THE OTTAWA SENATORS BRING YOUNG TALENT INTO THE NHL

Every super athlete was a rookie once. These incredible people start their training at a tender age but do not see the fruits of their effort until later on. If they live in North America, the universities will offer scholarships to keep developing their talent. Every year, the most important teams scout these institutions for young talent to bring into the leagues. Most teams have a presence on the lower divisions and the young people play there. Once they are mature enough, the athletes get promoted into the main team.

This is a common practice in sports. The teams, in the different sports, have an academy. These academies recruit athletes since they are children. With this steady flow of athletes, the teams guarantee newer and better talent for every season.

A STAR IN THE MAKING

Christian Wolanin is the new recruit for the Ottawa Senators. The defenceman had been making a career with the University of North Carolina. Ottawa Senators first showed interest in him in 2015. It was not until this year that the player decided to give his professional career a shot.

A representative of the team expressed how excited the organization was about Wolanin’s recruitment. They described him as a talented player with the right offensive skills to succeed as a professional.

THE SECRET WEAPON

If the praises from the recruiters are not enough, Wolanin has the right numbers to back the enthusiasm. Born in Detroit, Michigan, the defenceman started playing for the University of North Dakota in 2015.

Since the beginning, the coach and staff recognized he had enough talent to make a name of himself. Wolanin is currently the top scorer for the University of North Dakota. He has 12 goals and 35 points to his name. His name is now next to James Patrick, the first defenceman to be lead scorer on the team.

A LEGACY

Christian is the first member of his family to play for the Ottowa Senators but he is not the first NHL player. His father, Craig Wolanin played for 13 seasons. The oldest Wolanin played the same role that his son currently plays. He also played for different teams like Toronto, Quebec, New Jersey and others.

Without a doubt, Wolanin is following his father’s footsteps. This promising player finished his team dressing the green uniform with great numbers. 22 goals and 72 points is a remarkable record for a defenceman.

CHANGE OF AIR

The Ottowa Senators are ready to welcome Wolanin. The defenceman will immediately start training with the team. Hopefully he will get to see some action in the ice this season. The 23 year old player is prepared to get into action.

Perhaps new talent is what the Ottowa Senators need. The 17/18 season has been rough for everybody but seems like they are taking the hardest blows. There has been discussion about young talent and how important it is to integrate them into the professional scene. With this recruitment, the Ottowa Senators are taking the first step into the right direction.

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Athletes are no strangers to injuries. More often than not a player misses important matches due to a physical condition. These issues usually come after a bad play or movement in game. It is possible to avoid them but sometimes the injuries are inevitable.

Hockey could be considered a violent sport. Despite the protections the players wear, they are exposed to all kind of damage. Ideally, the teams would be able to replace any player that has any affection. Unfortunately, the Montreal Canadiens do not seem to be ready for this situation and it is affecting their results in the NHL.

CAREY PRICE

The franchise goaltender is an icon for the Canadiens fans. He has been with the team for several years and will be wearing the red and blue for some more. The Montreal organization is willing to pay $84 million for this player but for the 2018 season, he missed a total of 14 games.

The goalie had a concussion, the team did not said how this happened. Seems like it took place during the game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Price was replaced by Antti Niemi but this change was not enough to help the Canadiens after a poor performance during the season.

SHEA WEBER

Another tragic loss for the Canadiens, the defenseman had to undergo a foot surgery. As a result, he will miss the rest of the season. Apparently, Weber’s injury happened in the beginning of the season but he kept playing for 20 more games.

In the end, the medical team could not do anything to improve Weber’s condition. He was put on the injured list and finally it was determined he had a long way to go before he could skate again.

A BAD RECORD

No matter the sport, it is not easy to make it to a professional team. However, there is a fine line that separates the starting players from the substitutes. Two or more substitutes immediately reduce the quality of the team and the results showed it. The Montreal Canadiens are a team known for their great performance and good scores. In 2017 and part of 2018 they had been struggling.

Even before he was injured, Carey Price had the worst record of the season and his entire career. Many questions were raised about the goaltender and if he really was worth the millions the team was paying for him.

WILL THEY BE ABLE TO RECOVER?

The players will eventually get better but the damage is already done. For the current season, not even a miracle would help the Canadiens. On their division, they are currently standing in the sixth place.

The organization has their eyes on the future. They are fully aware of the struggles the team is facing at the moment. Changes need to happen for the Canadiens to go back to the top of the scoreboards. This should be a lesson for the rest of the organizations, they need to be able to replace any player at any point.

The New Jersey Devils aren’t the most successful NHL team out there, but this nifty named team do have quite a history. The professional hockey team is based in Newark, New Jersey but originally came from Kansas City in 1974, when they were known as the Kansas City Scouts. They would move to Colorado to become the Colorado Rockies in 1976, before finally moving to their current state in 1982. What else do we know about the New Jersey Devils, though?

The New Jersey Devils

The Devils have a long-standing rivalry with the New York Rangers, as well as the Philadelphia Flyers. Their earlier years were spent trying to assemble a core squad of players who could take on the Patrick Division of the Wales Conference in the early eighties. They made it to the playoffs in 1988 but to no real glory.

For the 1993-1994 season, the Devils joined the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference and results improved immediately finishing second overall, and conference champions in 1994-1995. They would go on to become division champions three years in a row from 1995-1999, 2000-01 and 2002-03. They also were division champs in 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09 and 2009-10, as well as conference champions in 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03, and 2011-12. The story since then is rather different. As has been the case throughout the New Jersey Devils history, their success ebbs and flows.

Stanley Cup Success

The Devils currently have 3 Stanley Cup victories under their belt, to sit alongside their 5-conference championship and 9 division championship titles. The New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup in the 1994-1995, 1999-00 and 2002-03 seasons. They could have made it 5 were it not for defeats in 2000-01 and 2011-12 to Colorado Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings, respectively.

Since then, the Devils have enduring mixed fortunes, finishing no higher than fourth in their division (previously the Atlantic now Metropolitan divisions of the eastern conference). Last season’s disappointing finish of 8th was their lowest finish since they moved to New Jersey. This season, though, a brighter future could be on the horizon.

Current Fortunes

Although the New Jersey Devils missed out on a direct playoff spot via the Metropolitan Division, they are currently flying in the Eastern Conference Wild Card competition. Sitting top of the pile, five points clear of their nearest rivals (the Columbus Blue Jackets), and 9 points above third-placed New York Islanders, the New Jersey Devils are primed to pocket one of the two coveted wild card spots.

Having failed to make the playoffs since making the Stanley Cup final (and losing) in 2012, it is an exciting time to be a New Jersey Devils fan. They aren’t home and dry yet, and there can no doubt that a lot tougher challenges await the Devils is they acquire the wild-card spot and proceed to the playoffs, but following a handful of dismal and dreary years, things are starting to look up for this NHL team.