Month: May 2011

What is MacKinnon worth?

How much is 'the next Sidney Crosby' worth? (Photo Credit: Hockey Canada)

By: Henry Whitfield

What is Nathan MacKinnon worth?

Baie-Commeau is publicly saying that they will not be trading away their top pick, but it is apparent that no guarantee from the young star has yet to be made.

Every team in the league will have contacted Steve Ahern and let them know they’re interested, but what is the right price for the next Sidney Crosby?

While it would be great to land someone as talented as MacKinnon, many players have been dubbed the second coming only to fizzle out and be a flop.

The great Alexander Daigle, drafted first by the Senators in 1999 anyone? Wisely chosen ahead of Saku Koivu, Chris Pronger and Paul Kariya.

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How about Hall of Fame Sam Bowie in the NBA 1984 draft, picked ahead of little known players like Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins and Charles Barkley.

Frk and Abeltshauser are locked in as the Mooseheads two Euro players. (Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

Nonetheless, the question is whether a team like the Halifax Mooseheads mortgage their future for a shot at this would-be stud? Is the price of Carl Gelinas,Andrew Ryan, Simon Desmarais and draft picks too much to give up?

The pressure is immense, a team that has floundered and found itself the worst team in the CHL over the last few seasons.

However, the Mooseheads have a roster stocked with young talent, a brand new head coach who knows what he is doing and a general manager who pulled all the right moves last year.

With a first-round pick (11th overall) in the CHL Import draft to move around and five picks in the top 50, the Mooseheads should be able to move this team forward to build a winner.

Don’t get me wrong, picking up MacKinnon would be huge for the young Herd, imagine Frk and MacKinnon on the same line, but is it worth taking five steps back only to take a few steps forward?

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Henry is a contributor to Sportstream.ca and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU every Tuesday Morning at 11. You can follow him on twitter at HenryWhitfield, where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

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NHL Western Conference Final Predos

Vancouver Canucks (1) vs San Jose Sharks (2)

Many chalked in this matchup months ago and after battling through the first two rounds, the Sharks and Canucks are ready to battle it out for the Western Conference.

While the Sharks got here through their big guys showing up, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau both showed up against the Red Wings. However, the Canucks have rode the play of Ryan Kesler while their twin stars fail to shine and play supporting cast.

The Sedin Twins have the stars aligned to get going, with the Sharks Penalty Killing hurting the brothers should be able to start firing on all cylinders in no-time at all.

Roberto Luongo has everything to prove while Antti Niemi has been there and done that. The series pits a top pedigree goalie who hasn’t proved himself in the playoffs against a goalie that can’t get it done but has a Stanley Cup win on his resume.

Key Players: The Sedin Twins are the way to the Stanley Cup for the Canucks and will need to start playing for this team to get to the promised land. Kesler can only carry the team so far before the talented duo have to pick up the slack.

My Prediction? The Canucks win in Six, pitting them up against the Boston Bruins for Hockey’s holy grail.

Agree? Disagree? Think i’m crazy? That’s fine, chime in with your 2-Cents below in the comments section and let us know your predictions and thoughts for the second round of the playoffs.

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Henry is a contributor to Sportstream.ca and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU every Tuesday Morning at 11. You can follow him on twitter at HenryWhitfield, where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads games

NHL Eastern Conference Final Predos

Then there were four.

With the Conference Finals starting tonight with the battle in the East, let’s take a look at how I did in the last round:

Canucks in Six, Canucks won in Six

Detroit in Six, San Jose won in Seven

Caps in Five, Lightning Swept Caps in Four

Flyers in Seven, Boston Swept Flyers in Four

Not great at all, picking just one out of four correctly and yet not many had Flyers and Caps being swept. Nonetheless, here are my predictions for the Eastern Conference Final starting tonight:

Boston Bruins (3) vs  (5) Tampa Bay Lightning 

This series is all about the underdog fighting it’s way to the top, The Lightning scraped together wins on the back of overachieving Dwayne Roloson and the surprise play of Sean Bergenheim who leads both teams with seven goals so far in the playoffs.

While the Lightning is overachieving, it may surprise some that the Bruins have made it to the Eastern Conference final while underachieving.

Their powerplay has been abysmal and Tim Thomas has shown weakness and allowed some uncharacteristically bad goals.

The usual suspects will come to play for the Bolts, with Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier stepping up but the better team here is the Boston Bruins.

Biggest matchup will be that of the men in the crease and who will crack first. This series pits the two top goalies against each other and my money is on Roloson cracking first, he may be playing stellar in the playoffs but Thomas has done that all season.

Throw in the massive Zdeno Chara, the scoring threat of Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Mark Rechi with a supporting cast of Rich Peverley, Michael Ryder and Milan Lucic and you have just the tip of the iceberg in talent that Boston boasts.

Simply put? The Bolts will be hard-pressed to take this series to seven unless Rolo can stand on his head.

Some may argue that the Bolts beat a good team in the last round, but let’s get one thing straight the Boston Bruins are a far better team than the Washington Capitals and a Crosby-less Pittsburgh Penguins.

Key Player: Dwayne Roloson is the key for the Bolts, he’s currently standing on his head and the top goalie in the playoffs and will need to put up a brick-wall in his crease to keep his team in this series.

My Prediction? The Bruins finish this one quickly and take a breather, this series is won by the Bruins in Six.

Come back tomorrow for my Western Conference Final Predictions.

Agree? Disagree? Think i’m crazy? That’s fine, chime in with your 2-Cents below in the comments section and let us know your predictions and thoughts for the second round of the playoffs.

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Henry is a contributor to Sportstream.ca and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU every Tuesday Morning at 11. You can follow him on twitter at HenryWhitfield, where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads games