Your player of the week? Ol’ Happy Hudler.
Why? Well, Calgary hasn’t been terrible. They haven’t been the stepping stone everyone through they would be at the start of the season. However, they haven’t been good either, and as things stand they are on the outside of the playoffs looking in. But they’ve been fun to watch and the youngsters on the squad are looking good.
Calgary fans should be pretty happy with the start. The Flames have won 4 of 8 (2 were overtime losses). They’ve been scoring well, netting 26 goals in those 8 games. They aren’t getting blown out or embarrassed. The defense and Joey McDonald have been bad, but we all saw that coming, didn’t we?
A big part of this team’s watchability? Former Detroit Red Wing winger Jiri Hudler. His start to the season has been very good. He’s had at least a point in every game so far and is presently sitting comfortably at the top of the Flames books in points and plus/minus. He’s also taken a lot of the offensive pressure off of 18 year old rookie center Sean Monahan.
Hudler has been distributing the puck well and has been opportunistic with burying his own pucks. Is this level of production sustainable? It’s doubtful. He’s presently tied for 4th in the league in points, and it would take quite a career year to sustain that kind of production, but Hudler’s been a bright spot for the Flames… and, well, the minutes are there for the taking so he should be able to put up points for the rest of the year.
Did I mention he’s passing well?