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CMHL "ON THE FLY" Written by Ludo - November 30th, -0001

CMHL "on the fly"


Today in CMHL on the fly:

  • CMHL 2007 season underway

  • inside the Central Division...

  • Surprises, flops and confirmations... how they all did...

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CMHL 2007 season underway

The 2007 season has started and boy do the big powerhouses get things rolling...

After the 1rst week mark, still early you might say, but the performances of several teams didn't go unnoticed. Where the difference is being made obvious has been the performances of the goaltenders. Many teams at the top of the standings have to thank their masked players who are performing games after games. And when the goaltenders don't shine as they should, the offenses are taking care of the job.

On the other side of the coin, some teams are having difficulties. Some we could have guessed and others as big disappointments...

Interesting detail is to see several teams make drastic changes so soon in the season. In a frantic move to get up in the standings, some have dropped their motivation of building for the future and others are trying to improve by adding great scorers...

With its surprises, flops and confirmations, this season is announcing itself as one of the most promising of its long existence.

Team's short Analysis at the end of the article.

Inside the Central Division...

A solid team of wingers... but the other positions could use some polishing and depth. With no real 1rst line center and  an average defense, Patrick Lalime will have to hold this team on his shoulders... him and superstar Paul Kariya.

The team to beat in my opinion. when their goalie has a rare bad night the offense stands up. A contrario, when the likes of Lang, Richards, Rolston, kapanen, Hemsky, or Hejduk have a day off, if ever possible, then Jose Theodore takes care of it. definitely a contender for this season. Oh and by the way, Eric Staal, Mikko koivu and Chris Higgins just to name only those are waiting in their farm system...

With a squad of so much leadership, the wings will be dangerous comes playoff time where they will definitely get to. Based with a solid defense and goaltending, their lacks will come from the Left wing and the depth at center. Mariusz Czerkawski should lead this team offensively... A good thing he's there...on the pro roster... because the farm roster is long as the mouse can scroll... Semin, Kuba, Budaj... there they are ;)

Except for Ed Jovanovski and Alexei Zhamnov, the team is looking forward to the future. At 20, Alexander Radulov is the future star this team is trying to build around. Trades should be flying in the blues town this season to hope to be at the Stanley Cup concert for the mid future.

Nikolai Khabibulin, Nicklas Lidstrom, Jaromir Jagr, Sidney Crosby... enough said. We still can't figure how they managed to get that much talent in a team. Chemistry will have to be found though to perform as they should.


This Division could easily be one of the best in the league. Don't be surprised if one of them are seen at the finals this year... but this is great pressure too and an early exit for them could mean troubles...


Surprises (S), flops (F) and confirmations (C)... how they all did...

CMHL's standings (week 1)

Rank Team Notes
1 Nashville


Perfect start for Nashville (C)
2 Montr?al


Sakic leading the charge (S)
3 Columbus


Contender contending... (C)
4 Ottawa


Where they should be. (C)
5 Minnesota


Unbeaten in 3 games. Brodeur? (C)
6 Atlanta


Every Season starts has its surprises. GJ (S)
7 Floride


A Chance they score... But result is there (C)
8 Tampa Bay


Elias, Bertuzzi leading it (S)
9 Anaheim


2 Games 2 wins. reaching top soon (C)
10 New Jersey


Martin Biron Outplaying himself (C)
11 NY Islanders


Solid Team, Solid start (C)
12 Detroit


A Chance to win in each games (S)
13 Washington


Surprising start, Named Ed the eagle. (S)
14 Pittsburgh


Up and Downs... could do better (C)
15 Phoenix


2 games, deserve to be higher and might (C)
16 Vancouver


Perfect split... Should be at the top. (F)
17 Edmonton


Hasek needs to perform better (C)
18 Caroline


Good team, results will come until then... (F)
19 Dallas


2 Games played, won't stay at 19 for long. (C)
20 San Jose


Drastic changes lately, dynasty in the making? (C)
21 Los Angeles


2 OTlosses, who would have guessed?(S)
22 Colorado


Won against the Bluejackets, a prelude? (C)
23 Saint-Louis


Bad start, have to do something. (C)
24 Buffalo


Taking punishment lately... (F)
25 Philadelphie


Winless. Home fans are unhappy... (C)
26 Chicago


Great team on paper...chemistry issues? (F)

27 NY Rangers


Dipietro is all by himself right now... 1 win 3 losses
28 Toronto


After winning their first game... nothing.
29 Boston


3 losses... 2 by a small margin though... (C)
30 Calgary


No Goals in 3 games... Country club? (F)

In the next, CMHL 2007 season continues, Inside the Northeast Division, Eklund's Corner...

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