So since I have not talked about sports in a while, this blog is going to be mainly sports related, so if you do not like sports, thank you for clicking my blog so I at least get credit for a “site view”
First off, Friday night was the annual NHL Draft and it was held in Pittsburgh this year. I love when the draft rolls around because it seems like it is the start of the “unofficial season” meaning that when the draft happens, we start hearing about possible trades and who will sign with who come July 1st (the date that some players become free agents). This year was no different, with big players on the trade market/free agency such as Rick Nash, Roberto Luongo, and Zach Parise. Now, this year my team, the Mighty Quackers (Ducks) had the 6th pick in the draft and drafted the big Swedish Defenseman Hampus Lindholm. I was Ok with this pick, considering the Ducks need some more solid defensemen. Lindholm is listed at 6’3 so let’s hope he can become a presence in the National Hockey League.
Some of my personal highlights of the draft were that Edmonton once again won the draft lottery, and had the first pick overall. They decided to take Nail Yakupov, who was listed as the top prospect in the draft. Yakupov will most likely get a shot to play in the NHL next season along with young stars such as Nugent-Hopkins, Hall, Eberle…Gagner (even though I think he might get traded). Another highlight of the draft came when Calgary selected Mark Jankowski 21st overall. Now I am not trying to be a “hater” but this pick surprised a lot of people. He hasn’t played junior hockey, and the highlights that were shown of him were High School highlights. Hopefully this kid can turn out to be a solid NHL Player because that would show that the Calgary Flames scouts are quite decent at their jobs. Also happening this weekend was the Leafs trading Luke Schenn to Philly for James Van Riemsdyk. I think this was a great trade for both teams and that each player will turn out to be a solid NHL player in their new colours.
The Blue Jays have also somewhat stayed in the race this year and are beginning to play important baseball. Even though they just signed Jaime Moyer (49 years old!!) to an AAA contract, they need all the help they can get from their pitching rotation. Every starter seems to be going down with an injury so let’s hope they can battle through the injuries and end up playing important baseball in August and September.
That’s about it for me, if you want to talk hockey/baseball or simply let me know if you agree/disagree with what I have said here, feel free to comment, or send me a message on facebook or twitter as I love talking sports with whomever.
This upcoming weekend is Canada Day here in Ottawa so I will be sure to post a blog about it next week! Have a safe holiday and enjoy yourselves!!!
Blog ya later,