Like father, like son
Today's read of the day comes from Eric Duhatschek, who writes about Colorado's Paul Stastny, the son of Hall of Famer Peter:
"He's got the hockey 'it,' " said Sakic, of Paul Stastny. "He's always in the right spot on the ice. Watch him play, he's real smart. He knows exactly where to be and what's going to happen. There are not a lot of kids that can do that.It's a strange thing: 26 years later, the younger Stastny is suiting up in his rookie season for the same franchise his father played for, wearing the same number and playing the same position. Next to Wayne Gretzky, Peter was the NHL's top scoring player in the 1980s.
"He obviously inherited that from his dad — because his dad had the same things."
And given the elder Stastny's first game in North America was Duhatschek's first NHL assignment, the veteran writer was also feeling just a little nostalgic about the whole business over at Globe on Hockey yesterday.
Me? Well, I remember Peter Stastny as the older, injury-prone player who skated briefly for New Jersey and St. Louis. Even then, he had terrific vision and was simply a 'smart' player, something that can certainly be said for his son, who's on pace for about 65 points after being a mid-second-round pick in 2005.