Colorado Avalanche

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Colorado enjoyed yet another successful regular season putting up 95 points which tied them with two other teams for fourth most points in the league.  The team was electrified about their playoff potential.   And again, after some initial playoff success in beating the St Louis Blues in the first round 4 games to 2, the team came out flat against the Vancouver Canucks and were quickly disposed of in 5 games.  The bitterness of playoff defeat is something that Av’s Coach Roy is holding onto throughout the summer and into training camp.  “I want more out of this team, we have the scorers, we have the D, and our goaltending is good.  It’s time to step it up”

Coach Roy is correct is saying the team has scorers.   The team scored a few less than the previous year but the Avs still managed to have 6 players score 20 or more goals.  Rakell led the team with 32 goals, while Kyle Palmieri 29, Steven Stamkos 28, Vinnie Trocheck 26, Austin Mathews 23 and Anders Lee 20 were the main goal scorers.  Although these players were the leaders, many were considered to score more than they did.  Add in Alex Debrincat’s 14 goals and Nik Ehlers 10 goals in the disappointment column.  The defensive side of the forward lines appeared to have the biggest impact.  Although the Avalanche managed to score 267 goals, the team also allowed 241 which equates to just over 3 per game. The goaltending was supposed to be spectacular.  The power play was decent ranking 7th overall in the league but a lot more was expected with the amount of snipers on the roster.   The penalty was an abysmal 74.6% ranking third worst in the league.  It forced management’s hand into making a couple of trade deadline deals to attempt to patch the holes by acquiring Trevor Lewis and Vladimir Sobotka for young defensive prospect and former first round rookie pick Derrick Pouliot and a 4th round pick in this year’s draft.   The trade helped a bit, but not enough to make a difference. 

The forward groups at training camp this season look as promising as far as goal scoring goes.  Stamkos is centering Mathews and Palmieri on the first line.  The second unit presently has Max Domi as the pivot between veteran Joe Pavelski and sophomore Alex Debrincat.  The third line has crafty vet Ryan Getzlaf between Anders Lee and Sam Reinhart.  The fourth line has RNH at center, who was dupped by strato again with only a 2 defense rating, with Rickard Rakell and Jonathan Drouin on the wings.  Rookie pick Andrei Svechnikov may spell a few games at wing while injured Vinnie Trocheck may fill in some games for Getzlaf.  Joonas Donskoi, who was obtained in a trade may also see a handful of games this season, but he will undoubtedly spend most of the year in the minors along with rookie picks Robert Thomas, Alex Nylander, Luke Kunin, Adam Gaudette and Nick Schmaltz.

On defense, Roy feels that the team has made an upgrade to the starting six.  Ryan Pulock has developed into a starting top pair defenseman and he will play opposite of Brady Skjei.  Veteran Alex Edler will pair with smooth skating Jared Spurgeon on the second unit.  Newly acquired Brian Dumoulin will set up nicely opposite veteran Ron Hainsey to complete the bottom pairing.   All 6 defensemen are 4 rated D men or better!!  This has Coach Roy excited.  “Our d men are great in their own zone and most of them play a very gritty game.   We are hoping this helps our goal against total this season!”  Vince Dunn will fill in a few games for the aging Edler while Mike Matheson takes a step back from a regular role and will tool away in the minors this year.  Same goes for Adam Larsson who had an off season and needs to regain his confidence.   Anthony DeAngelo and Matt Grzelcyk have made huge advances in their development and look to be potential starters down the road.  The expectations are the same for highly touted 2nd round pick Jusso Valimaki, although he was injured preparing for training camp.

The biggest disappointment last season was goaltending.  The Avalanche expected top end goaltending and an opportunity to win every night based of the stopper factor. Carter Hutton’s .908 save pct was well below expectations as was Pekka Rinne’s .911 save pct.  Carter Hutton’s performance was so much under par that Roy and company decided to part ways with the pillow bearer.  This will provide an opportunity for last year’s fourth round rookie pick Jack Campbell to pick up 30 or so games as he will share the next with the wily vet Pekka Rinne.   Roy is hoping that the goaltending will be a bit better with improved defenders in front of the net.  Pheonix Copley, who was drafted in the third round this year, will spend his first season with the team in the minors while possibly seeing some action as a back- up here and there.

The Avalanche look like a team that can light the lamp, but can the team shut down the opposition enough to get the wins needed to move forward this season.  Management has once again instructed Roy that if he needs a piece or two to put this team over the top, they are more than willing to attempt to acquire the missing pieces. The power play should be OK but it appears that penalty killing could continue to be a weakness for this team.  The first 20-30 games should provide a good sample size of what to expect with this roster.   All in all, the team is looking to compete and the fans are enthusiastic and eager for the new season to begin.

CM’S are due… Schedule for this year.

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Swammi returns with his bold new picks

                  SWAMI’s CRYSTAL BALL 2019-20

We went & got a new Crystal Ball from the pawn shop as we traded the old one, it was haunting Swami, as Swami had predicted two years in a row a team wouldnt make the playoffs, but those teams(Wild-two years ago)& Vancouver(last season) would not only make the playoff’s, but then take out Swami’s(Stars)in the Playoff’s!  That Crystal Ball had a crack in it, Swami had Bruins missing & they got 2nd Place Overall!  What a Miss! Stay out of the water! SHARK!   Can some team stop the 2-time Defending Champion Swain Cup San Jose Sharks, will the Devils end an Eleven year Playoff drought? From last place to First place, Swami tells all!

