Rebutting ESPN’s omission of John Tavares from their list of top 25 players under 25…One reason why Tavares thrives on Long Island…Taylor Hall unhappy over Oilers performance…Leafs fortunes rise while Habs fall…Is Scott Howson the right person for the GM job with Columbus? …The career of former NHL defenseman Bill Quackenbush…Don Cherry is a pirate!


ESPN omits John Tavares from list of top 25 players under 25.

LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: An excellent rebuttal to ESPN’s omission of NY Islanders forward John Tavares from their list of top 25 NHL players under 25. That Tavares is left off the list while Sergei Kostitsyn makes it says all you need to know.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz suggests one reason John Tavares is thriving with the Islanders is he enjoys being out of the limelight. That’s as may be, but I wonder what will happen if, one day, the Isles actually become a good team while Tavares is on it, and starts to garner more attention.

BACKHAND SHELF: Chris Lund observes Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall clearly isn’t happy with all the losing his team has done of late.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Paul Bruno examines why the Leafs fortunes are rising while the Canadiens are falling, though judging by their recent play, the Leafs fortunes might not be as improved as they appear.

THE CANNON: Matt Wagner questions the sensibility of the Blue Jackets keeping Scott Howson as GM and Mike Priest as as team president beyond this season.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: A look at the career of former NHL defenseman Bill Quackenbush, whose last name I’ve always liked, dating back to when I was reading hockey history as a kid.

THE BIG LEAD: Don Cherry decided to dress up like a pirate in his latest installment of “Coach’s Corner”. Yarrr, me hearties!