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5 Quick Questions with JJ Shiplett!

Back in September we had the chance to sit down with JJ Shiplett during Canadian Country Music Week – and we roped the talented redhead into answering our 5 quick questions.

If you don’t know JJ, you’re missing out. This Canadian is working hard and making people take notice with his sound, and with his debut full-length album coming soon… there are going to be a whole lot more people on board soon!

Now, without further ado, check out 5 Quick Questions with JJ Shiplett – and then listen to his EP, The EP!

Q1: If you’re on the road for a long drive between cities, and can only put 1 album on to listen to on repeat, which album are you choosing?

JJ: Tom Petty, Anthology: Through The Years.

Yes, we know it’s a double album. And no, we didn’t ask JJ to pick a disc… and that’s mostly because we were too busy agreeing with him that Petty is great for singing along, or sitting quietly and getting lost in the music and the road.

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Q2: What is the first song you remember knowing all of the words to?

JJ: The American National Anthem.

JJ told us a story about watching sports when he was a kid, and if you’re watching sports, you’re hearing the anthem – and that is how JJ Shiplett learned the Star Spangled Banner before any other song.

Q3: What is your favourite thing when you’re not working on music?

JJ: Hanging out with friends and a fire – any time of the day.

Having grown up with a fire pit in the back yard, I 100% agree with JJ on this one!

Q4: What is the 1 thing you need for a songwriting session?

JJ: A willingness to cooperate and work with other people.

After apologizing that he hadn’t named a tangible “thing”, JJ explained that the whole process and session can be a real waste of time if he doesn’t come in ready to listen to other people’s ideas – and if other people don’t come in ready to listen to his. Makes sense to us.

CCMA Awards 2016 Strut Social House JJ ShiplettQ5: Can you give us a prediction for the NHL season?

JJ: 1) The Maple Leafs will be better, but won’t be in the playoffs. 2) The Flames D will be better, and they will be back in the playoffs.

These are going to play themselves out of course, but they don’t sound crazy.

Bonus: What artist do you think people should be paying more attention to right now?

JJ: Sturgill Simpson

A lot more people know Sturgill Simpson’s name now than they did even just a few months ago – but if you don’t know his music, we agree with JJ, you should take a listen!

Now, hit play and check out some more pics of JJ from the our hangout, the CCMA Awards show and The Dakota Tavern in Toronto circa CMW 2016.


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1 year ago

5 Quick Questions with TwoShine County!

We caught up with CCMA Discovery Program finalists, TwoShine County while we were in London, ON for Canadian Country Music Week… and we got Daron and Dennis to sit down and answer 5 quick questions.

The boys were made to agree on somethings and go their own way on others… including a little disagreement on question #5. Check it out.

Note: We also caught the boys playing a little showcase set and snagged some photos of that. Check them out at the bottom of the post!

Q1: If you were on a long road trip together and could only listen to 1 CD on repeat, what do you choose?

D&D: Toto, Live in Japan

They answered… and we all laughed. But they were serious, and now we kind of want to listen to the album.

Q2: What is the first song you remember knowing all the words to when you were a kid?

D&D: Raspberry Beret by Prince, and Swinging Doors by Merle Haggard

As far as we can remember it was Daron that was on the Prince train, and we’ve got nothing wrong with that… and Merle is a legend that you just can’t argue with.

Q3: What is your #1 hobby when you’re not working on your own music?

D&D: Daron – Producing, Dennis – Hockey

Daron’s answer is a little bit of a copout, because he’s still talking music… but we get it, he loves it. Dennis couldn’t even tell us what about hockey is his favourite, he’ll play or watch or anything, and we’re okay with that!

Q4: What is the one thing you need to have when you walk into a writing session?

D&D: Coffee

This was a unanimous decision, and one that we will always, always, always support. #xocoffee

Q5: Can you give us a prediction for the 2016-17 NHL season?

D&D: Maple Leafs begin a 20 year dynasty… Vancouver meets them in the Stanley Cup final

Dennis seems to be very excited about the Maple Leafs and their talented youth movement… maybe too excited? And Daron felt the need to get some Vancouver love into the prediction. Will it come true? Probably not, but it’s good to have dreams!

