World Juniors 2020: Canada, Rimouski forward Alexis Lafreniere putting up impressive numbers in pre-draft year

first_imgWorld Juniors 2020: Dylan Cozens making history for Canada Still, as sweet as these superlatives sound, they don’t necessarily guarantee Lafreniere will outproduce or outperform any of the aforementioned top picks. He’s still a teenager learning the game, and his enthusiasm has led to some undisciplined play. Never neutralized completely, Lafreniere has been held in check, albeit for short periods of time.The constant dilemma for opponents past or present is managing and planning around the certainty that Lafreniere has both the will and the skill to change the complexion of a game in an instant. Looking at his numbers in comparison to several current NHL stars at the same age, there’s no reason to think he won’t do the same at the highest level. The remarkable success of Alexis Lafreniere’s junior career has made him the clear-cut favorite to be the first overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.Not only has he lived up to the lofty expectations but he appears to be on the verge of establishing a new standard of excellence for French Canadian-born prospects. A bruising winger with exceptional puck skills, Lafreniere was raised in the Montreal suburb of Saint-Eustache, Que., and currently plays for the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. It’s the same organization that produced two of the last three Canadian-born forwards from the Quebec League to go first overall — Vincent Lecavalier in 1998 and Sidney Crosby in 2005. Of course, goals and assists are just part of the overall evaluation process.The fact they play different forward positions in different leagues doesn’t cheapen the significance of either player’s impressive stat totals. And, now that we know Lafreniere’s impressive draft-year production isn’t enhanced by some sort of multiplier, we can begin to analyze the aspects of his game that make him unique; not only for this specific draft class but possibly for any draft prospect since Connor McDavid.Lafreniere is a powerful left wing who possesses the vision and touch of a finesse playmaker. He was the key cog on what was arguably the best line in all of Canadian major junior when he played this season with center Cedric Pare and the now-injured Calgary Flames prospect Dmitry Zavgorodniy; each averaged near, or over, two points-per-game. While this type of single-line production has historically been common in juniors, it has become more of a rarity in the past decade and it’s no stretch to say that neither Pare or Zavgorodniy would be putting up career years had it not been for the talented 18-year-old.World Juniors 2020: Canada’s roster | AnalysisIf you listed the last half dozen first-overall picks, to include McDavid, none offer Lafreniere’s impressive mix of creativity and rugged play. That isn’t saying one style or player is better or worse. Rather, it spotlights the significance of having a high-octane physical winger with an elite scoring touch being the centerpiece of the draft in an era where the average NHL player is not only quicker but shrinking as well.Lafreniere’s skills with the puck are as diverse as they are appealing but the added bonus is his intangibles — leadership, work ethic and compete level. He has the balance and agility of Auston Matthews, the vision and passing of Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier’s two-way proclivity and, most importantly, Lafreniere displays McDavid’s commanding on-ice presence.Draft-year production of current NHL Stars drafted out of the CHLPlayerLeagueGPPTSPTS/GYearLeague G/GSidney CrosbyQMJHL621682.7120056.37Connor McDavidOHL471202.5520157.01Patrick KaneOHL581452.520077.46Alexis LafreniereQMJHL3270*2.192020*6.88Mitchell MarnerOHL631262.0020157.01Quinton ByfieldOHL3057*1.902020*7.64Taylor HallOHL571061.8620106.95John TavaresOHL561041.8620096.86Steven StamkosOHL611051.7220086.89Nathan MacKinnonQMJHL44751.7020136.91Andrei SvechnikovOHL44721.6420187.10Nico HischierQMJHL57861.5120176.90*Thru games played on Dec. 15A throwback from a physical standpoint, Lafreniere’s vision, stickhandling and hands are elite by present-day standards. He is a possession-driving forward who manages to look graceful in tight spaces as often as he does in open ice. There isn’t much an opponent can do once he and his linemates take control in the offensive zone and their surgical exchanges and weaving during the cycle force most checkers to waive the white flag and retreat to the slot. Once he’s afforded room, Lafreniere can deliver a devastating wrist shot and pick the corners with regularity. If we’re going to evaluate a premier prospect solely on point production, then Lafreniere’s grip on the top ranking has tightened. Not only is he