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NHL On TSN Quiz: Who is the comeback player of the year?

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TSN.ca Staff
3/24/2010 11:35:02 PM
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Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices its opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

As a follow-up, TSN.ca offers you the opportunity to chime in on all the big issues with our insiders. Read up on all the questions and answers from TSN's hockey experts, and put in your own two cents on our popular Your Call feature.

Question #1: Who is the comeback player of the year; Ilya Bryzgalov, Jussi Jokinen, Tomas Plekanec or Brad Richards?

Mike Peca: Ilya Bryzgalov, with 13 more wins then all of last year and his save percentage and goals-against drastically improved. The great story with the Phoenix Coyotes is in large part due to Bryzgalov.

Bob McKenzie: I'll say Tomas Plekanec from the Montreal Canadiens. This man was a shattered man last - he had 20 goals and he's already got 21 this season, he had 39 points last year and he's already hit 65. But, the point totals do not begin to explain how much better this guy's playing, and you'll see when he signs his contract this summer.

Craig MacTavish: I'm going to say the resurgence of Brad Richards who's had a rollercoaster career. Early on in his career, he won a Stanley Cup in Tampa and he's one of the most coveted players in all of the National Hockey League. He fell off as the forgotten guy but he's coming back and having a great year.

Question #2: Who made the bigger mistake after Ottawa's Anton Volchenkov nailed Simon Gagne into the boards, the refs for not making the call or the Flyers for going after him?

McKenzie: I'm sorry Bill McCreary and Gord Dwyer; I'm going to say the refs. Our former panel mate Peter Laviolette was so upset after that hockey game last night; I can't throw him under the bus so I'll say the refs. 

MacTavish: I'm going to say the Flyers; just a complete meltdown on their part. Yeah, it was a cheap shot but the way they dealt with it just put the game out of reach for them. They can't afford to throw those points out the window.

Peca: I'm going with the Flyers as well. I think they need to be aware of where they are in the season; they need to be in a playoff mentality. Referees are going to miss things from time to time and they need to learn to deal with it better.

Question #3: On the heels of Darcy Tucker's suspension for excessive contact, is it time for no-touch icing?

MacTavish: Yes it is. I've been over to Europe for the International game where it is in place and it speeds the game up and reduces ugly incidents.

McKenzie: Yes for me. We sit on this panel and go on and on about it, a lot of people in the media and the fans go on about it. Every time the general managers meet, it's a quick discussion. They say no – we say yes.

Peca: Absolutely yes. I was a player that was on the wrong end of one of these altercations and it is something that needs to change and change now.

Question #4: Who would be your first choice for Team Canada at the world championships; Ryan Getzlaf, Rick Nash, Dion Phaneuf or Steven Stamkos?

Peca: Steven Stamkos. Here's a guy that could have easily been on the 2010 team in Vancouver and I think he's a guy that's entering this with a tremendous amount of motivation. He's looking at Sochi and with nine goals last year; he's one of Canada's best players.

McKenzie: I would agree with Stamkos; he's an absolutely terrific young player. I don't think I'd want to go with Getzlaf or Nash - guys that were in the Olympics, or go to a guy like Martin St. Louis who is closer to the end of his career and is probably pretty upset that he wasn't in Vancouver. I'd want to go to the kid.

MacTavish: Even Craig MacTavish can figure out that the Olympians are no-brainers. So, I'd focus on Steven Stamkos as well.

Ilya Bryzgalov (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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