We’ve been waiting for this one a long time. With his noticeable calm and poise on the ice and his great underlying possession numbers, Chris Tanev has become a favourite for both mainstream media and the fancy stats crowd in the Smylosphere. But, while he’s done a lot to impress in the first 62 games of his NHL career, he had yet to score a goal.
Fact is, for all his poise and solid defensive play, Tanev had a complete muffin of a shot. Actually, that’s incorrect: he had an incomplete muffin of a shot. It wasn’t even the muffin-top, which is the best part of a muffin, but the lousy part wrapped in paper that nobody likes: Tanev had a muffin stump of a shot.
It’s not like Tanev was unaware of this: he spent part of the off-season working on his release, and it does look much improved. He also looks a lot more confident about using it. He had 15 shots in each of his first two seasons, for a total of 30 in 54 games. He’s already up to 7 in just 9 games this season. And one of those shots beat Devan Dubnyk for his first NHL goal, the overtime winner on Monday night against the Edmonton Oilers.Continue Reading —›
Zack Kassian played 96 total regular-season and playoff games with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires. It was an eventful tour of duty. During his time there, he led the Spitfires to an OHL championship and a Memorial Cup, he put up 113 points, he was suspended 23 total games for two nasty hits, and he got arrested for a barfight.
Also, at some point, he made this Subway commercial, which was brought to our attention on Monday by Kelvin Yu, likely after it surfaced on Reddit. How to describe it? Well, as mentioned, Kassian had some very good moments and some very bad moments in Windsor, but I think you could argue that this was simultaneously the best and the worst thing he did as a Spitfire. Watch and cringe:Continue Reading —›