Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Sleepy Sunday

OK we admit it, because of all the hockey that we get to watch during the course of the season involving the NewYork Ranger and New York Islander prospects that there are days when the hockey is boring.

It is not a knock on the players because it's a long season and not every game is going to be a classic. Sometimes the winning ugly game is a lot better than losing the pretty classic.

So on days like these we decide to focus on the players rather than the wins or losses. We do that because at this point the season we wonder if players might benefit from a change of scenery.

And as much as we like Christian Thomas (NYR 2010 2nd), as much as we like the folks will run the Oshawa Generals including the owner of theirs named Adam Graves that maybe the Generals think about tomorrow. With 27 games remaining in the OHL regular season, do the Generals seriously think they can make a run in the playoffs?

Or as they did once a time, trade a player was not gonna be back next year and get as much for him as they possibly can. Christian Thomas on a good team can be a season changer just like the London Knights did when they sent Thomas to Oshawa as part of the John Tavares/Michael Del Zotto trade?

On Sunday, Thomas had a goal and an assist as the Generals lost 6-2 to the Brampton Battalion. Thomas set up Oshawa's first goal which at the time tied the game at 1-1 but Brampton wound up leading 2-1 after the first period then 3-1 after 2.

In the third period, Thomas scored his 18th goal of the season to cut the lead to 3-2 at 3:44. But that was as close as Oshawa would get as Brampton added a goal 17 seconds later to make a 4-2 and then two more goals to put the game away.

Oshawa saw to winning streak end at five games and still find themselves in ninth place in the OHL's Eastern Conference. Thomas improves to 18-19-37 and is heating up going 5-5-10 in his last 6 games.

JT Miller (NYR 2011 1st) and his Plymouth Whalers would be one of the places where we would like to see Christian Thomas wind up. Miller and his Whalers are in second place in the OHL's Western Conference and after a 2-1 win over the Sarnia Sting have a six game awinning streak going.

Of course the idea of Thomas on the same team as his future teammate sooner than later is our goal.  For us it is win-win with the Whalers making a possible Memorial Cup run only helping these 2 Ranger prospects.

As for the game, Miller was scoreless as the Whalers took advantage of Sarnia missing their leading sThe two teams played to a 2- 2 overtime tie as Kreider was scoreless and took only two shots. You already know what to say about how many shots Kreider took so we will skip that.

We are mildly disappointed to be still harping on this at this point in this season. Boston College will not go anywhere without Chris Kreider dominating, corer Nail Yakupov who was injured in the recently concluded World Under-20. But then again put Thomas on the same team as Yakupov has its appeal too.

Chris Kreider (NYR 2009 1st) and his fourth ranked Boston College Eagles hosted 6th ranked Merrimack College in a key Hockey East matchup. Boston College is currently in first of the conference while back is 3rd just three points back but Merrimack has 2 games in hand.

Kirill Kabanov (NYI 2010 3rd) is another player who we think should be producing more than he has been. Kabanov is supposed to be a world class talent and we have seen him dominate. We watched him last season carry the list in in the playoffs and 14-16-30 in 26 games we believe is underachieving.

On Sunday, Kabanov was scoreless as his Shawinigan Cataractes defeated the Victoriaville Tigre 4-2. We would like to see Kabanov going to run and now wait until is guaranteed spot in the Memorial Cup to do that.

Brendan Kichton (NYI 2011 5th) had a primary as well as a secondary assist to help is Spokane Chiefs to 5-3 win over the Everett Silvertips. For Kichton the 2 assists raise his season totals to 6-31-37.

In Edmonton, John Persson (NYI 2011 5th) and his Red Deer Rebels took on WHL Eastern Conference leaders the Edmonton Oil Kings with Michael St. Croix (NYR 2011 4th). In what was a bit of an upset Red Deer defeated Edmonton 4-3 in the shootout.

This was a fight fille game which saw both teams combine for 36 penalties and 114 PIMs. Red Deer was able to halt St. Croix's 7 game scoring streak (7-10-17) while Persson scored his 14th goal of the season.

(Thomas-Oshawa Generals, Miller-Plymouth Whalers)

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