Friday, August 24, 2007

A Wii Confession

To show you how stupid I was about hockey just under two years ago: I distinctly recall trying to make a case that we should trade Ales Hemsky and wash our hands of the matter.

"Oh sure, he can skate, but he never shoots!"

"He's too fancy, he's a nancy!"

"Ales? I mean...Ales!?"

I've eaten a lot of crow in the succeeding 20 months, and gladly. Hemsky will never be a huge leading scorer, in my developing opinion, but he's the type of guy who can set up other guys to succeed. I watched this year as more and more teams started focusing on the young Czech, making it a priority to shut him down. Can this be the year that he puts all the pieces together? The dingle meets the dangle? Do we have enough in shooters like Stoll, Souray, and Pitkanen to take full advantage of Hemsky's confounding loop arounds?

As always, I have questions but no answers.

I don't know what this year will bring, but every morning I'm a little more excited and eager to find out.

6 comments:

Santa Merda said...

It's actually pronounced "alesh"

grease trap said...

Heh, yeah I know that now...

Santa Merda said...

:P

Santa Merda said...

Also, I think Hemmers has it in him to be a leading scorer, but what he needs is a very talented linemate to set him up, and neither Horcoff nor Penner meet that description.

If the Foppa signing actually came through, I think Hemsky could be expected to be a PPG man.

grease trap said...

A man can dream...a man can dream...

Anonymous said...

I was salivating profusely at the possibility of Vanek, so if the Foppa deal ever materialized I may in fact severely dehydrate and shrivel like prune. I'd be one happy prune.