This is Mike Lampman. He was born in 1950 and to my knowledge is the oldest NHL player born in California. He was born in Lakewood, California, played for Denver in college and was chosen by St. Louis in the 1970 draft. He played his minor and junior hockey in California so he would represent the starting point for home grown California hockey talent.
San Jose is a team I follow because they are basically the Oakland Seals 2.0 and that’s pretty cool. The team that plays in Sharks uniforms this season appears to be a strong contender for the Stanley, with a new coach, two veterans on the blueline who can settle things down and at least two goalies who can play.
Will it be the season that San Jose wins? This season resembles (a little bit) the Baltimore Orioles 1983 win in that all the veterans tired of a veteran skipper (Earl Weaver, Ron Wilson) and the team brought in a more player-friendly manager (Joe Altobelli, Todd McLellan) and received tremendous results.
The Sharks have a bunch of really good players but very few are having career seasons. In fact, at least a couple (Michalek, Cheechoo) are running in place (or worse) and if they ever come around look out.
The Oilers have a little traction currently but are playing in a division that keeps racking up the points. When we saw the new schedule and found out that the Oilers would be playing NW rivals less often it was a good day. The problem of course is that the other teams have the same opportunity and in their case wins are coming more often. Here’s a quick look at the NW today:
- Vancouver 27gp, 32pts
- Minnesota 25gp, 31pts
- Calgary 26gp, 31pts
- Edmonton 25gp, 26pts
- Colorado 26gp, 25pts
The gap isn’t massive but it’s there. The Oilers need W’s and it wouldn’t hurt if one or more of the teams ahead of Edmonton went on a long losing streak. Say 15 games.
I’m hoping Schremp can continue his impressive run and the Oilers get at least a point tonight. It’s a long shot, but it’s already December and this team is trailing the pack.