Canadian Corner – November 24, 2011.

In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scoring at a point-per-game pace…Canucks coach reaches team milestone…Brian Gionta clinches comeback win for Canadiens over Hurricanes…Ron Hainsey jumping back into action for Jets…Flames play better, still lose…Leafs hoping youngsters keep playing well…Senators players getting hight number of votes for All-Star Game.


Nugent-Hopkins scoring at point-per-game pace.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is scoring at a point-per-game clip, a rate of scoring rare for most rookies.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Remember the critics at the start of the season who said the Oilers were making a mistake keeping Nugent-Hopkins in their lineup this season, that he was still too small to play well at the NHL level, and he needed another year in Junior? Whatever happened to them? I ask because we don’t hear much from them anymore.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks 3-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche last night was a milestone for head coach Alain Vigneault, who surpassed Marc Crawford for most wins by a Canucks head coach.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to Vigneault on reaching this milestone.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens captain Brian Gionta was -3 in regulation against the Carolina Hurricanes, but redeemed himself by potting the game-winning goal in a shootout as the Habs downed the Hurricanes 4-3.

WINNIPEG SUN: Defenseman Ron Hainsey had little time to ease back into the lineup after returning from injury, playing over 23 minutes in the Jets 4-3 OT loss to the Washington Capitals.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames had a strong effort against the Detroit Red Wings, but penalties cost them in their 5-3 loss.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flames can continue to put forth the same effort, but with more discipline, in their future games, they might be able to turn things around this season.

TORONTO SUN: The Leafs will hope youngsters Joe Colborne, Matt Frattin and Jake Gardiner continue to play as well as they did in the club’s 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators have no problem with fans stuffing the ballot box for the All-Star Game in their favor. Defenseman Erik Karlsson was leading in the first round of votes, while Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza are also near the top of the list.


  1. Not just because I’m clearly an oilers fan, but has a rookie looked this good in the league since Crosby? This kid so far with his performance would win the Calder any year since Crosby it’s crazy watching him do his thing. The goal against Dallas the other night was a prime example.

  2. RNH has been great so far.. he’s far exceeded my expectations. Crosby, Malkin and Ovechkin all scored a a PPG clip during their rookie years, so that is elite company IF he keeps it up. I’d say he’s the best looking rookie since Patty Kane for sure.

  3. What’s gonna happen with all these young players when their entry level contracts all expire at the same time? I wonder if the Oil will be able to retain all of them.

  4. If the pens can keep crosby, malkin, staal, letang, and fleury I think the oil can retain hall eberle and rnh

  5. @loyal2oil I couldn’t agree more. I know people keep saying that it will be impossible, but lets take a look at this.

    Hall, Svensson, Eberle, Teubert all have one season after this … The Nuge the year after, Omark is this year.

    In between that Bulin, Sutton, Gagner, Hemsky, Smyth all come up. Oilers have faith in Dubnyk and either Danis or Roy backing him up in the future. Chorney is still in the minors so let us not worry about defense or goalie replacements there and assume that plan works.

    They will likely flip Gagner’s salary onto defense and they can afford to lose a forward so lets assume they drop $5,000,000 into a forward (between Hemsky/Smyth). With the Souray buy out also off the books the Oilers have around $6-7 million saved, plus a current $2,000,000 in space. $9,000,000 to add to those rookies. With Omark, Svensson, Terburt not doing tons quite yet. They will be fine.