Well, John Scott may very well be headed to the all-star game this year. Around 4 PM on December 1st, John Scott was sitting pretty at 56th overall in all-star voting. Now… well… here’s a picture of how things are going for him now (December 2nd, 12 PM).
It will be interesting to see if the NHL will intervene. Though, I know quite a few people who will tune into the all-star game knowing that the 6’8″ giant will be hustling from goal line to goal line, in an attempt to keep up with the NHL’s best players in the new 3-on-3 format. Let’s not forgot that John Scott is coming off of his breakout season in which he more than doubled his career goal totals and scoring with an impressive 15% shot percentage.
So Mr. McDavid has been tearing up his young counterparts over at an Edmonton prospects scrimmage, putting up 5 goals (4 nasty and one own goal by the defense; but let’s face it, McDavid definitely planned it). Clearly showing his absolute dominance over players his age, the world is excited to see how he handles the show.
Now that Edmonton has a proven coach (proven, at least, to consistently get to the playoffs), a solid goaltender, and improved defense, there is no better time than the present for the Oilers to start making cup runs. Please save the arguments about Edmonton ruining 1st overall picks for another blog and I’ll refrain from referring to PPG production in comparison to players in the same draft class.
CCM quickly scooped McDavid up to join the CCM family. So as we dive into Connor McDavid’s hockey wardrobe, you should pretend to act a little surprised when we showcase his CCM equipment.
Two teams left: the best of the best. We have done quite a few blogs that break down NHL players’ equipment choices. Granted, these players could be wearing mittens, playing with pieces of firewood and skating on shoes with knives taped to the bottom, and still skate circles around us. So, what’s the point of doing these blogs? There are a few reasons. Aside from the players with brand contracts, players generally choose their equipment. So for a player with free or relatively inexpensive gear at their disposal, players have the opportunity to find the best possible gear for them. That said, their gear choice is completely dependent on the players’ preference and therefore rather irrelevant to us. By taking a step back and looking at teams as a whole, we can start to see trends and tendencies of players. When you see many players or a type of player shifting toward one glove, stick, helmet or skate, then we have a statistic worth seeing. Also, it’s interesting to see if NHL players use the same stick that you do.
*Note: Players dressing in any one of the first three games were recorded*
Here we are in the middle of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. For some of us it has been a stressful month rooting for your team; while for others it has been simply a relaxing time spent watching hockey played at its finest. Whether or not you still have a vested interest in the outcome of the playoffs, here’s a little something that all hockey players can relate to no matter the playoff situation, hockey sticks.
In the past we’ve done a lot of breakdowns of stick usage depending on the number of goals scored. This time we stepped back and broke it down a little differently. Don’t worry, we’ll still total everything up for you. See? Here you go.
55.4% mid-kickpoint sticks
44.6% low-kickpoint sticks
Just note that these percentages are for the “top” players in the playoffs right now. By “top” we mean players who have acquired 4 or more points in the course of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs.
As the best hockey retailer out there, we often get a lot of questions about which stick you should buy. Way too many times, people assume that they need a certain kind of stick depending on what position they play. While it plays a factor, the real deciding variable is simply the shooting style (for more information about the different kickpoints in hockey sticks, check out this blog). So, we decided to break down the stick usage first by player position, then brand, stick line, and finally kickpoints.
With the first round of the playoffs over, goaltending has once again been the most important factor in determining who goes on and who goes golfing. Let’s take an objective look at the top 5 starting goaltenders and I will attempt to rank them based on their career statistics and current play, while also highlighting some of the gear they wear.
