Articles by John Matisz

Hall of Fame

Claude Lemieux; hockey connoisseur

After an on-ice career seemingly defined by a small stack of controversial moments, Claude Lemieux certainly feels content with the mark he made on the game of hockey. “I have no regrets about how I played the game,” he told The Good Point recently. “We always say rules are made to be broken.” And, it turns out, he’s back for more. Although the 46-year-old’s latest hockey-related endeavour will not break any rules per say, it…

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Drew Doughty and something to prove

Drew Doughty has been hammered by the media all summer long due to lingering contract negotiations with the Kings. But who cares, right? At 21, a contract hold-out would be relatively unprecedented, and certainly unruly, so it’s safe to say Doughty will wear the black, silver and purple of the Los Angeles Kings for the 2011-12 season. With training camp around the corner though, the game of chicken between both sides is becoming risky, testy…

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Logan Couture and the future ahead

Sometimes receiving a little less attention than your peers pays off in the end. In the case of Logan Couture, not having to shimmer the Calder Trophy every other day over the course of the summer could very well end up helping him in the long-run. A trusty young center for the new-look San Jose Sharks, the former ninth-overall pick is doing the usual professional athlete offseason routine. It’s just one of the many things he’ll be…

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Immediate judgments on the NHL Entry Draft

As the elite prospects of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft were wiped off the draft board one-by-one, scouting departments and management staff alike held hands in preparation for a jump into the proverbial deep end. Like in any sport, drafting decisions made after the first couple rounds can be considered on par with a drunken toss at the dart board by an amateur billiards player. This is the case simply because the talent that remains…

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Memorial Cup champ Jonathan Huberdeau and the NHL Draft

In late January, The Good Point discussed how the Saint John Sea Dogs and their 17-year-old stud, Jonathan Huberdeau, were in for a banner 2010-11 campaign in a pair of ways. The first accomplishment — winning the Memorial Cup — was realized quite handily, as they went 3-1 in the major junior showdown. The other — Huberdeau going in the top five at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft — has yet to come to fruition,…