Oh look, some (minor) recognition for Jaro!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Normally I wouldn't be paying these lists of the top 10 players from each country that the NHL has been releasing but when they mention my little Slovak goalie, I have to say something, right? Right. Here's the list from the NHL (with a little editting from yours truly).

1. Zdeno Chara, D, Boston — Chara, the two-time winner of EP's "Ugh, can we pretend he doesn't exist?" list. And he is generally disliked with a small passion here on Shifts and Sets.

2. Marian Hossa, F, Chicago — Recent surgery to repair a small tear in his right rotator cuff certainly won’t keep him off the "what a douchebag" talks that continue to swil since he dumped the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Detroit Red Wings and then dumped them for a stupid contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

3. Marian Gaborik, F, New York Rangers — The two-time NHL All-Star has reached 30 goals in five of his eight seasons. We suspect that he would have a lot more if he wasn't always broken.

4. Pavol Demitra, F, Vancouver — In his first season with the Canucks, EP had no idea that he existed until the playoffs hit.

5. Michal Handzus, F, Los Angeles — The 6-foot-4, 218-pound center is frequently forgotten by EP.

6. Lubomir Visnovsky, D, Edmonton — A dislocated shoulder limited him to 50 games in 2008-09, but he still produced many tongue injuries as people tried to figure out how to say his name.

7. Andrej Meszaros, D, Tampa Bay — He was another poor soul who was forced to play in the sandy beaches of Tampa Bay. We almost feel bad for him.

8. Milan Jurcina, D, Washington — Jurcina appeared in a career-high 79 games last season and set personal highs in assists (11) and points (14). He was first on the Caps and among Slovaks with 131 blocked shots and second with 157 hits. We would like to thank him for giving our little goalie a nice WIN over the Caps when he tripped up Sergei who still managed to score the game winner.

9. Marek Svatos, F, Colorado — The 27-year-old, a top-six forward with the Avalanche, has registered at least 30 points in his four NHL seasons.blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

10. Jaroslav Halak, G, Montreal — The 271st pick in the 2003 Entry Draft took over as the backup to Carey Price following the trade of Cristobal Huet. He went 18-14-1 with a 2.86 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in 34 games last season (not bad when you consider just how much NOBODY showed up to play when he was in nets!), and played for Slovakia at the 2007 World Championship. He also participated in the 2009 World Championship were he was Avery'd upside the head by his own teammate. We still wuv our little goalie very muchly and we would appreciate it if the stupid idiots would stop trying to turn him into tradebait.

Huzzah for Jaro!


Number31 said...

For Slovakia, if I were them, I'd hope for the two Jaros to play nets 'cause God help them if Budaj is their main starter...

EP said...

Oh dear god that would be a mess. At the worlds they had another goalie too from Slovakia. He was pretty awful actually so let's hope Mini Jaro is okay =(

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