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  1. I actually think it is PK's offensive brain farts that are more obvious than his defensive ones.

    He seems to give the puck up a lot in the offensive zone by doing one too many moves... but at the same time I rewatch it and not sure who else was moving on the ice trying to give him an outlet :P

  2. What? we're evaluating performance in this side show as a means of determining callups

    Do you think the other players weren't desperately trying to get scott goals? Do you think people were playing actual defence against John Scott? Come on man.... its pretty clear what was going on out there. The players have heard the stories, they read the players tribune shit, they felt bad for scott and were gonna make sure he not only didn't get embarrassed, they were gonna make sure he was the star of the show.

    None of this changes what type of hockey player John Scott is, and what he can and can't provide.

    Asking for a callup based on this is just being ridiculous.

    I think it is more about calling him up so people can cheer for someone they have grown to like.

    Having a player in the lineup who can't score isn't exactly new for us this season....

  3. Maybe that's just it, looks like Yzerman has a mess on his hands, and has had with more than one player, who's fault is that? Maybe he is just a d


    Maybe this kid is just fiery, and is not taking any sh!t.

    He is still better than all but about 5 of our forwards, and may need to be coddled by the French environment, to make him reach his potential.

    We aren't going to trade Price, Patch, Subban or Galchenyuk for him, so why not take a chance on playmaker with vision and skills like this kid has, and that's just it, he's still a kid...

    I would feel more confidant acquiring him if we some more solid vets.

  4. Might be non-sense but I'd think players would be playing a bit scared with Condon/Tokarski between the pipes... when they are used to Carey Price.

    Making slight hesitations means more time for sticks to get in the way and goalies to get set.

    edit: not to mention the loss of our sparkplug Gallagher.

  5. Went to the Devils vs Icecaps game in St John's the other night (where McCarron got a hatty).

    On McCarron... this kid has amazing hands, made some really nice passes he always got rid of it fast either on net or to a teammate. Thing is just kinda floated to the front of the net and stood there, he barely moved all game it seemed... no idea if he can skate or not because he simply didn't "work". Never saw him lean on anyone or anything, at the same time no one leaned on him though he wasn't really screening the goalie well so I get why Devils D-men weren't going to waste energy trying to move him.

    Player that really stood out in the first for pure effort was Bozon, huge contrast to when I saw him play in juniors. In the first period he was throwing himself at everything and fighting for position in front of the net non-stop. Sometimes ended up losing his footing but really was fun to watch... then it looked like he was benched almost the whole second and floated the rest of the game. Completely different for the rest of the game.

    Dietz looked really good, stripped a few guys of the puck, laid some good hits, overall looked solid.

    I was surprised by how well Didier skates.

    New guy Lucas Lessio is a smooth skater.

    Didn't see a lot of Elis or Gregoire.

    Fucale wasn't playing but Eddie P was hilarious to watch. Made some amazing saves but was sliding all over the place. He was fun to watch, finished with a great stat-line and made some highlight saves but I wouldn't say he was "good".

    edit: Also Icecaps got 3 in on Wedgewood who looked utterly horrid. He almost fell over at least twice just moving around his net, he was boggling the puck every shot... bad bad night for him

  6. The report I had read at the time, as well as the evaluation right after he was drafted was that he needs to work on his skating and add weight to his frame. The positives were his vision and playmaking. I also remember reading that going to college should help him to add strength - and than the Habs pushed him to go the junior route.

    His college coach even said he thought that was a mistake, albeit he had a vested interest.

    On the other hand Kreiders ratings raved about his speed and size.

    I remember reading that article before the draft.

  7. Does anyone else think there is a problem in the AHL?

    How many players have made our line up since Lefebvre took over?

    Beaulieu and some goalies as backups?

    Meanwhile, TONS of players are amounting to nothing and I don't just mean the Nygren's or Crisp's but the Tinordi's, Leblanc's, and JDL's. I mean I know not every prospect turns out but to only have one player really break the habs roster from the AHL in 3 years?

  8. My preference:

    4-on-4 for 7 minutes.

    If the game is still tied after 7 minutes, it ends in a tie.

    Keep the "loser point." (this encourages end-to-end, all-out attempts to win. Overtime prior to the "loser point" rarely decided anything because teams were more concerned with keeping their point than getting the winning point.)

    Optional - Switch to a soccer-like scoring method - 3 points for a regulation win, 2 points for an overtime win, 1 point for an overtime loss.

    i like this

  9. Not a fan of 3 vs. 3 (or 4 vs. 4) and I like the shootout.

    I'm not a fan of how we act like defence is this terrible thing in sports. A good defence takes talent, just as much talent as a good offence. It also looks so amateur, like I'm no longer watching the highest level of hockey in the world and instead watching pond hockey in my town.

    Shootout many try to argue is unnatural but penalty shots happen a heck of a lot more than 3 vs. 3 hockey. Also, it's a pretty pure situation: skater vs. goalie. It's the first line of offence versus the last line of defence.

    Anyway, I guess it's a compromise. The NHL has said shootouts are popular, and I'm guessing it's popular with new fans. The backlash against shootouts has created 3 vs. 3. Everyone is happy and unhappy at the same time. That's the NHL.

    I'd rather have a shootout. It has a degree of anticipation and I can enjoy a shoot out for what it is.

    This 3 on 3 is painful on the eyes, I enjoy winning and losing in shootouts more. 3 on 3 is so anti climatic.

  10. If its true people sat him down and told him to run 3 offensive lines instead of two offensive and two defensive...

    Then I'm not putting him on a pedestal. This team is great and we have an incredible goalie.

  11. For the QMJHL'ers, Bourque had an assist in his preseason opener while Audette was a scratch. Internationally, Lehkonen was pointless in his game while Reway was a scratch.

    Just wanted to let you know your dedication to the site is commendable and has been a huge impact on me as a hockey fan :)

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  12. The failure of Galchenyuk to emerge as a bona-fide star leaves a gigantic hole in the entire rebuild plan as far as I can see. And Eller's mediocrity is a lesser, but similar, structural flaw. Those guys were supposed to become the top-6 additions we needed. No dice.

    Hes 21. He played 20M once this year.

    He'll get better, get more minutes and play with stronger players.

    He'll produce. If he can turn into a 30g 70p player thats all we need.

    (I think a new coach would help his progression a lot)

  13. Its going to take a lot more than one good playoff series against Tampa Bay for me to see Eller as anything other than a 30 pt a season guy who will go 15 games between points at least twice a year.

    Yes he had 5 points in 4 games against Tampa....

    Yes he had four multi point games in the next 13 games....

    but in the other eleven he had 1 assist.

    He also only had 1 shot in the entire rangers series.

    Zero consistency to his game. Never will be.

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