Friday, April 27, 2018

The best current NHL player by jersey number 1-98



           I know, you've probably seen a lot of these around the internet. But I looked around, and a lot of the articles I found with the same idea were missing numbers for no reason. Since 99 is forever retired by Wayne Gretzky, as no one stepped on the ice this season wearing numbers 69, 80 and 84. this should be a 95 section list, and is. Also, if this hits big, say 200 pageviews, I'll do one for the MLB at the end of the season. Finally, a lot of credit goes to Hockey-reference.com, where I found pretty much all of this info. So, let it begin. The top player to suit up in 2017-18 per jersey number, NHL.

          #1: Roberto Luongo    Other: Mike Condon, Semyon Varlamov, Keith Kinkaid
          #2: Duncan Keith        Other: Nick Leddy, Matt Niskanen
          #3: John Klingberg      Other: Keith Yandle, Seth Jones
          #4: Tyson Barrie          Other: Cam Fowler, Ryan Ellis, Justin Schultz, Niklas Hjalmarsson
          #5: Aaron Ekblad         Other: Mark Girodano, Noah Hanifin
          #6: Brock Boeser          Other: Shea Weber, Jake Muzzin, Collin Miller
          #7: Jordan Eberle          Other: T.J. Brodie, Kyle Turris, Brent Seabrook
          #8: Alex Ovechkin        Other: Drew Doughty, Joe Pavelski, Zach Werenski
          #9: Taylor Hall              Other: Artemi Panarin, Filip Forsberg, Mikko Koivu
          #10: Brayden Schenn    Other: Alex Wennberg, Corey Perry
          #11: Anze Kopitar         Other: Mikael Backlund, Jonathan Huberdeau, Zach Parise
          #12: Josh Bailey            Other: Eric Staal, Patrick Marleau
          #13: Johnny Gaudreau  Other: Mat Barzal, Cam Atkinson    
          #14: Jamie Benn           Other: Sean Couturier, Mattias Ekholm, Tomas Plekanec
          #15: Jack Eichel            Other: Ryan Getzlaf, Artem Anisimov
          #16: Aleksander Barkov Other: Mitch Marner, Max Domi
          #17: Wayne Simmonds   Other: Ryan Kesler, Jaden Schwartz
          #18: James Neal             Other: Ondrej Palat, Bryan Little
          #19: Jonathan Toews      Other: Nick Backstrom, Joe Thornton, Reilly Smith
          #20: Ryan Suter              Other: Sebastian Aho (CAR), Brandon Saad, Chris Kreider
          #21: Kyle Palmieri          Other: Vincent Trocheck, Brayden Point, Derek Stepan
          #22: Kevin Shattenkirk   Other: Daniel Sedin, Nino Niederreiter
          #23: Oliver Ekman-Larsson Other: Sean Monahan, Sam Reinhart
          #24: Matt Dumba             Other: Travis Hamonic, Kasperi Kapanen
          #25: James van Riemsdyk Other: Mike Green, Jonas Brodin
          #26: Blake Wheeler          Other: Jimmy Vesey, Thomas Vanek
          #27: Alex Pietrangelo      Other: Anders Lee, Ryan McDonagh, Dougie Hamilton, Nikolaj Ehlers.

