Rich’s Ramblings

Rich Dillon

2012-09-16

 

Saturday, September 15

 

As I write this, barring a last-minute save later tonight, it appears that the NHL lockout is inevitable. To call it unfortunate would be an understatement. I won’t give my analysis of the dispute, you can read that elsewhere, but I find it hard to believe that either side is allowing this to happen. The NHL has made some real traction in recent years in terms of popularity, but both sides are apparently willing to risk how a lockout will affect the NHL fan base.

 

With the deadline of the CBA approaching, teams have begun reassigning prospects and young NHL veterans to the AHL. Not that it really means anything, likely every eligible player will be sent back to junior or to the AHL, but there are some interesting players that could at least begin the season in the A. Among the names that may play in the temporary top professional league in North America are:

 

Winnipeg:  Alex Burmistrov (St. John’s)

 

New Jersey:  Adam Henrique, Adam Larsson and Alexander Urbom (Albany)

 

Edmonton:  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz and Magnus Paajar