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  • SharkCircle 8:01 am on April 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2015 NHL Draft Lottery, 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Boston Bruins, , , , NHL Draft, NHL Draft Lottery,   

    You May Have Suspected This For Awhile. It’s Finally Time For Me To Say It. I Am 100% Against Equality (For The NHL Draft Lottery) 

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    Real title: Why The New NHL Draft Lottery Rules Are A Bad Idea

    Look, tanking sucks. I get it. I feel it. That’s right, I can still feel empathy. The SSRIs don’t start working for a another few days. But I’m right there with you. I’m not even right there with you, like you led and I came along for the ride. No, it’s more like we’re right there together, arriving at speeds totally identical to each other’s, starting from a totesly identical distance, absolute in our parallelism of distaste for tanking, commensurate, equal–if, of course, I didn’t hate equality.

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


    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 10:37 am on June 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Boston Bruins, , 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


    • Paul 6:27 am on May 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      CPK is the “fucking moron”. This is a solid piece of writing that has provided some food for thought. I’m reading it about two years too late, but most of it is still relevant to me. I’m a Hawks’ fan, btw. This year’s Bruins are the even more talented Ducks. The Western Conference Finals are tied 1-1 as I write this. The teams are evenly matched, but the thinness on defense for the Hawks, primarily due to the injury to Roszival and the foolish decision to not keep Leddy, probably gives the Ducks a slight edge. The will to win and the Hawks’ experience counterbalances that making this series a hard one to call, therefore I will remain mum. I could do the typical thing and make a prediction based on what I WANT to happen, but that would be little more than wishful thinking.


  • SharkCircle 3:59 pm on January 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Boston Bruins, , , , , Nashville Predators, , , Raymond trade, , , Sedin, Shea Weber,   

    Vancouver Canucks Would Be Foolish To Trade Mason Raymond 

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    If you frequent the popular hockey websites and forums as much as I do, you have probably noticed a curious trend emerging. It is difficult to go even half an hour on a hockey site these days without stumbling on a new “trade proposal” involving Mason Raymond in exchange for some player with about one-tenth his talent (but a bit more grit!).

    Then again, you might be thinking, what’s so strange about that? Over-zealous fans of all teams have bounced around unrealistic trade proposals heavily weighted in their teams’ favor ever since the internet was first invented. How is this any different? Well, what is so curious about these unbalanced Mason Raymond proposals is that they are all being proposed by fans of his own team, the Canucks. Why, you ask? CONTINUE READING FULL POST

    • Julia 2:42 am on January 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      This was a fantastic read! I completely agree with you about Raymond, his underlying stats are pretty impressive, but as a Canuck fan, sometimes it can get frustrating to see his terrific speed and puck possession result in nothing, not even a scoring chance. I was going to say that this is an extremely well-reasoned piece, especially since it’s written by someone who isn’t a Canucks fan, but then again, those who do follow the team religiously can tend to get a little myopic. And it’s nice to read a blog post from another fan base who can honestly evaluate the Canucks team without snarky comments about them being divers and whiners ( though they have players who do dive and whine, but so do 29 other teams).

      I wonder if Setoguchi is the Sharks version of Raymond. Ever since he got traded, I feel as though the Sharks pose less of an offensive threat. Don’t get me wrong, they still have a potent offense, just a little less so with the loss of Setoguchi’s speed. I wonder if the same scenario would play out in Vancouver if Raymond left? Though the Sharks are more defensively sound this year with the addition of Burns.


    • JC 1:14 am on February 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great article! I admit I’m biased because I’ve been a fan of Raymond’s speed and talent from the start, and it has been tough watching him struggle through his injury, and now this scoring dry spell. It’s really nice to see some positive things being said about him by an objective party, so I can reassure myself that my support of him is not completely unfounded.


