Norfolks’Unsung Hero Marty Wilford
“He has been a great surprise this season. His +13 shows he can play well on offense and defense,” said reporter David Winkelsas, of ChicagoBlackhawks.com. So, has there been an unsung hero tucked beneath the wings of the blue and gold? Number 6 may not possess the title or popularity of an Aaron Downey. He doesn’t have the lightning speed of Steve McCarthy, Geoff Peters. But when it comes to tackling defense Marty Wilford has taken the quarterback plunge. What kind of numbers has the Alternate Captain put up thus far in his first season in the AHL? The left shooter in 48 game played, has 5 goals 28 assist and has a dressing of 32 points. The Cobourg, Ontario native has cashed in ten points in his last eight games (two goals, eight assists). He has set a team record with six consecutive game assists. In addition, on December 17, against the Philadelphia Phantoms, and he became the first Admiral record 3 assists in one game. Also, he tore the ice up in the junior league. He accumulated 19 goals 43 assists in his last year with Oshawa, in 1997. “Wilford personifies the typical defenseman. His aggressiveness, no-nonsense, go for broke attitude has inspired his teammates to play through adversity in light of recent call ups including blue line mates Steve Poapst and Steve McCarthy,” said Channel 13, (ABC) Pete Potchowski.
Here’s a brief history on Chicago’s 1995 sixth round (149th overall) draft pick. 1997-98, he enrolled to play 46 games in the ECHL (Columbus) G-8, A-27, PTS-35. Next stop? Indianapoli Read more»
Pretty much every team in all professional leagues have players who are
on the roster cause there annoying. In most cases that is all these types of
players are good for. They rarely score and do anything else besides fight
and take and draw penalties. Tyson Nash for the St.Louis Blues is a terrific
example. He is very very agitating and very very poor on the offensive end.
I’m not saying he’ll never score a goal, but if he gets more than 10 in a
year it’s a miracle. But one player who is on his way to the NHL real soon
may change all that. The Windsor Spitfires of the OHL have a player named
Steve Ott. Ott was drafted 25th overall by the Dallas Stars in the 2000 NHL
Entry Draft. Ott is a feisty troublemaker; a troublemaker who can score.
Through 37 games played by Ott this year, he had 36 goals and 28 assists for
64 points. Yet the most important number may be his 108 penalty minutes. Ott
averages almost 3.00 PIM a game. The type of game Ott plays opens up the ice
for his teammate and top draft prospect Jason Spezza. While so many people
are focused on Ott’s antics, Spezza goes more unnoticed then he should be.
Steve Ott is a coaches dream. He would be a coaches dream even if he didn’t
score. But the fact he can score means he should be in the dreams of Ken
Hitchcock and the Dallas Stars in the not too distant future.
Pavel Brendl, the Rangers top prospect, was benched last night after the 1st period in the Hitmen’s 6-3 loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Calgary’s management hasn’t liked Brendl’s effort in the last few weeks and decided to send him a message.
“We know how good Pav can be, he can be the best player in the league when he wants,” said Dean Clark, head coach of the Hitmen. “He has to show interest in doing some things. There’s no sense in putting in half an effort. There are some other concerns, it’s not only Pav.”
This has been the biggest knock on Brendl since he was drafted. It’s funny when a great player has one or two big flaws in his game, his star potential becomes vastly overlooked. I’m sure everyone knows by now that Pavel doesn’t have the best work-ethic or the best attitude.
But there’s not many players that do.
Honestly, how would you feel if the only place you could play is juniors, which isn’t fun for you if you keep getting 5 points a night? Brendl doesn’t have that motivation to play in juniors anymore and I can’t really blame him.
He had that motivation going at the World Juniors.
He wanted to succeed.
He wanted to prove the critics wrong and wanted to be the best player in the tournament
And he did just that.
Next season, whether it be with the Rangers, or with Hartford of the AHL, it will be a big step up for Pavel and he’s not going to back down. I can promise you that much. He’s going to want to succeed and he’ll prove the critics wrong again. Just wait and see…
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