leading the entire QMJHL in scoring, but he is expected to be on Canada’s top line at the IIHF World Junior Championship set to begin Dec. 26 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. While he made the team last year, he served as more of a depth player; this year, he’ll be leaned on for clutch play and help revitalize a Canadian power play that has struggled the last few tournaments. Lafreniere’s 27 power-play assists through Sunday are the most of any player in any of Canada’s three major junior leagues.The 2010s: Crosby named NHL Athlete of the Decade | NHL All-Decade TeamA scrub of Lafreniere’s resume prior to this season more than validates the consensus opinion that he would become the first pick in this draft. Selected first overall by Rimouski in the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft, Lafreniere guided the Oceanic to a 43-point improvement in the standings, earning Rookie of the Year honor with 42 goals — the most by a 16-year-old since Crosby (2004). He kicked off last season by guiding Canada to a gold medal at the under-18 Ivan Hlinka and finishing as the tournament’s leading scorer. In league play, he posted his first 100-point season and was named the Canadian Hockey League’s Player of the Year despite being a year away from draft eligibility. At the rate he’s going, Lafreniere is the favorite to join Crosby and John Tavares as the only players in CHL history to win the prestigious award multiple times before they were drafted.So, how good are Lafreniere’s QMJHL numbers, really? After recording an impressive 1.72 points-per-game average last year, and bumping that up to a mind-numbing 2.19 through Dec. 15, he is on pace to join Crosby (2003, 2004) as the only two QMJHLer’s in the last 22 years to eclipse the 1.70 mark in consecutive pre-draft seasons. Additionally, his current 2.19 average would be the second-highest of any QMJHL draft prospect since 1996. In other words: Lafreniere has been the QMJHL’s most dominant pre-draft player not named Sidney Crosby in well over 20 years. He’s also accomplishing the feat when scoring in the Quebec League is nearly a full goal less per game now (6.88) than it was in 2000 (7.81). Of course, goal-scoring in “The Q” is slowly trending upwards from its low point in the mid-2000s but Lafreniere is single-handily out-pacing by a wide margin almost two decades worth of draft-eligible alumni.Impressive, indeed.Pre-draft QMJHL prospects 1993-20 (high picks and NHL notables)PlayerGPPTSPTS/GSeasonDrafted overallLeague G/GSidney Crosby621682.7120051st6.37Alexandre Daigle531372.5819931st8.81Daniel Briere671632.43199624th8.04Sidney Crosby591352.292004Draft-16.72Alexis Lafreniere32*70*2.19*20202020 Draft6.88*Jonathan Drouin491052.1420133rd6.91Pierre-Marc Bouchard691402.0320028th6.97Derick Brassard581162.0020066th7.41Vincent Lecavalier581151.9819981st7.44Alexis Lafreniere611051.722019Draft-16.92Nathan MacKinnon44751.7020131st6.91Brad Richards681151.69199864th7.44Alex Tanguay51851.67199812th7.44*Thru games played on Dec. 15Still, some continue to argue that Lafreniere’s numbers are the byproduct of playing in an up-tempo league as opposed to the more balanced Ontario Hockey League, or the tough and tight-checking Western Hockey League. A closer look into league-wide goal-scoring, however, reveals that it is the OHL, not the QMJHL, that offers the playmakers and goal scorers an environment far more conducive for registering impressive draft-year stats.This is relevant because it not only adds context to Lafreniere’s production but also to his closest competitor for the top spot in the draft — Quinton Byfield. The hulking center for the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves is nearly a full year younger than Lafreniere and averaging an impressive 1.90 points per game. Of Byfield’s 57 points in 30 games, 41 have come at even strength or shorthanded — the same number Lafreniere has recorded out of his 70 points but in two more games.The difference in overall point totals is due to Lafreniere’s significant advantage in power-play points (29 to Byfield’s 16). Rimouski, which operates the QMJHL’s second-best power play at 31.1 percent, earns 4.35 opportunities a game while Byfield’s Wolves sits at 24.2 percent effectiveness on 3.76 chances per contest. Even if, in a hypothetical scenario, Sudbury drew as many power-play chances as Rimouski, the additional goals they’d score would only bump Byfield’s overall point total from 57 to 61 (currently he’s been involved in 16 of the team’s 30 power-play goals).In conclusion, Alexis Lafreniere is outproducing Quinton Byfield by a wide margin, and doing so while the QMJHL is averaging 0.76 goals less per game than in Byfield’s OHL.2020 NHL Entry Draft Top 125: Lafreniere, Byfield continue to lead the packlast_img read more