CHICAGO-  This team went from winning the “Cup” three seasons ago to dead last in the League & Coachless!  18-19 Rookie Draft   8th Overall- P. L. Dubois  12th Overall- J DeBrusk 14th Overall-D. Strome  2nd round- S. Milano(who) 3rd round- E. Svechnikov(wrong brother) 4th- J Rutta 5th- S Kuraly  Grade- B-  Got a couple starters in 1st round!  Camp Lines- 10(20 Goal Scorers)& 2 Defenseman with 10 or more!  John Tavares(47G)was 2nd in Goals(45)last year had P. L. Dubois(27G) & A. Radulov(29G) on his wings as the Top Line!  Line 2 saw J. DeBrusk(27G), D. Strome(20G) & T. J. Oshie(25G).  The 3rd line today was M. Pacioretty(22G),F. Nielsen & J. Voracek(20G). 4th Line had G. Nyqvist(22G), J McCann & P Buchnevich(21G). Veterans J. Thornton,J. Carter, & W. Simmonds all skipped practice!  On defense, M. Giordano(17G) & J. Petry(13G) were the Top Pair!  Rookie Rasmus Dahlen, who’s expected to go #1 Overall, would be just the 3rd LD in camp & he was paired with the veteran Z. Bogosian! Z. Chara(62 GP) & K. Russell were the 3rd pairing!  B. Holtby & D. Rittich will split the Goaltending duties! Hawks posted a 74.2 PK % last year(worst in league) with no forwards having a 4-defense rating, same boat this year with no forwards having a 4 on defense.  What’s that saying to Swami “They got a snowball’s chance in Hell of making Playoffs”

WINNIPEG-  In finishing 15th last year, the Jets scored a League-Low 215 Goals!  18-19 Rookie Draft-  6th Overall- N. Patrick 2nd round- K Kapanen 3rd- M. Subban & Z. Ashton-Reese 4th- O. Fantenberg 5th- J Khaira  Grade- C+  Patrick-underperforming so far!  Camp Lines- 5(20 Goal)Scorers & 2 Defenseman with 10 or more!  The “Bread Man” A Panarin(28G)R. O’Reilly(28G) & K. Kapanen(20G) were the 1st Line in camp today!  C. Kreider(28G), R. Johansen & J. Eberle were line 2! J. Vesey, C. Cizikas(20G) & B. Ryan took the line 3 skate! A. Beauvillier, N. Patrick, & R. Strome was Line 4!  Blueline- A. Greene & J. Carlson(13G) were the Top Pair! J. Bouwmeester & S. Mayfield got pair 2 duties!  J. Chychrun(53GP) & M. Dumba(12G)(32GP) skated as line 3!  Allstate Goaltending(In good hands)with J. Gibson & J. Halak or does the veteran Halak get moved!  Questions abound on Rookie Pick, go with the Swede(Pettersson)for more Offense or the Finn(Heiskanen) to shore up an aging LD!  Swami thinks the re-build is still on, heavy fog in Winnipeg, Jets still grounded!

NEW JERSEY- The Devil’s scored a League-Low 41 PPG’s last season enroute to their 2nd straight 14th place finish, as the non-playoff streak reach’s 11 seasons! 18-19 Rookie Draft-  3rd Overall C . Keller  no 2nd or 3rd 4th- M Bowey 5th- I McCoshen  Grade- C+ Camp Lines- 7(20 Goal)Scorers & (1)Defenseman with 10!  J. Huberdeau(30G), J. Eichel(28G) & T. Hertl(35G) were the Top Line in camp!  T. Tatar(25G), M. Duchesne(31G), & C. Keller was Line 2! N. Niederreiter(23G), B. Schenn & F. Vatrano(24G) got Line 3 sweaters! 4th line saw T. Pearson,N. Bonino & P. Maroon together, while veteran D. Stepan was sidelined!  Back on Defense N. Hanifin & J. Klingberg(10G) skated as the Top Line while D. Orlov & T. Myers got Line 2 Ice! N. Leddy was out with J. Demers(35GP) as the 3rd line!  T. Greiss will be #1 in Goal, while the “King” Lundqvist & S. Varlamov battle for starts!  Devil’s traded their #1 pick(3rd overall)last season to Tampa, the trade brought Orlov & Leddy, which shored up the Left-Defense, also got Varlamov as insurance in nets!  With that deal, Swami is gonna go out on a thin limb & the Devil’s will end their 11-year absence from the post-season!

BUFFALO-  The rumor has it that the Sabres are moving to the vacated Philadelphia franchise to once again represent the city of Philadelphia!  Management is awaiting League approval!  18-19 Rookie Draft-  7th Overall- M. Sergachev 2nd round- A. Kerfoot & M. Amadio 3rd- E. Bear 4th- L. Wallmark 5th- C. Lindgren & D. Toninato  Grade- B- Camp Lines- 6 (20 Goal)Scorers  Taylor Hall only gets 33GP but draws Top Line with D. Larkin(32G) & D. Pastranak(38G). J. Marchessault(25G), T. Bozak & T. Konecny(24G) skated as the 2nd line!  R. Dzingel(26G), A. Kerfoot & B. Connolly(22G) was line 3! L. Eller,R. Faska & M. Frolik drew checking line duties today!  Defense-  T. Krug(64GP) & R. Ellis were the Top Pair!  I. Provorev & E. Johnson skated as pair 2!  M. Sergachev & the “Hit Man” Radko Gudas lined up as pair 3!  Goaltending- P. Mrazek & P. Grubauer might share the nets, but this kid in camp Carter Hart is pushing to go #4 Overall in Rookie Draft!  With Hall, Pastranak, & Krug all having to miss significant time, it’ll be tough to make the show, getting close, but not yet says Swami!

VEGAS-  Matthew Barzal, last season’s #1 Overall Rookie Pick, led the Golden Knights in Points with 77!  With the 5th Overall Pick this year, the Knights hope to add another Chip to the rebuild!  18-19 Rookie Draft-  #1 Overall M. Barzal 2nd Round- Eriksson Ek 3rd- R. Hagg & J. Hayden 4th- A. Iafallo 5th- J. Brodzinski  Grade- B+  Camp Lines- 7(20 Goal)Scorers & 2 Defenseman with 10 or more.  J. Guentzel(40G), Bo Horvat(27G) & E. Lindholm(27G) was billed as the Top Line!  J. Skinner(40G), M. Barzal & J. Silfverberg(24G) was line 2!  Veteran’s Z. Parise(28G),C. Soderberg(23G) & M. Perreault skated as line 3!  A. Iafallo,V. Filppula & Eriksson Ek had the 4th line jersey’s today! Veteran’s A. Cogliano & J. Neal never made it out of the locker room.  Defense- V. Hedman(12G) & S. Jones again were the Top Pairing, while A. Goligoski & D. Doughty drew 2nd pairing!  Youngster R. Hagg saw ice time with A. Ekblad(13G) on the 3rd pair! Goaltending- M. Murray will get the bulk(50GP)of starts while C. McElhinney will see plenty of action!  Two 40 Goal-Scorers, pretty darn good defense, above-average Netminders means the odds are good they make the Post-Season!  Swami puts the bet down, it’s Show-Time in Vegas!

