Hudler Named NHL’s Second Star For March

A second Calgary Flames player has been honoured for his performance in the month of March. By no coincidence, it’s a player on the same line as the other one.

Jiri Hudler was announced by the league as the NHL’s Second Star for the month of March and the only skated among the three stars – Ottawa’s Andrew Hammond was first star and Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk was third star.

Hudler led all skaters in the NHL in March with 23 points over 15 games, really stepping up in the absence of Flames captain Mark Giordano. Hudler has acted as the catalyst and mentor to linemates Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau this season, and he was exceptional over the past month. He’s presently top 10 in the league in points, with 71 points in 74 games.

    • DoubleDIon

      Mark Giordano was a pretty good one. Hudler has been great though, no question about it. The funny thing is I was upset when the Flames signed him and Wideman that year. We wouldn’t have a sniff at the playoffs without either of them.

      • Captain Ron

        I know what you mean. I was OK with the Hudler deal but not so sure about the Wideman signing. Hindsight can be pretty humbling sometimes. I also think it speaks volumes about Hartley as a coach.

        Good point on Gio. I always forget he was not drafted by the team.

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    Great honor for an even better person.

    I wonder if that line can be any better again next season? They weren’t even together for the whole year this year. With Johnny & Monny a year older and a full season together… in the immortal words of Peter Loubardias… “look out”.

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    Lost in the midst of all these is Monahan’s play lately. Only because Monny’s 16 points in 15 games isn’t good enough for three stars of the month and he’s not qualified for rookie recognitions. But man is he a steal at 6th overall or what

    • Captain Ron

      Maybe some of you will disagree, but from all I have seen, the Flames got the first overall pick in 2013. Sean Monahan may not out-score MacKinnon nor Barkov when all is said and done, but the Flames were in exactly the right place at the right time. Talk about falling over backwards into a pile of money (or is that Monny?).

      • Captain Ron

        We may be saying the same thing about Bennett in a few years…..

        In both cases the GMs deserve little credit as they were both the really obvious pick at their respective draft positions.

        WW

      • cgyokgn

        I can remember the thread on here before the draft. It was an interview with Monahan and he sounded so mature….Some of us posted that he was the right choice and some of us were hoping for another selection….

  • cgyokgn

    Hudler has been a great pro and mentor to his linemates and they have a symbiotic relationship where he’s made them better and they’ve made him better. He’s been so important to the team this year and hopefully this line will help carry the team into the play-offs.