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1 year ago

5 Quick Questions with Chris Buck Band!

We had a chance to hang out for a few minutes with Chris Buck of the Chris Buck Band while we were in London, ON for Canadian Country Music Week – and while we had him we popped him with 5 quick questions.

#5 has the ballsiest answer… so stick around til you get to it!

ccma-2016-chris-buck-1260Q1: Let’s say you’re on a long road trip and you could only listen to 1 CD over and over… what album do you choose?

Chris: Blue Rodeo by 5 Days in July

We have zero argument against getting in the car and listening to this album on repeat. In fact, I think I’ve done it.

Q2: What is the 1st song you can remember knowing all the words to so you could sing along?

Chris: Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson

We didn’t ask Chris to sing the song… but if he ever shouts out for requests at a show and we’re there, you can bet that’s what we’ll be yelling for!

Q3: What is your #1 hobby that you can dive into during your downtime?

Chris: Hockey!

Really, that was his answer. We got him to drill down a little more and found out that he still likes to play with his buddies ay home when he gets a chance – but he’s not a huge fan of playing in the beer league.

Q4: What is “the” thing that you need to have when you walk into a writing session?

Chris: A melody or a song title

We know it’s not a “thing”, but it makes sense. Chris said he needs to walk in feeling like he’s got something to start from, which sounds pretty reasonable.

Q5: Can you give us a prediction for the 2016-17 NHL season?

Chris: The Toronto Maple Leafs make the playoffs

He did add that it would be in the 8 seed in the Eastern Conference… but the playoffs is the playoffs, and there are a lot of fans hoping he’s right.

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1 year ago

20 Half-Assed Predictions for the 2015-16 NHL Season

Hockey season is back and that means it’s time to make  some ridiculous predictions for the 2015-16 NHL season.

Have a look at this list of 20 and add your predictions in the comment section.

Also, I tried to avoid the dreaded East Coast Bias – but ya, it’s probably there.

Hockey Puck emoticon 1. Phil Kessel score 50+ and wins the Rocket Richard Trophy

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Hockey Puck emoticon 2 A) Steven Stamkos stumbles and score 33

Hockey Puck emoticon 2 B) Stamkos doe not sign a contract extension during the season

Hockey Puck emoticon 3. James van Riemsdyk is the Toronto Maple Leafs MVP

Hockey Puck emoticon 4. Carey Price wins 40 games for the Montreal Canadiens

Hockey Puck emoticon 5. Jaromir Jagr and his mullet play in the All-Star Game

Hockey Puck emoticon 6. An Eastern Conference team wins the Stanley Cup

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Hockey Puck emoticon 7. Connor McDavid scored 34 goals, adds 48 assists for 82 total points

Hockey Puck emoticon 8 A) Raffi Torres doesn’t play a game in the NHL this season

Hockey Puck emoticon 8 B) If Raffi Torres plays a game this season the Sharks will win the Stanley Cup

Hockey Puck emoticon 9. The Lightning take a big step back

Hockey Puck emoticon 10. The Toronto Maple Leafs trade Nazim Kadri mid-season

Hockey Puck emoticon 11. 4 Canadian teams make the playoffs

Hockey Puck emoticon 12. The Buffalo Sabres will not make the playoffs

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Hockey Puck emoticon 13. Sidney Crosby scores 101 points

Hockey Puck emoticon 14. Alexander Semin score 25 goals for the Montreal Canadiens

Hockey Puck emoticon 15. The New Jersey Devils will finish the season with the worst overall record

Hockey Puck emoticon 16. The Anaheim Ducks lose in the Western Conference Final

Hockey Puck emoticon 17. Bobby Ryan scores 17 goals on the season

Hockey Puck emoticon 18. The Dallas Stars score the most goals in the NHL

Hockey Puck emoticon 19. Don Cherry swears on TV and the CBC has to bleep him

Hockey Puck emoticon 20. Patrick Sharp scores a hat trick against the Blackhawks

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2 years ago

2015-16 NHL Canadian Country Music Season Preview

The NHL season starts this week with Montreal in Toronto, Vancouver in Calgary, New York in Chicago, and San Jose in Los Angeles… and to get us all ready for hockey we recruited 10 of our own Canadian Country Music All-Stars to give us their preview!