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  • SharkCircle 10:35 am on January 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Boston Bruins, , Hall or Seguin, Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi, Mario Lemieux, , Phil Kessel, Phil Kessel trade, Seguin vs Hall, Steve Yzerman, Taylor Hall, ,   

    Why Tyler Seguin is better than Taylor Hall 

    Rumor has it that, leading up to the 2010 NHL Draft, the Boston Bruins tried very hard to package their 2nd overall pick in the draft for the 1st overall pick possessed by the Edmonton Oilers, so that they could draft Taylor Hall instead of Tyler Seguin. At the time, the Bruins had a log-jam of elite center-men, with Marc Savard, David Krejci, and Patrice Bergeron all on the roster, and they wanted to draft the winger, Hall, rather than another center in Seguin. But the Oilers refused, and went on to draft Taylor Hall with the 1st overall pick, leaving the Bruins to settle for Tyler Seguin at #2. But the sad thing is for the Oilers, I believe they could have acquired a helpful package from the Bruins while also still drafting the better player. That’s right, I’m saying Tyler Seguin should have been drafted ahead of Taylor Hall, although I can certainly understand making the wrong decision.

    First, let me say that Hall vs. Seguin truly represents one of hockey’s impossible choices, the elite play-making center or the elite goal scoring power forward winger. However, when I watch Taylor Hall play, I see a blatant weakness, something I don’t see in Seguin’s game. Hall is extremely fast, strong, and he possesses a good shot, but I see many potential scoring chances wasted off his stick because he cannot maintain control of the puck through whatever maneuver he is attempting on a given play. Two skills that in many ways go hand-in-hand, balance and stick-handling, are where Taylor Hall falls short.

    These aren’t obvious weaknesses, but the trained eye will notice them. For a good example of what Hall lacks, just look to his teammate, Jordan Eberle, who excels at those two skills like few others do. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

    • RolandStone 10:08 pm on January 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      If you were next to me i’d kiss you in the mouth. Recently Seguin has not but scoring at same pace as earlier. However, watching the games fully you will notice a more physically assertive Seguin being able to come away with pucks off of battles. This opens up his gifted play making abilities in both zones. Oh yes, and most seem to forget he is not going to reach his full potential untill he is a full time center that learns from the inevitable bumps.


      • SharkCircle 11:04 pm on January 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Why would you kiss me? I mean I understand why every girl that knows me personally wants to kiss me, but why you who I’ve never met? But seriously, what’s with the kissy talk? This isn’t a baseball blog.

        As for the non-kissing-related portion of your comment, definitely agree. Should have outlined what I thought of his strength more, but only so many words in the blog and I didnt for whatever reason. I did write, “(Seguin) is an excellent fusion of Eberle and Hall,” meaning more size, strength, and reach than Eberle, closer to the Hall spectrum, somewhere in between the two. I basically wrote that too, “… but (Seguin) makes up for (not quite matching Eberle in complete pinpoint control of the puck and his body) with superior size and reach.”

        But I should have mentioned strength specifically, because you’re right, one difference between last year and this year is Seguin can hold the puck more along the boards, keeping up with Marchand and Bergeron in that regard, which has resulted in more time with the puck on his stick, more opportunities to retain possession in tight until he can find light and use his talents to show his might by putting the other team in it’s rightful place, scoring goals on the Canucks while Alex Burrows is busy at the other end of the ice getting his bite on someone’s face, causing fans to scream “right on go Bruins, make sure those Canucks are ruined again, they’re not our friends, show them how much it sucks to be our enemy, until Kesler collapses on the ice crying and screaming obscenities.”

        “In the plenty-ee.”

        Sorry I’m getting on track. I should probably say, to the Canucks fans reading, I don’t endorse a crying Kesler screaming obscenities. Bite is just what rhymed earlier, which took me to Burrows and the Canucks, otherwise they wouldn’t have made the rhyme at all. I happen to respect the Canucks’ talent.

        As for Seguin’s puck protection, I thought he adequate at that towards the end of last year, too, and it’s just continued. Can always get better in that area though. Well, maybe not always, but Seguin can still improve there.

        But yeah, Seguin has the speed, acceleration, agility, balance, strength, reach, hands, quick release, shot, vision, passing, all in the elite range, in my mind. Hall has the elite speed, possibly slightly better acceleration than even Seguin, agility, better strength, decent reach although Seguin’s stick might be longer (or it could be a running optical illusion on every single telecast, or I’m just full of it), pretty good release though I think Seguin’s is better, shot, but not the balance, hands, and playmaking ability (aka vision, whatever you want to call it).

