Shaman

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Shaman last won the day on August 24 2010

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  1. How would Detroit even pay what he wants?
  2. Ejdsell is a 21 year old who hasn't cracked SEL yet. The chances of him being a top center are low, and beyond that Chicago and Nashville both want him as well, so it's not even a done deal. Also top centers are a lot harder to find down the draft, boom/bust defense prospects aren't nearly as hard to find.
  3. Unless the best d-man isn't a project player (spoiler alert they all look that way this year), I would draft them lower in the draft this year and focus on getting some centers.
  4. The press release calls him a left wing. If he were used as a center they would call him a center. Especially because he was drafted in the OHL as a center. He was converted to a winger.
  5. It says he wasn't used as a center. He played as far back as juniors on the wing. His skill set and his usage makes him a winger.
  6. He's not a good center. His skill set doesn't work well with being a center. As for the OHL he was listed as a center but he played left wing for the colts: http://barriecolts.com/colts-andreas-athanasiou-assigned-to-grand-rapids
  7. AA hasn't played significant time as a center in a few years. He was never a very good center in the CHL, because he isn't very good defensively and doesn't distribute the puck at all. He was moved to wing and has pretty much stayed there since. AA is not a center prospect, he is a winger.
  8. This team needs centers much more than D or Ws. They literally have nothing outside of the NHL that resembles a C prospect.
  9. Holland trades back, I am calling it.
  10. Cool, he's had a couple cool goals. That doesn't make him anything more or less than a middle 6 winger.
  11. Call me when AA scores 80 goals in a season. Also Brett Hull knew his place in the world. He didn't try to do everything on his own at the expense of turn overs, or wasting time. He would get to his position wait for the pass and score. AA tries to do everything, which kills a lot more plays than it makes. And, having watched him from the CHL on, this is a common story with him; he tries to do too much on his own. Because of this he has also had problems with consistency. And that will get worse as teams start to build game plans around defending him. Looking back at scouting reports things like this are said: Guess what? 5 years later, he still has a lot of those issues. I am not saying he's not good, but he is a supporting cast player in the NHL, and an asset that can be used as trade bait, especially with Mantha, Svechnikov, Bertuzzi, knocking on the door on a team that already has Tatar, Nyquist, Larkin, Helm, Abdelkader, among others in the top 9. Holy homer glasses. There is no way he scores 40. Looking over the last 5 seasons, only the most elite goal scores pass 35 goals these days. And AA plays sheltered minutes. People who try to play the goals per 60 minutes game are those who know nothing about hockey. This isn't baseball where all at bats are against the same pitcher and defense. This is hockey, where when and how long you are on the ice drastically changes things. There is no way that he ever is a 40 goal scorer.
  12. His career to this point is a testament to him not passing much. At no level has he ever pilled up assists, not the CHL, AHL or NHL. And given a huge sample size in those leagues plus now the NHL, I doubt it'll change.
  13. Tell any of this to teams like Chicago, who, somehow, are able to flip established fair to good talent into prospects which keep them out of cap hell, keep them young, and give them assets later for bigger trades. Detroit needs to learn how to trade from a place of strength. Yeah, you might have to package a Nyquist and AA with a middle pick for a player worth getting back, but this team is deep on the wing and can afford that. Instead Holland sits on all his players hoping (somehow) biding his time will make the holes magically disappear. In the end you sell high and buy low. Right now AA stock is high, and Detroit is in need of a few more chips.
  14. 3-5 years ago it was being massive. Chasing trends rarely works. And you can't train away low hockey IQ., or else Abdelkader would be a Hart candidate.
  15. AA is severely overrated because he can be flashy. He has two problems though that make him a classic future whipping boy: He has very little hockey IQ and he floats. To the first, watch him with the puck. He rarely passes. When he does, they're usually s***. He often tries to do it all by himself. Most of the time that ends with him losing the puck. High hockey IQ players can read plays, make passes and read defense a lot better than he does. The evidence shows this has been a common problem for him throughout his career too, look at his stat lines, he doesn't get many assists. Everyone screamed for him to get OT time, but the few OT games he played all were the same. He got the puck, kept it, and eventually lost it. Even when there were obvious passes, he held on to it, waiting to do it all on his own. Next he is a huge floater, especially for someone as fast as he is. Watch him in any given game, when the puck is in the d-zone he will float around the blue line hoping to get a pass and breakaway. In the transition when the other side has the puck he doesn't backcheck. With his speed he could easily get back to the d-zone and negate a lot of plays, but he coasts. Once you notice it, you start pulling your hair out, because it's infuriating watching him just not give a s***. He is on my list of players that need to be flipped ASAP, because I doubt he ends up as anything more than a middle six winger and Detroit has way too many of those already.