Look at that. Hockey players, man. Everything is a competition with them. Could be the game itself, could be who gets off the ice last, could be who gets to use that final drop of maple syrup on their flapjacks. That competitive nature in hockey players is just one that you don’t see in athletes across other sports these days. Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham Jr are having “tickle fights” in the end zone during their warm ups. There’s no competition in that. Meanwhile, hockey players are scrapping away, fighting tooth and nail just to get those competitive juices flowing. As soon as you step into the rink, it’s a mental game. Gotta gain whatever advantages you can. So if that means mercilessly beating down your opponent in rock-paper-scissors before the game starts to already put a little doubt in his brain, then that’s what you gotta do.
Clearly it worked, too, after Schiefele’s gritty RPS performance propelled the Jets to a 4-1 win over the Stars. Well I guess maybe it was a mixture between Schiefele’s RPS win and Patrik Laine being a goddamn machine.
This kid has all the star power and potential in the world to be one of the most electrifying villains the game has ever seen. Also–I’ve said this before but there are maybe only 2 players in the entire league who are more dangerous than 19-year-old Patrik Laine on the powerplay. That’s Ovechkin and Stamkos. And even they may not be as dangerous as Laine. Because what you see here is a kid who can spot-up, find a lane for himself and snipe the fucking tits off of any goalie. Ovechkin and Stamkos don’t do that. They wait for the one-timer pass and just blast it by goalies with their power. Soooo yeah, I think I just came to the realization that a teenager is the most lethal powerplay weapon in the NHL. And he wasn’t done on the night either.
I think if you’re a free agent goaltender, you just immediately cross off every team in the Central for the next 20 years. It’s not worth having to face this kid 4 times a year. Nobody should have to endure that level of pain and humiliation.