HAPPY MONDAY! Got your cup of coffee? Ready to read some hockey news?!
Just a reminder, the Buffalo Sabres won a game this weekend, not sure if you fell asleep during it our not, but they won! After a second loss to Jason Pominville and the Minnesota Wild, the Sabres bounced back to beat the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at the First Niagara Center – the win also marked the 5th straight victory at home! Buffalo may be in last place, but at least they seem to be making slight progress forward, and have been winning in front of the hometown crowd!
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick from 2013, Rasmus Ristolainen, secured the victory in the gold medal game for the Finnish Junior team at the World Junior Championship this weekend. Read about the Finnish win over host Sweden, and a step-by-step analysis of how Ristolainen won it in overtime! [IIHF.com]
We are at the halfway point of the season, and in-turn, it is time to start the speculation over who will win what award come the end of the season. Find out here who leads the race for each award! [Bleacher Report]
Did anyone else think that Utica, NY was way too far from Vancouver to be considered a location for a farm-team of the Canucks? Well, the Canucks are probably re-visiting that question after the interesting situation they were put in. [Puck Daddy]
Ristolainen may have been the golden boy for the Finnish, but Mikhail Grigorenko was the bronze boy for Russians. In a nutshell, the World Junior Championship may have done just what the Sabres wanted for the young center, a stage for him to find his mojo. Now all the Sabres need is a few Russian wingers to pair him with! [The Buffalo News]
The third coming of Canada, Connor McDavid, couldn’t skate with the big boys yesterday in the World Junior Championship. The 17 year old, who is touted to be the next great superstar in the NHL, didn’t see much playing time against the Russians in the Bronze Medal game in Malmo, Sweden. [Ottawa Sun]
The newest member of the Buffalo Sabres, Zenon Konopka, is getting quite a bit of local media attention – for obvious reasons. One thing you may not know, Konopka actually played for a different Upstate New York based hockey team before coming to Buffalo. [Syracuse.com]
Thanks for reading as always!