Jake Oettinger may be ready for the NHL. Is the NHL ready for him?
The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks zoomed in on the Otter commentary after last night’s shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning – especially head coach Rick Bowness’ lavish praise:
“That game was over in the first period without Jake,” Bowness said. “Love his composure, love his compete. He’s getting better every game. He battled hard tonight.”...
“He’s a stud,” [captain Jamie] Benn said. “We don’t even get to where we got to without him. Played a great game, we’re asking a lot of him and he’s definitely stepping up. Just can’t say enough good things about him.”
And it’s interesting to note the example Bowness has chosen of Otter’s possible ceiling:
Bowness, meanwhile, sees a bit of Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy in the 22-year-old Oettinger.
“Imagine what Jake’s going to be in six, seven years,” Bowness said. “He’ll be right there [by Vasilevskiy].”
Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]
The Stars lost in the shootout, but least Jamie Benn got off the schneid at an opportune moment.
And how much have you missed Alexander Radulov? Be specific.
After enduring consecutive shutouts at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning, a shootout loss does seem like progress.
Around The Leagues
- Someone had to do it: The Detroit Red Wings snapped the Carolina Hurricanes’ winning streak 4-2 behind stellar efforts by Adam Erne and Filip Hronek. [Winging It In Motown]
The floundering Buffalo Sabres have pulled the plug on bench boss Ralph Krueger.
Ralph Krueger was fired by the Sabres and replaced by assistant Don Granato. Assistant Steve Smith was also fired. Director of player personnel Matt Ellis and player development coach Dan Girardi were named assistants. https://t.co/LOA5ARM3vg— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) March 17, 2021
From goalie movement to the Nashville Predators’ possible yard sale, the Seattle Kraken will plan their expansion draft around what happens at the trade deadline.
They don’t have any players. They don’t have a coach. Their arena and training facility are still being built.— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) March 10, 2021
But the Seattle Kraken are still invested in what happens over the next several weeks leading up to the NHL trade deadline. Here's why ⤵️https://t.co/l7PrROgluH
The presence of “Gloria” and “Chelsea Dagger” but not “Puck Off” is perhaps the second-most problematic part of this list.
What’s the Best Hockey Song of All-Time?— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) March 10, 2021
Stay tuned for our Fan Bracket Vote and let us know if we missed your favourite hockey song in our Top 100 hockey songs playlist on Spotify
Find every tune on our @Spotify playlist here: https://t.co/cfV1Y1PQmN pic.twitter.com/wrWuqovs8a
The Ontario Hockey League is finally following the other junior leagues into an abbreviated 2021 season.
What are Sickos, and why have Ottawa Senators fans put them in Canadian Tire Centre’s COVID-restricted seating? Greg Wyshynski went and found out.
There are Sickos watching @Senators games, and the team absolutely loves it.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) March 17, 2021
How an Internet meme went from subversive fan rallying cry to a team-endorsed campaign that helps fight cancer. I interviewed the creator of the "Sicko" about it, too. #NHL https://t.co/0xnsDJI7i3
And while this isn’t exactly hockey-related, it’s an interesting examination of how organizers are balancing Olympic tradition with pandemic reality.
Organizers plan to exercise extreme caution when the Olympic torch relay starts next week, knowing any stumble could imperil the Tokyo Games in just over four months. Fans along the roads will be asked to cheer quietly.— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) March 16, 2021
by @stephenwadeap >> https://t.co/sFmlzLmhrF pic.twitter.com/kxLQlBb6xL
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Would you like to see a Sean Berry action photo of Miro Heiskanen in his dress whites? Of course you would. Enjoy.