2016 World Championships: Monday Updates

Here are updates from Monday’s action at the World Championships:

  • Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson recorded an assist and skated 20:51 but Sweden lost 4-2 to the Czech Republic. The other Erik Gustafsson was named the player of the match for Sweden.
  • Defenseman Ville Pokka skated 15:41 as Finland defeated the United States 3-2. Forwards Vince Hinostroza and Tyler Motte skated 10:07 and 13:54, respectively, in the loss.


42 thoughts on “2016 World Championships: Monday Updates

  • May 10, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Is Pokka an NHL player?

  • May 10, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    what I meant to say is this guy going to matter? Primary piece in the Leddy trade; is Bowman buying time so this doesnt look like another trade with bad results? I tend to lean towards No, but why wasnt he brought up yet?

  • May 10, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Guys that watch him in Rockford say going into this past year he needed to work on play in his own zone. He made strides this year but is he Q level steady? He wasn’t ready this year and may need another year in Rockford. He is not too big and not really quick but good shot and nice offensive instincts. Getting his strength and D zone play up to snuff will be his ticket to the NHL. My guess is not this next yr out of camp.

  • May 10, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    SSHM…I’m thinking he isn’t, but am not basing this on ever seeing Pokka play. We wasted time with Sveddy when Pokka is allegedly our top defense prospect. Sorry, many will disagree and say he wasn’t brought up because he needs more development, but I’m not buying it. I could have bought that in 2014-2015, but not again in 2015-2016. We have needed defensive help the last two seasons. We did not and do not have the luxury of having Pokka develop further in the AHL. He either has NHL talent or doesn’t. If he does, he needs to develop on NHL ice.

    Given that they did not bring him up instead using Sveddy makes me think he isn’t NHL talent. Add to that my skepticism about the talent level of our prospects as advertised by the Hawks. Over the last several years, many weren’t played by our coach and are now playing elsewhere. Based on that, I am thinking he does not have the talent as advertised. (I understand some were traded due to the cap and going all in for a cup run). The only other explanation I could fathom is that Q doesn’t like him. And, we all know there have been plenty of those type of players over the last several years. In fact, it seem that Q has become more stubborn as his tenure here has grown longer in the tooth.

    Does anyone else feel it unusual that Teuvo’s is not mentioned above and is not playing for Finland? I did not read anything about him being injured. Hopefully the Hawks have him stashed away seeing a PED specialist. We’ll all be surprised when he comes back for next season 45 lbs heavier. He’s also seeing a hypnotist convincing him that he is the strongest player on the ice and that he has no fear. Of course, I’m being sarcastic, but just surprised and wondering why he is not playing to further his own development. Anyone have more scoop on his summer activities?

    Forgive me for the sarcasm, but I’m still a little peaved that we are not still playing. I had the Hawks on my calendar for May and June and now I have to fill it with something else.

  • May 10, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    re: Teuvo – there was word out of Finland that he wouldn’t play because of an injury.

    re: Pokka – if he isn’t going to make the NHL roster it’s time to move him. Another season in the AHL puts him on the Jeremy Morin trajectory to no value whatsoever. I think he’s a nice player who might be able to cut it as a bottom pair defenseman… but how he fits w/ the other players the Hawks have fighting for ice time on the blue line is the intrigue.

  • May 10, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Pokka needs another half year or full year in Rockford ..like Hammer ( 2 years on and off ) Keith ( 2 full years in Rockford and Crawford many years in Rockford …some players need a bit more time to adjust and thats Pokka case ….let him start the season with Rockford and see what happend …its not like we need him now to make a big impact on the team ..

  • May 10, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Except Pokka has had 2 full years. Crawford is a goalie so that’s totally immaterial. Hammer and Keith it can be argued were up sooner based on what was on the NHL roster. Stakes weren’t as high. Look at another Islanders 2012 defensive draft pick. Griffin Reinhart. Played some games up in the show but hardly a stall wort.

    A lot of guys have pointed to Pokka’s skating as a weak point. Q doesn’t value skating as highly as most. Look at the 15/16 NHL roster. Is that a strong point of Seabrook, Hjalmarsson, Rozsival, or Svedberg?? How bout Oduya? That was also a knock on Johns for those that are still bitching about that trade.

    If we’ve learned anything from Q it’s that he doesn’t play young guys. Wrong? He wants his defenseman to move the puck up quickly. Get it up to the forwards. Daley wants to skate the puck out. Q might see that as selfish. What happens when you skate the puck out with your forwards and you turn the puck over in the neutral zone? Odd man rush.

    I have no idea if Pokka is capable in his own zone. I have no idea if he can make that first pass. I’m just saying that skating isn’t the biggest thing in the world in Qs eyes. I’ve been one of Svedberg’s biggest critics. But one thing he does do well is a first pass.

  • May 10, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    OV out again 2nd round! Yet again.
    Don Cherry announces to the great unwashed that McDavid is “not the rookie of the year, forget that, forget that 25 year old, ( referencing Panarin), McDavid is the greatest player in the NHL period.
    Tampa Bay, forged by the mighty Blackhawks, are looking mighty good and don’t need no stinkin’ Stamkos.

