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Editor’s note: this post originally ran after Blake Geoffrion’s injury on Nov. 10th, 2012 – we’ve republished it today for those who want to know more about what happened to the former Hobey Baker winner, given the bad news – today he told the Montreal Canadiens he plans to retire from professional hockey.

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Update on the update: John Glennon reports that Geoffrion has yet to officially retire.

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November 12th, 2012

Hockey fans filled the Bell Centre last night, eager to see Montreal’s AHL affiliated Hamilton Bulldogs take on the East Division-leading Syracuse crunch. A massive JP Côté hit on Hamilton’s Blake Geoffrion ended with Geoffrion skating off clutching his bleeding face, and later heading to a Montreal hospital for surgical repair of a skull fracture.

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Earlier this season, I wrote a little blurb on Justin Schultz, the Edmonton Oilers’ prospect who had just been named AHL Player of the Week in late October, mostly because I was floored by the fact that this kid is in his first pro season, is a defenseman, and was off to such a silly-good start that he found himself leading the AHL in scoring. All of it was made more incredible by doing it in the face of the ridiculous expectations he heaped on himself during the off-season.

Well, you know how that stuff turns out – small sample size, kid got some bounces early, and super-hot players regress eventually.

And undeniably, he can’t keep up this pace, but it’s worth pointing out: A full quarter of the way in to the AHL season, he’s still leading the AHL in scoring. Ahead of teammates Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, and Taylor Hall. Ahead of Nazem Kadri, Gustav Nyqvist, Nino Niederreiter and Brayden Schenn. All of ‘em.

He has points in seven straight games, tallying 13 points over that stretch (four goals, nine assists), and now sits with 28 points in 18 games. For context, last season Chris Bourque led the AHL in points (93 in 73 games) – after him, half the guys who finished in the top-10 didn’t even average a point-per-game, which Schultz would still be at after a 10-game pointless streak. He’s cruising along at 1.55 as is.

Here’s a look at the top-20 skaters in the AHL so far: Read the rest of this entry »

Disclaimer on the title: no idea if the guy he jumped is actually a goon, but he was sure acting like one.

Anywho: jumping off the bench to fight while your team is in a scrum is almost never a good thing. Almost. You almost always get suspended (six games, in Shaw’s case), and you rarely get much accomplished.

But there are times where I support it – case in point, when Eric Goddard jumped off the bench to stop Micheal Haley from fighting Brent Johnson, his teams goaltender. Johnson, capable though he may be, would’ve been in real danger against a trained hockey fighter in far less gear. Read the rest of this entry »

Three! Three seconds was all it took for the Abbotsford Heat to score twice yesterday, shattering the old AHL mark of five (the NHL record for fastest two goals by the same team is four seconds). That would be impressive enough, but to top it off, they were short-handed. I’m guessing that’s not how Marlies coach Dallas Eakins drew up the PP (and Jesus, Paul Ranger on that first goal…you’re brutal).

Even more delightful is the fact that they were scored on Ben Scrivens, because it’s fun when Leafs fans panic about their goaltending situation. I mean, the dude let the second shot in from center. How terrible is he, amirite? And that’s only AHL hockey, ugh. He’s going to get lit on shots from center in the NHL, obviously.

The video is horrendous, I know. The commentator gives it Joe Buck-level enthusiasm and we don’t get to see the second goal. Still. Two goals in three seconds. Not bad.