Evan’s Daily: Best Finnish Player Debate, Evolution of Cale Makar
Cale Makar has flown under the radar in the Norris Trophy debate this season, but the evolution in his game should not go unnoticed.
Meanwhile, it’s Hockey Day in Finland this weekend over Tampere, Finland, so now it’s time to debate: Who is the best Finnish player in the NHL?
All that and more in this Saturday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
Now that the offense is really starting to come for Cale Makar, he should be in the Norris Trophy conversation. But the reality is, he was having a very good year already. He set the bar high in 2021-22 in terms of what people expect from him, but this season, his game has evolved into what the Colorado Avalanche needed him to be. Check out more on his evolution right here.
Lars Eller scored a goofy goal on Thursday that ended up being the game winner. The Ottawa Senators were mad about it, but did they actually have a case? Take a look in the Turning Point.
Around the NHL
It’s Hockey Day in Finland this weekend, and it’s time to debate: who is the best Finnish born player in the NHL?
Is it Colorado’s own Mikko Rantanen, who is closing in on his first 50 goal season?
Is it Alex Barkov, who is one of the best two-way players in the world?
Or Sebastian Aho, one of the better players on one of the better teams?
NHL.com debated on the most exciting. If you ask me, Barkov is the best player overall, but he can never stay healthy. That’s a problem.
Who do you think is the best Finnish player in the league?
National Hockey Now
DHN: The Colorado Avalanche are in Detroit on Saturday afternoon. That is when Simon Edvinsson, the sixth overall pick in the 2021 NHL draft, will make his NHL debut for the Red Wings.
MHN: The Jonathan Drouin saga in Montreal has to be coming to an end this summer, as he missed a team meeting and had to be disciplined by his coach.
Those Finnish players are so different that it is difficult to compare them. It is probably easier to agree on best active Finnish players per position: