Monday, November 9, 2009

Ughhh, I can't even see the puck.

This is a die-hard's take on the current landscape of the NHL, and the young talent pool that rivals any sport. So take it away Jason...

Well, its November and there’s a draft in the air. No not because of the changing seasons, but because you just walked into the ice arena to root on your favorite NHL team, right! Well not exactly, but here’s a few reasons why you need to get out there and see just exactly what you have been missing.

The season is about 16 games in (I know what youre thinking, HOW COULD I MISS 16 GAMES!!?) and we have the usual going on, Crosby, Malkin, and Ovechkin running away from everyone else in the league. No one compares, do they even play hockey in cities other then Pittsburgh and Washington? Wait, they do? And everything I just said isn’t true? Wow, what a revelation.

Yes ladies and gentleman I was lying, and I would like you all to meet Anze Kopitar, your NHL scoring leader and Phenom in the making, and he plays where? Way out west in the forgotten hockey town of Los Angeles for the Kings, where the likes of Wayne Gretzky once graced the ice. 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points and the lead in the NHL scoring race separates 22 year old Anze Kopitar from the likes of those mentioned above. For some perspective, Crosby known to by many as leagues best, is currently sitting with 9 goals and 7 assists for 16 points, in the same number of games. You must also look out for Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks (pictured at right) as well as Steven Stamkos on the Lightning.

That trend doesn’t end there either, as the defensive scoring race boasts 4 rookies or sophomores in its top 11 players. That includes 19 year olds Drew Doughty and Michael Del Zotto, (NHL’s October Rookie of the Month) and 24 year olds Alex Goligoski and Kyle Quincy making waves for the Kings, Rangers, Penguins, and Avalanche respectively.

Two young goaltenders, 21 year old Steve Mason of Columbus and 23 year old Jonathan Quick of Los Angeles have also played big roles in jump starting their teams to fast starts in the 2009-2010 season.

It's out with the old and in with the new, NHL talent that is,and the only way to do that is by supporting your favorite or local NHL team, and experiencing it all for yourself. The Fastest and "Coolest" game on Earth!!! Get out there and support your team, a new era has begun, don’t be that guy that misses it. You definitely don't want to be that guy.

Thanks, to Smalls (Jason), who can be read @

Peace, for now until later.

- Aaron

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