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  1. I have been pondering all summer on the DACH move. and keep asking myself, why? ( on mulitple fronts...WHY ? Do Hughes and Gorton know something? Or is it wishful thinking, A Big C, young, to justify not picking a C ( WRIGHT) at the draft and getting Slafkovsky.. Dach, hasnt shown any JR, or early offensive potential pre or post his draft year? and Chicago too eager to pawn him off.. NOW, this is curious to me, either Hughes is a genius, or its a gample and wishful thinking. Now , suppose, fine Romanov still is trade.. BUT KEEP THE 13th pick.. get JS and are the habs better off with ; 1. JS and a center prospect taken 13th like one of the ones available like NAZAR? OR 2. HABS TAKE WRIGHT, as their C, and then take a winger like KEMELL or even MIROSHNICHENKO? Wright and Kemell instead of SLAFKOVSKY and DACH yes depends on DACH, and if was better to go with Wright.. soon we will find out over next 2 to 3 years. But the trade for DACH, is curious WIshful thinking gamble, ( as there doesnt appear to be any history showing Dach's potential ..) or Hughes knows more than most...hmmmm?
  2. I too live in Edmonton. Go talk to the staff at the JW Marriott, and what was happening during the bubble? Kids will be kids, and we all mature. Even the slightest of error in judgment. ( Nothing illegal or anything serious..) but perhaps nothing more than immaturity from his home town and close to family with good intentions. I am talking about Maturity level and whether that player has matured and evolved .. Talking character here. Discipline and focus where off ice maturity translates to on ice leadership and respect.
  3. Hope Hughes did his due diligence on Dach.. Living In Edmonton , and Kirby from Sherwood Park.. We have to ask why did Chicago so readily trade Dach? Or simply the trade worked to their advantage and rebuild. But why trade a 21 year old.. Character? Off ice incident.. maybe a certain time when a player is willing to circumvent the rules during a certain Bubble year during playoffs in Edmonton, ? Perhaps was an 18 year old error in judgement and the team officials sat down with him. Maturity, injuries .. talk about potential? The age old term for athletes ... I don't know. Chicago stayed at the JW Marriott in a city where the staff at the hotel talk. Young kids mature. Afterall people make mistakes. Nothing major at all here. Just saying a reflection of one's character .. Hope Habs did their due diligence and the kid excels . But Montreal is not a city to continue to make bad decisions off the ice. He is seen as a 2 way player, 200 ft game, sounds similar to Wright. It appears Hughes had a plan. What if? Could have? Should have? Time will tell.. good night all.
  4. of course.. Wright is the logical choice all things considered and being a C. WHAT IF, off 1st pick to NJ for their 2nd pick..they pick the big winger and Habs still get WRIGHT...plus.. what if ( and this would happen,,..PIPE DREAM, Devils flip or give up the 2023 FIRST..( thinking Bedard ) ) than its a no brainer... at end of day I will be surprised Wright isnt a HAB
  5. Interesting thought , Habs trade down a spot, Devils may well just want a winger for Hughes. Habs get an extra pick or a 2023 draft pick, plus...and they still Get Wright at 2... If ever there was year to do it would be now...especially with whom is rated Number 1 in 2022.
  6. Yes if dropped to 2, Cooley would be the logical choice. At 1, the pick is Wright. ( No pun intended ) Although his goals are less than when he was 16. https://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=227271 Covid has impacted development of prospects during this time, we simply lack of playing. In essence losing a full year development. When one sees a drop in statistical evidence at times , many times, it's a red flag But in this situation , Wright is the safe pick, as many are in same situation. His evidence statistically in latter half of season showing he is picking up and improving. I am assuming this trajectory will continue. Habs pick him, give him 9 games , and evaluate. And if need be have him go back to junior. This is not a Yakupov situation or other 1 overall busts But that is wild card here is the development timing during covid, only time will tell. But same can be said for Cooley also: https://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=238269 Not a dramatic improvement from previous year either So yes, the pick is Shane Wright , all factors considered
  7. this is legit 🤔, ( RIght 😛😉) some names from the past on there.. Wow..(???) Heatley, Phaneuf, Bieksa, Braithwaite... haha 🙃😒 ( good for laughs anyways, even if not real) In any event, Kaiden and the young guys show up..would be cool, Waiting to see the official list for Canada.. ( on Twitter, people thinking it's actually legit, haha )
  8. Excellent interview with Mathieu Dare and his background and insight of his experiences with Brisbois and Tampa.. And his current role with the Lightning. ( July 14, 2021 ) Last 2 minutes away: if a GM role opens up: " ... If it happens it Happens.. " but is happy with palm trees in his backyard.
