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  1. https://www.tsn.ca/hockey-canada/video/when-it-comes-to-caufield-there-s-no-such-thing-as-a-bad-angle-shot~1745579 What else can you say ....
  2. Or get creative again and pick up a contract a team at cap limit or to clear cap space, and get a draft pick and or prospect. ( much like Mason / Armia last year ).. Use it to your advantage if there is an opportunity!
  3. Background from article December 2014 and Chariot junior roots and pro beginnings: https://jetsnation.ca/2014/12/15/defying-the-odds-the-chiarot-chronicles/ From above article quote : "..... Chiarot has NHL size and he knows how to use it to his advantage, something that’s a real big plus to be a successful NHL player. He’s your typical shutdown defender and while he is on pace to score 19 assists, his expected NHL output should be limited to his defensive abilities and any offense is considered a bonus. Think of Ladislav Smid without the odd defensive lapse. He’s a tough kid...." There you go...
  4. I Hey, I do not subscribe to athletics, it showed up on my phone thinking would be a preview, and long and behold the full article popped up. I know strange, ( must be a good sign , right ) so I copied and paste for myself and emailed it, and decided hey, for those who don't subscribe.. But yes received it even when I never subscribed. There you go! I figured for window of time now it's " free domain" but made share to credit the athletic.
  5. Caufield it is.. Scorer, risk / reward pick Pure scorer , elite level with potential shortcomings... but that's the draft.. Maybe huge pick for the habs: ( as just posted I thought Krebs would have been it, more complete safe pick ) but hey don't mind this pick either, had to be one of the 2. Both final rankings consensus top 10! " ....USNTDP teammate Jack Hughes said: “His shot can find the smallest openings. He can catch a pass, with no stick handle, and put it bar down. You give him two good looks, there’s a pretty good chance he’ll score on one. He has a drive to score every game. If he’s not scoring he’s pissed.” "...project Caufield to be a star NHL winger due to his world-class shot, his elite hands and his great hockey sense. He should be a regular on the goal-scoring leaderboard in the NHL..." full article from athletics: https://theathletic.com/984647/2019/05/29/pronman-why-you-shouldnt-underestimate-prospect-cole-caufield/ USNTDP winger Cole Caufield scored 72 goals in 64 games this season between the USHL, NCAA and international play, so he obviously merits some consideration as a top prospect. One of the best goal-scorers to become eligible for the draft in recent years, Caufield is No. 5 on my draft board. The Shot You are going to be shocked by the assertion that I believe a 72 goal scorer has a pretty good shot. Now that we’ve gotten past that drama, let’s delve into that part of his game. Caufield’s shot is special because of his wrist shot. “My shot is quick. My release is very quick, it fools goalies at times,” Caufield said. “I also think it’s very accurate. I can put pucks in places that nobody else can in my opinion.” It’s hard to argue when you see the tape. Caufield scored some absurd goals this season. Picking corners where he gave goalies no chance. The two goals he scored this season that always come back to my mind both came from the February U18 5 Nations tournament. This first one versus the Czech Republic is an incredible snipe. It almost seems like the puck teleports from Caufield’s stick to the top left corner. How quickly and accurately that puck comes off his blade is unique. It’s shots like this that led to Caufield getting an 80 grade on his shot. The goalie had no chance to make this save. Then there was this shot versus Sweden. Caufield gets the puck in a tight spot, with a large goalie blocking most of the net except for a few inches in the top corner. His shot is so quick I can’t even see it go in. I had to ask him after if it went top corner (it did). Picking a corner isn’t novel, but to do it at that angle, with that little space, and to have it go in as quickly as it did is another example of a special shot. Goalies are never safe, as he can snipe a corner when they least expect it. And he can snipe when in stride Plus he can score in a variety of ways. He gets hard goals in the paint. He’s good for regular breakaways. And he has a good one-timer. But his wrist shot is what makes him unique and is why Caufield is such a dangerous goal-scorer. Puck Skills Figuring out what to make of Caufield’s skill level was a two-year endeavor for me. There were stretches where I didn’t see anything particularly special about his puck game and touches, but I’ve grown to really appreciate that part of his game, giving his skill a 65 on the 20-80 scale, indicating I think it’s near elite level. “I’ve never seen purer hands coming through the NTDP. When he catches a puck, it lays flat. Every pass or shot explodes off his stick. It’s not the flashy dangles, it’s pure, it’s clean,” said USNTDP coach John Wroblewski. Caufield has the flashy hands to make