Honorable mention: Jonas Hiller
Hiller has always been a good goaltender whom, despite posting a very solid .917 SV% in 350 starts, has managed to fly under the radar. Hiller has been dominant in his limited postseason experience, posting a .932 SV% in 32 games played. As a goalie who spends 99% of the game in the butterfly position, every team should follow the lame advice that Eddy Olczyk spews ad nauseam, and “elevate the puck”! Continue reading NHL Playoff Goalie Ranking and Gear Breakdown
With the all-star game still fresh on our minds, we sat down and thought about different ways to group the creme de la creme. As the world’s greatest hockey retailer (c’mon, you know it’s true), we have brands constantly on our minds. So… we decided to make a dream team based off of the brands’ athletes; but we wanted to do more with it, so to be more accurate we created a brand fantasy line (C, RW, LW, D, D, G), and will make them a fantasy hockey league of sorts for the remainder of the season. We’ll be using Yahoo fantasy hockey as a basis for stat collecting and player positions.
We recently launched a section on our website that highlights NHL players and the gear they use. Check it out here.
Honestly, it was really hard trying to put these lines together as we had to pass up a lot of superstars. Just a note: we didn’t choose players based on the potential chemistry or how feasible the team could play together. So here are the rosters:
Well the All-Star weekend has come and gone, and there certainly were some moments to remember (insert reminiscing). I’ll forego recapping our favorite moments and skip to the content. Personally, the skills competition is more enjoyable to watch than the game itself, so we decided to break down the gear of the skills winners: Jonathan Drouin, Shea Weber, Patrick Kane, and Ryan Johansen. Honorable mention to the eventual skills champion Team Foligno; though we are not going to break down each player on the team. Team Foligno, we honor you. Moving on…
It was hilarious and awesome to see The Phil beat out Tyler Seguin in the fastest skater competition, but eventually the young speedster, Jonathan Drouin, was crowned as the fastest skater. At first glance, you can see that Drouin is head-to-toe CCM. The jets of choice for the young man are the CCM Tacks Skates. Nicely complementing the skates is the CCM Tacks Stick held by the traditional CCM 4-Roll gloves. To top it off, Drouin protects the brain with the CCM Resistance Helmet.
While not new to the NHL, Tarasenko is new to the spotlight. Vladimir Tarasenko really burst out of mediocracy in the 2014 – 2015 season, netting 20 goals for the St. Louis Blues thus far. I don’t mean to insult this young man’s first two seasons in the NHL, but this season starts the new chapter for Tarasenko. This young Russian is on his way to superstardom. — Also, being mediocre in the NHL is still an unbelievable accomplishment. — At this point in the season, the 23 year old is tied for second in scoring, tied for fourth in points, and sits in second for the highest +/-. So why is he the player of the day today? Last night (12/16/14), Tarasenko put three biscuits in the basket against the LA Kings for his second hat trick of the season. So, we are going to take a look at some of the weapons and armor that allow him to do what he does best.
We’re down to the last series of the season, where the best of the best duel it out on the cold, hard ice to determine who has the honor to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup. As hockey players and fans, we have the opportunity to watch the players and smile when we notice these incredible players using the same equipment as us. For others of us, it saddens us to realize the full potential of our gear and how our sticks or skates will never perform that way… Anyways, IW took a look at all of the players with ice time during game one of the Stanley Cup final. Looking at the 18 New York Rangers and the 18 Los Angeles Kings that stepped foot on the ice last Wednesday, we see some shocking and not so shocking trends in gear usage.
While most are awaiting the return of the legendary CCM Tacks name that will be reincarnated in the form of new skate and stick lines, the CCM Resistance Helmet will be there sharing the spotlight. During these 2014 NHL Playoffs, many of the top players have been rocking the new bucket; LA King’s captain Dustin Brown, Philly’s Vinny Lecavalier and Chicago’s Marian Hossa are just a few of the many.
The CCM Resistance has done quite well being adopted and accepted by NHL’ers, especially since the previous Vector shell was the most popular shell in the whole league. The shell shape is an evolution of the previous Vector but it has a clean, updated and aggressive look. The ventilation has been significantly increased with the use of more ventilation ports with strategic placement. The vents on the top of the helmet show off the protective Impact Pods in the liner, giving it a distinct look that really stands out on TV after you’ve see it once.