  • May 10, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Don Cherry is almost as loud as his clothes but that’s about it. He’s occasionally funny. Usually not and almost always anti everything not Canadian. I can’t believe there is any talk about him being in the hall of fame under any category.


  • May 10, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Cherry’s best line tonight, was while referencing a non fight between a German and a Finn, was ” you know what the problem with Germans is don’t you?…they like to start things but can’t finish things.”


  • May 10, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Cherry is a joke. A loud mouth with nothing To say. He’s a wrinkled bore in loud suits.

    Weird game tonight. The Caps are the Caps. Again. Tampa Bay will dispatch the Pens in short order.

  • May 11, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Another Rufus prediction gone wrong. Caps were supposed to steamroll their way to the Stanley Cup yet got manhandled by the Pens (4 straight penalties late in the third just to tie). Ovie yet again the bridesmaid (Backstrom and Kuznetsov were brutal too)

    Two great western game 7’s tonight any predictions? I see Seguin is back practicing but won’t play game 7

  • May 11, 2016 at 7:46 am

    I cant believe how flawed ALL of teams these teams are. I think Tampa wins the cup! If Stl gets above average goaltending they should win tonight. Ive never been sold on either guy in Stl net. Not sold on Dallas still, yet here they are. I think Dallas wins it at home.

    As for the Caps,…repeat after me, regular season success doesnt mean cup. Its that simple!

  • May 11, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Please allow me walk back (just a bit) my harsh critique of Mr. Cherry. Lesson learned – never comment on a blog right after you’ve come home from a raucous anniversary celebration during which you willingly renewed your acquaintance with a bottle of Mr. Daniel’s brown liquid. The horror!

    Bishop is the best goalie left, and he’s playing great. Kucherov is everything he was against us last year, and more. And, boy, are they happy they didn’t cut and run on Drouin. Bolts are poised to win, but…do the Pens have the goods?

  • May 11, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Tony, not sure how well you and Mr. Daniels got acquainted. I met him for the first time since July of last year last week. Your grammar was impeccable. I slur my typing just as much my speech with the added bonus of a missing organ a few days later. I seem to be in the clear this time. Hope you said hi for me.

  • May 11, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Ernie- HA! Yes, I wished him well in honor of you and all of our Hawks brethren. The party was for a dear friend who happens to be a Hawks fan and the only person I will allow in the room with me to watch a Hawks playoff game. We toasted the Hawks, of course, and talked hockey all night long until his wife shooed me away, banished to the kitchen where I consumed massive amounts of tofurkey (they’re vegan) thingies shaped like mini hockey pucks! I kid you not. My stomach is not happy with me this morning.

  • May 11, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    They’re vegan….and you’re friends with him?

  • May 11, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    They’re cheaters. They eat seafood, so I cut them some slack.

  • May 11, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Don Cherry said McDavid may be the best player on the planet-already–
    and it isn’t a far fetched thought-
    sorry guys
    (Panarin still wins and deserves to, based on the rules as they are)

  • May 11, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    You could make that argument sure. You could also argue John Scott was the most skilled player at the all star game.

    No it’s not far fetched. But it’s such a small sample size. Look at what happened to Yakupov. Solid rookie year, then idk what happened. McDavid is great. But he hasn’t usurped everyone.

  • May 11, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Lmao Tony. How bout honey? Ive got 18 gallons of it. Is an insect an animal?

  • May 11, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Tampa Bay/St Louis final…sort of a replay of last year with one wrong colour out there, except this time Lighting really strikes.

    ….we would never embarr-ass ourselves 5-0 after 2 in a Game 7.

    Man -o – man were we close.

  • May 11, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Don Cherry wasn’t being racist or making a WW2 joke, just a bad pun. The German was holding the Finn, but didn’t do anything. Thus, he couldn’t “Finnish” what he started. He admitted this right after.

  • May 11, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Don Cherry say something controversial? No no no not in a thousand years.

  • May 11, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Blues smoked the Stars. All 3 times the Hawks have lost in the first round their opponent has made it to the WCF’s. Not sure if that’s any consolation.

    The Forsling signing is official. Some interesting math for 16/17 lower salary but more bonus money.

  • May 11, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Ernie-I don’t think he is the best player in the world-might be one day-
    he probably is the fastest, most explosive player already
    (I’d still rather pay to see 88 play, but in 2 years?)

    but com’on-him and Yaknotcloseinov in the same sentence?

  • May 11, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    McDavid is poised to go down among the greatest hockey players ever. Sit back and watch.

    So the Stars failed in the exact manner everyone expected goaltending a defense shocker. Blues should cruz into the finals against either team

  • May 12, 2016 at 1:47 am

    That Dallas was badly smoked in their own building in a game 7 without so much as a whimper was strange to watch. Stars goaltending just wasn’t there when it needed to be. Given Dallas injury problems I was surpsied it took the Blues 7 games to finish them. Blues can beat whomever gets through Preds-Sharks, but I think the Sharks have the most potential to give them some serious trouble given their style of play. As it stands, the trip to the WCF was pretty wide open considering the teams that went out in the front round.

