There were plenty of interesting names (including a few outliers, such as Hakan Loob, Mike Vernon and Rogie Vachon) who received would-be votes in PHT’s 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame polls, but four players stood above the rest. Goalie Ed Belfour and forwards Joe Nieuwendyk, Doug Gilmour and Adam Oates received the most votes among PHT staffers, hockey bloggers and media experts.
Naturally, our votes won’t count toward the actual 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, but it’s still an interesting experiment in public opinion. Here are the voting results. (Four finalists in bold.)
Ed Belfour – 9 votes
Joe Nieuwendyk – 8 votes
Doug Gilmour – 7 votes
Adam Oates – 6 votes
Pat Burns, Phil Housley, Boris Mikhailov, Pavel Bure and Dave Andreychuk – 3 votes
Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rick Middleton and Alex Mogilny – 2 votes
Hakan Loob, Mike Vernon, Rogie Vachon, Fred Shero, Pat Verbeek – 1 vote
As you can see, the top four achieved something close to consensus while there were some interesting “fringe” candidates at the bottom of the order. If you’re wondering who will actually be inducted this afternoon, stick with PHT for that update.
Teuvo Teravainen has played both center and right wing over the course of his brief NHL career.
Now, he’s got a new position — left wing — and a pair of shiny new linemates to boot.
Teravainen will open the year playing alongside captain Jonathan Toews and right wing Marian Hossa, per the Sun-Times.
The move could be a boon for the young Finn. Several ex-Chicago wingers thrived playing alongside Toews and Hossa, most notably Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of production Teravainen, who just turned 21 last month, can manufacture on Chicago’s top line. His numbers from last year weren’t spectacular (nine points in 34 games), but he did a solid job of racking up points en route to the Stanley Cup, with 10 in 18 games.
It’ll also be interesting to see how long he sticks with Toews and Hossa.
Head coach Joel Quenneville has been known as a frequent user of the line blender, often switching up his combos at at moment’s notice.
That said, Quenneville is hoping to find some stability with this new-look group.
“[Teuvo will] play there to start the season,” he said. “Hopefully, all year.”
Pretty cool story out of Texas, where Mattias Janmark, the 22-year-old rookie that’s played a grand total of nine games in North America, has defied the odds to make the Stars’ opening-night roster.
“It’s a great story,” Dallas GM Jim Nill said, per the Morning News. “We really only planned to have him here for maybe two preseason games and then send him back. But he just kept being one of the best players out there, and he changed our minds.
“It’s a great example of what you can do if you just play hard.”
Nill acquired Janmark, 22, from Detroit at last year’s deadline as part of the Erik Cole trade. Nill was familiar with the Swedish forward from his time with the Wings — he was part of the front office team that drafted Janmark in ’13 — but didn’t think the deal would pay such immediate dividends.
As for Janmark, he didn’t even think he’d be in North America this year.
He has a contract with SHL club Frolunda, where he scored 36 points in 55 games last year. Given he’s barely played in the AHL — a few games with Grand Rapids, a few with Texas — Janmark figured he’d be back in Europe this season.
His strong play in the exhibition season changed all that. Janmark beat out two of Dallas’ touted prospects — former AHL rookie of the year Curtis McKenzie, and ’12 first-rounder Radek Faksa — for a roster spot, and showed good chemistry with third-line center Cody Eakin.
Janmark also performed well on a line with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky.