Welcome to the Thursday ramblings, I will go over the latest KHL awards Kontroversy (Yes I have always been a Mortal Kombat fan, minus the new and improved micro-transactions) and memorial cup updates. Yay, fun happy time! Let’s go!
On Wednesday the KHL handed out its awards to the top players for the 2017-18 season. A few routine ones you would expect:
Best player: Nikita Gusev
Pretty much expected as he is one of the best players in hockey not playing in the NHL.
Best Defenseman: Philip Larsen
His first season back in the KHL and he is named top defenseman. You would think NHL teams would figure out how to use him but apparently Vancouver, Edmonton, and Dallas never did. He has another two years left on his contract, but he will likely stay in the KHL for the remainder of his career.
Best Rookie: Vitaly Kravtsov
Yes exactly who you would expect to win the award. Kravtsov, before playing extremely well in the playoffs with 11 points in 16 games, he had a massive seven points in 35 regular season games. As we all know seven points in 35 games, A 0.20 POINT PER GAME AVERAGE, is much tougher than a MEASLY 36 points in 49 games, which is a much smaller 0.73 points per game. As we all know 0.200000 > 0.73, see, math.
This is to take nothing away from Kravtsov skill and player-wise, I think he has the skill to be a top six NHL forward and the only reason he will go in the latter-half of the NHL draft is because of the dumb #RussianFactor.
Let us get this straight though Eeli Tolvanen should have won this hands down, politics were likely involved. This would be like Joel Eriksson Ek winning the Calder this season over Mathew Barzal. Ok, rant over.
Let us now recap the Memorial Cup action from Sunday, and if I can stay up I will go over tonight’s action once game 7 is over (TBay vs WSH).
Acadie-Bathurst Titans 8 – 6 Regina Pats
The Titans ended the first up 3-1 and then doubled up the Pats to end the second 6-2. Regina brought it close in the end going from down 7-2 to 7-6 before Noah Dobson scored on an empty net with one second remaining for the Titans
Sam Steel was named the second star of the game as he had four assists, including assisting on the first three third period goals.
Noah Dobson went two and two for four points as well, to earn himself the first star of the game. Over-ager Jeffrey Truchon-Viel also had two and two as a strong playoff performance could gain him an NHL contract. Third star went to Liam Murphy as he had a goal and two assists.
Hamilton Bulldogs 2 – 1 Swift Current Broncos
Marian Studenic, the Devils 2017 fifth rounder, continued his late game heroics scoring the go-ahead-goal with two minutes left in the third to give Hamilton the win.
Stuart Skinner almost stole this one for the Broncos stopping 54 of 56 shots he faced, and that was easily enough to earn him top star honours. Kaden Fulcher stopped 21 of 22 shots to come away with the third star, but this game was dominated by Hamilton in the end.
Hamilton Bulldogs 3 – 2 Acadie-Bathurst Titans
Robert Thomas was the driving force behind the Bulldogs in t