Filip ‘I Bring the Goals” Zadina

By Trapp

Bergervin not picking Zadina at third overall in the draft this past Friday is so Bergervin. Instead of the skilled goal scoring machine winger Montreal went with Jesperi Kotkaniemi to fill the void at center that the organization has lacked. Zadina then sat as three players were selected before him. And now Detroit is on the clock with the sixth pick in the draft. At this point I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Zadina not picked again but Ken Holland was intelligent and Filip Zadina was finally selected. Arguably the second-best goal scorer in this years draft, what a fuckin gift for Detroit.

Zadina was asked after he was drafted what he brings to the Red Wings organization:

“I bring the goals.”

If you’re the Red Wings you gotta love grabbing this player at the sixth spot and what he will bring to your team. With Zadina projected to have gone number three in the draft it would’ve been a no brainer for the Montreal Canadiens to select him right? Not if you’re Marc Bergervin.

Zadina had one message for the Canadiens and Senators for not picking him:

“I’m going to fill their net with pucks.”

Like the Senators don’t have enough problems. Well, consider yourself warned.

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My Five NHL Draft Busts

By Trapp

With the first round of the NHL draft just hours away let’s go down memory lane and see my five draft busts list.

Nikita Filatov – Drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets, 1st round, 6th overall 2008 draft

What the fuck happened man? You didn’t wanna play a little defense in Ken HitchCOCK’s system in Columbus? You managed 9 games in Ottawa and then it was off to the K. Your numbers in the KHL are remarkably underwhelming too. Ya lasted 53 NHL games. Notable player drafted after this dud: Erik Karlsson…

Nail Yakupov – Drafted by the Edmonton Oilers, 1st round, 1st overall 2012 draft

Holy hell have you let everyone down so far. It’s been 6 years since your draft year annnnnnd well let’s just say you AREN’T exactly this generations Pavel Bure and ya also never eclipsed over 35 points in a season. Your first name is Nail.. fucking NAIL. The NHL needs a goal scoring machine superstar named Nail! You’re only 24 and the NHL is a young mans game but the thing is you’ve been St. Louis’ and Colorado’s reclamation project. The third team to take you on should be the last. Just get a hold of whatever Ovechkin and Kuznetsov are drinking and light it up. It would be hilarious if you won the Hart Trophy next year. Notable player drafted after Nail: Filip Forsberg

Hugh Jessiman – Drafted by the New York Rangers, 1st round, 12th overall 2003 draft

2003 was the DEEPEST NHL DRAFT EVER and THIS.. THIS.. this is who the Rangers drafted. Holy shit. Gonna just get right to it. TWO NHL games. That is it. And here is a list of the players in that draft that went after Hugh:

Dustin Brown

Brent Seabrook (Oceanstream)

Zach Parise

Ryan Getzlaf

Brent Burns

Ryan Kesler

Mike Richards

Corey Perry

Loui Eriksson

Patrice Bergeron

Shea Weber

Alexander Daigle – Drafted by the Ottawa Senators, 1st round, 1st overall 1993 draft

Good God what did you do? Your numbers in QMJHL prior and leading up to the draft make my neck hurt bro.

91-92 season, 35g, 75a for 110pts in 66 games played. LOL ok. The next season, 92-93 legit your draft year… 45g, 92a for 137pts in 53 games played. You play a full season with the Senators your rookie season in 93-94 and post 51 points. OK maybe the kid needs to acclimate. It just doesn’t pan out after that.

It’s like you set the bar at 51 to be the MAX points you’ll contribute to a season when things were going well. Like aahhh shit 18 games left you could eclipse 60 points for sure.. Naa I’m good with 51. YA DID manage 616 games. A lot of people expect that number to be goals. I will say, your HockeyDB pic is very Point Break so that’s cool. Notable player(s) drafted after you: Chris Pronger, Paul Kariya.

Patrik Stefan – Drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers 1st round, 1st overall 1999 draft

Could be all Brian Burke’s fault, honestly. Atlanta sat with the 2nd overall pick in the draft and a goddamn determined BRIAN Burke and Vancouver Canucks were Sedin Army all the way.

