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  • SharkCircle 5:48 am on December 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2014 Sochi Olympics Hockey, Canadian Olympic Rosters, James Neal Team Canada, , Olympic Hockey, Team Canada, Team Canada Top Line   

    My Olympic Rosters: Team Canada Forward Line 1 

    Watching some of the projections by people in the know, like Darren Dreger and Bob Mckenzie, of what the Olympic rosters will look like, I have been absolutely stunned. For instance, apparently James Neal isn’t even being considered for the Team Canada, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic is actually on the team, ahead of Dan Boyle (and like twenty other better defenseman).

    I thought the idea of Vlasic playing for Canada at the Olympics was just your typical Drew Remenda homer-fantasy. On drugs. But according to the likes of Darren Dreger, it’s reality. So I’ve decided to draw up my own roster of what an actual sane person’s Olympic rosters should look like, starting with Canada. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
  • SharkCircle 11:43 am on October 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Capitals Flyers Hurricanes Blue Jackets Devils Islanders Rangers Penguins Season Preview and Predictions, , Columbus Blue Jackets, Metropolitan Division Preview and Predictions, , New York Islanders, , , NHL Predictions, , , ,   

    Shark Circle’s Metropolitan Division Preview and Standings Predictions 

    I’m continuing my season preview with the Metropolitan division. To see my Atlantic Division Preview, click here. I must repeat the disclaimer that I’ve only looked at the roster page for each team, and that’s it. No advanced stats, not even the power-play and penalty kill percentages for each team last year. Just my memory and intuition.

     

    METROPOLITANLOL

    1. Pittsburgh Penguins: CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
  • SharkCircle 5:15 pm on October 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2013-2014 Atlantic Division Preview, Atlantic Division Predictions, , , , , , NHL Standings Predictions, , ,   

    Shark Circle’s Atlantic Division Preview and Standings Predictions 

    Here are my predictions on where teams will finish in their new divisions. Unfortunately no time or research went into this outside of looking at each team’s roster briefly on their respective official websites. Otherwise it’s just off the top of my head. But here we go.

    ATLANTIC

    1. Detroit Red Wings if they recall Nyqvist. Reason: Losing Filppula and especially Brunner, who was a fantastic surprise for them last season and finally gave them back their “Detroit Red Wings-depth” that they’d been missing ever since Marian Hossa left, and I really don’t understand NHL GMs at all that they let him go and no other team seemed that interested in signing him either… losing those two will hurt, but offseason-addition Stephen Weiss borders on being a top-line center when healthy, so he’s a fantastic addition and an upgrade on Filppula, and other-offseason-addition Daniel Alfredsson should at least replace what they had in Brunner. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
  • SharkCircle 8:57 am on September 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: John Gibson, Kings vs Ducks prospects analysis, Kings vs Ducks SoCal Futures Game Stream, LA Kings vs Anaheim Ducks Live Stream, Linden Vey, Los Angeles Kings vs Anaheim Ducks Prospects Game Free Live Stream, NHL prospects game, Peter Holland, Valentin Zykov, Watch Kings vs Ducks Prospects Stream Free   

    Watch Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks Socal Futures Prospect Game Free, Monday, 9/9/2013 

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  • SharkCircle 8:03 am on September 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Eric Staal underrated, , Jamie Benn best center in NHL?, John Tavares, , NHL top 50 centers list, , Ryan Getzlaf vs Anze Kopitar   

    Shark Circle’s Freshman Fifty: Centers 6 – 10 

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    For those that missed part one of this series, the title is just a dumb joke I couldn’t resist making. If you want to know more, which you don’t, I explained in part one. But all this really is is my list of the top 50 centers in the NHL at the end of last season. You can read who I ranked in the top five by clicking here. Now onto center number six.

    6. Jamie Benn. Is he the most underrated player on this list? Probably not, but he is certainly the most underrated player near the top. I feel like the last two seasons, Jamie Benn has emerged as the next “Claude Giroux” just in the sense that Giroux really emerged in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons just as Benn has the last two seasons, except because Benn doesn’t play in Philadelphia, and because he didn’t make the playoffs or get to face off against Sidney Crosby in a seven-game series like Giroux did, he hasn’t gotten the same level recognition for his breakout seasons as Giroux has. But there were nights last season where I thought Benn might be the best center in the NHL after Crosby and Malkin. CLICK RIGHT HERE WHERE IT SAYS TO CLICK TO CONTINUE READING THE FULL POST BECAUSE IF YOU WANT TO READ THE FULL POST YOU HAVE TO CLICK WHERE IT SAYS TO CLICK, WHICH IS HERE

     
  • SharkCircle 2:07 am on August 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Best NHL centers, Claude Giroux or Steven Stamkos, , Evgeni Malkin vs Sidney Crosby, , Sidney Crosby best center, Stamkos vs Crosby, Steven Stamkos, , Top 50 NHL centers   

    Shark Circle’s Freshman Fifty: Centers 1 – 5 

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    I know… I know… I know what you’re thinking. I also know what you could be thinking right now, if, you know, I’d written this blog like a normal person: Crosby or Malkin number one?

