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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Not my star

I'm not sure why the NHL.com scoresheet from Saturday's game lists Ty Conklin as the No. 1 star. I picked the stars and had Dan Cleary as the No. 1 star after he scored the game-winning goal. I believe that he was announced as the first start after the game, taking a twirl.

Not to slam Conklin. Just to get the record straight. I've been getting some e-mails asking why I picked Conklin. The answer is I didn't.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the same could be said of the pick of Hossa the other night. Datsyuk's play is full of subtlety that most dont see, look at Zetterberg this season he is ordinary looking, you realize what Datsyuk does for him. If Zetterberg gets 8 mil a season all i can say is BRAD RICHARDS. Zetterberg is a 2nd Line center and should be paid accordingly i.e. 5-6 mil a season.

December 21, 2008 at 6:18 PM 
Anonymous ryan said...

zetterbergs performance last season, particularly in the playoffs, is definitely superior to a "second line center".

December 22, 2008 at 2:03 AM 
Blogger Nathan said...

Not sure what you're talking about there, Anon (thanks for leaving your name).

Zetterberg has been real good this year. He's on pace for a point per game and about 40 goals. His points will be down a bit from last year, but that's to be expected considering the team has more scoring depth this season, thus, the points will be a little more spread out.

He's also really helped Samuelsson have consistency by playing center on his line. Granted, Sammy had a 9-game cold spell recently, but Zetterberg and Franzen were still going fairly well over that period.

Lastly, Zetterberg probably looks more "ordinary" to you this season because Babcock is utilizing him, especially noticeable in the San Jose game, as the shutdown center and shutdown line. With Z's work ethic, Franzen's size, and Samuelsson's size and puck handling, that line is great for nullifying the likes of the Thornton line. Nevermind that Z and Franzen gives that line two good face-off men. That allows the Datsyuk/Hossa line to go all-out and score.

To compare Zetterberg to Brad Richards is real unfair. Zetterberg has had more consistency. He's performed well in all his playoffs. He's steadily improved his regular season numbers each year (with a slight dip likely this year, as discussed above, but nothing significant).

December 22, 2008 at 8:52 AM 

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