Tag:Jonathan Cheechoo
Posted on: August 8, 2011 10:32 am
Edited on: August 8, 2011 11:53 am

Daily Skate: Top showings at junior tryouts

By Brian Stubits

HAPPY CAMPERS: In preparation for the hockey World Juniors at the end of this year, Team Canada held some scrimmages this weekend Alberta and a few prospects came away with very impressive weekends. Leading the way is Ottawa Senators prospect Mark Stone, who had two goals and three assists in the final game of the weekend, giving him a total of four goals in the camp, the highest total. Florida Panthers top pick in this past draft, Jonathan Huberdeau, also excelled with two goals in the final game, giving him three for the camp. As always, Team Canada will have quite a stock of players to pick from for its final roster that is set to open the Worlds on Dec. 26 in Edmonton. TSN had a wrapup of the scrimmages.

AMERICAN UPDATE: While the camp continues in Canada for the World Juniors roster, the same is going on in the good ol' U.S. of A. America's roster for the Juniors needs to be set, too, and so the 44 players in camp just finished a pair of intrasquad games before taking on Sweden and Finland for a few friendlies. The top performances in the scrimmages go to Kenny Agostino (drafted in 2010 by the Penguins), who tallied a goal and three assists. Austin Watson (2010 selection of the Predators) checked in with two goals and an assist. Rangers top pick in this year's draft J.T. Miller was among those who racked up two points on two goals.

RETURN TO GLORY? You might remember that the St. Louis Blues signed former Sharks star Jonathan Cheechoo to a two-way contract earlier this offseason, hoping he could find the magic that helped lead him to a 56-goal season with San Jose. Cheechoo talked with Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News about what he's been up to, the continued support he receives in the Bay Area and how he (and the Blues) are hoping a new workout regimen will help him regain his old speed and, hopefully, old game.

DISCOVERING THE PACIFIC: For a fun -- and informative! -- link, check out this submission by flyersgoalscoredby.com on the defunct Pacific Hockey League. Did you know that more than 20 years after he became the first African American to play in the NHL, Willie O'Ree played for the San Diego Hawks at 42? And how about the names Tucson Rustlers, San Francisco Shamrocks and Phoenix Roadrunners? Small-time hockey is awesome. This coming from a guy who grew up watching a league with teams named the Sabercats, Gila Monsters, Rage and Fog.

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Posted on: July 12, 2011 8:10 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 9:34 pm

Cheechoo gets another chance in St. Louis

By: Adam Gretz

During the 2005 season goal-scoring reached a level that we hadn't seen during the clutch-and-grab era prior to the work stoppage, with the league averaging 6.10 goals per game. The leading goal-scorer that season: Jonathan Cheechoo of the San Jose Sharks with a career-high 56, making him one of the just 91 different players in NHL history to reach the 50-goal plateau.

He will forever be a part of that club, but he has never come close to repeating those numbers and is unlikely to ever do so again.

According to Blues writer Andy Strickland, St. Louis is taking a shot on the 30-year-old winger having signed him to a one-year, two-way contract on Tuesday evening, perhaps hoping to catch some sort of Lightning in a bottle. Strickland reports Cheechoo's contract will pay him $600,000 if he plays in the NHL, and $225,000 if he plays in the minors.

During his breakout 2005 performance, Cheechoo spent a great deal of time on a line with Joe Thornton -- one of the best playmaking centers of this era -- who the Sharks acquired early in the season. Cheechoo scored 49 of his 56 goals in the 57 games following that trade, and then went on to score a very respectable 37 the following season. Since then, however, it's been a steady and consistent decline across the board in nearly every statistical category. Just consider the raw numbers: after scoring 56 goals in 82 games during the 2005 season he's managed to score just 77 goals in the following 272 games.

During his most recent stint in the NHL he scored just five goals in 61 games with the Ottawa Senators after he was acquired in the trade that sent Dany Heatley to San Jose.

He spent last season playing with the Worcest Sharks of the AHL and scored 18 goals in 55 games.

Photo: Getty Images

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