Thursday, October 25, 2007

Rising Kane

Nice bit of info from Empty Netters today:
Through nine games, the top overall selection of this years' draft has out-scored the top overall picks of the 2004 draft (Alexander Ovechkin) and the 2005 draft (Sidney Crosby) at the same stages of their rookie campaigns.

Player Rookie Season Games Points
Patrick Kane 2007-08 9 13 (3-10)
Sidney Crosby 2005-06 9 12 (2-10)
Alexander Ovechkin 2005-06 9 10 (6-4)
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At 2:07 PM, October 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never thought Kane would be so NHL-ready. He might slow down, he might not, maybe he's even better than we thought, but anyway, he has already showed his potential in the NHL despite the doubts about his size, so, good luck on him to keep up with the expectations and the potential...

 
At 2:27 PM, October 25, 2007, Blogger The mysterious wonder said...

Wait one sec!!!!!

Now it on.. This table is sort of deceiving, it shows that, wow, Kane must be the best player, better then Ovechkin and Crosby. Well, no, Crosby and Ovechkin both entered their seasons as the only player the teams had.

Kane enters Chicago with soem players to help, not only does he play with Toews, but he has another good rookie Ruutu, and Lang.

So before any of this comparing comes into affect, we need to look at the fact that what if Crosby and Ovechkin were together???

The fight is on.. Muahahha

 
At 2:59 PM, October 25, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

Uh, mysterious wonder, are you saying that Mario Lemeiux didn't help Crosby at all? You know, the guy that is quite possibly the most talented hockey player of all time?

I remember the Ovechkin vs. Crosby debates, the thought was that Crosby had much more help where as Ovechkin was pretty much on his own.

I've learned from the whole thing that it really doesn't matter who they're playing with... let's enjoy these accomplishments as they come.

 
At 3:09 PM, October 25, 2007, Anonymous nebcanuck said...

Ruutu's not a rookie... ;) .

But I also think the Lemieux thing is overrated. Yeah, he was there, and perhaps as a mentor it helped. But his stats in those years were pretty feeble, and he was injured 90% of the time. Crosby was basically winging it with whoever happened to be the person on his wing during his first season. And last, really...

And I agree we should just enjoy their accomplishments. I think that we're in an era of some of the best rookies ever, really. Nonetheless, it's true that Kane isn't a Crosby necessarily.

 
At 3:29 PM, October 25, 2007, Blogger Menzies said...

Yes Kane has some good, young talent to play with. I don't know that it's overly advantageous to be playing with inexperienced rookies, though. Less experience could very well equal more mistakes, or less oppurtunities converted. If Kane was on a line with Havlat, his production might be doubled right now.

Or you could argue in Kane's defense that he doesn't have a Crosby or Ovechkin to compete against, as those two certainly enjoyed competing against each other. Surely if your looking for excuses for someones raw talent you can't overlook Crosby or Ovechkin's desire to be the best. That's clearly what helped their offensive output. [end sarcasm]

let's enjoy these accomplishments as they come

Yeah, I'll have to agree with that.

 
At 3:35 PM, October 25, 2007, Blogger Shane Giroux said...

"I've learned from the whole thing that it really doesn't matter who they're playing with... let's enjoy these accomplishments as they come."

Amen. I'm not sure why people get their feathers so ruffled over this stuff.

 
At 4:39 PM, October 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Empty Netters is written by a writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - a Penguins fan who has been a Pens Season Ticket Holder for some time. He is not, in the least, trying to say that Kane is better than Crosby or Ovechkin. He is trying to say that Kane is doing far better than anyone expected him to, and so far, at least, is producing at a level only seen by some of the best rookies seen in recent years. And he'd be right.

 
At 5:08 PM, October 25, 2007, Blogger Paul F said...

Crosby was basically winging it with whoever happened to be the person on his wing during his first season.

A bunch of scrubs named Recchi, Leclair and Palffy.

 
At 5:28 PM, October 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who does Kane best compare to in his style?

His coach mentioned Gretzky, just in the way he sees the game, but someone (who is older than I am) mentioned that he reminded her of Stan Mikita in his size and playing style, plus the jersey he wears.

 
At 8:53 AM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget Kane, Jiri Tlusty is going to be this year's revelation.

2 goals. Woo-hoo!

 
At 8:54 AM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget Kane, Jiri Tlusty is going to be this year's revelation.

2 goals. Woo-hoo!

 
At 7:18 PM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous Seth Rorabaugh said...

Thanks for the props James. Like I've said before, it mean's a lot coming from you.

 
At 7:22 PM, October 26, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Ha ha?

 

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