The largely splintered and fractious nature of the junior system’s within British ice hockey has seen the majority of the most talented youngsters leave for foreign programmes, especially in recent times. Which leaves plenty to question, is allowing the most talented youngsters to leave the answer for the British game or does the trend highlight the lack of development available in our junior system’s? Continue reading Young Brits Abroad…is this the answer or the problem?
Jakub Vrana has four points (2G/2A) this week after being held scoreless for three games straight to close out the month of November.
Vrana is four goals away from matching his career high of thirteen (2017-18) and five assists from his career high of fourteen assists (also during 2017-18). With nine more points this season, Vrana will also match his career high, all of which look easily within reach. He’s been a monster at even strength, with every one of his goals and all but one of his assists coming at even strength, and while his shooting percentage is hovering around 17%, he’s making the most of good linemates and scoring opportunities.
This increase in offense coming despite a two minute increase in average ice time for game means that Vrana, despite some minor slips here and there, is adjusting nicely to a scoring role on the Capitals. As his ELC (expiring in July 2019) comes to a close, making gains on career highs across the board is a very good sign for Vrana’s future earning opportunities and could secure himself a spot on the Capitals well past the Seattle Expansion Draft.
Supporting the Steelers is never an easy ride.
The club always gives you a rollercoaster of emotions. One minute it’s the pit of despair, the next you’re high as the proverbial kite. It’s enough to make you think you’re sat strapped down to go on the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. These last few days have certainly been ones that given you food for thought. Time to read my thoughts… Continue reading Never Gonna Give You Up: A Weekly Steelers Perspective
After the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga officials today confirmed no bailout would be coming for the financially stricken Croatian outfit Medvescak Zagreb, a few familiar faces could well be returning to the EIHL, just in time for Christmas. The full list of players with EIHL experience is below! Somebody start up the rumour mill already… Continue reading Breaking News: Medvescak Zagreb to go bust!
When young Brit, Declan Balmer bravely dropped the gloves with Panthers captain Guillaume Lepine the Shelter instantly believed again. The midweek comments made by Ryan Finnerty “we will work our way out of this [losing streak] the old school way” evidently had an impact on the blueliner, whose effort clearly boosted the home bench. By the time Balmer returned to the ice Storm had scored twice and the home fans were buoyant. In a hugely entertaining encounter, which was witnessed by a significantly larger crowd than in midweek (kudos to the Panthers travelling supporter who filled at least two blocks), Storm’s losing streak came to an abrupt end.
That’s the best description you could put on Adam Keefe’s Giants of 2018-19. On Sunday night, the Giants returned to home ice in the “O” against the Cardiff Devils after playing an astonishing 16 game road trip. No NHL side does this but the Giants take the “road trip” description to a new level. Here’s some thoughts on this excursion for the men in teal.
Following an impressive midweek performance from the Dundee Stars against the table topping Belfast Giants, they leapfrogged Manchester into 9th place (joint 8th in terms of points) which may well have set a few more alarm bells ringing in the Northern home of sport. Recent performances have lead to Finnerty running out of patience with the likes of Dylan Anderson & Brendan Brooks, whilst opting to bring in the big body of Chance Braid. This article will assess the performances of Manchester Storm’s forward group on an individual basis and predict who could be next for the chopping block if results don’t improve. Continue reading Finnerty’s Firing Squad…predicting who’s next