“Well, I was wrong” is a new Monday feature where I walk you through a number of ideas I once held that have recently been proven wrong.
It’s really stolen from Richard Whittall (theScore’s Footy Blog editor) and his “Five Things I Unlearned,” but hey, Richard, same team man.
So let’s have at it.
Well, I was wrong – Tyler Seguin isn’t gonna need a few years to develop.
Last year during the NHL playoffs, Seguin tallied 2 goals and 2 assists in a game, and everyone (particularly Boston writers) were claiming he should play in every game, get more ice, and generally be given more responsibility.
I wrote a column on why he wasn’t ready to step up at the time, and if we’re being honest, I didn’t really see “it” at all. I figured if he was ever going to break through, he was going to need a couple years.
Well, he’s 19 years old, and suddenly has 11 goals (2nd in NHL) and 20 total points after 15 games.
I definitely see “it” in his game right now. I was wrong.
Well, I was wrong – the Minnesota Wild are actually capable of doing exciting things.
The Wild have been the picture of mediocrity for a while, and I’ve made fun of them a ton in the past for being “blah” – but how about that goal? Under the stick dangle with an inside jump, a behind-the-back dish and a goal? This team is starting to scare me. They almost look slightly better than maybe middle of the pack!
Well, I was wrong – the Sedins aren’t flawless.
Don’t “oh what a stop by Nabokov” me. Ryan Kesler makes that nasty through-the-legs pass backdoor to Henrik, and Henrik can’t bury. That puck wouldn’t have gone in on an empty net he shanked it so bad.
Well, I was wrong – turns out the Rangers are good.
Well, the Rangers have now won six straight games, so my bad on that call.
They’re sitting tied for second place in the Eastern conference after 15 games, so yes, it’s safe to say that I was wrong. This team is pretty good.
Well, I was wrong – Winnipeg is bad
On Saturday, the 30th placed Columbus Blue Jackets beat the 28th place Winnipeg Jets, pulling Winnipeg closer to “earning” the #1 overall pick in the 2012 draft (actually, that’d be kind of exciting, right Winnipeg fans? Fail for Nail Yakupov!).
I looked at their lineup and saw the type of size and grit that I thought would make them a tough team to play every night. Apparently I forgot to look for those other important things, skill and talent.
I’m bummed to be wrong on this one, but at this point, there’s just no hope in denying it – yup. I was wrong.