Archive for January, 2013

Projected 2014 Team Canada Olympic Roster

Courtesy: Yuri Kadobnov / AFP / Getty Image Files /Postmedia News.

Just days after Sidney Crosby scored the “golden goal” at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, pundits – and wannabe pundits alike – started sharing their predictions for Team Canada’s 2014 Olympic roster.

Every so often, we’d hear another one . . . and then another one.

Predictions, as they say, are for gypsies. Predicting Team Canada’s Olympic hockey roster (and doing it that early)? I’m not even sure a gypsy could do that.

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Drop the puck: 10 predictions for the 2013 NHL season

Justin Schultz put up 48 points in 34 games with the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL this season.

1. Justin Schultz will win the Calder Trophy. There’s no shortage of candidates (teammate Nail Yakupov, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jakob Silfverberg, Mikael Granlund, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Alex Galchenyuk to name a few – seriously, those are just a few), but Schultz will win it and it won’t be close. Say what you want, but 48 points in 34 games as a rookie defenceman in the AHL is just filthy. Fans of the Vancouver Canucks probably won’t want to hear this, but Schultz is the real deal.

2. Whether he stays on Claude Giroux’s wing or gets bumped down to the second line, Brayden Schenn will put up 40 points. All the signs are there for a breakout season. Last year in the playoffs he showed what he was capable of, recording nine points in 11 games. This season in the AHL, he averaged a point-per-game. At 21 years old, Schenn is ready to take the next step in his career – and he’ll have a great opportunity to do that in Philly.

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History repeats itself as Nonis replaces Burke; Luongo trade to follow?

Dave Nonis replaced Brian Burke as general manager of the Vancouver Canucks in 2004.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Back in 2004, Brian Burke was fired as general manager of the Vancouver Canucks and replaced by his right-hand man Dave Nonis. One of Nonis’ first big moves as GM, of course, was acquiring all-star goaltender Roberto Luongo.

Well, here we go again.

Burke was fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs this morning and right on cue, Nonis – his senior vice-president and director of hockey operations – took the wheel. Many hockey pundits have speculated this might expedite a potential deal between the Leafs and Canucks surrounding guess who . . . Roberto Luongo.

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