Re: Around the League - 2013 Edition
posted at 1/28/2013 10:06 AM EST
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
Chowdah - like I said on the OP for this thread, I really find myself liking the Blackhawks. Keith, Toews, Hossa, and the best version of Patrick Kane in about three years. You also have to appreciate Seabrook even if he isnt as smooth as Keith - efficient, smart and he does a bit of everything.
Won't be a 'Hawks-Bruins game this year unless they meet in the finals, so I can appreciate the Hawks without conflict.
Only saw about half a period of Washington-Buffalo, just enough to see the Sabres' second goal, but I feel for Oates so I'm glad to see them get off the schneid. Getting Ovechkin excited again is a big part of the job, but what about Backstrom? I find it sad that Ribiero is outplaying him.
Karlsson is the evolution of Dennis Wideman. So much better in all phases, but I wonder if he'll ever shed that up and down quality to his game where he'll make a great play and a complete blunder on the same shift. But to your point - there are times when the way Karlsson accelerates in the offensive zone that I think this is what Bure would have been like as a defenseman. One step and he's moving faster than the D can account for.
Book, it's too bad Ribiero is 32 years old and still hasn't grown up. I watched a game last week in which he was hit (and cut) by a high stick that went uncalled. He was consumed by the non-call for the rest of the game. He spent more time screaming at the refs while pointing at his face than he did following the play. The guy's got plenty of skills but is still a very selfish player. You're right about Backstrom though. He's been invisible on his good nights so far.
As good as Karlsson looks on offense, I wonder if his defense is going to start to suffer. In last night's game he turned 2 pucks over that led to a clear breakaway and a 3 on 1. Luckily, neither led to a goal but either could've cost his team a point in the standings. Admittedly, those plays are a rarity to these eyes. I just hope bad habits don't creep into his game as he reaches for higher scoring totals. He's definitely got an extra gear that most players don't though.