Episode 23 of the Hockey Free For All Podcast December 8 2022
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Episode 23 Topics
#1. A very interesting first quarter of the 22/23 regular season
#2. Team that were expected to lead their divisions and conferences right out of the gate and have not, such as Toronto, Colorado, St. Louis.
#3. Teams that have played far better in the 22/23 season than expected such as, New Jersey, Seattle and Montreal.
#4. Games are far more entertaining.
#5. Goals are way up, which should make everyone happy
#6. The Conner Bedard sweepstake
#7. The continued performance of excellence by Jeff Gorton, Kent Hughes and Martin St. Louis
#8. Why are a few negative topics dominating headlines and the things being reported, rather than the many, many, many positive things going on. How can negative issues be even remotely more interesting than the plethora of positive topics to discuss and cover.
#9.Why aren’t the amazing and beyond anticipated seasons that Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, Kirby Dach, Kaiden Guhle, Arber Xhekaj and Jordan Harris being focused on as the predominant story lines?
#10. Injuries that have been hitting many other teams for a while have hit the Montreal Canadiens hard with Mike Hoffman, Jonathan Drouin, Joel Armia, Brendan Gallagher, David Savard, Sean Monahan all added to the injury list to go along with Carey Price and Paul Byron.
#11. How the injuries present tremendous opportunities for Juraj Slafkovsky, Michael Pezzetta and Rem Pitlick regarding both an increase in playing time and situations to play in.
#12. There is no need for Montreal to acquire any players from outside their organization.
#13. The incredible amount of talent Montreal already has within their organization.
#14. Montreal’s future starting 12 offensive and starting 6 defensemen is amazingly talent laden.
#15. Not only has Shayne Wright been named to team Canada, but has Owen Back, Riley Kidney and Joshua Roy, while Filip Mesar has been named to the Slovakian Team, Adam Engstrom has been named to team Sweden, Vinzenz Rohrer has been named to team Austria while Lane Hutson has been named to team U.S.A. preliminary roster.
#16. The 2023 NHL draft will be one of the deepest drafts in NHL history