Monday, May 28, 2007


Bits and Pieces, 5/28

The Stanley Cup Finals begin tonight at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time on Versus. The Anaheim Ducks and the Ottawa Senators will look for their first Stanley Cup in their franchise's history. Well, the first Stanley Cup in the modern era for the Senators, at least. Interchangeable Parts has a whole preview for it right here. I'm sure they are pleased for the Finals, if only because it means hockey is on television. It's been bad, with them resorting to covering the NBA Playoffs on one night. While you're at Interchangeable Parts, wish Schnookie a happy whatever-th birthday - no, you can't eat that cake.

It's still the off-season for the Devils and Patricia at 2 Man Advantage takes this time to consider issues on the wing and who to back up Martin Brodeur. Understandably, she still hates this part of the off-season - presumably because nothing interesting will happen until the end of June.

While you're waiting, go to Hockey's Future and read about the drafted and un-drafted hockey prospects out there. Back in late May, the writers re-ranked the 30 NHL teams based on the depth and quality of their prospects and the Devils ended up 28th overall. I don't think it's a big concern, given that a lot of those would-be prospects - Travis Zajac, David Clarkson, Andy Greene - jumped right into the first team. With the Devils usually picking in the last third in each round, top prospects usually will not fall into their lap; but you can't deny the success the organization has in finding diamonds in the rough and finding capable players outside of the draft (Greene, Johnny Oduya). Jared Ramsden has two good articles reviewing the Devils prospects' seasons; one focusing on those playing in European leagues and another focusing on the Lowell Devils.

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