We asked each artist 3 questions (Favourite Team, Why/How Long Have You Loved Them, What Do You Expect This Season) and got some awesome answers.

HUGE thanks are going out to Chad Brownlee, Brett Kissel, Bobby Wills, Lindsay Broughton, Tim Chaisson, David Roberts, Cory Marquardt, Tim Hicks, Petric, and Yoan for playing along with our brand new idea this season. We love that there is so much love for puck in the country music community.

So, have a look and see which singer shares the same NHL team love affair as you – and leave a comment to tell us your favourite team, the story of you loving them, and what you expect from them this season!

2015-16 NHL Preview!

Chad Brownlee

Chad Brownlee NHL Preview 2015What is your favourite NHL team?
Vancouver Canucks

Why / How long have you loved them?
Since I can remember. Growing up in BC with my Dad being a huge Canucks fan made it pretty easy to decide which team to cheer for!

What do you expect from them this season?
I think the changes they made last season was the beginning of something great. This year is simply going to add to the success that I see growing in years to come!

Brett Kissel

Brett Kissel CNE 2015What is your favourite NHL team?
EDMONTON OILERS

Why / How long have you loved them?
“I’ve literally loved the Oilers since I was born. Interesting story, I was born the day the Oilers won their last Stanley Cup in 1990. My brother thinks I’m a curse to the team, because as long as I’ve been alive, they haven’t won the cup since…”

What do you expect from them this season?
“I truly believe that the Oilers will make the playoffs this year. With all that young star power, I mean, they’ve got to! If Calgary got into the playoffs this past season, then the Oilers NEED to!”

Note: On September 3, 2015 at the CNE in Toronto, Brett gave the crowd a guarantee that the Maple Leafs would make the playoffs this season. Remember that 😉

Bobby Wills

When The Lights Go Down Toronto Bobby Wills-8043What is your favourite NHL team?
Calgary Flames

Why / How long have you loved them?
My favourite team as a little guy was the Bruins as we have Massachusetts roots, but the battle of Alberta pulled me in.

What do you expect from them this season?
A playoff spot, hard to say from there. The west is so competitive it is going to be a dog fight!!

Lindsay Broughton

Lindsay Broughton at the 2015 CMAO Awards.

What is your favourite NHL team?
The Detroit Red Wings

Why / How long have you loved them?
HA! Weeell this isn’t awkward at all! To be quite honest I’m fairly new on the Detroit bandwagon! I was a long time lover, supporter and most often defender of the Leafs (stop laughing!) However I was forced to change my ways, burn the blue clothes, convert and become the enemy when I started dating a player in the Detroit organization about a year and a half ago. Yep, I am the ultimate traitor but if it’s any consolation sometimes I still secretly cheer for the Leafs… shhh..

What do you expect from them this season?
Uhmm a cup? haha..kidding. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens without Babcock being there but obviously I’m excited about the season and have faith that the new changes are going to bring big things. 🙂

Tim Chaisson

Tim Chaisson Lost in the Light Release Party ShowWhat is your favourite NHL team?
Montreal Canadiens!

Why / How long have you loved them?
Well, my father pretty much brainwashed my brothers and I since we were born to love the Habs, so as long as I can remember I guess!

What do you expect from them this season?
I’d love to see a strong play-off season myself! I also think it’s pretty cool that P.K. Subban is giving so much back to the community.