Here’s footage of Marc Crawford trying to stop Burkey from making deals to move up in the draft:

Atlanta was like “Ight we’ll select Stefan first overall so the Sedins can go to Vancouver.” I mean the ‘99 draft wasn’t necessarily loaded but good lord. Pick Martin Havlat over Stefan! He survived 6 seasons with the Thrashers and played his final season at age 27 with the Dallas Stars in the 2006-2007 season. He’s most memorable for missing an empty net that was cock length away which then resulted in the Oilers going down the other way to tie the game in the final second of the game. Here you can watch, Ray Ferarro is gold in this by the way:

Mike HoffMAN Traded Twice Before Lunch

By Trapp

The Ottawa Senators are a dumpster fire. First the Assistant GM has allegations toward him about gettin weird with a driver and then the story breaks about HoffMAN’s fiancé cyber bullying Erik Karlsson’s wife. Not a good look for the franchise.

So, within days of all that coming out, GM Pierre Dorion fuckin trades HoffMAN to San Jose along with defenseman Cody Donaghey and a 2020 fifth round draft pick, for Mikkel Boedker, defenseman Julius Bergman and a 2020 sixth rounder. Ok cool.

Two hours later.

Doug Wilson GM of San Jose gives Dale Tallon, GM of the Florida Panthers, a call and they strike a deal. HoffMAN is sent BAAACK to the East and to the same goddamn division. Hey Senators, you get to play Michael and the Cats four times next season. Going back to San Jose in the deal from Florida was a 2019 second-round pick, a 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2018 fifth-round pick.

That’s some GM sorcery by Doug Wilson. Shedding Boedker’s contract and collecting draft picks which never hurts. This clears cap room for them to take a run at free agents John Tavares and Ilya Kovalchuk. And as for Ottawa… yea it’s just gonna get worse when Karlsson is eventually dealt.

Matt Duchene must be thrilled…

I Don’t Think Dave Cameron is Kidding

Senators Head Coach Dave Cameron

By Trapp

Things got a little ugly last night in Montreal. Lars Eller thought it was a good idea to butt-end Meeky Zibs in the waj. And then later in the tilt Subban chops at Stark Mone’s wrist and fractures the goddamn thing. Subban got 5 and was tossed. And then came Senator’s head coach Dave Cameron’s presser after the game:

This guy fuckin rules. He’s got this villain-like demeanor to him. He’s like a cross fade between Benedict Cumberbatch and David Bowie. Cross fade.

So pretty much Cave Dameron is like “yo suspend Subban or we get a free shot at Pacioretty Thursday”

Now that Mark Stone is going to miss time with a broken wrist, Cumberbatch will be inserting Chris Neil into the lineup….

Your move Therrien.

Nash and Staal Join Zuccarello By Given the Night Off

  

By Trapp

With two games remaining the rangers will have Nash and Staal out of the lineup and will inser Bourque and Summers. With the President’s Trophy and home ice locked up, now is the time to rest a couple top players. This is Zuccarello’s second straight game off but there is nothing to worry about. 

This time of year all players have bumps and bruises. And given what the Rangers have accomplished, resting some top players will be beneficial because they are in it for the long haul.

Derek Stepan Had DQ Then Got 3 Points

By Trapp

Derek Stepan entered yesterday’s game without scoring a goal in like 13 games. That shit changed quickly. Derek had the primary assists on the Richards goal and the Nick Rash goal. Derek then lit the lamp and made Roxanne turn on that red light with a gino of his own ending that drought. The yug got his ass off the shnide and onto the sheet, and it is all credited to having a fuckin blizzard before the game from DQ…

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Staal said that Stepan scoring was “big” sine he was in a bit of a drought and then added “he had a reese’s pieces dairy queen last night, a blizzard and that was it. He just needed a little DQ in his life and it turned the corner for him. It was good, I had one too and I think it did the trick for him. He was really happy when he was eating that, so, you know it was good.”

All I can tell you is that, that was a different Derek Stepan out there than we’re used to seeing. I’ve seen every form of pre game ritual known to man… But this beats the hell out of me.

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