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What has been the biggest surprise so far

Postby lucky » 18/10/2017, 5:28

Greg Wyshynski: "Plan the parade" has, over the years, become a running joke between Toronto Maple Leafs fans and the rest of the hockey universe -- a shared laugh over the delusional hubris that's inherent to Leafs fandom, and really the only thing that's spared them from a descent into complete nihilism through decades of futility.
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So if the question is, "What is the biggest surprise for me so far?" then the answer would have to be that "plan the parade" has lost its irony. The Maple Leafs are actually good, they're http://www.nflbillsofficialshop.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_SHAREECE_WRIGHT_JERSEY.html actually ahead of schedule as Stanley http://www.authenticwildstore.com/matt-dumba-jersey_c-434.html Cup contenders and Auston Matthews actually has a chance to thwart Connor McDavid's predestined second straight Hart Trophy win, should the Leafs make the playoffs again.
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(OK, maybe not a total surprise: I picked the Leafs to win the Atlantic, although admittedly that was by default.)
Simply put, Matthews has been the most impressive player in the NHL through five games. His stats (five goals, three assists) are identical to those of his rookie season, although four of those goals last season came on opening night. But what we're seeing from Matthews in 2017-18 is domination against tougher line matches, better play on the defensive end, clutch scoring with two overtime goals already and a general sense that magic can happen every time he touches the puck.
That first goal against the Montreal Canadiens over the weekend? Sickness, to the point where one expected a swarm of doctors in Hazmat suits to hit the ice in an effort to contain it.
One of my Leafs fan friends was recently pondering whether Matthews -- 20 years old, 87 games into his career -- is the best Toronto player of the past 40 years, ahead of Hall of Fame names Gilmour and Sundin and Sittler. Much like "plan the parade," it's a statement that normally would draw snorts and groans about Toronto exceptionalism -- the kind of Womens Robert Horry Jersey thing you'd typically hear Don Cherry warble if Matthews was from Stouffville, Ontario, instead of the American desert.
But watching the 4-1-0 Leafs, seeing their depth, acknowledging the brilliant minds Womens Robert Horry Jersey that Brendan Shanahan has assembled and witnessing Matthews' undeniable trajectory as a megastar, it's entirely possible the Maple Leafs could be your 2017-18 Stanley Cup champions, Womens Robert Horry Jersey or at the very least your Eastern Conference ones. And I'm as surprised as you are.
After an offseason of change, the Blackhawks have started 4-1-1 -- beginning http://www.officialcalgaryflames.com/Adidas-Kris-Versteeg-Jersey with a wacky but dominant 10-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins -- proving concern over a decline was premature. Brandon Saad (six goals, Womens Robert Horry Jersey two assists) hasn't missed a beat. Patrick Kane (two goals, six assists) is just fine without Artemi Panarin opposite him at wing. Corey Crawford (.960 save percentage, 1.39 goals-against average) leads the way-too-early Vezina conversation, while new faces (Alex DeBrincat, Ryan Hartman, John Hayden and Nick Schmaltz, when he's healthy again) are ready to make the jump as the next wave of homegrown stars. Chicago is the team to beat in the Central, if not the West.
But more important: the Blackhawks stay relevant in their city's greater sports landscape. I've lived in Chicago for close to two years, and here's what I'll tell you about the pro sports scene: for the better part of this decade, the Blackhawks have run the show. After decades of ineptitude -- both on the ice and on the business side -- the Blackhawks have been this city's darling since winning the Cup in 2010 (and, of course, again in 2013 and again in 2015).
Well, what has happened in the last year? The Cubs aren't just lovable losers, they're lovable winners. The Bears might still be ways away from winning, but they finally have a quarterback in Mitch Trubisky, meaning they're relevant. The Blackhawks' commanding start keeps them on the local newscasts and in the

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Re: What has been the biggest surprise so far

Postby valerii » 01/06/2018, 23:01

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