NEW YORK I-  The Crystal Ball had the Isle in Playoff’s last year, Nope, they finished in 11th place & Cam Fowler had the dubious distinction of having the worst plus/minus (-33)in the League!  18-19 Rookie Draft- 4th Overall- C. McAvoy  Round 2- no pick 3rd- N. Goldobin 4th- M. Frk 5th- No Pick  Grade- Incomplete  Camp Lines- 5(20 Goal)Scorers   K. Hayes, P. Bergeron(32G)(65GP) & A. Mantha(25G)(67GP) was the Top Line!  D. Perron(57GP)- W. Karlsson(24G) & A. Athanasiou(30G) skated as Line 2! A. Steen, L. Glendening & A. Shaw(63GP) was line 3 today!  Line 4 saw C. Sheary, R. Sheahan & P. Byron on the ice! M. Grabner(41GP) had the day off!  Defense-  M. Niskanen & J. Trouba was the #1 Pairing, while C. Fowler(59GP) & C. McAvoy(54GP) had line 2 Jersey’s! J. Brodin & B. Lovejoy got ice-time as pair 3!  Goaltending- A. Khudobin & D. Dubynk will share the nets, with J. Bernier & J. Korpisalo getting back-up duty!  7 Forwards rated 4 defense or better, but some key players(Bergeron,Steen,Byron,Grabner,Mantha,Perron)have to miss significant time! Pair 2 on defense will be out for a quarter of the season! What will the Isle do, Khudobin might bring alot in trade or do they keep him to make run?  Swami says put up the white flag & surrender now, No post-season on the Isle!

TAMPA BAY-  Patrick Laine(353)led the League in shots & the Bolts finished with 88 points, just 5 pts outta the Playoffs!  18-19 Rookie Draft- 5th Overall N. Hischier 2nd round- N. Pionk & S. Girard 3rd- N. Juulsen & T. Jarry 4th- J. Gillies 5th- A. Forsberg Grade- B-   Camp Lines- 6(20 Goal)Scorers & 4 Defenseman with 10 or more!  N. Hischier,S. Aho(30G) & M. Marner(26G) skated as Line 1, giving the youngster Nico a shot at LW!  Z. Hyman(21G),A. Kopitar(22G) & P. Laine(30G) was given line 2 duties! R. Panik, W. Nylander & D. Brown(22G) was line 3! N. Ritchie, P. Zacha & K. Labanc got 4th line ice-time!  Defense-  M. Rielly(20G) & D. Severson(11G) was the Top Pair! D. Nurse(10G) & B. Montour was pair 2!  E. Lindell(11G) had youngster N. Pionk out as line 3!  Goaltending-  R. Lehner gets 46 starts,  while M. A. Fleury & J. Saros will get the rest! Has the 3rd Overall Rookie Pick(Tkachuk?), strength’s include a mobile defense(4 pass L) Awesome Goalie in Lehner, good PK Forwards, but no RD rated 3 or better on Defense could hinder their playoff hopes!  Tough call for Swami, a trade or two might help, but this bunch in camp right now might come up short again! It’s a miss here!

MINNESOTA- After a run to the Cup Finals two season’s ago, the Wild(89 pts) missed the Playoff’s by a mere 4 Points!  N. MacKinnon’s 3 OT Goals led the GHC!  18-19 Rookie Draft- No Pick in 1st  2nd- W. Butcher 3rd- T. Dermott 4th- M. Jankowski 5th- no pick Grade- C+   Camp Lines- 8(20 Goal)Scorers  J. Zucker(21G),N. MacKinnon(41G) & M. Stone(33G) were featured as the Top Line! Y. Gourde(22G),S. Monohan(34G) & J. Anderson(27G) was line 2 tonight!  Line 3 saw E. Rodriques, B. Nelson(22G) & M. Ferland skate together!  B. Rust, P. Stastny(50GP) & B. Coleman(22G) wore the line 4 shirts!  Defense-  R. Suter & J. Boychuk was the Top Pair!  H. Lindholm & S. Vatanen(50GP) was Pair 2!  W. Butcher & A. Martinez(60GP) got the Line 3 skates! T. Dermott will see action for Martinez & Vatanen when they sit!  Goaltending-  Only 2 Goalies in camp with J. Howard getting the nod as #1, with J. Quick as his back-up starter!   The RD is not very mobile(passing) & the Goaltending is below average, plenty of firepower up front to score,but will they keep it out of their net?  Swami thinks the Wild take a step back, a miss for the post-season!

LOS ANGELES- As he did in 2015-16, Alex Ovechkin again lead the League in Goals(46) & the Kings also had the Best PP%(28.8)in the league! 18-19 Rookie Draft-  13th Overall- A. Tuch  2nd round- D. Heinen 3rd- T. Thompson & C. Djoos 4th-no pick 5th- M Pettersson  Grade- B   Camp Lines- 8(20 Goal)Scorers & 1 defenseman with 10 or more. Ovie(51G), J. Toews(35G) & P. Kane(44G) with 130 Goals between them is the Top Line!B. Saad(23G), S. Couturier(33G) & A. Tuch(20G) was Line 2!  K. Fiala, M. Zibanejad(30G) & C. Smith(21G) skated as Line 3!  Veteran P. Marleau drew N. Bjugstad & A. Lehkonen on the 4th Line!  Defense- M. Ekholm & S. Weber(14G-58GP) was the Top Pairing! D. Keith had part-time D. Byfuglien(42GP)as his partner today! B. Dumolin & D. Savard danced as the 3rd Pair!  B. Seabrook,C. Ceci,M. Kempny, B. McNabb, M. Pettersson & T. Hamonic were extra’s, trying to vie for a starting job!  Goaltending-  M. Jones(ouch),K. Kinkaid(yikes) & R. Miller(20GP) were in camp, only the Veteran Miller looked good! Between Weber & Big Buff plenty of gms to miss, but the Kings are deep on defense & maybe one of them will be trade bait for help in the nets!  This team could go either way, if a Halak or someone else in Goal finds their way to LA, Playoff’s again!  If it’s status quo, they’ll be a no-show!

TORONTO-  With the Best PK%(83.9)in the League last year, the Leafs rode that to a 7th place finish & a 1st round upset of the Bruin’s in the Playoff’s.  18-19 Rookie Draft- 1st round- no pick 2nd- R. Donato 3rd- no pick 4th- C. Hudon & D. Simon 5th- C. DeSmith Grade- B  Camp Lines- 7(20 Goal)Scorers & 1 Defenseman with 10 or more.  C. Giroux(22G), S. Crosby(35G) & J. Williams(23G) took Top Line reps in camp!  J. Van Riemsdyk(27G-66GP), M. Backlund(21G) & B. Gallagher(33G) was Line 2!  On the 3rd Line, it was E. Kane(30G), M. Koivu(48GP) & R. Smith.  R. Donato(56GP),B. Little & P Hornqvist checked in as Line 4!  Defense-  R. McDonagh & K. Letang(16G-65GP) was the Top Pairing! N. Schmidt(61GP) & B. Pesce was pair 2! P. Nemeth got part-timer M. Green(43GP) for Pair 3.  N. Hjalmarsson was off practicing his shot(No Goals) Goaltending-  D. Kuemper has stolen the #1 Job between the pipes, with F. Andersen as the back-up!  Prospect C. DeSmith could be moved or kept as insurance!  Despite Key games to miss for Letang & Schmidt, the Offense is there & the Goaltending alone will win games!  Another post-season is in store for the Leafs!

COLORADO- The Av’s, like the Leafs, pulled off a 1st round upset in the Playoffs by beating St Louis in 6 games!  But their fate was the same as Toronto, losing in the 2nd round!  Steven Stamkos, Captain of the Av’s, who led the team in Assists(57) & Points(85) has promised the fans a return to the post-season!  18-19 Rookie Draft- 9th Overall- A. “The Cat” DeBrincat 2nd Round- V. Dunn 3rd- A. Bjork & L. Kunin 4th- J. Campbell & J. Ryan 5th- M. Grzelcyk & M. Mamin Grade- A   Camp Lines- 10(20 Goal)Scorers & 4 Defenseman with 10 or more!  M. Domi(28G), S Stamkos(45G) & J. Pavelski(38G) skated as the Top Line today! R, Nugent-Hopkins(28G), A, Matthews(37G-68GP) & A. DeBrincat(41G) went out as Line 2! A. Lee(28G), J. Drouin & K. Palmieri(27G) had the Line 3 jersey’s!  R. Rakell, R. Getzlaf & S. Reinhart(22G) skated as Line 4!  That left N. Ehlers(21G),V. Trocheck & C. Tierney to play soccer in the hall! Defense-  A. Edler(10G-56GP) & J. Spurgeon(14G) skated as Pair 1, followed by B. Skjei & R. Pulock as Pair 2!  V. Dunn(12G) & T. Barrie(14G) punched in as Pair 3! M. Matheson & R. Hainsey joined the gang in the hall playing soccer! Goaltending- 4th Round Rookie Pick last year J. Campbell(31GP) gets the nod as #1, while veteran P. Rinne should make the bulk of starts!   A very deep Offense & Defense with above-average Goaltending spells cant miss, Stamkos says post-season, Swami says Top 4 in League & maybe the Regular Season Crown!

DALLAS-  The Stars tied Vancouver with 95 points, but lost the 3rd tiebreaker(Goal-Differential in head to head play)to finish in 5th place & bow out of playoffs in 5 games vs the Nucks! Was the League Standings tight- Only 3 points separated 3rd place St Louis from 8th place Los Angeles!  18-19 Rookie Draft- 15th Overall- J. Roslovic(yuk)Round 2- T. Bertuzzi 3rd-no pick 4th- N. Seeler 5th- T. Poolman  Grade- D+  Camp Lines-9(20 Goal)Scorers & 2 Defenseman with 10 or more!  B. Marchand(36G),B. Point(41G) & C. Atkinson(41G) was the Top Line!  M. Hoffman(36G),N. Backstrom & T. Meier(30G) rode as Line 2!  T. Bertuzzi(21G),J. Stall(50GP) & V. Arvidsson(34G–58GP) skated as Line 3!  J. T. Miller,J. Bailey & T. Wilson(22G-63GP) was the checking unit!  E. Gustafsson(17G) & T. J. Brodie was the Top Pair in camp!  Pair 2 saw J. Muzzin & C. Parayko(10G) together!  E. Karlsson(53GP) was with J. Manson on Pair 3!  Goaltending- S. Bobrovsky(62GP) will get the majority of starts, while we toss a coin between Schneider & Reimer for the rest!  Stall,Arvidsson,Wilson & Karlsson will miss significant time & a lack of depth could hurt!  Only average Goaltending, so Offense must step up,need Big years outta Top Forwards to make the Show, if not, Coach Hunter gotta go!

