Five people will be officially inducted as the 2010 class of the Hockey Hall of Fame. In the “players” category, the inductees are: Dino Ciccarelli, Angela James and Cammi Granato. Meanwhile, the “builders” who will be inducted are Jimmy Devellano and Daryl “Doc” Seaman.
In these two posts, we’ll provide a quick summary of the accomplishments of the inductees from each group. Keep in mind these aren’t meant to be comprehensive. Instead, these write-ups will provide a snapshot of five great careers. Each individual is listed in alphabetical order.
For profiles on the players, click here.
Jim Devellano (first person on the left in the photo above)
- Spent 29 seasons with the Red Wings organization and 44 overall in the NHL.
- Given a lot of credit for building the generation-dominating Detroit teams that won four Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008.
- He was the first person hired by the Ilitch family once they took over as Red Wings owners in ’82, according to the Red Wings.
- He was also a part of the New York Islanders dynasty during the early ’80s, although he wasn’t there for all four Cup wins.
- Devellano owns 14 sports-related championship rings.
- The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame inducted him in 2006.
A few other things
Devellano’s master stroke was probably the in-roads he made to help the Red Wings earn a huge head start on international scouting, which helped them uncover stars such as Sweden’s Nicklas Lidstrom. Then again, he also drafted Steve Yzerman, which is borderline HOF-worthy in itself. He’s an obvious choice for the team builder category … it’s almost surprising it took so long.
I wonder if he’ll be joined by current Red Wings GM Ken Holland some day?
Daryl “Doc” Seaman
- One of the original owners of the Calgary Flames.
- Seaman is receiving this honorary posthumously, as he died in 2009.
- A key figure in getting Calgary’s Saddledome built.
- Elected into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
- Received the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2008.
- Also elected to Canadian Oilmen’s Hall of Fame in 1997.
A few other things
That’s about all I know about Daryl Seaman, except that his nickname is “Doc.” Doc is a beyond-solid nickname, I’d say.
Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk has been the most difficult goalies to score against this season. Leave it to a high-level player like Leon Draisaitl to make it look this, well, “easy.”
Draisaitl scored his 13th goal of 2016-17 by capping this pretty give-and-go play with Benoit Pouliot. You can see the frustration from Dubnyk at the end of the tally, as if he was saying “How was I supposed to stop that?” (though probably with more colorful language).
Draisaitl came into Friday with five goals and three assists in his last five games, so he’s been almost unstoppable lately.
Read more about his rise here.
In his fifth NHL game, intriguing Washington Capitals prospect Jakub Vrana scored his first NHL goal (and point).
Let’s be honest, though; Evgeny Kuznetsov deserves plenty of the credit, as he sent a fantastic pass for Vrana’s tap-in tally.
See it for yourself:
Even if that was mostly Kuznetsov, Vrana has been getting his chances so far.
He generated four shots on goal in two separate occasions so far in his four games of NHL action, so maybe he was due for a chance like this.
Considering he’s just 20 years old, the Capitals could get used to Kuznetsov to Vrana.
Update: The Capitals won 4-1, and Vrana’s first goal wasn’t the only noteworthy “first.” After piling on shots, John Carlson finally scored his first goal of the season:
No one’s going to confuse Dmitry Kulikov with Jack Eichel, but the Buffalo Sabres are likely happy to have him back after a long absence, too.
The Sabres have been on an upward trend lately (5-2-2 in their last nine games), and now they get a key defenseman back against the Washington Capitals on Friday night.
Kulikov last played on Nov. 9 and hasn’t recorded a point in 12 games, making for a tough start to his stint with the Sabres. Maybe he’ll begin to get a little more traction with his new team tonight?
He’s far from the only returning Buffalo player, either, as Josh Gorges and Nicolas Deslauriers are also back in the mix. Kulikov is slated to be on the Sabres’ second pairing with Cody Franson.
Buffalo sent Brendan Guhle to the AHL to make room for these tweaks.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without captain Nick Foligno because of an illness on Friday, opening up an opportunity for interesting prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand.
The team tweeted out his linemates as Matt Calvert and Lukas Sedlak as a solid fourth line facing the Detroit Red Wings.
He failed to generate much (zero points, two shots on goal) in three games so far with Columbus this season, receiving about 25 minutes of ice time over that span.
With eight goals and 12 points in 19 AHL games so far in 2016-17, there’s the thought that he could eventually make the next step to becoming a decent contributor for the Blue Jackets.
Perhaps this will constitute his first real step in that direction?
Apparently this is a pretty abrupt situation for the 21-year-old: