Did The Toronto Sports Media Jinx John Tavares

“As if the debate between sniper John Tavares and Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman at the top of the NHL draft wasn’t hot enough already, the latest prospect rankings from highly respected independent scouting service “Redline Report” should pour some gasoline on the fire. The stunning standings read: 1. Hedman. 2. Matt Duchene. 3. Tavares.”

Oh my god! Clearly the Toronto Sports Media is to blame for this! If the media gets his rankings down then clearly the Islanders won’t want John Tavares and he will be Burke’s for the taking. Hell they got him down to 3, if they keep this up Burke won’t even have to trade up to get him!

“Kyle Woodlief, the former Nashville scout who has owned Redline Report the past 10 years and served as its publisher and chief scout, pulls no punches in explaining the fall of Tavares, the player generally regarded as the “consensus No. 1 prospect” by most teams, scouting organizations and the media. “I’ve always felt Hedman should be the No. 1 pick,” Woodlief said. “The reason we flip-flopped Duchene and Tavares is due to the fact Tavares’ effort level has been underwhelming through the first two rounds of the [Ontario Hockey League] playoffs. Tavares may score 40 or 50 goals a season, but he’s one-dimensional. If he’s not scoring, he’s not helping. “Right now, he’s the third-best draft-eligible forward on his own team behind Nazem Kadri and Phil Varone. Tavares (9-10-19) and Varone (10-8-18) have about the same number of points, but Varone is plus-16, and Tavares is even. London has a great power play, and Tavares is getting all his points on the power play. Five-on-five, Tavares has been nothing short of a liability. His attitude of entitlement stinks.”

God damnit, that reporter from the Toronto Star!!!!!

You know Garth Snow and Charles Wong were at the London Knights game last night(where an OHL lacky told me JT was not among the top 4 players on the ice) and Wong said to Snow after the game the same thing..”His attitude of entitlement stinks.”

“We all know what Tavares is going to be a good player,” Woodlief said. Referring to NHL superstars Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, he added of Tavares, “At the same time, he’s nowhere near the level of an Ovechkin, Malkin or Crosby. They were all multi-dimensional players. Ovechkin hits you like a ton of bricks. Tavares will hit and take hits, but he won’t mash guys. Ovechkin works just as hard in his own end. Asked for the prototype Tavares fits, Woodlief chose Brett Hull. It wasn’t meant to flatter him. Hull was a pure goal scorer who put up huge numbers at a time when that was possible in the NHL, but he wasn’t necessarily regarded as a winner. He was more of a compiler.”

I hate those 50 goal scoring compilers…Perhaps Wong and Snow do too!

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