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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…)
I am Tweeting -- it's @pakfanvikes. Don't tease me. I don't have a pic and don't know how to post links. I'll treat it fairly and with dedication the way I do the rest of my jobs. Bet. Twitter -- IN!
BEN LEBER (@nacholeber) is an Elite Football Mind and I am stealing his idea from the 9-to-Nooner today. Offensively, Benjamin thinks we should go two tights, two wides and ADRIAN and do that for basically the entire game. He elaborated a little, so podcast the sucker because the segment was on air, on line, on demand, on Twitter and on fire!
I get his bit and agree with him. If we don't have the greatest receivers in the game let's minimize the sets and just use two, rotating PERCY (in question Sunday), JEROME, DEVIN, JENKINS and maybe JARIUS WRIGHT. Then, let's dust off CARLSON and bookend him with RUDOLPH and keep the Lions in "base" and isolate LB's and put them in weird spots. Rotate Carlson and ELLISON. Adrian as the "single set" means they mostly stay in a 4-3 and we'll run well against it.
Split the TE's wide when you have to, throw out of the seven OL look and find the receivers short and long. We are running so well right now DELMAS and SPIEVEY (Det.'s safeties) will have to honor it and we'll assure one-one-one chances with our two wideouts. Of course, there will have to be three-wide sets to not stay predictable and the defense will have to play well so we don't have to come from behind, but the two-TE, two-WR, Adrian bit intrigues me. Sub TOBY for Peterson and throw to him. Use JOE in the backfield and throw and/or pitch to him. They'll never see it coming.
Maybe this will help get CHRISTIAN off to a fast start and we can sustain drives like we did earlier this season. Our defense has been on the field too much and the run defense is very, very leaky. Let's play the game of keep-away with the cool-ass offensive set, keeping MEGATRON, TITUS (he's hot) and STAFFORD on the sidelines. These Lions scored one offensive TD against us and it came right at the end of the contest.
Their next four games they have scored nine offensive TD's and are doing it in multi-faceted fashion. The Lions feel they have found a groove since the cool, come-from-behind win at Philly. We need to sweep this team, and offensively let's get these TE's in the mix. Remember, we heard all offseason "it's a TE-based offense" and that's what we do. Well, let's start doing it because two catches for 17 yards the last three games ain't good enough for Rudolph. Let's play.