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Random Hockey Thoughts

April 7, 2013

From limited focus on hockey earlier in the season to an explosion of meaningful games, these past few months have been as much of a whirlwind for hockey fans as the NHL players.  Initially there was a lot of anger and irritation – ‘NO HOCKEY!’ was the phrase seen everywhere. But those words were incorrect. There was still a lot of hockey to be found and seen.

Now, we’re a few days past the NHL trade deadline, the CHL playoffs are into their second round, the OHL Draft has been held. There is so much hockey news that even a casual fan has something to read, watch or speculate upon. Fun times.

So – will the Leafs make the playoffs? I hope so.  This year it is well within the realm of possibility and any collapse to drop them out of it would have to be absolutely catastrophic. With no deadline deals  of note, Optimus Reim has the reins. LEAF NATION BELIEVE.

Are the London Knights as strong as their regular season record have you believe? Having swept Saginaw without the  services of captain Scott Harrington, and partially missing Matt Rupert and Brett Welychka, I’m answering in the positive. Up next are the rival Kitchener Rangers, who strengthened their team at the trade deadline, while the Hunters  stuck with their team. I’m still taking the Knights because of their overall depth.

The OHL Draft was held and the gent receiving exception player status was not drafted 1st overall. In fact Sean Day went 4th, to the Mississauga Steelheads. Is that indicative of his abilities, the process or the needs of the teams that picked ahead of the Steelheads (Ottawa, Erie, Peterborough)? I think there is some factor of each involved. Remember that this kid (he’s 15) is still a kid, has so far shown some demonstrably stellar skills and has loads of development time to come. I say go out and show ’em, Sean!

Again with the OHL Draft – to those who weren’t drafted, see above. You only go as far as you’re willing to work to go. Work hard. Most recently, look at Tommy Hughes of the London Knights or Brandon Prust (former-Knight, now Montreal Canadien). It can still happen.

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