs(Though this was more a team-wide epidemic). He was actually valuable the Habs, he was a big reason why their penalty killing was so good(Along with Johnson).

    Sabourin only had 2 wins last year compared to 4 losses, but his statistics were decent last year, and at some points he was even good, I remember one game he posted an impressive shut-out and his GAA went from above well above 3 to a 2.7something. His problem in terms of wins was more that the Canucks couldn't score. He was a solid goalie, but not one who will steal games for you, which is what the Canucks anemic offense needs.

    As for Gerber, I still recall his play at the Olympics against Team Canada. I was convinces that he was the greatest goalie in the world. We threw everything we had at him, but we couldn't beat him. He was actually damn good as a back-up for the Ducks. It's hard to say if he's a true number 1 goalie, or just a great back-up with moments of pure brilliance(pressure might really affect his play however, he was great as a back-up in a non-hockey enviroment, however once he was given the number 1 job, he faded a bit, and once we was given the number 1 job in a crazed hockey markey, he had trouble. And once Emery game back and took the number 1 spot, and he settled to a back-up role, his play improved). He fell with the team last year, everyone was sinking, the team didn't gel, Alfreddson was almost goaless until December, Redden was in and out, Corvo was out, Chara and Havlat were gone. But like any great team, the Sens preservered, and came back and went to the Finals, and Gerber played well, with the team. I'm predicting for him around 2.50 and S% around .910. But he could do as well as a 2.30 GAA and 915 S%

  24. Asquaredx2 says:

    Antoine Vermette. He's got oodles of talent and speed and he'll either be playing with Alfredsson or Spezza and Heatley. I think a 30 goal season is possible.

  25. CrosbyMalkin66 says:

    Well unfortunately Fleury is the starter and will probably be starting all but back to back games… which means if your looking for Sabourin to get a chance this isnt the team or the season for it to happen.

  26. CaptainAvery says:

    I like how you mispelled Yann Danis you *****en idiot and I gotta disagreem, we got Carey Price before *****en Danis you ***** as well as Halak, so coming from your prediction on the Habs you just proved to me your a *****ing moron with a stupid pointless post, go ***** yourself.

  27. PointMeAtTheSky says:

    Oh man, I agree with you. He has loads of talent, he managed to get 19-20-39 playing with a  checking center and enforcer. That's half a point a game. Plus, every Sens stats are little deflated right now, because the whole team sucked at the beginning of the year. Put him on a good team, on the second line full time, he could put up some decent numbers (I'm going to say 25-25-50) but it also depends on who he plays with. I doubt he's ready for the top line, but if he's on the second line with Fisher and either Alfredsson or Eaves he could do ok. We shall see I guess.

  28. Hockey_Insider says:

    hmm, I'm not sure why your so mad. If it's for a simple reason like that, than you may seriosly need help. I seriosly suggest you see someone if your that mad, that you have to go swearing at people for no reason on a hockey site :S. Sorry if I offended you so much by misspelling Yann Dannis wrong …

  29. Hockey_Insider says:

    Ok, I don't really see what spelling has to do on a hockey site. But FYI, my keyboard keeps sticking, I need to get a new one, so I consistantly have to keep going back to retype stuff. I still don't see what it has to do with anything. Anyways, I just said that other people call Selanne te Comeback player of this generation i.e TSN, THN, Sportsnet, the NHL acnowledged him as a comback player before, and further more, it was just an introduction. You don't have to have a big fit. I'm not going to comment on this again because it's just stupid, so go crazy.

  30. Hockey_Insider says:

    Sorry, my keyboard is annoying me like you would't belive. It keeps sticking so I have to go back and rewrite things. I know that, that is no excuss for spelling Philadelphia wrong, my bad. I wasn't aware how muich spelling matters to people on a hockey site. You know what city it was, you people have to stop complaining. But whatever, it's a free…internet.

  31. MR40 says:


    it's a hockey trade rumors website, your wife didn't just do your best friend.
    Get some help, no one normal starts cursing as much as you did, because of a spelling error.

    Oh by the way it's disagree, not disagreem you *****ing, *****er, ***** pancake ***** *****er Dallas *****er ***** *****ing *****er ***** Walmart *****er *****, so yeah, what you gotta say to that.

  32. Hockey_Insider says:

    I was sure that when I saw the name Gerber that it was going to be another person saying how Gerber sucks or how he will never do anything etc.., so when I saw it was praise I almost fainted. lol.

  33. Hockey_Insider says:

    lmao, i didn't see the disagreen.

  34. PointMeAtTheSky says:

    Ha! I know eh? Poor Gerber, it's always the goalie who's the primary whipping boy(Look at Lalime. he was run out of town).

  35. CaptainAvery says:

    See why I was mad, you spelled his name wrong again *****head. I know your trying to get me going still so how about you just go jerkoff you faggot.

  36. Hockey_Insider says:

    yea, it's basically the same thing with Raycroft, in a big market city like Toronto, Montreal, or Ottawa, you have to play like a God in net, or your criticized.