           #28: Claude Giroux        Other: Damon Severson, Elias Lindholm    
           #29: Nathan MacKinnon Other: Marc-Andre Fleury, Leon Draisaitl, Patrik Laine
           #30: Matt Murray            Other: Henrik Lundqvist, Ben Bishop
           #31: Carey Price              Other: Martin Jones, Frederik Andersen
           #32: Jonathan Quick        Other: Antti Raanta, Kari Lehtonen
           #33: Dustin Byfuglien      Other: Henrik Sedin, Zdeno Chara, Viktor Arvidsson, Cam Talbot
           #34: Auston Matthews     Other: James Reimer, Jake Allen
           #35: Pekka Rinne             Other: Cory Schneider, Steve Mason, Jimmy Howard
           #36: John Gibson             Other: Mats Zuccarello, Jussi Jokinen
           #37: Patrice Bergeron      Other: Connor Hellebuyck, Yanni Gourde, Brian Elliott
           #38: Ryan Hartmen         Other: Boone Jenner, Nikita Scherbak
           #39: Logan Couture        Other: Anthony Mantha, Toby Enstrom
           #40: Tukka Rask             Other: Carter Hutton, Devan Dubnyk, Michael Grabner
           #41: Paul Byron              Other: Mike Smith, Craig Anderson
           #42: David Backes          Other: Joel Ward, Tyler Bozak
           #43: Nazem Kadri           Other: Conor Sheary, Tom Wilson
           #44: Morgan Reilly         Other: Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Josh Morissey, Calvin de Haan
           #45: Sami Vatanen          Other: Jonathan Bernier, Lukas Sedlak
           #46: David Krejci           Other: Jared Spurgeon, Pontus Aberg
           #47: Alex Radulov          Other: Hampus Lindholm, Sven Baertschi, Torey Krug
           #48: Tomas Hertl            Other: Vinnie Hinostroza, Matt Grzelcyk
           #49: Victor Rask             Other: Ivan Barbashev, Sam Girard (on Colorado)
           #50: Corey Crawford      Other: Adam Pelech, Antoine Vermette
           #51: Frans Nielson          Other: Jake Gardiner, David Desharnais
           #52: Sean Kuraly            Other: Michael Amadio, Jonathan Ericsson, Martin Marincin
           #53: Shayne Gostisbehere Other: Bo Horvat, Jeff Skinner
           #54: Charles Hudon         Other: Adam McQuaid, Oskar Lindholm
           #55: Mark Scheifele         Other: Colton Parakyo, Rasmus Ristolainen, Johnny Boychuk
           #56: Eric Haula                Other: Magnus Paajarvi, Marko Dano
           #57: Tyler Myers              Other: David Perron, Trevor van Riemsdyk
           #58: Kris Letang               Other: David Savard, Anton Slepyshev
           #59: Roman Josi               Other: Jake Guentzel, Jake Dotchin
           #60: Markus Granlund      Other: Collin Delia, Carson Soucy
           #61: Rick Nash                 Other: Mark Stone, Justin Braun
           #62: Carl Hagelin             Other: Denis Malgin, Andrej Sustr
           #63: Brad Marchand         Other: Tyler Ennis, Jesper Bratt, Evgeni Dadonov
           #64: Mikael Granlund       Other: Tyler Motte, Nail Yakupov
           #65: Eric Karlsson             Other: Andre Burakovsky, Danny DeKeyser
           #66: Josh Ho-Sang            Other: None
           #67: Max Pacioretty          Other: Rickard Rakell, Michael Frolik
           #68: Mike Hoffman           Other: Jaromir Jagr, Melker Karlsson
           #69: None, last worn by Andrew Desjardins in 2011-12
           #70: Braden Holtby           Other: Tanner Pearson, Joonas Korpisalo
           #71: Evgeni Malkin           Other: William Karlsson, Nick Foligno, Dylan Larkin
           #72: Sergei Bobrovsky      Other: Patric Hornqvist, Anthony Beauvillier
           #73: Tyler Toffoli               Other: Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Pirri
           #74: John Carlson              Other: Jake Debrusk, Jaccob Slavin
           #75: Ryan Reaves              Other: Jaycob Megna, Brandon Halverson
           #76: P.K. Subban              Other: Brady Skjei
           #77: Victor Hedman           Other: T.J. Oshie, Jeff Carter, Oscar Klefbom
           #78: Beau Bennett              Other: Filip Chlapik, Maxim Mamim
           #79: Michael Ferland         Other: Justin Auger, Nathan Walker
           #80: No one, last worn by Matt Tennyson in 2015-16.
           #81: Jonathan Marchessault Other: Phil Kessel, Kyle Connor
           #82: Nathan Beaulieu          Other: Jordan Oesterle, Justin Kloos
           #83: Trevor Daley               Other: Ales Hemsky, Jay Beagle, Matt Nieto
           #84: None, last worn by Mikhail Grabovski and Phil Varone in 2015-16
           #85: Mathieu Perreault       Other: None
           #86: Nikita Kucherov         Other: Teuvo Teravainen, Nikolay Kulemin
           #87: Sidney Crosby            Other: Vadim Shipachyov, Liam O'Brien
           #88: Patrick Kane               Other: Brent Burns, David Pastrnak, Andrei Vasilevskiy
           #89: Alex Tuch                   Other: Mikkel Boedker, Pavel Buchnevich, Sam Gagner
           #90: Ryan O'Reilly             Other: Marcus Johansson, Vladislav Namestnikov, Jason Spezza
           #91: Steven Stamkos          Other: John Tavares, Tyler Seguin, Vladimir Tarasenko
           #92: Ryan Johansen            Other: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Jonathan Drouin, Gabriel Landeskog
           #93: Jakub Voracek             Other: Mika Zibanejad, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sam Bennett
           #94: Sam Girard (on NSH)  Other: Andrei Mironov
           #95: Matt Duchene              Other: Justin Bailey, Henrik Borgstrom
           #96: Mikko Rantanen          Other: None
           #97: Connor McDavid         Other: None
           #98: Mikhail Sergachev       Other: Jesse Puljujarvi
           #99: Retired forever by Wayne Gretzky

