Why is it already etched in stone, in the media that Annesley will be the odd man out when they pare the roster down to the 3 20 year olds?
He looked good to me in pre-season and already has 2 goals this season.
Do we keep the others just for nostalgic purposes? or on what they will bring to the team?
I think handing out the "C" was pre-mature.
I have followed Hockey for 36 years and I think this was a bogus way to treat the guy.
I totally agree with you. Not that Kress is not a good player, but Annesley has proven himself way better so far this year. And it didn't seem right for all this info about him being cut, or most likely the one to be cut, to be in the media so much. You are right, not a very nice way for him to be treated.
I agree with your comments. Kyle Annesley has done very
well when the Tips have asked him to do well. It is a real shame that he has continually been the OA that has not suited up. Maybe the Tips need to look beyond sentimental favorites and look at who produces when on the ice.
Has Constantine made so many bad moves in the last 2 years that you can call him an idiot? I think not. Consider for a minute that he may know a little something about coaching and evaluating personnel. Remember too that Kress kills penalties, takes faceoffs, and sticks up for his teammates. 3 things that don't show up on the scoresheet but help an awful lot in determining the final score.
Just like Blatch had the option, Kyle can leave if he wants to. There is nothing keeping him here except the awe of Everett. Like said above he was told by the coach himself that he will be cut. Same day as Blatch. Blatch just had the good sense to get out and get picked up right away.
I feel sorry for him, maybe Kelowna will pick him up and let Blatch go you got to be kidding that the rockets are going to keep Blatch as an overager, he got to be the worst hockey player I have seen in a while, never plays his position,had to be one of the biggest partier on the team, sometimes I wonder if he had been drinking before he played a game, maybe his family paid off the rockets to take him, so he wouldent party up there so much, any thoughts on Blatch
This is my take on it having coached and played hockey for many years. Kress brings you many different dimensions to an already offensive talented team namely defense, knows all Constantines systems and is well respected in the dressing room. For anyone that can remember the New York Islanders winning years, it was the third and fourth lines that were the reason for the Islanders success. Older leaders like Tonelli, Bourne, Goring...were the heart and soul of the team contributing in ways that were just as important as Bossy, Potvin and Trottier. That's my take
sounds like the same anony person posting the same stuff over and over again, but if this is a legit post then why the hell didnt i start my annesley post on this board instead, sure does have alot of support over here.
Pertaining to kelowna keeping blatchford, i certainly think they will because they paid the $1000 waiver fee to the tips to pick him up. I know its not much money but to a junior hockey club I'm sure its more than pocket change.
I had hope that we were going to keep him. But then I watched the interview with coach K on T.V. When he talked about the O.A's , he never mentioned Anner's name. Just talked about Wheat,Hesh and Kress. My hope had slipped away after that. But as they say: it's not over till it's over. I hope they keep him!
You have to understand that these kids might not have any other place to go. I mean, we as fans hold these kids in such high regard while they are in the WHL. Then spit them out so fast.
Pro hockey just isn't option for alot of them. Some of them might not even be unwilling to give it a chance. I mean who really wants to go and play hockey in Central Texas, or Iowa? Making $500/week and ruining your body.
Most of these kids are from some small Canadian town, they don't exactly have much to go home too. Their high school education has suffered at the hands of the WHL, and free post-secondary education means very little.
Hopefully Kyle finds his way, in life, no matter what hockey can do for him. Maybe it'll be some support from fans in Everett that puts his life on course.
One guy that you have to have alot of respect for is Jeff Schmidt. He recognized the over-age situation last year and avoided it by leaving juniour hockey a year early. One more year in the WHL, would have had very little effect on the rest of his life. Now he's over 25% completed a Uinversity education.
Anyway, thats my take. Hopefully some of you agree.