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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- If the world was a perfect place, Henrik Lundqvist would be traded to Colorado on Monday and go on to lead the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup.

It would be his only Stanley Cup win.

If only the world was just a little more perfect …

Odds are, Lundqvist isn’t going anywhere and his final days with the New York Rangers will play out rather uncomfortably, just as they are playing out now.

- Best player in the NHL nobody talks enough about: Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers. He’s fourth in scoring, first in even-strength scoring, first in plus-minus among forwards. He’d be a Hart Trophy favourite if he played for a team heading to the playoffs.

- Years ago coaches would privately wonder if Phil Kessel’s lack of training would eventually catch up to his immense skill. Kessel is 32 and playing this season like he’s at the end. He scored 82 and 92 points the last two seasons in Pittsburgh. He has 35 this season and has two years left on his contract … Kessel was drafted by Boston, 5th overall in 2006. After taking Milan Lucic in the second round, the Bruins selected this undersized winger in the third round. His name: Brad Marchand. Has anyone ever had a better draft than that?

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d ca's avatar

Kessel was drafted by Boston, 5th overall in 2006. After taking Milan Lucic in the second round, the Bruins selected this undersized winger in the third round. His name: Brad Marchand. Has anyone ever had a better draft than that?

Well Steve, I was say that was a poor draft compared to the gold standard-the Wings’ 1989 draft:

1st round:  Mike Sillinger (1049 NHL games),
2nd round:: Bob Boughner (630 NHL games),
3rd round:  Nicklas Lidstrom (1564 NHL games),
4th round:  Sergei Fedorov (1248 NHL games)
5th round:  Shawn McCosh (9 NHL games)
6th round:  Dallas Drake (1009 NHL games)
11th round: Vladimir Konstaninov (446 NHL games)

5,955 NHL games &  3,593 points.

In fact, I don’t think it’s as good as the Wings 1983 draft class:
Yzerman, Lane Lambert, Probert, Petr Klima, Joe Kocur,, Stu Grimson.

In fact I’d say it wasn’t even the Bruins best draft class. That would be the ‘79 Bruins:
Ray Bourque, Brad McCrimmon, Keith Crowder, and Krushelnyski

 

Posted by d ca on 02/22/20 at 07:33 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Toronto Steve always has the only opinion, mostly wrong..  Great hookup for HSJ

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 02/23/20 at 12:04 AM ET

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