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  2. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    I'm all for a Cholowski - Seider top pairing in Grand Rapids.
  3. Wheelchairsuperhero

    2019-20 Prospects Thread

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  5. Dabura

    GDT 9/17 - Blackhawks at Red Wings 730 EST

    Look at your amateurs, blowing your HYPE! loads days before Game Day. Have I taught you nothing?
  6. Dabura

    2019 Training Camp

    Yup. Which might not bode well for Seider's push to make the team. I figure the top four is pretty much set. Nemeth may be vulnerable, but I think they want to have a couple of big-bodied shutdown guys in the top four (DeKeyser being the other one). Blashill's been saying for a while now that the team needs to improve defensively and drastically cut down on goals against. So, if Seider isn't playing big minutes, do we even want him on the team right now? Feels like it's top four or bust, in which case he'll need to have a hell of a preseason if he wants to be on the opening night roster.
  7. Neomaxizoomdweebie

    2019 Training Camp

    Zero. Daley was paired with Mo' Cider
  8. Jonas Mahonas

    2019 Training Camp

    Preseason is dumb
  9. Dabura

    2019 Training Camp

    The season needs to hurry up and start already. I know that much.
  10. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    Not sure, nope. Definitely was longer than a year ago though. I think it might have been a few years ago. Frk is exactly what came to mind when I initially asked the question though. Although, I still think Frk was a useful player in a similar, limited role. I'm not saying I'd necessarily make the switch, but I think it would definitely be worth experimenting with...
  11. Dabura

    2019 Training Camp

    I'm just s***posting, tbh. Based on my extreeeemely limited exposure to him (highlights vids on YouTube and today's scrimmage), I do think making him "position fluid" might be the best way of maximizing his strengths and minimizing his shortcomings. Specifically: running him as a forward at 5-on-5 and as a point man on the PP.
  12. Dabura

    2019 Training Camp

    I'd totally forgotten he played forward. Good call. Do you know when he made the switch? Was it last season?
  13. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    I tend to agree, but do you think that's better, worse or about the same as he would look as a defenseman? I can see him thriving on the power-play, but being a non-factor or possibly even a liability at 5-on-5...
  14. Dabura

    2019 Training Camp

    Old Alfredsson Brunner Frk Pulkkinen Old Vanek
  15. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    Nope, I already said I wouldn't want Lafreniere as a center on this team. Larkin and Veleno will be more than capable top six centers for the next decade. Kaski recently made the switch from wing to defense, and I think maybe he could be a more useful winger than defenseman. He has a high hockey IQ, but isn't great in his own zone. Pretty good skater and a weapon of a shot.
  16. Dabura

    2019 Training Camp

    Way-too-early opening night lineup projection based mostly on the combinations we saw in today's game: Bertuzzi Larkin Mantha Athanasiou Filppula Hirose Erne Nielsen Zadina Helm Glendening Abdelkader de la Rose, Ehn DeKeyser Hronek Nemeth Green Ericsson Daley Bowey From where I stand, that 3RW spot is up for grabs. I have Zadina there because I think we need at least one high-skill scorer in the bottom-six mix, but Zadina has to prove he's ready to be an NHL scorer and, imo, he hasn't been doing that. "So why give him the spot?" He's generating Grade A chances in every game ("game"). He's doing everything but score goals. You give him the spot if you believe he's simply snakebitten right now and is poised to explode.
  17. The 91 of Ryans

    2019 Training Camp

    You mean, like, if Lafreniere was center and he was on his wing?
  18. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    Just a thought, but what would Kaski look like as a winger?...
  19. Dabura

    2019 Training Camp

    Not shown in that second clip: Erne got the puck at his blue line right at the beginning of his shift and he tore into the offensive zone like a bat out of hell. Several things I like about Erne's work on this sequence: he recognized that he had a man changing behind the play, he drew attention to himself with the hard drive around the net, and I'm guessing he recognized the shot threat in Kaski as he (Erne) was busting into the o-zone and that he trusted that Kaski would put himself in position for a cross-ice feed -- and even if Kaski failed to do so, Erne would have the late man with fresh legs coming off the bench.
  20. TLGTrico

    2019-20 Prospects Thread

    So... Grewe having 52 pims in 2 games has to be a typo right?
  21. Dabura

    2019 Training Camp

    Game is over and it was pretty boring and I didn't learn much. Hronek is low-key great. Erne seems decent enough. I want Kaski on the left side on one of our PP units; his shot appears to be as good as advertised, buried a nice one-timer in 3-on-3 action. Veleno and Seider were quiet. (To be fair, most players were quiet.) Zadina had two or three solid chances and couldn't convert, so that maddening trend continues. Sigh. Rasmussen was playing center. I didn't really notice him. Bertuzzi does the little things right. Ericsson almost murdered Chris Terry. To my eye, Ericsson actually looked more mobile than Nemeth. For what that's worth. Hirose almost murdered Pickard on a drive to the net. He definitely looks quicker than he did last season. His shot is kinda poop, I guess, but I like him as a smart, shifty, Nyquist-esque playmaker.
  22. TLGTrico

    2019 Training Camp

    Veleno taking Larkin's spot with Bert and Mantha
  23. Dabura

    2020 Draft Thread

    BS. You have never once discussed Zadina. Where is this sudden Zadina hate coming from? Real talk tho: If Zadina doesn't take a big step forward this season (early returns aren't very promising) and Quinn Hughes has a really good rookie season in the NHL, I might start leaning towards your side of the fence.
  24. mackel

    2020 Draft Thread

    That's well documented, as you know.
  25. Dabura

    2019 Training Camp

    I really, really like Hronek. Reminds me a bit of a young Kronwall. They're playing 9 preseason games? Holy s***.
  26. Dabura

    2020 Draft Thread

    I didn't know you don't like Zadina. What don't you like about him? Could you expand?
  27. mackel

    2020 Draft Thread

    Lol, nope... Then and more now over a year later... looking at some of the defensive prospects we could have had instead... Hughes, Bouchard or my personal favorite from that draft Dobson. They'd be ready to seriously challenge for a roster spot, Zadina looks destined for another year of "over-ripening"
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