January 31, 2011
NHL All-Star Weekend seemed to produce many more comedic highlights than it did memorable goals in either the game or the skills competition. Luckily, the OHL and AHL picked up the slack over the weekend, beginning with Richard Panik(notes) of the Guelph Storm (OHL). Via Daily Picks and Flicks, a nasty off-the-skate move against Sarnia.
How great was Mr. Thumbs-Down guy at the 20-second mark? As Neate Sager of Buzzing The Net wrote about Panik, a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect: "The determining factor between a dangerous scorer and a merely good one is being able to make a great move at high speed." This isn't the first time Panik's appeared here on Puck Daddy for a spectacular goal.
Linus Klasen(notes) also has a body of work on YouTube. The Nashville Predators prospect appeared in the AHL All-Star Skills Competition for the Milwaukee Admirals, and added to that legend with this 360 goal that was the highlight of the night:
Quick question: Should the NHL All-Star Game adopt a "Slam Dunk Competition" system in which players who aren't in the All-Star Game are invited to the "trick shot" competition? Like Rob Schremp(notes) or Linus Omark(notes)?