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

MLB news: Yankees acquire Cole



             The New York Yankees have acquired RHP A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals in exchange for cash considerations, and have DFA'd RHP David Hale.

             Lacking pitching depth to go behind sort starts, Cole is a starter/reliever they need, and they get him for a decent price. Cole was the 5th starter for the Nats after injuries, and could be a bargain for the Yanks.

             Cole, 26, has a 13.06 ERA with 10 strikeouts and a 2.13 WHIP in 10.1 innings for the Nats this year. In his MLB career, all in Washington, Cole has a 5.32 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 102 strikeouts in 110 innings.

             Hale, 30, made his Yankees and season debut yesterday, pitching two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. In his MLB career for the Yankees, Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves, Hale has a 4.43 ERA, with a 1.46 WHIP and 123 strikeouts in 180.2 innings.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

MLB news: Braves sign Bautista



                  The Atlanta Braves have signed 3B/RF Jose Bautista to a minor league deal, after not signing through Opening Day. And yes, that is correct. He is being signed as a third baseman, his original position, to fill their need at 3B.

                   Bautista is an experienced veteran, who has made six consecutive all-star teams, from 2010 to 2015. He has hit thirty homers four times, leading to three silver sluggers. He is a good player to add to the Atlanta locker room, or the Gwinnett one (AAA).

                   Bautista, 37, had a .203 batting average, with 23 homers and 65 RBIs in 686 Plate Appearances for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017. In his MLB career for the Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Kansas City Royals, Bautista has hit .250, with 331 homers, 927 RBIs and 66 stolen bases in 6845 Plate Appearances.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

MLB news: Yanks call up Robinson, DFA Peterson



           The New York Yankees have selected the contract of OF Shane Robinson from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, signing him to an MLB deal. Also, U Jace Peterson was designated for assignment.

           Injuries to outfielders Aaron Hicks, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clint Frazier and Billy McKinney have put a big hole in what was supposed to be a very strong Yankees OF depth chart. Plus, Giancarlo Stanton hasn't been able to hit his stride yet. So, with Stanton in left, Brett Gardner in center and Aaron Judge in right, it seems like a very good outfield. But, manager Aaron Boone prefers to put someone else on left and Stanton as the DH. So, with Robinson, a more natural outfielder than Peterson, a normal 2B, it makes more sense to bring him up.