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    • Greg 1:24 am on August 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I think you should wear a helmet everytime u leave the house…first of all look at the difference when it comes to the teams they play for..second.. look at their junior records and the way they played in the juniors.. it was a total role reversal of what u just said.. hall was superior in every aspect..cause he had a BETTER team. so give your head a shake… if both teams.. boston and edmonton both wanted HALL, do u not think their was a reason… do u even watch hockey or have a clue… edmonton and boston are so far apart in the standings..put any half descent player on the first or second line of a stanley cup winning team that is a contender year after year and he is gonna look pretty good… still sad though.. Hall out scored Seguin on a shitty team by 20 points and played 9 less games.. last year seguin only had 14 more points on a BETTER team but also played 20 more games..on a better team.. but yet Seguin is better…HA…look it up..Hall has a better points per game average in the NHL than Seguin (not by much) and he plays on a shitty team… trade places..if hall was on the bruins he would be blowing seguin out of the water.. seguin has a cup cause he played for the bruins but he didnt win the cup..he was drafted by a good team and had 1 good game…wake up..look at the difference in the teams they play for and the stats…maybe u should stick to sport select or another sport cause obviously you dont have a clue about hockey!!


      • SharkCircle 5:44 am on August 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comment Greg. Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded there’s at least one person out there less intelligent than you. Maybe someday you will know the feeling too.

        You say, “…first of all look at the difference when it comes to the teams they play for..second.. look at their junior records and the way they played in the juniors.. it was a total role reversal of what u just said..”

        Greg, I read that sort-of sentence and stopped. You say that Seguin only looks superior in the NHL because he plays for a better team, and to look at junior stats where Hall was the far superior player. Except didn’t Hall benefit from playing on the far superior team in junior? The stacked Windsor Spitfires team with Cam Fowler and others while Seguin was mostly alone?

        Your comment is self-contradictory. Seguin’s performance in the NHL does not count because he plays for the better team, but Hall’s performance in junior does count while playing on a much better team. It literally, objectively, does not make sense. This is not two reasonable people disagreeing about a subjective topic, this is you being wrong, saying that 5+5 = 12, when it really equals 10. I know, surprise.

        As usual, bias blinds.

        Moreover, in junior, whether their team was great or not by junior standards, Hall and Seguin were both the best players on their respective teams, and got the most minutes. Hall benefitted from playing on a better team, with better teammates, but did not suffer less playing time as a result of playing on a better team. You can definitely argue Hall had an advantage over Seguin by playing on a better team in junior.

        But contrary to your argument, the opposite is true in the NHL in this instance. Hall has received prime powerplay time and overall ice time in the NHL as a result of playing on a rebuilding team. And despite playing on what is a poor team overall, his line and his powerplay unit is actually pretty stacked with Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins. It’s the best of both worlds for Hall.

        But Seguin has been stuck between the 2nd and 3rd lines on the Bruins, playing a much more structured and defensive game, and usually did not see first powerplay time the last two seasons. And the powerplay time he did see was on one of the worst powerplays in the league over the past two seasons, while, like I said, Hall played on the first PP unit of one of the best powerplays last season.

        Despite all your awful reasoning, is it still possible Hall is better? Yes. If you would have read my blog, which it’s clear you didn’t, you would know I put them neck and neck at the time of writing the blog, giving only the slightest of edges to Seguin. But I liked Hall’s progression throughout the season more than I liked Seguin’s, who seemed to stagnate a bit.

        So Hall could certainly be better than Seguin after all, but not because of any of the reasons in your “argument.” What you wrote is just stupid, it does not make any sense, contradicts itself, leaves all logic and intelligence at the door.

        “put any half descent player on the first or second line of a stanley cup winning team that is a contender year after year and he is gonna look pretty good.”

        Again this ignores factors like ice time, powerplay time, little things like that. I guess it’s easier to score on the fourth line as long as its on a good team than it is to score on the first line of a bad team. I still don’t understand how John Tavares outscored Colin Fraser!

        Ok, I read the rest of your comment, and it’s more of the same. Seguin plays on a better team so Hall is better. No understanding of ice time, powerplay time, or overall opportunity. The only advantage Seguin gets from playing on a better team is winning games and plus/minus. You act like individual points are predicated on who plays for the better team, repeatedly sighting points and point averages. That’s not true. You don’t seem to understand the basics.

        “maybe you should stick to sport select or another sport cause obviously you dont have a clue about hockey!!”

