– Patrik Bexell (@Zeb_Habs) April 7, 2021
But for this occasion, I thought it would be useful to take a little trip down memory lane. I’ll let you watch the next four sequences before continuing:
– Patrik Bexell (@Zeb_Habs) April 5, 2022
– Patrik Bexell (@Zeb_Habs) October 20, 2020
Vilket mål av Mattias Norlinder!🔥🔥
– C More Hockey (@cmorehockey) September 25, 2019
In the videos above, we see a young Mattias Norlinder demonstrating the quality of his skills in Sweden. Remember, at the time…
In five years, he’ll have won a Norris Trophy. – Pet Hagglund
“In five years, he’ll be a Norris winner…He’s a Nicklas Lidstrom – so smart, great hands, skating. He’ll be the next Modo player you’ll write and talk about.” – Per Hagglund, a longtime journalist who has covered the MODO Hockey club for 30 years, on #Habs Mattias Norlinder.
– Canadiens Prospects (@cdnsprospects) December 5, 2019
It’s now 2023 and Mattias Norlinder has just six short games of NHL experience.
He spent all of last season in Laval, where he didn’t break a sweat with the Rocket. He collected 19 points (two goals) in 67 games during the 2022-2023 campaign, a “decent” production for a 22-year-old defenseman (he celebrated his 23rd birthday last April)…
But it’s the same old story we’ve been hearing about him over the past year. Norlinder’s defensive game leaves something to be desired, and he’s not the most reliable guy in his territory.
There’s more to a young player’s success in the NHL than points and offensive play. Norlinder has learned this the hard way… Especially as we no longer see the offensive flashes we did when he played in Sweden.
Mattias Norlinder is still young, but time could soon be running out. I don’t think anyone sees him getting a regular spot in the CH lineup in 2023-2024, and congestion on the Rocket blue line could hurt him.
Basically, Norlinder will have to prove this season that he has what it takes to make the jump to the best field hockey league on the planet. It’s going to be tough, with the youngsters pushing forward in Laval and Montreal alike…
If Mattias Norlinder ever wants to wear a Tricolore uniform, it may be now or never. Still, it’s further proof that we shouldn’t necessarily create huge expectations when talking about a young prospect who’s just been drafted…
– Ah, no. Tough break for Jake Guentzel and the Penguins.
Jake Guentzel underwent successful right ankle surgery.
The surgery was performed on August 2 by Dr. Chris Coetzee at Twin Cities Orthopedics.
Guentzel will be re-evaluated in 12 weeks.
– Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) August 4, 2023
– A big challenge awaits Canada in the semi-finals.
– Sports card fans, this message is for you:
For the nostalgic, a gorgeous Future Watch Auto Patch of P.K. Subban is currently up for auction at https://t.co/biqyX6xabv!
– Marc-Olivier Beaudoin (@MOBeaudoin1) August 4, 2023
– What a shame.
– AnnK_ (@AnnK_MamaOnIce) August 4, 2023
– The playoffs are coming in the MLB.