  9. Have a look with waybackmachine site: https://web.archive.org/web/20211022041820/https://didthehabslose.godaddysites.com/ From yesterday, there you go. ( yes says it all and the class or lack thereof the Canes )
  10. Well, for everyone who was cheering for habs to lose. The MTL slot would be where nashville ball was placed. ( alphabetic order ). So there you have it. Just a guess, unless the balls fell differently, all things equal, unless Nashville ball was out, MTL wouldnt have won the draft lottery. A 12.5% chance or into playoffs we go. You always go for the win and keep team going. There you have it, lets now all get behind our team! ( have a positive feeling about it..) very similar to the 1993 run in a different way!! Let get after it!!!
  11. Would be more fun if was just 1 for 9 PP in series!! Penguins are there to be had! Even a mediocre PP would give habs the win!
  12. Habs should just reject the PP! The PP had to end to tie the game.
  13. Well, that is the reality now at 3 to 1. At 1 to 0, a pp to take it 2 to 0 lead Habs. Instead its 2 to 1 , Penguins. At start of period, another pp , to tie it.. Its 0 for 7 pp .. All that is required is a 1 for 7 ( 14.2% , still very ordinary to below average ) This game would be, 2 to 0 or very least , 2 to 2 Now last opportunity, do we make it 3 to 2 down, or do we go 0 for 8 pp. We have 3 key players ( weber, price, petry ) all over 30. We have 2 young players at 20.. And an excellent 2 way centre in Danault. Great grit and scoring in Gally. With Tatar as support. Rest, we arent good enough. Drouin, has had too many opportunities, his hockey IQ is not there. Reality is coming to. Be, 0 for 8, or 3 to 2... Says it all
  14. Well, I brought out my habs Jersey from when I was 4 years old. I took it out of the frame, and held it, well too small to fit into it, haha Last time I did it was the 93 cup run and the OT wins... I am not superstitious, but sentimental as life long Habs fan. Suzuki is coming of age fast, with Danault penalties, he stepped up with the PK's Solid effort!! Great to have hockey back!
  15. Keep in mind, Domi may not play subject full medical review and weighing in on the risks. He is in a higher risk group. ( Type 1 diabetes). Bergevin has also confirmed that Max wouldn't be put at risk. End of day, will be Max, his family decision.
  16. https://www.nhl.com/canadiens/news/canadiens-agree-to-terms-with-defenseman-alexander-romanov/c-316861758 TBD start depending if and when season continues, or 24 team playoff option or season canceled. And if he and others signed can play this season if comes to that. Either way he is Team bound.
  17. Brian, Goalie has to be Tretiak for Habs Team Russia 😉
  18. First hope everyone is staying safe!! continued health to all. As it appears we will have a " virtual " NHL draft in June before and if and when we have a regular and/or NHL season. Details emerging with NHL memo circulation to all teams for discussion starting today, on final format. According to TSN and link below, Looks like the older format taking place is on the table by NHL with no more than a non playoff team moving 4 spots if they win the draft lottery. Only the bottom 5 teams can win the top position to select first overall. Which unfortunately is not good news for Montreal, even if they win the lottery under these conditions, the best they can do is select 4th. Well small chance they would win, so appears in cards they will be in the 7 to 9 selecting position. Which prospect would you like seeing the Habs select in this position? " ..The NHL also outlined the possibility of returning for this year only to the old lottery format which determined just one winner and that winner could not move up more than four positions. Under the format, the Detroit Red Wings would be guaranteed a top-2 pick. The Ottawa Senators are guaranteed draft picks of no worse than No. 3 and No. 4. The Montreal Canadiens, currently at No. 8, could move no higher than No. 4 with a lottery win, but fall no lower than No. 9.." https://www.tsn.ca/national-hockey-league-sends-memo-to-governors-and-gms-outlining-case-for-early-june-draft-1.1472203 Ottawa and bottom 5 teams appear to benefit most and will appear to support this plan. Most other teams will have a problem with it. Once this gets all confirmed, we can start talking about who may the Canadiens draft and if they will , as Timmons, alluded to be this draft selecting " Best Player " available. Stay safe everyone 🙏
  19. Geoff actually is a director of Molson Coors since 2009, besides also being current 'ambassador' and shareholder. From June 2015 to May 2017 he served as chair of Molson Coors.. Currently he is responsible for key strategic areas. Now from My own end and access to Liquor board data, and dealing with SAQ... Labatts has gained significant market share in Quebec.. So think it out and Geoff and Molson connection.. More Important to have main stay branding in team, to ensure market share. He isn't just a shareholder... much more He is a current board member of Molson Coors,
  20. 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 ....
  21. 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!
  22. 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...
  23. 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.
  24. 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)
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