Monmouth Medical Center to hold Free Diabetes Event

first_imgLONG BRANCH – The Center for Diabetes Education at Monmouth Medical Center will host Diabetes: The Individual, The Family & The Community, an annual event to help people with diabetes and those who care about them cope with disease.The free event will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Branches, located at 123 Monmouth Road in West Long Branch.Held in recognition of American Diabetes Month, the event will include blood pressure, glucose and stroke screenings, as well as body composition analysis. Presentations throughout the evening will cover a variety of topics, including diabetes and obesity, the importance of exercise in diabetes and weight management, healthy eating and meal planning and diabetes education and the importance of self-management.Radio personalities from Breeze Radio 107.1 FM and Thunder 106 FM will also be on hand with giveaways, door prizes and more. Beverages and light fare will be available.Registration begins at 5 p.m.Additional information and registration are available by calling 888-724-7123 or visiting the Monmouth Medical Center website at read more

Zidane, the lord of the finals

first_imgZidane faces his ninth final as coach of Madrid on Sunday (7:00 p.m., Movistar). The Frenchman still does not know the defeat in height scenarios: he has won three finals of Champions (2016, 2017, 2018), two European Super Cups (2017, 2018), two Club World Cups (2016 and 2017) and a Spanish Super Cup (2017). Yes Zizou He managed to lift his second Spanish Supercup, would raise his tenth title as a coach and would be four to match Miguel Muñoz (14 trophies) as the most successful coach in the history of Madrid. The Frenchman accumulates 66% of victories (124 wins, 40 draws and 22 losses in 185 games) in Two stages ranging from January 2016 to June 2018 and from March 2019 to the present. A road of recordsMadrid have 15 consecutive official games without losing: the last defeat was in October 1-0 against Mallorca. We must remember that He was 40 games without losing with 30 wins and 10 draws between April 2016 and January 2017. Since then, this It is the best series of results in the history of the Madrid entity. Both milestones have Zidane as the protagonist. This is not new for the Frenchman, he is the coach with the most records in Madrid. Architect of three consecutive Champions (matched with Ancelotti and Paisley), Zizou also reaps the minimum losses in the first 100 games (8 lost games) and 60 games in a row scoring. Zidane follows in the wake of Miguel Muñoz both in titles (14 trophies) and in directed matches (424 in 15 years). If you beat him, the French would be the coach to beat. The eight endings of Zidane as coach CompetitionRivalOutcome Spain SupercupBarcelona2-0 and 1-3 The winning gene of Zidane supplied in the Champions League final in May 2016 against Atlético de Madrid in Milan (1-1, with extension included, and 5-3 on penalties). The comeback against the eternal rival, gave oxygen to the whites two months later: they defeated Sevilla 3-2 in the final of the European Super Cup. That wonderful 2016 was marked with a comeback to Kashima (4-2) to raise the Club World Cup. In less than seven months, Zidane had already won three finals. But the best was yet to come: Juventus thrashed in the Champions League final, June 2017, and back to work winning the European Super Cup (2-1 to United in Skopje) and that of Spain (1-3 at Camp Nou and 2-0 at Bernabéu al Barça). There was no way to stop Madrid from Zidane: only three losses from August to December (Betis 0-1, Girona 2-1 and Tottenham 3-1). The finishing touch to these good feelings was put in December 2017 by defeating the Guild in a new Club World Cup final (1-0). Zidane had already made his particular sextete, but there was more: his third Champions against Liverpool in 2018 (3-1). ChampionsJuventus1-4 European Super CupUnited2-1 ChampionsLiverpool3-1 European Super CupSeville3-2 Club World CupKashima4-2 ChampionsAthletic1-1 Club World CupGuild1-0 Spanish Super Cup – Semi Final – Valencia v Real Madridlast_img read more

