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  1. 2018/19 Laval Rocket General Discussion Thread

    Not who I wanted recalled (Evans), but not unexpected: Chaput recalled
  2. The season at the 20% mark

    Every year, the Habs bring up prospects for half-dozen games at a time. Usually in December-January, before the trade deadline. Of the forwards, i think Evans would be one. But probably they will mostly bring Ds, to evaluate whom they may part with
  3. The season at the 20% mark

    Now with the injuries th CH has time to makes personnel decisions. I still hope they bring up Evans before the xmas holidays
  4. The season at the 20% mark

    You are probably right commandant, but I had to post it since the CH did it for Mete last year. Kotka's play hasn't dipped like Mete's last year so he will probably stay.
  5. The season at the 20% mark

    Ian no expert, and I am probably wrong; but I would bring up Evans while Kotka is at the WJs and would send down Agostino when Scherbak is activated. We are not winning the cup this year, and the kids need to be evaluated at the NHL level. There is no doubt Kotka can play 3C. But the goal is to. Bring him to a 1C level and to find out where the other players fit
  6. The season at the 20% mark

    At the 25% mark, the team is outperforming all expectations. Even from "glass half-full" fans like me, it has been a joyful ride up to now. Despite not having league leaders, all star goaltending and our best defender, the new system and attitude (yes, I have to mention it) have yielded positive results. Just based on Stats, it appears that the return of Weber in the next season segment shall help Danault's trio who tend to play against the other team's top lines. That should also improve Domi's line, because that means that Petry shall be playing behind them. If they can tighten their 5-player game, that should be a very dangerous second quintet. Peca, Deslaurier and Hudon are not producing much, and they are hardly holding their own against bigger/physical teams. I hope the logjam on D helps find better defenders to when they are on the ice. As for Kotka's line. They are doing just fine. Kotka is getting better. Even if he cools down during the next part of the schedule, I look to him holding his own on the Defensive-side of their workload. A break from the NHL to go to the world juniors may be good for Kotkaniemi, but I do not know how the CH may chose one over the other (NHL & WJ'19). The downsides so far have been the lack of powerplay goals, the defensive breakdowns they tend to have far too often, and the draft ranking in 2019. Also, the team still needs a top LD despite their record. It will be interesting to see how the team manages those long term issues while they are having short-term success.
  7. Nov 15 2018 Game #19 Habs at Flames 9:00

    Can't talk for Easy Ryder , but in my case there are two reasons: *) it is time that the CH drafts talent and builds through the draft a strong core of a cup contending team instead of a "get to the playoffs and hope for the best" *) the same way we maximized Pacioretty and Plekanec ( and missed doing for Markov and others) the CH needs to manage assets ahead of the expansion draft and with regard to winning a cup. Enough of having a myriad 3rd line wingers that play "big" but score little The CH still needs a top pair point producing LD. Trading some of the 27+ year old players to get that makes some sense
  8. Nov 15 2018 Game #19 Habs at Flames 9:00

    Didn't watch the game, but based on comments here it seems th team just hung on and that Prixe stole the win. if that's the case, I am glad they are still playing better than .500 without Weber. This team will get better, and unfortunately, will not pick top 10 in 2019's draft. But it will be fun to watch
  9. Nov. 13, Canadiens vs Oilers, 9 PM

    Woaw! I hadn't seen that he is on pace for a 12g 35pts season and a good possession stats! I thought he was an upgrade on what we expected from Pleks, Peca or Delarose at the beginning of the season. But I had not looked at his stats so far (am am waiting until after game 20). I guess earlier I was trying to say that he has not scored on all the chances and that lately he seemed to have been out-muscled
  10. Nov. 13, Canadiens vs Oilers, 9 PM

    Niemi is inconsistent, he is good on break aways but bad when flopping around: he doesn't recover his positioning very well. The bounce from the board is one example, and the goal on the high rebound are examples. Also on the two Draisailt posts he was moving and ws lucky. But when he had time to position himself and see the puck he was combative and more good than bad.
  11. Nov. 13, Canadiens vs Oilers, 9 PM

    I hadn't checked the league stats, so yes I was too critical of the 18 year old. That's fair For Niemi, I thought he was good for a backup, he gave two bad goals but made some great saves later. Overall he was fine before the 3rd
  12. Nov. 13, Canadiens vs Oilers, 9 PM

    I stayed up to watch the game and fell asleep before the third: Thank God for that! It would have given me nightmares Juulsen played without confidence out there, and Mete was overwhelmed again. The whole D corp was bad, Schlemko looking around as the Oilers buzzed ni their zone. But I also remember that the forwards were playing too high, eager to go on the attack and rarely supporting the D. It appeared that CH players had their face pinned to the boards far too often. Niemi was good though two periods... I do not know how bad he may have been in the third. That being said, this is how I expected the team to play this year. The positive is that they are scoring consistently while having a rookie 3rd line center in Kotka that is not producing too many points. He is learning the game and making progress, but his line is not a scoring threat every night. The forwards are a positive this year and will get better. I think that on D, the CH can try to squeeze anything they can get from the Weber-less group. I am fine loosing for a better 2019 draft pick because of this D; as long as out D prospects get better
  13. The season at the 20% mark

    I don't hate Petry, I like him. But to finish the retooling, we need to trade one last meaningful 27-to-30 year old to get a top D prospect or a high draft pick. The CH is far from being a cup contender and we need to manage Petry/Gallagher asset value the same way we did it with Pacioretty/Plekanec
  14. The season at the 20% mark

    You are right, I forgot. Ouellet too. Schlemko has one more year If Brooks, Fleury and even Lernout are close to a bottom paid Right-D level next year, I would get rid of Pertry to make room on the right side instead of moving a Benn who seems to be the best suited for bottom pair or 7th D duty than Schlemko or Alzner I think Juulsen may win the 2nd Right-D spot behind Weber if he continues progressing this year: not as a point producer but a reliable #4 Petry is good, and he could get the CH the best return
  15. The season at the 20% mark

    Not a rookie, but Juulsen would be better next year and Brooks, Fleury or Benn would be fine as a 6th defender. The CH will be deep at right-D next year if Brooks starts knocking at the NHL roster's door