the cute plays. And despite his reputation as a goal-scorer, he does have a lot of offensive creativity. “His ability to create his own chances is a huge part of his game,” said Wroblewski. Here are examples of how he can dangle opponents: But what makes his hands stand out is, as Wroblewski specified, how pure his touches are. Caufield’s handles are so crisp. Every time he gets the puck he’s moving the puck back and forth very quickly to either confuse defenders or get it into shooting position. He catches tough passes very well. Look at this play where he corrals a saucer pass in a perfect shooting position and launches it top shelf. Or in this instance where Caufield catches the puck while breaking down the wing, and without making a second touch and fending off a check, lets the puck roll up his stick into shooting position and then launches an absolute rocket off the crossbar from an awkward position. On this play, Caufield receives the puck and makes five incredibly quick touches with the intent to both evade a check and get the puck into shooting position. This is the type of play he made often. In this instance, he must make at least a dozen touches on one rush, while looking off a defender before firing a bullet off the iron. How quickly he handles the puck is very deceptive for a defender to read what he’s trying to do. This final play is a good summary of his puck skills. Caufield makes a dangle to get past a defender, doesn’t complete the play, recovers the puck, makes two or three quick touches to move into a good spot past a checker and the puck into a shooting position, and away it goes. Vision It’s easy to look at the 28 assists versus 72 goals for Caufield and come to the lazy conclusion he’s not a great passer, but Caufield sees the ice very well. He often executes seam passes like these, especially when he’s set up on the flank on the power play. But he’s also shown the ability to make creative plays where he finds teammates: I wouldn’t call his playmaking his biggest strength, but I think it’s a very good part of his game. “I like to have the puck. I want to make plays,” Caufield said. Often Caufield is the shooter on his line or on the power play. Plays are developed to finish on his stick so he’s asked to make these kinds of plays often. With that said, he has it in him, and if he doesn’t have a Jack Hughes on his line, he can be a driver with his vision. Skating Caufield is a good skater. He’s above-average and at times I’ve seen flashes of high-end speed from him. It’s an area of debate about his game among scouts. Wroblewski pointed out how often Caufield gets breakaways and how well he pulls away from defenders with his speed. At the end of the day, I gave Caufield’s skating a 55 grade, but it’s certainly a strength of his game. He’s probably not the most explosive 5-foot-7 forward you’ll ever see, but his speed doesn’t hold him back. The Inevitable Alex DeBrincat Comparison So the Alex DeBrincat comparison to Caufield is inevitable. I’ve had dozens of conversation with hockey folks the past year about Caufield, and 95 percent of them had at least a passing mention of DeBrincat. When I asked Wroblewski if Caufield could be as good as DeBrincat, the coach agreed, while mentioning he doesn’t know DeBrincat as well as Caufield. “I watched (DeBrincat) a lot when he was playing with Connor McDavid in Erie and I fell in love with the type of player he is,” said Caufield. “I try to model my game a little bit after him. He’s a little more feisty.” Caufield is a better skater than DeBrincat was at the same age and has more goals. The comparison is more interesting when you think of how they are perceived. There are some NHL scouts who are not enamored with Caufield. They claim he doesn’t drive offense at an elite level, he’s the benefactor of Hughes and he’s not an elite skater for such a small player. These similar claims were made about DeBrincat as he entered his draft season. I was particularly high on DeBrincat when he was 18, ranking him 15th on my 2016 board, which in hindsight was still way too low and a clear error. I saw good feet but not elite, a high skill level but also nothing special for 5-foot-7. I did like his elite sense, shot and tenacity. I didn’t like how he played at the U20 level internationally. The question then becomes does the fact Caufield is a highly skilled and quick 5-foot-7 forward but scores at an elite level circumvent any nitpicks about his game? Maybe history isn’t repeating itself perfectly in this instance. They aren’t 100 percent the same player, and their situations differed, but history is rhyming here. Production Caufield’s list of accolades is long. A 72-goal season for the USNTDP, destroying Auston Matthews’ record of 55 after scoring 54 in his U17 season. A six-goal game in the USHL. A 14-goal IIHF U18, tying Alex Ovechkin’s tournament record. Being named MVP of the U18s. Caufield scored 29 goals in 28 USHL games. Only 25 U18 players have ever scored more goals in a USHL season. A USHL season is typically 60-plus games, which the NTDP 18s don’t come close to playing. He was arguably the best U18 goal scorer in the USHL since Thomas Vanek. Did Hughes, his most frequent linemate, make Caufield? It’s hard to really do splits on how well they played apart because it was a rare occurrence this season. “Does Cole need Jack on his line? No. Look at his production right after Jack got called up from the U17s to the U18s last December. Cole rattled off two or three hat trick in January,” argued Wroblewski. Hughes is obviously a superior player, but there was certainly some give and take between the two players. It wasn’t like Hughes’ numbers were clearly better than Caufield’s indicating one player was lugging most of the weight. Caufield was only the fourth NTDP player to ever clear 100 points in a season, joining Hughes, Matthews and Clayton Keller. Hockey World’s Impression An NHL scout said: “Elite goal-scorer. I’ve seen him score every which way. He’s got quick hands, his knack for getting open is impressive. He’s got a bullet of a shot. He could play on an NHL power play right now.” An NHL executive said: “He’s obviously a top goal scorer, but the most important point is that he scores goals in all different ways. He scores goals in the paint, off the half wall, off rushes, etc. The hardest thing to do in hockey is to score goals and he does that. Can’t teach that type of skill.” An NHL scout said: “He’s the second best player on the NTDP this season. How many more did he need to score to prove to people how good he is?” USNTDP U18 coach John Wroblewski said: “His shot is so accurate. He hits so many crossbars and elbows in practice it’s insane. He loves the game. He’s got a smile on his face all the time. Our goalies love stopping him, but they can’t do it.” USNTDP teammate Jack Hughes said: “His shot can find the smallest openings. He can catch a pass, with no stick handle, and put it bar down. You give him two good looks, there’s a pretty good chance he’ll score on one. He has a drive to score every game. If he’s not scoring he’s pissed.” And what will Hughes miss the most about playing with Caufield? “Easy points,” Hughes joked. Cole Caufield said: “I try to find spots in the offensive zone that not many people can. I’m not the biggest guy, but I feel my shot and release are pretty elite. I don’t mean this in a cocky way, but I feel like I’m the best goal scorer in the draft.” Projection Caufield scored 72 goals this season. I’ve said it many times but it bears repeating. It bears repeating because it’s easy to pick apart his game. I’ve done it for two years. I’ve done it in conversations with scouts, coaches and fellow media members. And every time there’s a mention of the fact he doesn’t have the most elite speed or Johnny Gaudreau’s dangles, I would say to myself, “Yeah, but it’s a lot of goals.” When he had that six-goal game against Green Bay, I wouldn’t have called any of them highlight reel goals. But it was still six goals. It’s a lot of goals. Everyone makes mistakes. That’s a part of being human. You live and you learn. The learning being the key element in this discussion. You don’t want to make the same mistake twice. Caufield presents that opportunity. I underrated Alex DeBrincat. When I wrote about that mistake, I mentioned how an NHL executive who also missed on him said the lesson he learned was “don’t underrate goals.” I project Caufield to be a star NHL winger due to his world-class shot, his elite hands and his great hockey sense. He should be a regular on the goal-scoring leaderboard in the NHL. Don’t underrate goals. Cole Caufield scored 72 goals. It’s a lot of goals. (Top photo: Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
  6. Krebs if available, take him! Complete game and compete!
  7. First practice, KK on wing . https://www.habseyesontheprize.com/platform/amp/latest-news/2019/4/1/18290574/canadiens-lines-at-practice-jesperi-kotkaniemi-moved-to-wing-montreal-tampa-bay-oh-no-not-again
  8. It's simply stating in today's world we tend to " pamper ", it's not an overreaction, but simply stating all players and people deal with adversity, and stress, and exhaustion, champions and leaders dig deep , and go beyond... How can a player or person learn when they are taken away from such situations, regardless if it's being tired.. Just being on bench, and feel the intensity and isolate the athlete to be in position to succeed is experience mentally and " feel " that is worthy if the athlete has the inner fabric and is wired to succeed, better than watching from " the press box " and be simply a spectator instead of a participating spectator and isolated role, if he is fatigued ( mentally or physically) .. We are assuming, How else do you learn or so to speak " muscle memory" I was on a national team, sport unnamed, but we learned from " muscle fatigue " that over time became muscle memory, we would never have reached that high level if we weren't given to experience it first hand , and by the way I was 17! And grateful I had a coach that did not have me as a " healthy scratch " Best! Champions learn, but without that experience one never attains the height of being a champion!