           Robinson, 33, has a .226 batting average, six homers, 64 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in 795 career Plate Appearances for the St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels.

           Peterson, 27, went 3 for 9 in two games with the Yanks this season. In his MLB career for the Yanks, San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves, Peterson has a .234 batting average, with 15 homers, 98 RBIs and 22 stolen bases in 1288 Plate Appearances.

NHL news: Sharp officially retires



           After a 15 year career, winger Patrick Sharp has officially retired from the NHL.

           After a career at the University of Vermont, Sharp was selected in the 3rd round (95th overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2001 NHL draft. Sharp, a Winnipeg native, made his debut with the team the next season. After two and one half seasons with the team, Sharp was traded midseason to the Chicago Blackhawks with Eric Meloche for a 3rd round draft pick and Matt Ellison. That began the success of Sharp's career. Sharp went on to spend 10 seasons in Chicago, scoring twenty goals seven times and thirty four times. He also won three cups with the team. But a huge cap crunch forced Chicago to trade many of their better players. Michael Frolik, Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Brandon Saad and Sharp are prime examples of that. Sharp was traded with defenseman Stephen Johns to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt. Currently, only Johns remains with the organization they moved to after the trade. Sharp spent two seasons in Dallas, and saw age creep up on him in his second Dallas season, which he managed to appear in just 48 games. As a 36 year old free agent, Sharp decided to return to Chicago for an 11th season there, on a one year, $800,000 deal. After that season, which was this season, he announced his retirement.

            In all, for the Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers, Patrick Sharp scored 287 goals and 333 assists for 620 points in 939 games. That's a pretty solid NHL career.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

MLB news: #PinstripePride acquires Thompson, Asche



            With injuries to outfielders Aaron Hicks, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clint Frazier and Billy McKinney, the New York Yankees looked to the recently DFA'd pile to boost their depth. So, the team went out and claimed OF Trayce Thompson off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers, and acquired LF/3B/DH Cody Asche from the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later (PTBNL) or cash. Asche signed a minor league deal with the Royals this offseason, and isn't required to be added to the 40 man roster, while Thompson is, and was added while RHP Ben Heller was moved to the 60 day DL. Both were assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA). 

            Thompson, 27, hasn't played this year in the MLB. In his three year MLB career for the Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, Thompson has hit 19 homers and 50 homers, plus six stolen bases and a .233 batting average in 452 Plate Appearances. His brother, Klay Thompson, is an NBA star for the Golden State Warriors, and his father, Mychal Thompson, was the first overall pick in the 1978 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

             Asche, also 27, has a .234 batting average, 32 homers and 159 RBIs in 1349 Plate Appearances in his MLB career for the White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

MLB trade review: Angels, Braves swap Schimpf, Perez



         The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 2B/3B Ryan Schimpf from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for C Carlos Perez.

         For the Angels, starting second baseman Ian Kinsler was recently placed on the 10 day DL, leaving Kaleb Cowart as the starter, and Nolan Fontana as the backup. Schimpf adds more depth at second base behind Cowart, and Kinsler when he returns. With Martin Maldonado and Rene Rivera ahead of Perez on the depth chart, and Perez out of options, the time came to trade him.

         Schimpf, who will turn 30 in 10 days, hasn't played in this short season. In his two year career, all for the San Diego Padres, Schimpf has a .195 batting average, 34 homers and 76 RBIs in 527 Plate Appearances. This marks the third time Schimpf has been traded since the end of the 2017 season. The Padres traded him to the Rays, who traded him to the Braves, and now the Braves have traded him to L.A.

          For the Braves, Schimpf didn't crack the roster. He was just extra depth. Perez will slot above Chris Stewart as the third catcher. The Braves could go with three catchers, so Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki can pinch hit.

          Perez, 27, hasn't played in this short season. In his MLB career, all for the Angels, Perez has a .224 batting average with 10 homers and 55 RBIs in 595 Plate Appearances.

          I think this is an even trade, since both teams get depth players at a needed position.