David Roberts of The Washboard Union

David Robertson The Washboard UnionWhat is your favourite NHL team?
Toronto Maple Leafs

Why / How long have you loved them?
Since I was a kid of 6, we had seasons tickets at Maple Leaf Gardens, up in the Blues, Section 29

What do you expect from them this season?
Here are my ​2015/2016 predictions:
a) ​In a Wed Oct 7th press release it will be revealed that ​The L​eafs will work a deal with ​season ticket holders who will now only pay for winning games.
b) It’s a rebuild year, or decade or whatever the term is for the 49 odd years they have been waiting to win the cup back….
c) Record Producer and world’​s biggest Leaf fan GGGarth Richardson will be hired as the new head coach and will guide the team to ​victory and win ​the ​2015/2016 Stanley Cup aka La Coupe Stanley
d) The Leafs will continue to sell out night after night…Go Leafs Go

Cory Marquardt

Cory Marquardt CNE 2015What is your favourite NHL team?
Toronto Maple Leafs

Why / How long have you loved them?
My Dad is from Toronto and my grandpa was a big fan. I still picture them in 94-96 Potvin, Clark, Gilmore, Tie Domi and the list goes on

What do you expect from them this season?
They made some pretty big changes and I’m sure they’ll be making more. Not sure what to expect but I see them winning a cup in 20**…

Tim Hicks

Tim Hicks -7769What is your favourite NHL team?
I’m a Leafs guy

Why / How long have you loved them?
It’s sort of ingrained in the culture where I grew up that you must be a Leafs fan or face the consequences lol! Geographically, they’re the closest Canadian team and I always root for home.

What do you expect from them this season?
I’m expecting them to finally throw us a bone! Come on boys!!

Petric

Petric Live in StudioWhat is your favourite NHL team?
We’re both huge Jets fans! Toms also has a love for the Detroit Red Wings

Why / How long have you loved them?
We’ve been proud jets fans, even the years they didn’t exist in the league. Those were the years the Red Wings jersey got worn a lot. The year we both started playing hockey the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, and Stevie Yzerman was Toms all time favourite player.

What do you expect from them this season?
The Jets have a lot of young blood, which may bring some growing pains, but should also bring a lot of exciting hockey. GO JETS GO!

Yoan

Yoan CNE 2015What is your favourite NHL team?
The Montreal Canadians.

Why / How long have you loved them?
I think Hockey is a part of our culture and heritage and so are the Montreal Canadians. I played hockey for 5 years and my dad has always been a really big fan of the team so we used to watch the games together when I was growing up. The last two years have been so busy for me that I don’t have as much time to follow hockey religiously as I did before but I try to support the team every time I can.

What do you expect from them this season?
I wish them the best and hopefully the Stanley Cup!

2 years ago

20 Half- Assed Predictions For The 2014-15 NHL Season

NHL Faceoff 2014The NHL season starts tomorrow night with a marque match-up between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens…

And so here we are, the same as every season, with my list of predictions for the new hockey season. Some of these predictions are more likely to come true than others. Some are pretty far fetched. But in some reality, somewhere, all 20 of these guesses could end up being correct.

Let me know how far off from your reality I am and pitch in any predictions of your own.

Hockey Puck emoticon Weekly Power Rankings cause fist fights between fans AND the experts that vote on them… especially in the West with Anaheim, LA, St. Louis and Chicago.

Hockey Puck emoticon The San Jose Sharks don’t make it out of round 1 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and everyone gets fired and half the team gets traded.

Hockey FightHockey Puck emoticon There will be 50-75 (294-419) fewer fights in the 2014-15 season than there were in 2013-14 (469).

Hockey Puck emoticon The Islanders and Rangers both qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs… and my fingers are crossed that they meet in the 1st round!

Hockey Puck emoticon Winnipeg struggles all season long and makes a slew trades including Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien.

Hockey Puck emoticon Toronto misses the Playoffs and fires Randy Carlyle.

Hockey Puck emoticon This will not be Jaromir Jagr’s last NHL season.

Stamkos and CrosbyHockey Puck emoticon Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos will go to the last week of the season fighting for the Rocket Richard Trophy.

Hockey Puck emoticon The bottom 5 teams in the NHL: Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Buffalo, Florida.

Hockey Puck emoticon Josh Gorges and Brian Gionta will combine for 21 goals and 55 points in their 1st season in Buffalo.

