Friday, June 01, 2007

Friday Morning Funnies: Spotlight On Mathieu Biron

With the Hershey Bears and Hamilton Puppydogs ready to drop the puck on their Calder Cup Finals series, the Hamilton Spectator is running a profile of Puppydogs defenseman Mathieu Biron, a hard-luck case who has been denied the chance to play in the NHL playoffs because he has "landed right in the middle of a rebuilding" everywhere he's gone.

"Unfortunately, I was on the lower end of the standings [on each of my NHL teams]," sighs Biron, apparently unaware of the chicken-or-the-egg nature of the statement.

The Spectator laments further:

His bad luck is hard to believe. That's because he's no 6-foot-6, 230-pound stiff who's on the ice only for his massive size and devastating ability to hit. He's a player. He skates well, covers a ton of ice, and can fire a slapshot through the boards.

Back in 1998, the Los Angeles Kings thought enough of him to draft him in the first round, 21st overall. Ahead of guys like Scott Gomez, Mike Fisher, Brad Richards, and the player chosen right after him, Simon Gagne.

You're really going to include Mike Fisher in that group? And I have to agree - "he's no 6-foot-6, 230-pound stiff who's on the ice only for his massive size and devastating ability to hit." He's a 6-foot-6, 230-pound stiff who's on the ice only for his big shot.

Biron is playing a big role and big minutes for the Puppydogs. If for no other reason than that, I'm predicting Bears in five.

3 comments:

FAUXRUMORS said...

1) "He(Biron) Skates well"?? LOL LOL Either Mathieu got some power skating lessons since his Caps days, or the writer hasn't seen an NHL game.
2) Biron was a pilon/turnstile on the ice. We'll give him the hard shot attribute, but its seldom on target. There's a reason you're in the AHL Matt, you're NOT good!

Joe said...

Mathieu Biron - professional traffic cone

If he is a "role-player" for the bulldogs, the bears can start drinking from the cup again.

Marky Narc said...

Yeah, seriously. Why can't some people simply say "hey, look, bad pick" and move on.