    ECF should be entertaining to say the least.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • May 12, 2016 at 6:09 am

    I’m just saying at one point in time Yakupov showed promise. He’s barely managed to hit the same numbers he did his rookie year which was the lockout year. It seems every year someone claims to be the fastest player in the league. MacKinnon had that moniker attached to him. He’s another that has yet to duplicate his rookie year suçcess.

  • May 12, 2016 at 6:17 am

    lots of promise vs. generational?

    But your right we’ll see-the great equalizer is health/style of play as we have seen by Mr. Crosby-
    Concussions and other factors have changed things.

  • May 12, 2016 at 7:03 am

    I hear that generational word thrown around every year. Hell, we heard it twice last year with Eichel and McDavid. Now we’re hearing it with Matthews and Laine this year.

  • May 12, 2016 at 7:50 am

    NBC is praying for a Pittsburgh / St.Louis Stanley Cup Final. The ratings of a Tampa Bay / Nashville or San Jose final would be a disaster

  • May 12, 2016 at 8:02 am

    from what I’ve seen, McDavid, Eichel, Matthews & Laine are worthy of the hype.

    But to that end, it doesn’t really matter what scouts deem to be “generational” before a kid gets drafted. 2 GMs didn’t think enough of Jonathan Toews to pick him and I’m confident he’s backed up that title since then. It’s about a player’s approach, talent and the situation he’s put in. Matthews to Toronto with Mike Babcock is a fascinating scenario with a lot of pressure; the opposite of McDavid imo

  • May 12, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Agree with Tab there. I just hear that word thrown around so much its lost all meaning. Even here I’ve seen guys list at least 3 players from the Hawks as generational. How can 3 once in a generation type player be on the same team at the same time?

  • May 12, 2016 at 8:37 am

    May 11, 2016 at 9:04 pm
    Tampa Bay/St Louis final…sort of a replay of last year with one wrong colour out there, except this time Lighting really strikes.

    ….we would never embarr-ass ourselves 5-0 after 2 in a Game 7.

    Man -o – man were we close.

    Sorry Mining Man, but “close” only counts in horse-shoes & hand-grenades…

  • May 12, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Remember in 2011 when a banged-up Hawks team lost a 7-game first round series to the eventual Western Conference champion, who then got their ass kicked in the Cup Final?

    deja vu anyone?

  • May 12, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Could well be Tab…Don’t think I would want to be anywhere downtown core in St. Louis after they lose 4-0 Game 7 at home.

  • May 12, 2016 at 9:27 am

    @ Tab

    I was thinking the same exact thing this morning about the Blues being Knuckleheads part II, and the Bolts being the Bruins,…
    Big strong stud defenseman; check
    Great goaltending; check
    balanced lineup; check
    & my biggest predictor, playoff progression and success.

    Very rarely do teams come out of nowhere and capture a cup. (like the 1st Kings cup champion) its very much a stepping stone from one season to another. This west has bucked that trend with the loser Shark, Blues and Preds all making noise with no experience to draw on. I feel like the East will win the cup with with both Conf teams having some fairly recent success to pull from. Pens still have 3 or 4 key players that have captured a cup, and the Bolts were so close just last season.

    Personally I felt the Rangers were the team poised to take that final step however now their arrow points down. They peaked against the Kings.

  • May 12, 2016 at 10:00 am

    That Game 7 vs Vancouver with Toews scoring on his knees while short handed was remarkable..Crawfords goaltending was stellar in that game….what could be if we won it OT is conjecture but the door would have been wide open at that point.

    We were banged up that’s for sure.

    Playoffs are not the same without the Blackhawks…magic and intensity, a certain quality missing throughout. Of course I speak as a fan boy and cold care less who wins it this year…only western game I tried to watch was last night Game 7 in Dallas and it was a snoozer.

  • May 12, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Goaltending let Dallas down last night. Defense, too. Agree with SSHM.

    My money is on the Bolts to win the cup. And if they do it without Stamkos, won’t that be an interesting turn. Matthews to Toronto with Babcock will be fascinating. Will they end up with Stamkos, too??

  • May 12, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Ernie-call it what you want-I saw him about 10 times very close up during his time with Erie-it was like a man playing with children-and he was 16 and 17-

    As a former amatuer and minor pro -scout in another sport I tend to focus on the tools and you could see his projection and it was scary-
    and I have a friend who is an assistant general manager currently in the NHL and he’s quite comfortable with that word for him
    This year he was clocked at 43 km/hr with the puck-that’s beyond unusual-it’s probably never happened

  • May 12, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I’m not trying to discredit McDavid’s skill at all. Just saying he played 13 games? Got injured and came back with fresh legs against a league that’s been beating he crap out of each other. He’s in my top ten right now. Just not there yet.

    I actually wonder, if he had gotten injured at game 9, would the Oilers have sent him back to Erie?

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