VANCOUVER-  Having the 2nd best Road Record(26-13-1)in the League carried the “Nucks” not only to a playoff spot, but to the Swain Cup Finals!  Again, Congrats Gary! 18-19 Rookie Draft-  2nd Overall- B. Boeser  2nd round- A. Georgiev & V. Mete 3rd- no pick  4th- O. Lindblom 5th- no pick Grade- A   Camp Lines- 6(20 Goal)Scorers & 1 Defenseman with 10 or more.  J. Gaudreau(36G), D. Krejci(20G) & E. Dadonov(28G)lined up as the Top Line!  T. Johnson(29G), T. Zajac & B. Boeser(26G) was Line 2 tonight! B. Jenner,A. Galchenyuk & M. Wood(63GP) was Line 3!  Taking Line 4 spots was C. Sissons,C. Eakin(22G) & M. Johansson(58GP).  Defense-  R. Josi(15G) & S. Gostisbehere was the Top Pairing!  M. E. Vlassic & C. Miller(65GP) went out as Pair 2!  Veteran C. Tanev(55GP) skated with D. DeMelo on Pair 3!  Goaltending-  B. Bishop,T. Rask, & A. Georgiev  will all see time, with Bishop getting just over half(46GP)the Starts!  Just a bit tougher schedule this season than last( 4 Home & Away vs SJ,STL, & BOS) & two key defenseman to miss games could hurt chances to make post-season.  But with the Best Goalie-Card(Bishop)in the game, the “Nucks” sneak in!

ST LOUIS-  Only two teams(Dal/Tor)allowed less Goals-Against than the Blues!  C. Hellebuyck led the League in Wins(37) & tied S. Bobrovsky(55)for most Star Points& was named team MVP in a 3rd place finish!  18-19 Rookie Draft-  16th Overall- T. Yost 2nd Round- J. Bratt 3rd- N. Scherbak 4th- B. Leipsic 5th- no pick Grade- C   Camp Lines- 6(20 Goal)Scorers & 5 Defenseman with 10 or more.  M. Tkachuk(34G), M. Scheifele(38G) & M. Granlund were spotted as the Top Line!  K. Connor(34G), E. Kuznetsov(21G) & C. Coyle was Line 2!  On the 3rd Line was F. Forsberg(28G-64GP), E. Stall(22G) & N. Foligno!  4th Line had J. Bratt(51GP), A. Kempe & J. Armia(57GP)  Defense-  O. Ekman-Larsson(14G) & B. Burns(16G) were the Top Pair!  S. Theodore(12G) & A. Pietrangelo(13G) skated as Pair 2!  J. Gardiner(62GP) & J. Faulk(11G) was pair 3!  Goaltending-  A. Vasilevsky & C. Price will handle the load! C. Hellebuyck will watch this season!  The Blues appear to be a little shy at RW, does Hellebuyck get moved for help on the starboard side! Plenty of Firepower from the back-end, Defense will push the play & get involved!  Despite the short-comings at RW, got enough Guns up front & perhaps the best Offensive D in the League & super Goaltending means another Playoff year in St Louis!

BOSTON- The Bruins gave up the Most Goals(284)in the League,but also scored the Most(286)to reign in 2nd place last year!  18-19 Rookie Draft- 10th Overall- T. Chabot 2nd round- C. Fischer 3rd- H. Fleury 4th- C. Wolanin 5th- C. Stephenson  Grade- B- Camp Lines- 5(20 Goal)Scorers & 3 Defenseman with 10 or more.  J. Benn(27G),C. McDavid(41G) & B. Wheeler(20G) was the Top Line in camp!  O. Palat(64GP), L Draisaitl(50G) & E. Malkin(21G) was Line 2 today! T. Vanek(64GP),V. Hinostroza & T. Toffoli was the 3rd Line!  The checking unit saw R. Hartman,K. Brodziak & M. Zuccarello(48GP) together!  Defense-  Z. Werenski(11G) & D. Hamilton(18G) was the Top Pairing!  Pair 2 had J. Slavin & K. Shattenkirk together! T. Chabot(14G) & D. Engelland worked out as Pair 3!  Goaltending-  J. Markstrom & L. Domingue will be in the nets!  Can McDavid & Draisaitl carry this team?  Palat,Malkin,Vanek,& Zuccarello have to sit a bit with little depth!  Goaltending only average, will the B’s surprise again, Swami says not this year!

SAN JOSE-  The only team to crack a 100 Points(101)& scored 52 more than they gave up(best in league). 18-19 Rookie Draft- 11th Overall – T. Sanheim 2nd round- no pick 3rd- no pick 4th-no pick 5th-pass  Grade- B-  Camp Lines- 11(20 Goal)Scorers  G. Landeskog(34G),A. Barkov(35G) & N. Kucherov(41G) was the Top Line today! P. Kessel(27G) lined up as the LW with T. Seguin(33G) & V. Tarasenko(33G) on Line 2! J. Schwartz(69GP),L. Couture(27G) & M. Rantanen(31G) went out as Line 3!  J. Vrana(24G),N. Kadri & T. Teravainen(21G) got 4th line duty!  Defense-  K. Yandle & R. Ristolainen was the Top Pairing!  J. Morrissey(59GP) & P. K. Subban(63GP) was Pair 2!  A. Pelech & J. Braun was Pair 3!  Goaltending-  L. Brossoit(21GP) looked best in camp, then it was either M. Smith,L Ullmark,R. Luongo or C. Talbot,but none of those looked sharp!  The 2-time Defending “Swain Cup” champs again are loaded up front, have defensive depth(Klefbom & Sanheim)to cover Pair 2’s GP!  Like last year when they moved a 2nd for Luongo(Ironic that he faced old team in Finals), will the Sharks find a trading partner for a stud Goalie, or do they just stay pat & ride Brossoit(eligible)in a Playoff run!  Sharks are in, but if help arrives with a mask, it’s goodnite Irene & let the Fat Lady sing!

MAJOR TRADE….Just days into camp & the Kings & Lightning make a star-studded deal!TAMPA BAY  sends Marc-Andre Fleury,Samuel Girard & Brandon Montour to

LOS ANGELES for Shea Weber,Dustin Byfuglien,Brian Dumolin & Cody Ceci

Looks like a Great Deal for both teams, Kings get a needed Goalie & Bolts get some RD help, could be the deal that gets both teams into the Playoffs!

BREAKING NEWS–   Craig Ticalo, who some of us know from the CSHL(Vegas) will be taking over Chicago!  Craig has requested a move to Montreal.  Welcome Craig!








