Tuesday, October 18, 2005


I suppose I should call it the "Scott" Young

It's of course ridiculously early to look at candidates for the NHL Awards (last week, Luongo had the Vezina wrapped up and was closing in on the Hart; today, things are a little less clear).

There's really only one award where the early numbers are illuminating, and that's the Cy Young.

Wins leader Simon Gagne is off to a workmanlike 7-3 start. Rookie Marek Svatos has raised a lot of eyebrows going 5-1 out of the gate. Joffrey Lupul is 4-1 in his five starts, as is Jere Lehtinen through six.

The closest we have to perfection is the Oilers' own Raffi Torres, an unblemished 4-0 in 6 games. Maxim Afinogenov and Jeremy Roenick are both 3-0 after six starts, and will clearly need some more run support if they hope to make a push for the Cy.

Already out of the running with dismal early seasons are Peter Forsberg (0-10), Martin Straka (o-9), and Jason Williams and Tomas Kaberle, both 0-8. If they continue to struggle, expect them to be pulled from their starting rotations.

(And no, I don't have anything to say about the Flames loss last night, which is why I posted this mighty lame bit.)

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