    But I didn’t so you’re not, because really, where’s the fun in that?

    No. Instead, I thought, “I should do a top 50 players list for each position in the NHL,” but then because I’m special, something inside me connected “fifty” to “fifteen,” a never-before-realized, almost arbitrary connection between two completely separate numbers that only my unique mind could decipher, and then from “fifteen” I thought “freshman fifteen,” and from there I was like, since I’ve never done a top-50 players ranking list before, this is kind of my “freshman effort” at doing so, as they say, so why don’t I just call it “Shark Circle’s Freshman Fifty” to sound super cool and impress everyone for being so smart?

    And there you have it, folks. I’ve literally just given you a personal account of brilliance, of the internal process behind brilliant ideas coming to pass. And the most amazing part of this story that has almost too many amazing parts to count is that I bet if actual college freshmen who have gained fifteen pounds their first year of college read this, they will be so… flabbergasted… yes, flabbergasted! They will so flabbergasted by the brilliance of it all, by the layers, the patterns, the ne’er-before deciphered codes and connections, that it will be like the first time people saw motion pictures in movie theaters and thought a real train was coming at them, and they will literally lose those fifteen pounds on the spot just through the magically relaxing stressful release of experiencing unprecedented brilliance first hand.

    And they say there is no quality control on the internet! Hah! That’s ridiculous!

    No quality control… gets me every time. Idiots. Don’t know what they’re talking about. The internet is all about quality.

    But enough screwing around. Here’s my top-50 list of NHL centers:

    1. Mike Ribeiro
    2. Steve Ott
    3. Cody Hodgson
    4. Adam Burish
    5. Alexei Yashin CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
  • SharkCircle 3:15 am on July 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2013 NHL Draft, Cory Schneider trade, Gillis bad decision, Mike Gillis bad management, Mike Gillis mistake, , , Vancouver Canucks trade   

    Mike Gillis’ Biggest Mistake 

    Earlier today, Mike Gillis found himself boxed into a corner, with no takers for the goaltender he wanted to trade, 34-year-old Roberto Luongo, with his massive and lengthy contract. Desperate, and not wanting to buy out Luongo, Gillis had only one other choice: trading his younger, cheaper goaltender, with the much better contract term, Cory Schneider. With Martin Brodeur at the very end of his long, legendary career, New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamiorello saw an opportunity to solidify his franchise’s future in goal, and offered Vancouver the 9th overall pick in today’s 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Gillis accepted. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
    • Matt 3:38 am on August 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Great article.
      As a Leafs fan living in BC I, I have been naturally skeptical about the Canucks over the last few years. Gillis how shown time and time again that he has little understanding of how to manage a hockey club, and has done nothing good for the franchise he inherited. ( Thanks Burkie!)

      The Canucks cup run roster was no doubt very good, soft maybe, but their skill and speed was able to cary them to the top of the league and to game 7 of the finals, injuries in large part, and a very thin back end just wasn’t enough to close out the bruins.

      Since then he let go his best offensive defenseman, traded his best young player and his goalie of the future. The sedins are getting older, Kesler hasn’t played a full season in years, and now your goalie now hates your franchise and hasn’t played up to his reputation in years.

      How gillis managed the goaltending situation shows how incompetent he is, openly shopping your number one goalie who has played poorly and is signed to a massive long term deal in a year the cap is surely going down and a new CBA is being negotiated. Nobody in their right minds would take that contract on. Not to mention when he was commenting on trading Lou all year he was spewing bullshit ” oh nobody has a problem with the contract, thats never been brought up” ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?? Then trading your star young goalie for peanuts at the draft, basically out of fear of being fired, is beyond hilarious! But don’t worry Canucks fans at least you just resigned Andrew Alberts!

      Good luck Vancouver, you’re gonna need it!

  • SharkCircle 10:37 am on June 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Chicago Blackhawks size, , , , Patrice Bergeron, Patrick Kane criticism, Stanley Cup Finals   

    The Truth About Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and the Chicago Blackhawks roster-makeup 

    Over the course of this season, whenever the Chicago Blackhawks have stumbled, I have seen many Blackhawks fans blame Patrick Kane, some even floating the idea that maybe the team needs to move on without him in the future. Never was this sentiment more evident among Blackhawks fans than when their team fell behind three games to one against the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semi-finals. Blame turned to adulation, however, when the Blackhawks came back to beat the Red Wings in seven games, and then took out the Los Angeles Kings in five in the Conference Fninals on the back of Kane’s overtime-winning hat trick goal in the final game.

