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COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Hockey Canada has named Scott Laughton as captain of the world junior hockey team. [url=http://www.steeler

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Hockey Canada has named Scott Laughton as captain of the world junior hockey team. Kevin Greene Jersey . Laughton, a centre with the Ontario Hockey Leagues Oshawa Generals, is representing Canada internationally for the third time. Hes suited up twice for the under-18 team, winning gold at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament and bronze at the 2012 U18 world championship. "Im an older and with my pro experience and things like that I knew I was going to be a leader on this team, whether I did get a letter or not," said Laughton. "Just a big day for me and a really big honour." The six-foot-one, 190-pound centre is currently eighth in OHL scoring with 24 goals and 26 assists in 29 games. He was drafted 20th overall by Philadelphia in 2012. Forward Jonathan Drouin of the QMJHLs Halifax Mooseheads and defenceman Mathew Dumba of the NHLs Minnesota Wild will serve as alternate captains. Drouin was on last years world junior team that failed to win a medal. He also won gold with the under-18 team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka tournament. The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect and third-overall pick in the 2013 draft has 17 goals and 33 assists in 23 games with the Mooseheads this season, good for sixth in the QMJHL. Rod Woodson Jersey . 11 Ana Ivanovic and American Sloane Stephens, and former world No. Dermontti Dawson Jersey . The 27th-ranked Austrian underwent surgery on a torn tendon in October and needs more time to recover, the Austria Press Agency reports on Saturday. http://www.steelerspronfl.com/Youth-Vince-Williams-Elite-Jersey/ . Despite 11-1 records, theyre out and Big Ten winner Ohio State is into the national semifinals.In the months and days leading up to the NHLs trade deadline, we routinely see teams shuffle older defencemen out to playoff contenders, usually for some sort of future asset. I always find these trades fascinating, because generally speaking, it seems that the player is rarely acquired because hes an effective blueliner. Theres always talk about the laundry list of intangibles the veteran defender will bring to the table come playoff time; far less talk about how the player, more often than not, struggles to get the job done. I think why these trades continue to occur is tied up into the front office and coaching staffs relative lack of trust in younger players to log bigger minutes when the games get meaningful. Sometimes, that lack of trust is warranted. But, ironically, to fix this issue, a team usually targets a defenceman who is years beyond his prime – alternatively, another defenceman who cannot get the job done. Only in this case, an asset – or multiple assets – will be required in order to acquire such a player. I dont think the veteran defenceman acquisition is one that is going to die out in 2014-2015. There are a ton of 34+ age defencemen logging regular minutes this season; a good portion of these players are on short-term deals due to their age, and a good portion of these players currently play on teams who could be eyeballing a prospect or future draft-picks in lieu of a bid at a playoff berth. Theres also the chance that a savvy playoff-bound hockey team will identify said veteran defenceman as a problem, and ship him off to create additional minutes and opportunity for a more competent player internally – the name Eric Brewer, recently traded to Anaheim for a third-round pick, certainly comes to mind here. Make no mistake, most of these older defenders are a drag on their teams performance. Setting up some quick parameters (age 34+; at least 15-games played) can illustrate this. Below, Ive charted the 22-regular veteran defenders by their per-60 scoring rate at 5-on-5, and their RelativeCorsi% -- or, the difference in a teams Corsi% with the player on the ice versus with the player off of the ice. Defencemen, 34+ PLAYER TEAM 2014-15 PTS/60 2014-15 Relative Corsi% Brian Campbell Florida 0.15 +5.17% John-Michael Liles Carolina 0.71 +4.81% Jan Hejda Colorado 0.40 +3.51% Mark Streit Philadelphia 1.04 +2.99% Andrei Markov Montreal 0.96 +2.88% Jordan Leopold Columbus 0.56 -0.37% Marek Zidlicky New Jersey 0.69 -0.38% Francois Beauchemin Anaheim 0.58 -0.55% Willie Mitchell Florida 0.29 -1.62% Lubomir Visnovsky N.Y. Islanders 1.11 -1.62% Michal Rozsival Chicago 0.59 -1.65% Rob Scuderi Pittsburgh 0.37 -2.46% Andrew Ference Edmonton 0.31 -2.53% Stephane Robidas Toronto 0.54 -2.76% Brooks Orpik Washington 0.56 -3.70% Scott Hannan San Jose 0.00 -4.20% Mike Weavver Montreal 0. Robert Golden Jersey. 87 -4.28% Niklas Kronwall Detroit 0.74 -5.20% Chris Phillips Ottawa 0.18 -5.97% Eric Brewer Anaheim 0.61 -6.96% Bryce Salvador New Jersey 0.57 -7.73% Robyn Regehr Los Angeles 0.35 -8.04% Average 0.55 -1.85% You should immediately notice that 17 of the 22 players are in the red – their team controlling play more favorably with them off of the ice. Usage and deployment varies on an individual basis, but the mere fact that only five players have been able to do better than break-even by RelativeCorsi% is a major red flag. The point-scoring is troublesome, too. The group averages about 0.55 points per 60 minutes at even-strength, which is well under the league average (0.71 points per 60 minutes) for regular defencemen. The few names who populate the top of the list by RelativeCorsi% – specifically Brian Campbell, Mark Streit, and Andrei Markov – seem to make intuitive sense. Like most veteran defenders on this list, they have lost a step or two in the skating department. Unlike most of the same veteran defenders on this list, they are still excellent passers. This pays dividends in every area of the ice, and likely is driving their continued success despite a relative lack of mobility. Lets further investigate the other 17 – the guys whose teams play better with them off of the ice than on the ice. We can compare this years performance to the past few years (well use 2011-2014), mostly to see whether this is the norm over a larger sample, or if their play has further deteriorated. First, well look at even-strength points/60. This is far from encouraging. Of the 17 defenders with negative possession numbers this season, fourteen of them have seen a slide in point-scoring this year from the past three seasons. Lets look at RelativeCorsi% next, again charting the differential from 2011-2014 to 2014-2015. Are we seeing stable negative performance, or is their slide growing increasingly negative? This looks eerily similar to the last graph. 12 of the 17 negative-possession defenders have seen a drop in performance from years past. Its important to remember here that all seventeen are still negative possession players – so, even the few players who have posted slight improvements from years past are still getting caved in territorially. In the next couple of months, I think youll see a good number of these defenders be made available by their teams, whether its to upgrade in the short-term internally, or whether its to upgrade in the long-term by dangling the mysticism of player intangibles in front of other general managers for future picks and/or prospects. If Im looking to upgrade at the deadline and can only choose from this list, Brian Campbells certainly a name that interests me. Taking a flyer on Marek Zidlickys expiring deal is intriguing, too. Andrei Markov looks like he still can play, but I doubt Montreals interested in sending him out. Beyond that, I cant imagine a scenario in which Id give up even the most marginal of draft picks or prospects to acquire one of these defencemen. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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