        We’ll make a deal. I’ll learn hockey if you learn basic reasoning skills, basic arithmetic, the ability to weigh a few simple factors in your head and come to a logical conclusion about them. Why would 5+5=12? Why would playing on a better team always mean more points regardless of playing time and overall opportunity? If you just used your brain a little I think you wouldn’t waste your time posting fallacies like that in the first place.

        But it was entertaining.


    • Tbone 2:14 pm on April 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      always thought Taylor was a far better guy to have on the team than Tyler…why? Simple – desire and fire in the belly. Tyler is too busy trying to look good for the cameras (both on the ice and off). Taylor just plays like a man possessed. He wants to win at all costs and wil do anything to make that happen for his team. Tyler…hmmmn…not so much. Sure, Tyler’s a good player, but a dominant player and a leader? No – that goes to Hall.


    • rob 4:31 pm on May 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Obviously you don’t watch the Oilers very much. Hall’s season this year was so superior to Seguin’s it wasn’t even close. Seguin has played wing his entire career in the NHL, not center. This is the big myth surrounding Tyler Seguin, that he is some sort of sublime center. He has never proven that at the NHL level, not once. Seguin is an immature brat, Hall is a fiercely determined leader. No comparison at all.


    • SharkCircle 3:16 am on May 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Rob,

      It seems like you didn’t see the date on this. I wrote this over a year ago, closer to when Seguin was drafted (as a center). I’m aware he plays on Bergeron’s wing now along with Marchand. I’m also aware Hall had a better year this year than Seguin. Unfortunately it’s hard to judge them against each other like that because the Bruins are a deep cup contender where Seguin plays in more of a depth role, and their team also has a terrible powerplay ever year, while Hall is “the man” in Edmonton, a team with less depth, but a much better powerplay.

      Those are a couple reasons why Hall had better numbers this season that have nothing to do with whether he’s the better player or not. However I will concede I haven’t been impressed with Seguin’s development since I wrote the article. He seems to have stalled.


  • SharkCircle 1:59 am on January 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Boston Bruins, Brandon Gormley, Brett Connolly, , Devante Smith-Pelly, , IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, Jamie Oleksiak, Mark Stone, , World Junior Hockey Thoughts, World Juniors, World Juniors Analysis, World Juniors Thoughts   

    World Junior Hockey Championships Analysis: TEAM CANADA 

    The annual IIHF World Junior’s wrapped up just over a week ago in Calgary, Alberta, with Team Sweden claiming their first under-21 gold medal in 31 years with a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory over Team Russia. I watched as much of the tournament as I could, even some of the blowouts, so that I could scout as many players as possible.

    Unfortunately, the tournament was too short to familiarize myself with most of the players, but a select few did catch my eye. Here are my 2012 WJC impressions, starting with Team Canada today. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

  • SharkCircle 9:21 am on September 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Benoit Pouliot, Boston Bruins, , , , Jody Shelley, Marc Staal, , , , Steve Montador, , Top 10 offseason signings, Top 20 offseason signings   

    The Best 20 Free Agent Signings of the Offseason, And Why the Sharks Should Have Signed Them, Part 7 

    In this series of articles, we will take an in-depth look at the 20 best value UFA signings of the offseason from both a neutral and Sharks perspective, in no particular order. There is no guarantee these players would’ve come to the Sharks, but we find it interesting to analyze signings through a Sharks lens. Enjoy!

    If you missed the first six parts when they were posted, you can check them out here. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.

    Today’s post will focus on underrated players. Stay tuned next week for our look at the Shark who made this list, as well as thoughts on the Young Stars Tournament.

    Age. 24. Height. 6’3″. Weight. 199 lbs. Shoots. Left.
    Contract. 1 year, 1.1M.
    2010-2011 Stats. 79GP, 13G, 30PTS, +2 plus/minus, 87PIM.

    Benoit Pouliot is a left-wing who signed with the Boston Bruins this summer. He is a smooth skater with good agility and edge-control, and he is good at keeping the puck on a string. At 6’3″, 199 lbs, his frame is superior to most finesse forwards, and his fairly long skating stride is one benefit of this, along with greater reach. Overall, he is a slick forward who excels at the finesse aspects of the game. He has the skill of a top-six forward, and the Bruins nabbed him for Jody Shelley money. That’s value. Continue Reading Full Post

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