When Setién was coach of Equatorial Guinea … for one day

first_imgQuique Setién appears as coach of Barcelona. In recent years he has been very exposed in the media by having trained teams such as Betis, Las Palmas, Lugo, Logroñés, Poly Ejido or Santander Racing, but surely few know that more than a decade ago he began an adventure abroad as a coach.It happened in the summer of 2006, when the technician was unemployed and received an offer from Equatorial Guinea, Former Spanish colony. The coach was fleetingly in office, coming to play only one match at the head of the team. They lost that match against Cameroon 3-0 and belonged to the African Cup. However, it did not last because of the lack of professionalism that the Federation at that time, as the coach himself recalled a few years ago in Public: “In principle, it was even an opportunity. Before Cameroon, despite not having clear concepts, he already had players who were good. In fact, I was there to sign a collaboration agreement with Logroñés as a former player who had been of this club. Then I had no job and they presented me with a proposal, ideas that seemed very clear and in which they always told me about a long-term project. I even brought Esteban Torre, to one of the people who work with me. We saw many games and many players, because I believed in that project. Or I wanted to believe, at least. But it was there, as time went by that I realized that these people had no intentions or seriousness or anything that seemed to sign a contract. I met one day with the president of the Federation and a relative of the dome, but nothing more. On one of the trips I had three days at the hotel without anyone showing up. That was definitive. “Since 1990, up to 26 coaches have occupied the bench in Equatorial Guinea, nine of them Spanish, being Angel Lopez (now in Dolphin), the one that has most contributed to the development of the national team and leagues by convincing Pedro Obiang and help base football evolve. Setien’s, however, was a chapter to forget.last_img read more

Watch Vision Of Gold in Race 2

first_imgThe second Super-6 offers a$1.1 million carryover at Caymanas Park tomorrow, while the Pick-9 commences at the guaranteed minimum of $1 million.The Pick-9 will be conducted from race two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10.We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a maiden 4-y-o and up condition race over a mile to be contested by eight starters, including the likely favourite MINY LEE, who caught the eye when a close second to I HAVE A DREAM over 1400 metres on Boxing Day.Prior to that, he was a close third to MR ROMANTIC and subsequent winner ABOGADO, and with trainer Donovan Plummer churning out the winners in recent weeks, MINY LEE with apprentice Jerome Innis gets the nod over DEMOLITION BOY and LAZZA.VISION OF GOLD, who has shown promise in his two starts to date, will now prove hard to beat in the second race over 1300 metres for native-bred three-year-olds, with former champion Omar Walker aboard.From the stables of 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, the chestnut colt by Fearless Vision out of the 1999 derby winner Good Prospect has been fitted with the visor and tongue tie following his good third to STUNNER over 1400 metres two months ago and having looked improved at exercise, gets the nod over stable-companion PERFECT ASSET (Lasix administered) and OK DUDE in an 11-strong field.TROJAN, who has been knocking at the door, tries a longer distance (1820 metres) in the third race for four-year-olds and up, and this could be just what the doctor ordered, despite the presence of KING WITHIN and COLOURS OF WAR in a seven-horse field. Top apprentice Linton Steadman has the leg over TROJAN, who carries 53.0kg by virtue of his 3.0kg apprentice claim.Ultra-consistent EUSEBIA, who finished a close third to PRINCESS SHEMIKA and INFANTRY OFFICER over 1200 metres recently, gets the nod over old rival SIR D and GRANDE MARQUE in the fourth race for $180,000 claimers over the straight, with Richie Mitchell now taking the ride in a field of 11.BIRD CATCHER, who won decisively for jockey Wesley Henry and trainer Fitzroy Glispie recently in two-year-old company, faces a highly thought of debutante AWESOME DESTINY (a bay filly by Afleet Express – Seek, working well) in the fifth race over 1200 metres for three-year-olds and it should go down to the wire. Preference, however, is for BIRD CATCHER, who won in a good time over 1100 metres on December 13.Then close the first Super-6 with the speedy GLOBAL (Bebeto Harvey) in the sixth race over 1300 metres in which GOLDEN GLORY and CLASSY AVIATOR are twin dangers in a field of 15.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) MINY LEE/DEMOLITION BOY(2) VISION OF GOLD/PERFECT ASSET(3) TROJAN/KING WITHIN(4) EUSEBIA/SIR D(5) BIRD CATCHER/AWESOME DESTINY(6) GLOBAL/GOLDEN GLORYlast_img read more

