The Maven’s Haven

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Maven’s Ravin’: Caught In The Draft, NHL Style

Did the Maple Leafs extract the next Wayne Gretzky, or Mario Lemieux or Sidney Crosby on opening night of the Entry Draft in Buffalo? Or did Toronto pluck a combination of those aces when Lou Lamoriello chose Auston Matthews at the First Niagara Center? Based on all the hullabaloo, you might think that Matthews can […]


@StanFischler Now, after Saturday night’s thrilling overtime win for San Jose, we have a series for Lord Stanley’s mug and a potential tilt in the Californians favor. Not only did the Sharks’ Joonas Donskoi’s sudden-death-winner turn the series into a major melodrama, it builds the confidence level at SAP Center in San Jose’s way. “Beating […]

Maven’s Ravin’: 41 Post-Playoff Thoughts, Draft Insights & Gordie Howe Stories

1. One playoff minus was officiating inconsistency. Retired ref Kerry Fraser agrees. Dubious fouls got called yet woodchopping got the blinder treatment. A foul should be a foul whether it’s the regular season or Cup finale. (Sub-par reffing; not exactly breaking news.) 2. There can be no alibiing for officials failing to penalize Sidney Crosby […]

Gordie Howe: The Very Best Of The Best

@StanFischler Having watched hockey since 1939, and having seen Gordie Howe from his rookie season, 1946-47 on, I can say without question that he was the best player that I’ve ever seen, goaltenders excluded. Better than Maurice (Rocket) Richard, legitimately considered to be “The Babe Ruth Of Hockey.” Better than Wayne Gretzky, who required “policemen” […]


@StanFischler The first question to be asked now that the Pittsburgh Penguins have captured the 2016 Stanley Cup: Can the Penguins all-speed juggernaut continue on to become a dynasty hockey club? Having required six games to dispose of the San Jose Sharks — with a well-earned 3-1 victory on Sunday night at SAP Center — […]

Maven’s Ravin’: 40 Points And Why The Cup Final Is Finally Furious

@StanFischler 1. Whatever you do, don’t believe any of the oddsmakers when it comes to picking Sunday night’s winner of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. 2. Of course you could drive yourself crazy with analytics trying to figure why — after five games — the Sharks still have bite while being outplayed in […]