Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/25/13 at 10:54 AM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
With the NHL season one-quarter over, here’s what we know without a hint of contradiction....
- The Toronto Maple Leafs should never have traded Alexander Steen for Lee Stempniak five years ago because Steen is quite possibly the most underrated, best forward in the league. He’ll be one of Sweden’s top guns in the upcoming Sochi Olympics.
- Best defenceman nobody knows: Oliver Ekman-Larsson with the Phoenix Coyotes. He’s Suter Lite, with a little more offence but not quite Suter’s savvy. Great passer, wonderful skater. He could win a Norris someday.
- Awful bang for the buck: Alex Semin, who is playing on the first year of a five-year $35 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes and is currently out with a concussion, scored three goals in his first 20 games. That’s the same as teammate Radek Dvorak, who is in his 18th NHL season and making $600,000.
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