Hockey Puck emoticon Manny Malhotra will finish in the top 3 in faceoff win percentage and become a Montreal fan fav with a big playoff goal.

Hockey Puck emoticon Don Cherry will be reprimanded by Rogers after his controversial comments land on the front page of major news outlets.

Hockey Puck emoticon Detroit misses the Playoffs for the 1st time in 75 years and Mike Babcock becomes the biggest free agent head coach in a generation.

Hockey Puck emoticon Phil Kessel scores 43 goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs – 15 more than anyone else on the team.

Hockey Puck emoticon Ryan Miller has an okay, but not great, season as the Canucks fight for 8th place in the West all season.

Carey Price and PK SubbanHockey Puck emoticon The Dallas Stars will be the dark horse team in the West and will challenge for 2nd in the Central.

Hockey Puck emoticon Carey Price wins 41 games and posts a sub 3.00 GAA AND stays healthy for a Habs Playoff run.

Hockey Puck emoticon Pernell Karl “P. K.” Subban steps up and earns his massive new contract money – and becomes Canadiens captain in 2015-16.

Hockey Puck emoticon The Chicago Blackhawks and LA Kings meet in the Western Conference Finals.

Hockey Puck emoticon The @LAKings remain the #1 NHL team on Twitter – but look for @BlueJacketsNHL to make a push with the support of their fans.

I don’t know how right or wrong I’m going to end up being on any of these 20 predictions… but hey, that’s what the internet is for.

Have a good season!

Be awesome!

3 years ago

Movember Journal 2013: Day 9

Moustache Banner Day 9Happy Movember everyone.

It’s day 9 now and I’m well on my way to a moustache that I can be proud of!

In the last couple of days since the last journal entry some big things have happened. The Moustache Growers Union Local 416647 has welcomed Michel Neray as the 12th member of our team. We’ve surpassed the $600 mark in donations as a team. And I took my moustache out on the town.

Joshua and Jay Chan Mo Day 7 on the StreetcarOn Day 7 (Thursday), Jay Chan and I hit up the ArtBomb Auction and Trade event at The Spoke Club thanks to Trish. We watched people trade art, saw a couple other Mo Bros in the crowd, had a Steam Whistle or 2 and then headed over to The Winchester for karaoke. Yes, that Winchester. The venue for this years’ Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto event coming up in just 3 short weeks!

Side Note: I came home with a sweet Justin Blayney that Julie snapped a pic of me with. Can’t wait to hang it!

Joshua and Rannie Mo Day 8 at the ACCOn Day  8 (Friday), Rannie and I took our Mos to the ACC to see the Maple Leafs tangle with the New Jersey Devils in the annual Hall of Fame Game. It was an amazing pre-game ceremony that paid tribute to Canada’s Veterans as an early Remembrance Day celebration and then introduced the 5 new members of the Hockey Hall of Fame: the late Fred Shero (represented by his son Ray), Geraldine Heaney, Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios and Scott Neidermayer.

Side Note: The Leafs won 2-1 in a shootout. So Toronto fans were a happy bunch when they left the building.

Also in the last 2 days I have started using Facebook to feature amazing moustaches from the past and present in a pseudo Hall of Fame presentation. On Friday we honoured Tom Selleck, perhaps my favourite Mo Bro of all time. And today we celebrate Lanny McDonald, which is no coincidence since he was at the arena for the game last night. If you want to stay up to date with the honours, friend me on the Facebook.

Here’s the most awesome part – we’re not even half way through the month yet.

There is still time for you to help us raise funds to fight the good fight.

Fact Time:
•    20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
•    Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds and 16% among 25-44 year olds.

That’s why we’re doing this. To be able to give better support to people who need it. And a lot of people need it.

If you can help, even with 1 Dollar – please do at mobro.co/phjoshua

Thank you to everyone who is supporting a Mo Bro or a Mo Sista.

You are awesome!

4 years ago

20 Half- Assed Predictions For The 2013-14 NHL Season

Molson Canadian Welcomes the 2013 14 NHL SeasonSo the NHL season started last night with 3 games on the schedule and now we are officially into 2013-14.