  9. Healthy scratch again! Peca in, KK out https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/jesperi-kotkaniemi-will-healthy-scratch-critical-game-jets/ Carolina Svechnikov is playing, In midst of the pressure of playoff The " if scared of being hit by a car " don't leave the house mentality, leads to this team to miss playoffs, Keep playing the grinders! For team sake , hope Julien looks like a genius here and they win tonight!!!! And this doesn't have KK lose his confidence. To many examples in past that Habs have hampered the development of young players being doing very same things. Learn from your mistakes, gain valuable experience by being in the thick of the situation! Period!
  10. https://www.hobeybaker.com/vote Top 10 will be announced on March 10 to go to next round. Given his performance to date. Lets all vote him into top 10 fan vote ? and he would be the top NCAA goalie for the Hobey Baker finalist Just also wins the Beanpot's MVP award and Eberly award for Best Goaltender, after he stopped 59/62 shots through two games last few days. https://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2019/2/12/18221175/habs-headlines-primeau-beanpot-mvp-weise-nate-thompson-christian-folin-ann-sophie-bettez-team-canada
  11. His article says it all.. total character.. the right type of character this team needs. Without reading into it. https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/nhl-max-pacioretty-were-going-to-vegas This team has very little identity left and first time ever..i have been a Habs fan since I was 2 years old. Even when I started kindergarten in Toronto I wore a Montreal jersey. And as an 11 year old in Edmonton. Not wanting to see Oilers win the cup. As I always was hoping was the Canadiens. When the team won in 1986 I gave it to my friends in Edmonton. Always true Montreal fan ever since I can remember. And this being first year I have lost a lot of that passion for the team. Because most important the way this team and MB treats the players that have put in their time and other than Plekanec.. all are put aside and as max on the above article says..looks forward to the enthusiasm and excitement of a new team. The excitement that the Habs should create to foster in their own team. NOW THAT IS CHARACTER MB has no business being the GM of a once CLASS and ICONIC franchise.
  12. " Team need " us what MB and this management team and scouts have been directed to search. Obvious by this draft year and all the C And 2017 and the D They are hitting darts at a target hoping that some will be the home run. That maybe so.. If they are lucky. Now few 100km's away.. Check what Toronto and their GM is doing: " NOT team need " BUT elite talent..and in draft choosing best players available. .. https://sports.vice.com/en_ca/article/xwmn7k/kyle-dubas-helps-toronto-maple-leafs-land-star-free-agent-john-tavares-from-islanders Dubas prioritized elite talent over team needs by bringing star free agent John Tavares to Toronto. It sounds simple, but few teams operate this way. "...Not long after Kyle Dubas became general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs in May, he was asked what he was looking for in this year's draft. Defensemen? Forwards? Perhaps a goaltender? What's the game plan? "I like good players," Dubas said. "So we'll try to find those. That'll be priority one."...." That's our rival number priority.. Whereas the Habs search for Team needs.. Well Team needs are always changing ..what can be a team need today isn't tomorrow. IF one chooses best players available. NO Lateral movements ( Subban for Weber.. Domi for Galchenyuk....) MB is being reactive instead of proactive. The world has changed, hockey has changedone has to be progressive. And another bottom five year..and draft lottery and if they are Lucky for 2019 an land Jack Hughes and in 2020 Alex Lafreniere Luckily MB and the Habs are relying on luck , it's like all of us relying on lottery wins. Could happen . . but, I rather choose what is under our control and minimize risk. Pick and trade for best players available, sign FA with elite talent and not positional need to start. Go after the missing piece and needs after you have solid foundation. And today we don't.. Well Price, Weber..... And if he stays Pacoretty..