C’down to honour 1982 Manning Cup champions

first_img “Although this year’s team has better facilities and support, including a nutrition programme, the 1982 team was much more talented and had players who were more loyal, committed, and proud to wear the Camperdown jersey. Those days, it was difficult to make the team. if you did, it was a cause to celebrate. Today, things are different. these players are not as loyal like back then,” said Bender, whose team has struggled this season. Bender said his team, which was beaten by the defending champions Jamaica College in the semi-finals last year, has been suffering from serious injuries and indiscipline but should have a better second round. “Since the season commenced, we are yet to start our strongest team. At one stage, some of the players got suspended, while others were injured. All this has been sorted out now, and the team is ready. We are looking forward to making it to the semi-finals and going one better,” said Bender. committed and proud Camperdown High School will honour the heroes of their star-studded 1982 Manning Cup team tomorrow night. The team, led by former Reggae Boyz the late Peter ‘Jair’ Cargill, took three titles that year. All the surviving members of the team are expected to be at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, where they will be inducted into the school’s hall of fame by the Camperdown alumni. Four members of the all-conquering team – Claude Palmer, reserve goalkeeper; Carl Richards, forward; Barrington ‘Cobra’ Gaynor, defender; and mid-fielder Cargill – will be recognised posthumously, along with the then principal, James Fitz-Henry Brown, under whose leadership the east Kingston-based school won the Manning Cup, Walker Cup, and Olivier Shield titles that year. Christopher Bender, who was one of four mid-fielders used by coach Patrick ‘Jackie’ Walters in the 4-4-2 formation has described the success of the 1982 schoolboy season as the greatest achievement in his career as a player. Thirty-three years later, Bender is now head coach of his alma mater.last_img read more

Concern over Management of Bahn Health Budget

first_imgConcerns are said to be mounting in Bahn City, Nimba County over the management of the health center’s budget.Some citizens complain that since government began releasing funds to run the health center there has been no public accounting available to them.The issue pertaining to the implementation of the health budget at the county seat is creating concern in the Zoe Geh District where Bahn is situated.Reports gathered by the Daily Observer say the health center has been receiving US$50,000 annually from the National Budget since 2008, but how the money is being used is not made known to the citizens.On 4th October, the board of Bahn Health Center sent in its resignation to Bahn citizens because of “non-compliance, undermining, marginalizing” amongst others.They said instead of the health center having its own accountant or comptroller, the funds intended for running the health facility is being managed by the County Health accountant, based in Sanniquellie.All the public health facilities in Nimba County, including Jackson F. Doe Referral Hospital, Saclepea Comprehensive Health Center and the G. W. Harley Hospital in Sanniquellie, manage their own budgets, leaving the citizens of Bahn to wonder why the budget for running the Bahn Health Center is still controlled outside of Bahn.The board claimed in their resignation letter that the health center’s budget is being managed by the county health team “without the consent of the board.”They further said, “For the past four years, the County Health Team has been receiving the budgetary appropriation of US$50,000 along with approximately LS$500,000 annually, but what is being done with the money is yet to be established.”Despite these allegations from board members, the current administrator of the Bahn health center, Arthur Gaypul, III, told this newspaper that the only health board he knows is the County Health Board, which is headed by the superintendent.Although he could not say whether the health center budget is being controlled by his office or not, Gaypul stated that with funding from the National Budget, his administration has constructed a nurses’ quarter and another annex.Gaypul’s comments were buttressed by the Health Services Administrator of Nimba, Ramsey Leasala, who stated that the Nimba Health Board meets regularly during which all reports pertaining to finances, including expenditure, are made.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bourda Market vendor shot dead during robbery