    But now that the Blackhawks have fallen behind to the Boston Bruins after three games of the Stanley Cup Final, criticism is once again being aimed at Patrick Kane, and this time Jonathan “one-goal-in-twenty-games” Toews is drawing a fair share of the fans’ ire too. So this is a long comment I started writing to one of the Chicago Blackhawks bloggers who has been echoing these same sentiments of many Blackhawks fans, but instead I’ve decided to post it here on Shark Circle.

    Here’s my opinion on the play of Kane of Toews and the criticism being aimed at them. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
    • Cpk 9:00 am on July 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Wow this was a terrible piece! What a fucking moron writer

  • SharkCircle 7:47 am on May 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Jarret Stoll, Jarret Stoll concussion, , Raffi Torres, Raffi Torres discipline hearing, Raffi Torres hit on Jarret Stoll video, Raffi Torres Jarret Stoll hit analysis, Raffi Torres Marian Hossa, Raffi Torres suspension, , Will Raffi Torres be suspended?   

    Does Raffi Torres Deserve A Suspension for Hit on LA Kings’ Forward Jarret Stoll? 

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    In the 2nd period of tonight’s 2-0 Los Angeles Kings win in game one of the Western Conference semi-finals, San Jose Sharks’ forward Raffi Torres delivered a vicious hit on the unsuspecting Jarret Stoll which would injure the Kings’ center and keep him out of the remainder of the game, presumably with a concussion. If you haven’t yet seen the hit, watch it below. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
    • CAA 4:54 pm on May 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Torres is a piece of garbage who just never learns. Anything even remotely close to the head with a viscous hit is going to get him suspended. I’d be really disappointed if they don’t send him a severe message. Another player with a concussion and Torres is the culprit

    • Jim 9:57 pm on May 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      USA politics and hockey not a good mix.

      • SharkCircle 11:03 pm on May 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I know Jim and I’ve always agreed with that, but at some point us American citizens need to start speaking out about the abuses of the power going on everywhere we can, even in places people don’t want to hear about politics, like a hockey blog. Some things people just need to hear whether they want to or not. I’m not a republican and I voted for Obama the first term, and I’m trying to set an example that people who supported his words before he contradicted them with all his actions can speak out. It needs to get more in the public lexicon, and that happens by as many people mentioning what’s going on in every day conversation as much as possible.

    • Amy 11:48 pm on May 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Where as I see that Torres is a “Repeat Offender”, I still think the hit isn’t as violent as a few of the hits I saw, with no call on the part of the Refs, during the Caps & Rangers game, or Leaves & Bruins. How quickly you forget the suspension agains Joe Thornton, when he was coming out of the penalty box. In comparison to some of the older teams, I think you miss the fact that the Sharks are NOT as physical as most of those other teams, and therefore would not incur all those violent penalties you mentioned. The proof is in the fact that those teams have taken the Sharks out of the playoff each of the last few years when SJ has come up against them. We all know you have to hit hard, and hit often to get deep in the Stanly Cup playoffs.

  • SharkCircle 3:46 pm on April 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alex Ovechkin playoff prediction, Anaheim Ducks vs Detroit Red Wings predictions, Blackhawks vs. Wild predictions, New York Rangers playoff prediction Ovechkin, , NHL Playoffs predictions, , St. Lous Blues vs Los Angeles Kings series preview, Toronto Maple Leafs playoff preview predictions, Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks analysis   

    My 2013 Round One NHL Playoffs Previews and Predictions: 

    Hopefully I didn’t give it away with the title, but this is where I’ll predict winners for the eight first-round playoff series in the NHL.

    WESTERN CONFERENCE

    (1)Chicago Blackhawks vs. (8)Minnesota Wild. The only advantage the Wild might have in this series is goaltending, as Nicklas Backstrom has historically been the better goaltender than Corey Crawford (who hasn’t?), but this year Crawford has actually played well, strange as that is to write. And other than that, the Wild are in trouble talent-wise because the Blackhawks have better top-end forwards in Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane compared to Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise, better forward depth, two all-star calibre defenseman in Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook to the Wild’s one in Suter, and better depth on defense, too. The Blackhawks are faster, more skilled, and deeper, and as long as their goaltending makes the easy saves, the Blackhawks will win the series. Blackhawks in 5 games. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING FULL BLOG

     
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