The NHL is back! After a most unusual 2019-20 season, we're back on the ice again. The league did a fantastic job of holding the playoffs in the bubble last season, so we can only hope that carries over into the new season. This is going to be different from
Nolan Patrick was booted out of the dot for his first face-off of 2021. He was so anxious, and that anxiousness faded, and his skill was on display. He deserved his goal, and it was a great motivator for him.
Joel Farabee will be a point-per-game player this year. I said
Joel Farabee – We can talk about the weight gain and his added strength but his confidence is even higher than it was in the playoffs last season. There were times last season before the Covid-19 stoppage where he was just surviving. He’s now thriving and I’m expecting a
After seeing Nolan Patrick in camp and during a scrimmage the report is going to be mostly positive. He was loose in practice, talking to Michael Raffl and Morgan Frost in-between drills.
In the scrimmage, his footwork was solid, his speed was there, and he had a few shots on net.
Finnish left wing Roni Hirvonen (59th overall pick by Toronto in 2020) scored the game-winning goal on a last-minute wraparound goal that propelled his team past Team Sweden 3-2. Most likely they’ll play Team USA next, but you never know what might happen in this tournament.
Hirvonen has six points in
Having been around Sam Morin for many years now, pre-draft, as a member of the Phantoms and Flyers, I have rarely met a guy who is 100% optimistic all the time. He’s rehabbed from some terrible injuries. He hasn’t played in a while, and yet, when his coach, Alain Vigneault,
Fans can celebrate the 7-0 win against the Czech Republic, but the team won’t be patting themselves on the back for winning a game that they were supposed to win. Sure, they scored seven goals, but this team has a lot of work to do if they want to win
Jan Mysak was a player who most knew had talent, but there was some doubt as to what he might be able to do over the long haul. He only played in 22 games last season for the Hamilton Bulldogs, and he had 25 points in 22 games.
At last year’s
Switzerland vs. Slovakia 2 PM ET – Players to Watch
Noah Meier – Defense - Is a player to watch for Team Switzerland. He’s a 2021 draft eligible player and has some good wheels and stick and has some offense in his game.
Samuel Hlavaj – Goaltender – He’s been a star
Dylan Cozens is now a part of Team Canada’s leadership group. He will wear the “A” for the 2021 World Junior Championship along with Bowen Byram. Both are so close to seeing NHL minutes, and Cozens could take a good tournament right into training camp for the Buffalo Sabres and