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We celebrate the 1983 Wayzata Club Hockey Team and one of its stars, Jonny "The Mouse" Mikkelson, who once told me "Our team was so good the varsity wouldn't play us." When asked why he didn't play varsity Mouse said, "Too little." Cutest ever. So, we salute the greatest Club Hockey Team ever, a squad so vaunted even Jim Craig's Miracle team wanted nothing to do with it. Trottier, Bossy, Gretzky, Messier ... dead! Long live the 1983 Wayzata Club Hockey team!
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NHL DRAFT B/B ...
Even though we are closer to the 4th of July than Memorial Day, the NHL is still extremely intriguing to hard-core hockey fans. The playoffs have been outstanding. The Cup final is shaping up to be a classic with two classic, old-school squads. Two of the best uniforms in hockey too. Once the Finals are over, the much-anticipated NHL draft is next. Well, it’s probably as anticipated as the new phone books arriving at your house in that plastic bag which 98% of people just toss it into the recycling bin, but I digress….
That leaves Halifax Moosehead Nathan MacKinnon going to the hockey hotbed Florida Panthers. Me and my hockey-playing buddies have gone to visit Halifax for the past 8 years. Through business and friendships with Moosehead owner Bobby Smith (yes, former North Star Bobby Smith), we go up to Halifax, play against Moose coaching staff, trainers, and yes owner. We get our butts kicked. Hitting many of the local watering holes, golf, boat rides, more watering holes and going to Moosehead games is included. The Mooseheads got to the QMJHL finals against Sid the Kid back in ’05. Then got really bad. Then, through multiple trades, this year Bobby Smith got the Mooseheads to win the “Q”, then the coveted (well, in Canada anyway) Memorial Cup. Nathan MacKinnon being the main reason (hat trick in final game.) Smith traded 3 first-rounders for MacKinnon. Worth every penny. Projected to go right after the Shattuck-St. Mary product MacKinnon will be Jonathan Druin. He will go to Tampa Bay. I have seen these guys play in person and they’ve been jaw-droppingly good. (yea, I even have a #22 MacKinnon Moosehead t-shirt…)
I would love to see Chuck Fletcher make a move to get the 2nd pick, but it would cost the farm. The Wild don’t have the farm. It won’t happen. So, long story longer, you have read it here first. Nathan MacKinnon will be the best player in the NHL in a few years. The thing that sucks is it will be for a team nobody cares about, the freaking Florida Panthers.
(I’m guessing this will be the only NHL draft-related material on this website. PA, if you were going to break this down too, I apologize…)
PERCY HARVIN was zipping around mini-camp today like the game-changer he has become. Great to see him out there, too. Still wondering whatthehell the problem is, and am not buying AP GUY was wrong with his splashy break yesterday.
Something has pissed off Percy and whether he is wrong or right we have a month and change to fix it before 'FANkato starts. Percy tweeted it's not about the cash and today I guess he tweeted the whole thing has been overblown. I respectfully disagree and do feel something has irked him.
I have broken it down repeatedly on the radio and am going with my gut vibe -- there might be something amiss between Percy and OC BILL MUSGRAVE and the way the offense is constructed or Bill's expectations of Percy the professional.
Musgrave is one of the smartest people I have come acoss since working with the Vikings and he demands professionalism from his players. Never got the feeling MCNABB respected Bill the way a QB should and also didn't feel Bill was sad to see Donovan go. Bill stands his ground and has a wonderful plan for this offense.
If Percy is frustrated because he feels he is being ridden too hard by the OC it would be because Bill counts on him so much he wants it done a certain way to maximize Percy's season and, thus, the offensive productivity. I know Percy doesn't have a problem with LESLIE, CHRISTIAN or WR coach GEORGE STEWART. So, if it's not about money it has to be something involving his role with the offense. I tried to broach the subject privately today during my four hours at Winter Park but quickly could tell the bit is too hot and touchy, so I backed off.
Percy can be quite moody and my guess is something stupid has set him off and, again, I do believe AP Guy had good steam. Something has to crack here if my guess is accurate. SPIELMAN, MARK WILF and Leslie know what the problem is and privately didn't seem overly concerned with it. I believe it will be a thing of the past by the time we hit 'FANkato, and that's good news.
Meanwhile, our MLB situation bugs me a bit. JASPER BRINKLEY is the man in the middle and they trust he will be fine despite limited experience. Problem is with that groin he missed all of mini-camp. Our depth at LB is very suspect. ERIN HENDERSON and GREENWAY will be fine but if we get nicked up there we get thrown into the belly of the beast.
Teams will put us in a 4-3 base with Jasper on the field and throw out of it to make him think on the fly and make plays. His "drops" became better end of the 2009 season and he's a "thumper" against the run. I like Jasper very much and also believe he can hold down the spot. Big training camp for Jasper Brinkley.
I leave mini-camp very high on our offensive line and CB's. I predict CHRIS COOK has a terrific season and that ANTOINE WINFIELD plays very well, too. That's going to be so much better than GRIFFIN and SAPP and ALLEN, the primary guys last year. This, too, will give JOSH ROBINSON a chance to grow.