Looking for a coach

COACH WANTED- The GHC has an opening, the Chicago Blackhawks need a Coach!

Team is in the “Lotto” & will add a Stud to the roster which features Tavares,Dubois,Radulov,Giordano,Petry,DeBrusk,Voracek,D Strome,Holtby,Raanta,Rittich to name a few, if interested, contact Matt Hotchkiss@


Final Standings


Name GP Wins Losses RT Pts Goals oppGoals Diff HmW HmL HmRT AwW AwL AwRT
San Jose SJS 80 47 26 7 101 279 227 52 19 17 4 28 9 3
Boston BOS 80 45 27 8 98 286 284 2 25 12 3 20 15 5
St. Louis STL 80 47 31 2 96 262 227 35 23 17 0 24 14 2
Dallas DAL 80 45 30 5 95 245 221 24 26 12 2 19 18 3
Vancouver VAN 80 45 30 5 95 251 257 -6 19 17 4 26 13 1
Colorado COL 80 44 29 7 95 267 241 26 18 19 3 26 10 4
Toronto TOR 80 43 30 7 93 240 221 19 20 17 3 23 13 4
Los Angeles LAK 80 41 28 11 93 266 238 28 18 15 7 23 13 4
Minnesota MNW 80 43 34 3 89 266 257 9 24 15 1 19 19 2
Tampa Bay TAM 80 40 32 8 88 237 235 2 21 14 5 19 18 3
New York NYI 80 38 39 3 79 232 266 -34 18 19 3 20 20 0
Vegas VGK 80 35 37 8 78 232 252 -20 13 22 5 22 15 3
Buffalo BUF 80 35 40 5 75 234 247 -13 14 24 2 21 16 3
New Jersey NJD 80 31 40 9 71 216 252 -36 13 22 5 18 18 4
Winnipeg WIN 80 30 40 10 70 215 267 -52 12 22 6 18 18 4
Chicago CHI 80 31 42 7 69 239 275 -36 16 21 3 15 21 4
Sum 1280 640 535 105 1385 3967 3967 0 299 285 56 341 250 49
Avg 80 40 33 7 87 248 248 19 18 4 21 16 3