  13. Unbelievable!! We are becoming the laughing stock.. Max Domi..36 goals in 222 NHL games at 5'10 LW 23 year old.. For Alex , 24 year old 108 goals in 418 games LW ( watch him be a C in Arizona now )...6'1 with higher skillset.. Another 1 for 1..as MB has his biased and attitude and stubborn ways that will destroy this team! I had saved this article long ago..and this is why MB needs to go as he holds grudges and is stubborn, old school mind set..NO ROOM in today's world and the NHL with Millennial age players! Habs are now in dark ages..simply unbelievable. https://awinninghabit.com/2014/11/17/marc-bergevin-says-wanted-morgan-rielly-alex-galchenyuk-2012-draft/ Montreal Canadiens general manager admitted today ( back in 2014 ) that he wanted to select Morgan Rielly in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, and not Alex Galchenyuk. According to Sportsnet reporter Chris Johnston, Bergevin said he would have taken Rielly with the third overall pick, as a rookie GM, but listened to his veteran scouts and elected to take Galchenyuk with the pick. If you recall, the Habs were coming off a putrid 2011-12 season in which they finished last in the Eastern Conference and 28th overall in the NHL. Due to their awful regular season they were granted the third overall pick in the 2012 draft. Bergevin was hired as the Canadiens general manager that summer, and his first major decision was who to take in the draft. Galchenyuk had been injured with a torn ACL, had knee surgery, and was actually held pointless in just two games in his draft season. Galchenyuk had scored 83 points in 68 games as a 17 year old, but the Habs were taking quite a risk adding a player who missed almost the entire season with a knee injury. It would have been easy for Bergevin to overrule his scouts and go with Rielly, but he had been injured in his draft year as well. Rielly, an offensive minded defenseman, scored 18 points in 18 games that season and added three assists in five postseason games. Rielly was eventually picked fifth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs, with the Habs of course settling on Galchenyuk. Rielly scored 27 points in 73 games as a rookie last season, while Galchenyuk jumped directly into the NHL in the lockout shortened 2012-13 season, scoring 27 points in 48 games. Rielly is a good young player, and could develop into an excellent offensive defenseman. Had the Canadiens picked him, they would be lucky to have him on their team. However, with young defensemen like Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi, the Habs already have a bright future on the blue line. Considering that Galchenyuk appears to be breaking out offensively this year, with 13 points in 19 games, and an extremely bright future ahead of him, I think Bergevin made the right decision to trust his scouts on this one. ____________________________________________ FAST FORWARD TO TODAY..I guess MB gets his stubborn way..like he did refusing to honour Markov Loyalty, Radulov..and PK and all the " character " he brings in This will go a long way to reaffirm Carey Price will just play out his Contract, you think he went through their motions this past year..cant wait Now for the upcoming season.. Geoff Molson needs to go out and hire Bobby Smith as President ...and let him Fire MB and bring Damphousse as there GM , as a better alternative! Wow, at this time of year toward end of June way back when traded RM for Gomez ( another GM and group) but hilites our years of futility., last year losing Radulov and Markov..now this ..how many more decades without seeing the CUP!!? Unbelievable
  14. As it appears below top 2 consensus with Dahlin the obvious number 1 and number 2 Svechnikov Zadina, Hughes, Tkachuk... are close according to the recent feedback post Combine. And the more I am looking at it the more I am guessing MB will take Kotkaniemi. Fits what MB pattern has been despite his average skating. He appears mature and according to MB line of character fit his mold to the mark: https://www.nhl.com/video/combine--jesperi-kotkaniemi/t-277350912/c-60521803 I would go for the elite skater in Hughes and that D that is standing out or the best shooter in Zadina. Unless Carolina wants to unite Zadina and pick him number 2. Without a doubt MB has to take SVECHNIKOV. But otherwise the likelihood to my dislike and his track record : 1. Kotkaniemi 2. Tkachuk I would go with D and best skater in Draft in Hughes.
  15. https://awinninghabit.com/2018/04/23/montreal-canadiens-news-congratulations-khl-andrei-markov-2018-gagarin-cup/ Andrei Markov with Ak Bars Kazan wins the championship. All reports shows he logged lot of minutes and key to the underdogs winning. attitude hey? MB was dead wrong here, you do not let Markov and his loyalty and wanting to remain in Montreal go. The exact attitude that is required to continue the Legacy of what is left of this team. Now how ironic if both these defencemen go on to win their respective championship titles ( PK Subban ) Bergevin,..now where is the attitude adjustment ? Is it the team or IS IT YOU MB? Well down Marc and bringing a once storied and class Team , now to its current state. With you at the helm, this team will sink further to an abyss that will take a decades to correct! Will we see this team win again for decades? Hmmm Go on and keep wearing your fancy suits and be proud MB what you have done, or NOT done!! ........
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