It’s been a while hasn’t it? Well that’s because I was working on something very special: this interview!
Almost fifteen years of consecutive playoff appearances do not make for the strongest prospect pool. Coupled with Doug Wilson’s policy of only drafting the safest choices (which he seemingly abandoned for this year to take Ryan Merkley), it leaves you with fistfuls of prospects with a third line/second pair ceiling.
The year is 2006. The Flyers had just come off of a relatively successful season in which they made the playoffs as the #5 seed, ultimately losing in 6 games to the Buffalo Sabres. Their top line of Simon Gagne, Peter Forsberg (who was named Captain following the 2005-06 season following Keith Primeau’s retirement), and Mike Knuble was on fire, earning the nickname of the “Deuces Wild” Line. There was cause to be optimistic. However, as many already know, the following season was catastrophic for the Flyers. They finished with the worst record in the entire NHL for the first time in their history. Peter Forsberg’s chronic foot injury oft kept him out of the lineup, and he was traded mid-season to Nashville for Scottie Upshall, Ryan Parent, and a 1st (#23 overall in 2007) and a 3rd round pick. As the worst team in the league, there was a high likelihood the Flyers would have obtained the 1st overall pick (along with the 23rd they had from Nashville) however that pick would end up going to the middling Chicago Blackhawks, who selected Patrick Kane. But, what if the Flyers got that #1 pick as they deserved?
In the over 100 year history of the National Hockey League, only 20 players have ever reached 600 goals in their career, and of those 20 players, 17 of those have been forever enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The three that haven’t? Alex Ovechkin who’s probably still a few years away from calling time on his future Hall of Fame career, Jaromir Jagr who’s probably never going to retire as he’s back home playing in the Czech Republic, and Jarome Iginla who’s set to announce his decision to hang up the skates next Monday.
Here is an update on the comings and goings of the Avalanche. Over the past week, the Avalanche ink three players destined for the AHL Colorado Eagles team and a new head coach was also announced for the new Affiliate team.
Like most teams, the New Jersey Devils are gearing up for the new season. The NHL draft is done and the Devils came out of with a nice balance in my eyes. Three forwards, a couple of defencemen and a ‘tendie – you could say that we have basically drafted an entire line. One of the draftees has experience of playing in the KHL which will hopefully stand him in excellent stead as he looks, like the others, for the step in the big league: “The Show”.