Canadian Corner – November 22, 2011.

In today’s roundup of notable NHL Canadian team news: Phil Kessel’s emergence as a scoring star…Canucks Mason Raymond close to a return…Kyle Wellwood a steal for the Jets…Calling on Brendan Shanahan to crack down on Canucks…Flames coach unhappy with team’s loss to lowly Blue Jackets…Canadiens lose a close one to Bruins…Oilers lose to Stars.


Kessel emerging as scoring superstar.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel’s impressive start to this season suggests he’s emerging as a superstar.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen how long Kessel can continue his torrid scoring streak, but barring a serious mid-season swoon, he could be in contention for the Richard and Art Ross trophies this season.

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks forward Mason Raymond is getting closer to returning to the lineup.

WINNIPEG SUN: Considered merely an off-season depth addition, center Kyle Wellwood has turned into a pleasant early season surprise for the Jets, leading the team in scoring.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d say the Jets have so far received full value for the $700K they invested in Wellwood. Also, he has not heard many of those boring, stupid fat jokes lately.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch wants league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan to crack down on Canucks forward Maxim Lapierre for checking Jesse Winchester of the Senators into an open bench door.

CALGARY HERALD: Flames head coach Brent Sutter wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance in their 4-1 loss to the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sutter can growl all he wants, the bottom line is this Flames team simply isn’t very good, and if things don’t improve soon, they’ll be out of the playoff picture by the trade deadline, just in time for GM Jay Feaster to begin the rebuilding in earnest.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens dropped a 1-0 decision to the Boston Bruins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins can thank goalie Tim Thomas, who was outstanding in this one.

EDMONTON JOURNAL:  The Oilers stumbled in Dallas, as the Stars outplayed them en route to a 4-1 victory.



  1. Reminds me of the year Pat Lafontaine was leading the league in scoring then a certain Pittsburgh Penguin
    who missed a quarter or more of the season caught him and won the art ross guess history does repeat itself the over under is 20 games

  2. I’d be curious to see what Kessel could accomplish if he ever gets the chance to play with a true #1 playmaking centre again like he did in Boston with Savard. Granted, Tim Connolly has been solid when healthy but I don’t think anybody would ever mistake him for a legitimate first line center.

    I know as a Bruins fan I’m supposed to hate Kessel but to be honest I can’t help but be happy for him after all he has been through so far in his career (surviving cancer, being constantly ridiculed by fans and the media, being thrown into a no-win situation by being expected to carry the Leafs while he was still very early in his development as a player etc.). Hopefully he keeps it up and continues to play as hard as he has this season.

  3. The Bruins were completely outplayed by the Habs last night. They were lucky to walk away with two points.

    Sanford, 2-0-1 in his three starts. The Blue Jackets definitely have more confidence when playing in front of him than Mason.

    Welcome back Sid, on pace for a 248 point season.

    Panthers, 2nd in conference, really?

  4. If you want to see a ridiculous stat that explains completely how dominant the Bruins have been lately, check out their differential between goals for and against – last time I looked, it was a goal a game. They could be headed for a record-breaking season.

  5. The Bruins will not be able to keep this pace up but their sudden jolt out of stanley cup slumber has been nothing short of awesome. And when they haven’t scored, TT has been a rock – the definition of an outstanding goalie. Still waiting for the Canucks to get a spark under them that propels them to greater streaks than win 1 lose 1…