As I’ve done in the past with the NHL and MLB I’ve got a list of predictions for the new season. Some of them are more likely to happen than others. Some are unlikely to happen at all. And one looked really likely going into last night, but now we don’t know.

Let’s take a look at my list of 20 Half- Assed Predictions For The 2013-14 NHL Season.

PS. These predictions come in no particular order.

1. I will win my fantasy pool.

2. Jarome Iginla will lead the Boston Bruins in scoring.

3. George Parros will log the most fighting majors of any Montreal Canadiens player in 20 years.
Note: This is the prediction that looked great… but now we all have to wait and see how big George recovers from his concussion. Get well soon buddy.

4. Phil Kessel will play up to the level of his new ($8 million per year) contract. David Clarkson will not.

5. The Edmonton Oilers will make the playoffs on the last day of the season.

6. Roberto Luongo will win 42 games in the regular season.

7. Cory Schneider will win 16 games in the regular season.

8. Steven Stamkos will not lead the NHL in goals.

9. Both the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks will make the playoffs with their new coaches.

10. Jay Feaster will not be fired in Calgary. Until the Olympic break that is.

11. Daniel Alfredsson will have 3 goals and 6 assists vs the Ottawa Senators this season.

12. The Leafs and Habs will meet in the playoffs. 6 games. Montreal wins 4-2.

13. Tim Thomas will make politically insensitive comments and be suspended by the league.

14. Jason Spezza will play 76 games and assist on 24 Bobby Ryan goals for Ottawa.

15. Danny Briere will score 24 goals for Les Canadiens.

16. The Chicago Blackhawks will make it to the Western Conference Finals. And lose.

17. Ryan Miller will play the entire depressing season in Buffalo.

18. Alexander Ovechkin will finish the season with 87 points. Sidney Crosby will have 99.

19. The Phoenix Coyotes will make the playoffs. The Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators will not.

20. Patrick Roy will prove to be a great coach for his young team. But the Colorado Avalanche will finish 9th in the West.

Enjoy the season kids.

Stay Awesome!

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4 years ago

The 2013 NHL Fantasy Draft Blog

Yahoo Fantasy Hockey BannerThe time has come, NHL fans are getting ready for the new season and it is now time for us to hold our annual NHL Fantasy Drafts.

Last night at 10pm my draft took place and I sat with the 6th overall pick in the 16 team league.

Note: The fantasy sports team name issue is huge and should not be taken lightly. This year I got very lucky and with the help of my co-workers and our affinity for ermahgerd the MAHNTRERL CERNERDERN were born! 

With my 1st pick and the 6th choice overall in the draft I decided that I was going to grab Claude Giroux. And then he got taken with the 5th pick. Sucky. Instead I drafted Daniel Sedin with my 1st round selection.

A 16 team league has a lot of players flying off the shelf really quickly. And with a snaking draft order I didn’t pick again until 27th overall where I ended up taking Zach Parise with hopes that he’ll earn some of that new money in Minny. My 3rd round pick came up fast and I scooped up Patrick Sharp who I always like.

Rounds 4-9 looked like this:

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Objective: Win the Richard division!

4. Alexander Edler (needed a defenseman – I hope he scores more than once in a while)

5. Craig Anderson (needed a goalie and had to ignore the divisional rival thing)

6. Jeff Skinner (love the upside, fingers crossed for production)

7. Semyon Varlamov (not the plan at all, but that’s the way things go sometimes)

8. Brent Burns (needed another D and was probably a little swayed by his sweet headshot for this season)

9. Justin Williams (good player, hopefully he’ll stay healthy and get some run on the 2nd PP unit with the defending champs)

Now, I will fully admit that I feel I did much better in my mock draft earlier in the day than I did in the first half of last night’s real deal. Ugh.

However, in the 10th round I got a guy who I think could do some damage: Ales Hemsky! Yes I know he’s not RNH or T.Hall or Eberle – but I think that he’s going to benefit from the young legs around him and put points on the board. I hope.