first_imgA cheese and sausage vendor at Bourda Market was on Wednesday evening shot and killed by three armed men who relieved him of his cash, a quantity of jewellery and other valuables.Dead is 45-year-old Troy Ramalho, called “Rasta”, of Albouystown, Georgetown and of Lot 11 North Road, Lacytown, Georgetown.Based on reports, the vendor had already packed up his stall which is located between Alexander and Bourda Streets and was awaiting transportation to take him home.It was during this time he was confronted by three gun-toting bandits who held him at gunpoint and demanded that he hand over cash and other valuables.Speaking with Guyana Times, the dead’s man wife, Precious Ramalho, explainedTroy Ramalho, called “Rasta” in happier timesthat her husband refused to comply with the bandits’ demands and in retaliation, one of the armed men discharged a round hitting the vendor once to his chest.As he fell to the ground, she noted that the other two men relieved her husband of three gold chains that were wrapped around his arm.In addition, the perpetrators took away the man’s cellphone along with three gold rings before making good their escape on foot.“After they come and ask him to hand over his gold and money he started talking up and he took the table that was in front of him and hit one ah dem with it. After that one of them was going away and the one with the gun turn and tell him boy do what you have to do and he took the gun and put it to his heart and pull the trigger,” the wife stated.More so, she related that the incident happened right before the eyes of two on-duty City Constables.“When this thing happened, the market Constable was there but couldn’t do any but to watch the bandits walk out of the market and head towards Camp Street. They couldn’t do anything; they don’t have a gun, all this happen in front of everybody,” the woman recalled.She noted that the father of two would normally say to her “anybody coming to take my things (jewellery) would have to kill me before they get it, me ain’t giving up my things just suh”.The vendor was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he died while receiving medical attention.Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage was reviewed and the Police are currently hunting the suspects. It was only a month ago, the Mayor and City Council has revealed that Bourda and Stabroek Markets are havens for criminals and warned Guyanese and foreigners to be extremely careful when traversing the areas.last_img read more

Council complains about sheriff cuts

first_imgFort St. John City Council will formally complain to the Province about recent cuts to the provincial sheriffs department.The most recent cuts, announced quietly a few weeks ago by the Province, mean that as of June 10, the hours of 52 auxiliary deputies would be cut. Which is the equivalent of cutting 34 full-time positions.In a motion brought forward by Mayor Lantz Monday, the Mayor expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision and the lack of notification and consultation by the province.- Advertisement -Sheriffs in B.C. have a number of responsibilities, some of which include escorting prisoners to and from court houses, providing security within courtrooms and transporting prisoners to penitentiaries. When Sheriffs aren’t available, the RCMP take over some of those rolls, which take them away from responsibilities local municipalities pay for.A letter from the City of Fort St. John will be sent to the ministries involved and to all the communities in the Union of B.C. Municipalities.Mayor Lantz says he has already spoken to Minister Stephanie Cadieux, Labour, Citizen’s Services, and Open Government who is visiting Fort St. John this week.Advertisement At a future Council meeting, Council could decided if they wish to make a formal resolution to be presented at the next Union of B.C. Municipalities meeting. For more on this story, click here and read what Mayor Lantz had to say about this last week.last_img read more

Video: The 40 hottest football WAGs in the world part one

first_imgThe football is back and that means these glamorous ladies are, too.THE 40 HOTTEST WAGS IN FOOTBALL PART TWOFor more great videos, check out the talkSPORT YouTube channel.last_img