Welcome to the Hump!
Yep: it’s Wednesday, which means it’s hump day. More importantly, it’s August 21, which means we’re less than a month away from professional, albeit preseason, hockey! Whoo-hoo! We’re over the hump, folks: the offseason is practically behind us. Let’s celebrate by going roller blading!
Wait – that’s what I’ll be doing with the kids in a few. You . . . well, here’s some links!
Here’s a player who is clearly over the hump: Jaromir Jagr, who told the world yesterday that next season might be his last. [TSN] Enjoy him while you can!
At least Jagr will see some ice time next season; another oldie-but-a-goodie, Teemu Selanne, may be out of luck, and out of time. [Sporting News]
When it comes to prospects, everyone wants to know which ones are NHL-ready, which ones will take a few years to develop their games, and so on. Those are pretty important questions. Or, you could just ask, “Which prospect is actually the fastest on skates?” Take a look at this attempt to rank the prospects who will spend a lot of time in the NHL’s passing lane. [Bleacher Report]
As most of you know, the Buffalo Sabres are looking to repeat as NHL Prospect Tournament champions this year. The Sabres won the prospect tournament back in 2011, and have a pretty good chance of enjoying similar success in Travis City, Michigan, beginning on September 5. Take a look at the full roster the Sabres will be sending to defend their title. [Hockey Buzz]
Currently, the Buffalo Sabres do not have a true captain listed on their roster. When the Sabres do designate a captain, will he be good enough to crack this list next year? [Bleacher Report]
Speaking of which – should Thomas Vanek be the next captain? [Die By The Blade]
Finally, Die By The Blade’s All-Star Sabres team rolls on!
Enjoy your hump! Errr . . . .