Posts Tagged ‘Jonas Brodin’

Top Line: Tim Thomas hurt…again; Lars Eller’s insult backfires; more links

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Florida Panthers goalie Tim Thomas was injured again in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Florida Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas’s comeback has been a painful one so far. (J Pat Carter/AP)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Tim Thomas looked sharp in another start for the Panthers, but couldn’t finish it off against the Blackhawks. Team sources aren’t offering specifics about his injury, but they did rule out the groin that sidelined Thomas earlier this month.

• The Edmonton Oilers did look a bit like a junior team in the first period last night against Montreal, but used four unanswered goals to shove Lars Eller’s insult back down the throats of the Canadiens on the way to a big 4-3 win.

• Edmonton’s Mark Arcobello is really, really quietly off to one of the greatest starts for a rookie in NHL history. Like, Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane great.

• Ex-goalies tend to make great color men and solid general managers, but Patrick Roy is one of the few to pursue coaching as a second career.

• Jonas Brodin was hauled to the hospital, but later released, after taking a puck square in the mush last night. This is exactly what my mom was thinking of when she told me to forget about braces.

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  • Published On Oct 23, 2013
  • Minnesota’s Brodin joins Calder-winner Huberdeau on All-Rookie Team

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    Jonas Brodin

    Jonas Brodin performed well against the league’s top attackers as a young defenseman. (Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Jonas Brodin was wronged in the voting for the Calder Trophy. Flat out wronged.

    The league’s youngest defenseman, he was a steady and reliable minute-muncher for the Wild, leading all rookies in total time on ice (1,044:35) and average time on ice (23:12). You could make a pretty good argument that no first-year player came close to matching his impact. And yet Brodin somehow didn’t rank among the top-three vote getters when the ballots of the PHWA were counted. Crazy.

    Not that I’m bitter or anything.

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  • Published On Jun 29, 2013
  • Jonas Brodin snubbed as NHL announces 2013 Calder Trophy finalists

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    Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Brandon Saad are the 2013 Calder Trophy nominees

    Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Brandon Saad got nods for their exceptional play. (Getty 2; Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    It’s hard to knock any of the three rookies who were announced this morning as finalists for the Calder Trophy.

    The rambunctious play of Brendan Gallagher was one of the keys to Montreal’s surprising worst-to-first season. He ranked second among rookies with 15 goals and fourth with 28 points, finishing in the top five in shots on goal (second, 117), plus/minus (fifth, plus-10) and game-winning goals (tied for first, 3). Not bad for a guy who was plucked from the obscurity of the draft’s fifth round in 2010.

    Jonathan Huberdeau delivered on his promise as the third-overall pick in 2011, ranking second both on the Panthers and among NHL rookies with 31 points. His 16:55 average time on ice paced all freshman forwards, and he ranked in the top-four in goals (14), assists and shots (112). But what really made Huberdeau’s candidacy was his highlight-reel work in the shootout and on a pair of high-profile penalty shots. Yeah, he’s pretty good.

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  • Published On May 06, 2013


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