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World Miro Destination Finland
First Mitch Marner, then William Nylander, and now another player for the Leafs. Marco Bombino tweeted that Miro Aaltonen has been named to Team Finland at this year’s IIHF World Hockey Championships. It may be weird to say “Leafs’ player”, considering he hasn’t played a game for them yet, but he is part of the organization. Aaltonen was signed to an Entry Level Contract back in March. In 59 games, the centre/winger had 19 goals and 44 points for Chekhov Vityaz of the KHL. Babcock said that he and Lou will be going to the World’s to watch certain players. Thankfully for the Leafs fans who haven’t gotten the opportunity to watch KHL games can see how Aaltonen fares against NHL players. This makes three Leafs playing in the tournament, and with more days left till the start of it, it could be more.
So…that was fun right? If you watched the Draft Lottery, then you already know the crazy events that took place. New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Dallas won the lottery for the top three spots. The Devils will be drafting first, followed by the Flyers, and the Stars. It’s hard to determine who to feel sorry for more. The Colorado Avalanche had one of the worse seasons ever with only 48 points and therefore had the highest chance to win at 18%. Despite that, they dropped four spots and will be drafting fifth overall at this year’s draft. Another fan base that is upset is the Vancouver Canucks falling out of the top four for the second year in a row to draft fourth.
A lot of people are saying this year’s lottery was rigged considering the Leafs won it last year after finishing last place (what a beautiful day). One thing to remember is that the Leafs had a significant higher chance at winning with 33%. Because of Expansion, Vegas was automatically given a 10.3% chance to win this year’s lottery and therefore the other team’s odds were cut. Now that the draft lottery is over, the next debate will be who goes first? However, we’ll have to wait till June to get the answer that one.
The Washington Capitals are down in their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins…Hmm that sounds familiar doesn’t it? The Caps have lost both home games and walk into Pittsburgh down 2-0. The series is far from over yet however, the word disappointing comes to mind of many fans. Either the Capitals are underperforming, or the Penguins again have found a way to reach a new level in the playoffs. It’s simple really, to have a chance at victory, Washington needs to step up and be better. Braden Holtby was pulled from the net in Game Two but will get a shot at redemption in Game Three. NHL Trade Deadline acquisition Kevin Shattenkirk has been, to quote Randy Carlyle, ok at best. Despite playing on the third pairing, Shattenkirk is a -7 and only has three points. Not good enough considering the price they paid for him.
To throw a hockey cliché out there, they have to treat Game Three like a Game Seven. If you go down 3-0 in the series, the odds will surely not be in your favour.