  37. ryderrocksdarock says:

    I cannot believe that such childish behaviour takes place on a website at which so many young, hockey-carazed minds come for relaxation and an opportunity to voice their own opinions. Do our youth have to withstand such explict dialect? (probably between two grown men). Let’s face it, the internet is full of misinterpretations. We all have our own opinions and thoughts, lets leave it at that! It’s hard enough on youth these days in what they see on television and even outside their own doors, let’s not reveal them to more.

    By the way, I’m only 19-years-old myself. Pretty bad when someone as young as myself has to pick up for our youth when I’m sure those harrassing one another are much older.

  38. ryderrocksdarock says:

    How old are you again? I'm assuming that you cannot be too old if you are so easily infuriated by such a small mistake.

    You should honestly stop being so childish or I will report you and have you removed from the site. Then, if you try to access another membership I will have you kicked off again, ect.

  39. ryderrocksdarock says:

    Also, correct me if I am wrong, but does the f-word not have 4 letters in it? I'm assuming that is the word you are attempting to communicate. Sorry sir, but you have 5 letters replaced.

  40. PointMeAtTheSky says:

    I agree.

    If anything, in terms of stereotypes, it should be the 19 year olds acting like idiots.

    I have no idea how old Captain Avery is, but I can't imagine that mentality, emotionally and intellectually he is above 15(even if physically he's an adult).

    By the way, it's nice to know I'm not the only 19 year old here. I don't know the ages of the people here, but I always thought they were all older and such.

  41. Hockey_Insider says:

    Don't bother reporting him, I already did.

  42. Hockey_Insider says:

    And dude, I'm not try to get you going. I thinki you should seriosly talk to an anger counciler. I'm not even joking.

  43. Asquaredx2 says:

    it's probably a best-case scenario, but Vermette's pretty much guaranteed to get a top-two line spot now that Schaefer is gone, and I think Alfredsson will start on line 2 at the start of the season. The talent is there, I think the determination is there, and he's a pretty complete hockey player. I expect a real break-out season from him, which may come at a bad time as I believe he's a FA come the summer.

  44. PointMeAtTheSky says:

    Vermette will definitely be one the top two lines. I see the Pizza line starting the year together, but if they falter, Vermette or Eaves, depending on who has played better so far, may get a top line spot(Eaves has played with Spezza and Heatley Before). Personally, because Spezza and Vermette are both technically play-makers, I see the lines developing as Heatley-Spezza-Eaves and Vermette-Fisher-Alfredsson, unless Eaves really stinks it up. That brings balance to the lines really. I still think on opening night you'll see Heatley-Spezza-Alfredsson and Vermette-Fisher-Eaves. But either way, I'm hoping Vermette will really show up, and become the top 6 player we know he can be. I'll be thrilled if he reaches 30-30-60, and disappointed if he gets under 25-25-50.

    I'm fairly optimistic though, I think the players know that the team will change drastically next year, so hopefully they'll give it their all next year.

    We actually have a good young core right now, that hopefully can keep us competitive past this year. I mean, we have 2 solid up and coming defenseman in Schubert and Mesazros, who are like polar opposites of each other, an up and coming checking line center, who has the potential to contribute rather good offensivly in Kelly, and an up and coming play-maker and and scorer in Vermette and Eaves. Add the veteran presence and physical element of Fisher and Neil, and that's a pretty good core, to build around, even if we lost 2/3 of Spezza/Heatley/Redden. I think we should keep Corvo, because we can step in and take Reddens place(he had similar offensive numbers, and I think his defense could improve, he just needed to get used to Ottawa, he played pretty good in the play-offs) And so Redden is expendable after this year(we need to rebuild the farm, so hopefully we can trade him at the deadline, or before July 1st for some prospects or draft picks, I doubt it though) And we should keep either Spezza or Heatley, but not both(look at Tampa, half their salary in 3 players) It's a hard call, they are both franchise players, Heatley is the more complete guy, but Spezza is rounding out his game, and makes the players around him better. Anyway, Keeping on of them, along with veterans Fisher, Alfredsson and Neil, plus the young core, we should be good.

    Holy crap, I'm rambling on and on. I'm sorry, I just get so passionated about talking hockey. Feel free not to read this.

  45. MR40 says:

    i'm only 18, so yeah.

    I didn't mean to offend anybody by my response (the last part), so sorry if I did. Kind of an inmature thing to do.

  46. MR40 says:

    What a joke.

    There's a difference between and intense arguement, and this. This is just random cursing.

  47. PointMeAtTheSky says:

    Actually, I found it hilarious.

    I understand you were being sarcastic and were actually mocking his cursing. the Pancake part was brilliant.

  48. lukeleim says:

    obviously the medication for CaptainAvery's yeast infection isn't working out quite the way he had planned. Id be upset as well

  49. bernie1parent says:

    Oh, I am going crazy over your stupidity.  To prove that, I just have to point out how inept you are at spelling.  Keyboard my ass.  Thats just an excuse.  When you spell philadelphia, philodelphi or some crazy shit like that, you really should be stuck in a remedial school.

  50. eron says:

    People like you ruin discussion forums.

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