Standings after 70 games

ms – Standard

Name GP Wins Losses Ties RT Pts Goals oppGoals HmW HmL HmRT AwW AwL AwRT
San Jose SJS 70 44 21 0 5 93 245 183 17 15 3 27 6 2
Boston BOS 70 41 22 0 7 89 255 250 22 10 3 19 12 4
Dallas DAL 70 40 25 0 5 85 216 189 22 11 2 18 14 3
Colorado COL 70 39 24 0 7 85 235 213 16 16 3 23 8 4
St. Louis STL 70 40 28 0 2 82 225 199 18 17 0 22 11 2
Vancouver VAN 70 38 27 0 5 81 224 229 16 15 4 22 12 1
Toronto TOR 70 37 27 0 6 80 208 199 17 15 3 20 12 3
Minnesota MNW 70 38 29 0 3 79 226 221 21 13 1 17 16 2
Tampa Bay TAM 70 36 27 0 7 79 205 198 18 13 4 18 14 3
Los Angeles LAK 70 34 26 0 10 78 226 210 15 14 6 19 12 4
New York NYI 70 33 35 0 2 68 203 236 15 18 2 18 17 0
Vegas VGK 70 30 33 0 7 67 203 219 12 19 4 18 14 3
Buffalo BUF 70 31 35 0 4 66 203 212 12 21 2 19 14 2
New Jersey NJD 70 28 34 0 8 64 187 220 11 19 5 17 15 3
Winnipeg WIN 70 26 35 0 9 61 188 235 9 21 5 17 14 4
Chicago CHI 70 25 38 0 7 57 214 250 13 19 3 12 19 4
Sum 1120 560 466 0 94 1214 3463 3463 254 256 50 306 210 44
Avg 70 35 29 6 76 216 216 16 16 3 19 13 3
 LEAGUE LEADERS FOR GHCL 18                                  
                                       PLAYER LEADERS                                        
GOALS                          ASSISTS                        POINTS                       
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
J. TAVARES          CHI   40   J. VORACEK          CHI   65   C. McDAVID          BOS   94 
E. MALKIN           BOS   39   C. McDAVID          BOS   60   J. VORACEK          CHI   85 
A. OVECHKIN         LAK   39   C. GIROUX           TOR   58   J. TAVARES          CHI   83 
V. ARVIDSSON        DAL   34   S. CROSBY           TOR   55   C. GIROUX           TOR   82 
C. McDAVID          BOS   34   S. STAMKOS          COL   55   J. BENN             BOS   81 
J. ZUCKER           MNW   34   D. LARKIN           BUF   54   T. HALL             BUF   80 
T. HALL             BUF   33   J. BENN             BOS   52   A. PANARIN          WIN   79 
W. KARLSSON         NYI   32   D. DOUGHTY          VGK   52   J. GAUDREAU         VAN   79 
D. PASTRNAK         BUF   32   J. GAUDREAU         VAN   52   S. STAMKOS          COL   79 
P. BERGERON         NYI   31   S. GOSTISBEHERE     VAN   50   E. MALKIN           BOS   78 
SHOOTING %                     POWER PLAY GOALS               SHORT HANDED GOALS        
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
P. BERGERON         NYI 15.8   E. MALKIN           BOS   17   A. BARKOV           SJS    4 
L. DRAISAITL        BOS 15.3   P. HORNQVIST        TOR   16   P. BERGERON         NYI    4 
E. MALKIN           BOS 15.0   V. ARVIDSSON        DAL   15   J. BENN             BOS    3 
N. MacKINNON        MNW 15.0   K. PALMIERI         COL   15   B. RUST             MNW    3 
C. JARNKROK         VAN 14.6   D. PASTRNAK         BUF   15   MANY TIED WITH             2 
J. BAILEY           DAL 14.6   J. ZUCKER           MNW   15                                
P. DUBOIS           CHI 14.3   A. GALCHENYUK       VAN   14                                
S. STAMKOS          COL 14.3   MANY TIED WITH            13                                
V. TROCHECK         COL 14.2                                                               
B. BOESER           VAN 14.1                                                               
SHOTS                          PENALTY MINUTES                +/-        
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
P. LAINE            TAM  311   A. RADULOV          CHI   83   P. SUBBAN           SJS   32 
J. TAVARES          CHI  309   P. SUBBAN           SJS   78   O. KLEFBOM          SJS   31 
R. O'REILLY         WIN  293   A. EDLER            COL   74   J. MORRISSEY        SJS   29 
A. OVECHKIN         LAK  292   E. MALKIN           BOS   74   A. BARKOV           SJS   28 
B. POINT            DAL  286   J. VORACEK          CHI   74   J. BRAUN            SJS   25 
V. ARVIDSSON        DAL  267   M. BACKLUND         TOR   71   V. TARASENKO        SJS   23 
W. KARLSSON         NYI  264   R. JOHANSEN         WIN   68   MANY TIED WITH            21 
E. MALKIN           BOS  260   D. BYFUGLIEN        LAK   66                                
A. RADULOV          CHI  259   E. JOHNSON          BUF   66                                
D. PASTRNAK         BUF  258   J. GUENTZEL         VGK   62                                
GWG                            GTG                            OTG 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
E. MALKIN           BOS    8   MANY TIED WITH             0   E. MALKIN           BOS    2 
P. LAINE            TAM    8                                  T. HALL             BUF    2 
J. ZUCKER           MNW    7                                  N. MacKINNON        MNW    2 
N. KUCHEROV         SJS    7                                  P. LAINE            TAM    2 
S. MONAHAN          MNW    7                                  S. STAMKOS          COL    2 
J. NEAL             VGK    7                                  S. COUTURIER        LAK    2 
MANY TIED WITH             6                                  O. PALAT            BOS    2 
                                                              MANY TIED WITH             1 
INTIMIDATIONS                  TAKE AWAYS                     ICE TIME PER GAME 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ----------------------------- 
D. BYFUGLIEN        LAK   84   A. PIETRANGELO      STL  100   M. EKHOLM           LAK 27:59 
A. EDLER            COL   80   K. YANDLE           SJS   99   V. HEDMAN           VGK 27:42 
K. MILLER           TOR   78   R. JOSI             VAN   98   J. CARLSON          WIN 27:40 
Z. CHARA            CHI   77   J. KLINGBERG        NJD   95   J. PETRY            CHI 27:23 
O. EKMAN-LARSSON    STL   77   A. EDLER            COL   94   O. EKMAN-LARSSON    STL 27:17 
K. LETANG           TOR   73   M. EKHOLM           LAK   94   S. GOSTISBEHERE     VAN 26:50 
B. SKJEI            COL   71   O. EKMAN-LARSSON    STL   94   T. MYERS            NJD 26:27 
J. MUZZIN           DAL   69   I. PROVOROV         BUF   94   M. RIELLY           TAM 25:59 
MANY TIED WITH            67   J. SLAVIN           BOS   94   P. SUBBAN           SJS 25:57 
                               R. SUTER            MNW   93   E. KARLSSON         DAL 25:51 
FACE-OFFS WON                  FACE-OFF PCT                   SUCCESSFUL PENETRATIONS 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
A. KOPITAR          TAM  433   A. MATTHEWS         COL 67.5   A. OVECHKIN         LAK   80 
R. O'REILLY         WIN  410   A. LOWRY            VAN 67.2   J. ZUCKER           MNW   78 
C. GIROUX           TOR  396   M. DUCHENE          NJD 66.9   P. LAINE            TAM   74 
A. BARKOV           SJS  355   C. GIROUX           TOR 66.4   J. NEAL             VGK   55 
P. BERGERON         NYI  351   T. SEGUIN           SJS 65.5   A. LEE              COL   53 
J. TAVARES          CHI  310   D. KREJCI           VAN 65.3   C. ATKINSON         DAL   51 
J. PAVELSKI         COL  302   B. POINT            DAL 64.8   J. HUBERDEAU        NJD   51 
T. SEGUIN           SJS  281   R. JOHANSEN         WIN 63.3   MANY TIED WITH            49 