I’ve got another reclamation project and my 3rd Dman, Sheldon Souray. I’m hoping that he’s got something to prove and he’ll blast some beauties from the blueline.

12, 13 & 14 look like this: Paul Stastny, Brendan Smith & Tyler Kennedy. If I get some production and value from those guys, I’ll be happy! 

In the 15th round, with the 230th overall pick, I took the lone Montreal Canadien on my team: Rene Bourque. I’m betting on Bourque to get comfortable, hit a couple hot streaks and score a bunch of goals… or take some penalties.

My last 3 bench spots weren’t bad when it came to getting the guys I wanted that were still left in the pool. They have a chance to do some damage. And they have a chance to suck it up and provide nothing. Them’s the breaks.

16. James van Riemsdyk (I had to get over the Leafs thing)

17. Chris Neil (I had to get over the Sens thing)

18. Dustin Penner (It could work!)

So now I’ve got a roster of 18 hockey players who may or may not produce and who I may or may not have available for trade right now. Are there things I wish I’d done differently? Sure.

But there’s always next year!

Here’s hoping that you had success in your NHL fantasy draft and that you have a great season!

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5 years ago

20 Half- Assed Predictions For The 2013 NHL Season

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With the NHL season just a week away it’s time to start thinking about what could happen in the 2013 season. Because of the lockout and the shortened 48 game season your season preview magazines from the fall are pretty useless in my eyes. So, here is a list of things that I think could happen. Some more serious than others, but none really out of the complete realm of possibility.

If you agree, awesome. If you think I’m nuts, even better. If you have your own predictions let me know. Paste your links in the comment section if you’ve written your own predictions post.

Note: I understand that many hockey fans are still upset with the league and the PA and the entire lockout situation. Many of you have stated that you will not be back to watch NHL hockey this season and perhaps for longer. I get it. I was pissed when the World Series was cancelled back in the day. We all felt this way when we lost an entire NHL season only a few years ago. BUT if you are one of these fans please do not feel the need to ruin the new NHL season for the fans who are excited. Let them be. They love hockey and you do too. And they, like me, just wanna see the puck drop. Thank you. Claude Giroux vs Sidney Crosby

  1. Montreal will beat Toronto on opening night, Saturday January 19, 2013.
  2. Sidney Crosby will average 2.1 points per game and end the season with 101 points and the Art Ross Trophy.
  3. The 1st squid/octopus will hit the ice in Detroit on Tuesday, January 22 during the home opener against Dallas
  4. Edmonton will start the season hot, hot, hot – and make the play-offs.
  5. Don Cherry will come out firing on Coach’s Corner and be in mid-season form.
  6. Scott Gomez will score on opening night for the Montreal Canadiens – oh wait nevermind, my bad.
  7. Braden and Luke Schenn will get in a fight over who their mom likes best causing unrest in the Flyers locker room.
  8. Justin Schultz wins the Calder Trophy in a landslide.
  9. Mike Komisarek will continue to play his way into being cut/ bought out/ amnestied.
  10. Steven Stamkos will score 36 goals and win the Rocket Richard Trophy.
  11. The defending Stanley Cup Champion, LA Kings will earn the 4 seed in the Western Conference.
  12. Evander Kane will buy dinner for the entire Winnipeg sports media and win their love back.
  13. Brian Burke will have a new job before the end of the season – perhaps with the NHL league offices.
  14. Matt Stajan will… actually I have no idea what Matt Stajan will do.
  15. Cladue Giroux will dish out a 2 hander to Sidney Crosby and cause 0 damage but get a 2 game suspension.
  16. Jaromir Jagr will score 15 goals in 43 games in Dallas and think about coming back again next season.
  17. Cam Barker will make the Vancouver Canucks and play at least 27 games in the regular season.
  18. Alex Ovechkin will be asked about the distraction of his new engagement after not scoring in the first 2 games of the season.
  19. Ryan Miller wins the Vezina with a 2.15 GAA and 7 shutouts.
  20. Montreal will beat the Islanders at home on my birthday, February 21st.

GAME ON!

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