N. MacKINNON        MNW  270   J. STAAL            DAL 62.4                                
S. COUTURIER        LAK  254   V. RASK             VGK 60.9                                
OUTSIDE SHOTS                  INSIDE SHOTS                   BREAKAWAYS 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
A. RADULOV          CHI  100   P. LAINE            TAM  189   A. BARKOV           SJS   63 
B. POINT            DAL   91   A. OVECHKIN         LAK  186   V. ARVIDSSON        DAL   58 
S. AHO              TAM   89   R. O'REILLY         WIN  170   J. TAVARES          CHI   56 
A. PIETRANGELO      STL   89   J. TAVARES          CHI  169   J. HUBERDEAU        NJD   51 
J. GAUDREAU         VAN   87   B. POINT            DAL  157   R. RAKELL           COL   51 
J. CARLSON          WIN   85   D. PASTRNAK         BUF  155   J. BENN             BOS   47 
J. TAVARES          CHI   84   E. MALKIN           BOS  152   D. LARKIN           BUF   47 
W. KARLSSON         NYI   82   T. SEGUIN           SJS  152   E. MALKIN           BOS   47 
J. VORACEK          CHI   81   J. ZUCKER           MNW  147   V. TARASENKO        SJS   47 
S. GOSTISBEHERE     VAN   80   J. NEAL             VGK  145   P. LAINE            TAM   46 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
C. GIROUX           TOR   27   C. GIROUX           TOR   34   R. O'REILLY         WIN  103 
J. GAUDREAU         VAN   26   C. McDAVID          BOS   34   P. LAINE            TAM   97 
S. CROSBY           TOR   24   J. GAUDREAU         VAN   31   J. van RIEMSDYK     TOR   97 
C. McDAVID          BOS   23   E. MALKIN           BOS   31   J. ZUCKER           MNW   97 
S. STAMKOS          COL   23   A. OVECHKIN         LAK   30   P. HORNQVIST        TOR   96 
J. VORACEK          CHI   22   A. PANARIN          WIN   30   M. DUCHENE          NJD   94 
T. HALL             BUF   21   S. STAMKOS          COL   29   J. NEAL             VGK   89 
P. KANE             LAK   21   S. CROSBY           TOR   28   MANY TIED WITH            87 
A. PANARIN          WIN   21   B. MARCHAND         DAL   28                                
B. MARCHAND         DAL   20   V. ARVIDSSON        DAL   26                                
                                       GOALIE LEADERS                                        
GAMES                          MINUTES PLAYED                 WINS                       
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
C. HELLEBUYCK       STL   57   S. BOBROVSKY        DAL 3343   S. BOBROVSKY        DAL   30 
S. BOBROVSKY        DAL   56   M. JONES            LAK 3334   C. HELLEBUYCK       STL   30 
M. JONES            LAK   55   C. HELLEBUYCK       STL 3280   R. LUONGO           SJS   28 
J. QUICK            MNW   55   J. QUICK            MNW 3189   J. QUICK            MNW   28 
D. DUBNYK           NYI   52   D. DUBNYK           NYI 3097   M. JONES            LAK   26 
J. GIBSON           WIN   51   J. GIBSON           WIN 3083   T. RASK             VAN   26 
T. RASK             VAN   48   T. RASK             VAN 2877   D. DUBNYK           NYI   25 
M. FLEURY           TAM   46   M. FLEURY           TAM 2774   M. FLEURY           TAM   23 
S. VARLAMOV         NJD   45   S. VARLAMOV         NJD 2590   MANY TIED WITH            22 
A. RAANTA           CHI   43   P. RINNE            COL 2552                                
GAA                            SPCT.                           SHUTOUTS 
----------------------------   -----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
R. LUONGO           SJS 2.30   R. LUONGO           SJS 0.929   M. FLEURY           TAM    4 
P. GRUBAUER         BUF 2.65   P. GRUBAUER         BUF 0.920   C. CRAWFORD         VGK    3 
J. SAROS            TAM 2.70   J. SAROS            TAM 0.919   A. DELL             BUF    3 
M. FLEURY           TAM 2.81   A. DELL             BUF 0.919   P. GRUBAUER         BUF    3 
C. HELLEBUYCK       STL 2.82   M. SMITH            SJS 0.918   J. HOWARD           MNW    3 
S. BOBROVSKY        DAL 2.82   M. JONES            LAK 0.917   M. JONES            LAK    3 
M. JONES            LAK 2.83   M. FLEURY           TAM 0.917   R. LUONGO           SJS    3 
M. SMITH            SJS 2.87   S. BOBROVSKY        DAL 0.916   A. RAANTA           CHI    3 
A. DELL             BUF 2.94   J. GIBSON           WIN 0.913   P. RINNE            COL    3 
D. KUEMPER          TOR 2.95   C. HUTTON           COL 0.912   F. ANDERSEN         TOR    2 
----------------------------   -----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
D. DUBNYK           NYI   18   J. GIBSON           WIN  340   R. LUONGO           SJS 83.83 
M. SMITH            SJS   18   J. QUICK            MNW  326   A. RAANTA           CHI 78.30 
J. GIBSON           WIN   16   D. DUBNYK           NYI  296   J. GIBSON           WIN 77.98 
J. QUICK            MNW   16   C. HELLEBUYCK       STL  294   P. RINNE            COL 77.71 
B. BISHOP           VAN    8   M. JONES            LAK  293   M. JONES            LAK 76.30 
C. DeSMITH          TOR    8   A. RAANTA           CHI  285   J. QUICK            MNW 75.29 
M. FLEURY           TAM    8   S. BOBROVSKY        DAL  276   C. HELLEBUYCK       STL 75.19 
P. RINNE            COL    8   P. RINNE            COL  272   D. DUBNYK           NYI 74.56 
M. SUBBAN           WIN    8   T. RASK             VAN  260   M. FLEURY           TAM 74.06 
J. HOWARD           MNW    6   M. FLEURY           TAM  257   T. RASK             VAN 73.24 
FACEOFFS FORCED                REBOUNDS ALLOWED               LOSSES                       
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
J. QUICK            MNW  143   J. GIBSON           WIN   83   J. GIBSON           WIN   32 
M. JONES            LAK  108   A. RAANTA           CHI   67   M. JONES            LAK   29 
S. BOBROVSKY        DAL  101   C. HUTTON           COL   51   D. DUBNYK           NYI   27 
T. RASK             VAN  100   D. DUBNYK           NYI   49   S. BOBROVSKY        DAL   26 
M. FLEURY           TAM   96   R. LUONGO           SJS   49   J. QUICK            MNW   26 
P. RINNE            COL   96   J. SAROS            TAM   45   A. RAANTA           CHI   25 
J. GIBSON           WIN   94   M. SMITH            SJS   39   C. HELLEBUYCK       STL   24 
C. HELLEBUYCK       STL   93   D. KUEMPER          TOR   38   M. FLEURY           TAM   23 
D. DUBNYK           NYI   89   MANY TIED WITH            37   MANY TIED WITH            22 
M. MURRAY           VGK   81                                                               
                                     STARS OF THE GAME                                       
----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
C. HELLEBUYCK       STL   11   C. HELLEBUYCK       STL   50 
S. BOBROVSKY        DAL    9   S. BOBROVSKY        DAL   49 
M. FLEURY           TAM    9   R. LUONGO           SJS   48 
C. GIROUX           TOR    9   M. FLEURY           TAM   40 
A. OVECHKIN         LAK    9   S. VARLAMOV         NJD   40 
S. VARLAMOV         NJD    9   C. GIROUX           TOR   38 
MANY TIED WITH             8   M. JONES            LAK   38 
                               A. OVECHKIN         LAK   38 
                               MANY TIED WITH            37