krsmith17

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  1. Looking forward to see that top line and Seider...
  2. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    "For the 3rd time", your Vilardi point makes absolutely no sense... According to most draft analysts he was the "better player" at the time. That has nothing to do with what position he or Rasmussen would eventually play at the NHL level... Good faceoff guy throughout his career? He was 52% his last season in the WHL, while being a man amongst boys. He also lost the 1C spot to Geekie (3rd round pick), and was moved to the wing for their playoff run... Larkin is a phenomenal skater and has all the raw tools of a natural center. So yeah, "thank god the coaching staff and GM preferred to keep him at his natural position"... No, not all centers need to be elite skaters, but if we have three elite skaters (Larkin, Veleno, Athanasiou) on our team that are all capable centers, that's where *I* would prefer to slot them. You disagree? Cool... You're acting as if I said Rasmussen sucks and will never be a quality center. That's not at all what I'm saying. I think he's better suited on the wing. Maybe he plays well enough as a center this year and next, and I change my tune. Or maybe it's a failed experiment and he's moved back to the wing in a year's time... Yeah, McIsaac isn't eligible to play in the AHL this season. He'll spend one more season in Halifax before hopefully going on a long run with the Griffins next spring.
  3. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    "Good in the face-off circle"? Based on what? His 35% success rate last season? Why would I question his ability to become an NHL center when I don't think teams should ever draft based solely on position? At the time I thought Vilardi was the better player, whether that was as a center or winger. There was nothing more to it than that. Had he not gotten injured, maybe he would have been. Maybe he still will be. Maybe not.
  4. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    I mentioned his skating, but it's not just about that. Like I also said, I think he would be a great winger, because he's great along the boards, in the corners and in front of the net, and that's where wingers typically spend the majority of the game... What does Vilardi have to do with any of this? I was very high on Vilardi, but it had nothing to do with the position he played. There's a very real possibility that if we had taken Vilardi (and he had stayed healthy), I would have been saying the exact same thing about him (I'd prefer him on the wing), that I'm saying about Rasmussen.
  5. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    Athanasiou has played a bit of both C/W in the OHL, AHL, and NHL. As of right now, they see Athanasiou as a better winger than center. I don't necessarily agree. Rasmussen has played a bit of both C/W in the WHL, but primarily wing in the NHL. They clearly want to see if he can become a good center at the NHL level. I see no harm in trying him there, but in the end, I think he's better suited on the wing. Maybe they will as well in a year's time... Since when do we need to agree with everything the coach and general manager do / say? If I had to pick one to be our 3C and the other to be a middle six winger, right now, I'd choose Athanasiou at center and Rasmussen on the wing. Maybe that's how it ends up. Maybe the opposite. Maybe they both become wingers. Maybe both centers... Who knows...
  6. krsmith17

    GDT 9/17 - Blackhawks at Red Wings 730 EST

    It was one game where both teams dressed mostly AHL players / prospects, but he did look good. He got banged around a few times, but made good decisions with the puck, and back checked hard. I didn't see any lingering effects from his surgery. His skating looks good. Rasmussen also looked good out there. His skating looks to have improved and he's an absolute beast in front of the net. He did lose the handle before the defender directed it in his own net, but still made the right play to get it to the crease for a scoring opportunity. The puck went in, and that's all that matters.
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    GDT 9/17 - Blackhawks at Red Wings 730 EST

    Svech has looked very impressive early on...
  8. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    What do you expect them to say? "There's no way Michael Rasmussen has what it takes to be an NHL center"? Of course not. He was drafted as a center, they'd be dumb not to at least try him there. That doesn't mean it will work out though... I personally see him better suited on the wing, but if he becomes a legit shutdown 3C I guess it won't be the worst thing...
  9. krsmith17

    2019-20 Prospects Thread

    Nice assist by Berggren...
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    GDT 9/17 - Blackhawks at Red Wings 730 EST

    Me too Carley...
  11. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    I agree on Saarijarvi based on what I seen of him in Grand Rapids. I wouldn't put too much stock into camp alone though. Let's see how they perform in real game situations. I still think Bowey is a solid bottom pairing defenseman. Seider is / will be better, but he may need some time in GR. Same for Kaski. Bowey is a good placeholder (at worst) for the time being.
  12. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    Wingers typically spend more time in the corners / along the boards, digging for pucks, and playing net front in the offensive zone as well. All things Big Ras excels at. Like I said though, I'm not opposed to trying Rasmussen out at center, and maybe he would end up being a better center than winger, but as of now, I don't see it... We'll see.
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    GDT 9/17 - Blackhawks at Red Wings 730 EST

    Yup, excited to see Ras and Svech on a line with Hirose as the top offensive line. Let's see what they can do...
  14. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    I think you're taking that way too literally... Coaches saying that players (in general, not just centers) need to slow the game down, meaning that they need to slow it down mentally, not physically... The game is played at such a high pace today, that it is often difficult for young players to make timely decisions with and without the puck. Coaches want their players to be able to think the game at the pace it's played. Do you really think a not-so-great skating center is a benefit because he's a slower skater and can therefore "slow the game down"?... Maybe if McDavid, MacKinnon, Duchene, Larkin, etc. weren't so fast they would be more effective centers...
  15. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    I disagree with the bold. Centers generally need to cover a lot more ice than wingers, and for that reason, I think your best skaters should be down the middle. Sure, it's great to have that breakaway speed on the wing, but it's more important to me that a winger do all the things that Rasmussen excels at. In the offensive zone, he's great in front of the net and in the corners, winning puck / board battles. In the defensive zone, he has that huge wing span to block passing lanes to the point men. I'm still hoping Rasmussen can become an effective top six forward. I see Larkin and Veleno as locks to be our top two centers, so the only spot available in the top six, is on the wing. If Rasmussen can prove to be a *more* effective center than winger, I guess having him as our 3C would be okay, but for me, I just think he's better suited as a winger.
  16. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    There was plenty of justification for any negativity directed at Daley over the past year or so. He (and Ericsson) was one of the worst defensemen in the entire league last season according to most advanced stats. Me neither. Was he even at camp this year? I didn't notice him at all, and he didn't play in the Red & White game. Was he injured? Same. I don't think either will be anything more than bottom pairing defensemen, if that, at the NHL level. I still think we should try moving Kaski back to forward to see what he can do...
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    GDT 9/17 - Blackhawks at Red Wings 730 EST

    It's Game Day Mother F***ers!!!
  18. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    I still see Rasmussen better suited on the wing long term, but no harm in experimenting with him down the middle. I'd love to be wrong, but I'm not sure he has the foot speed to be an effective center at the NHL level.
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    2019 Training Camp

    Thanks! That's around when I thought it was as well. Either way, I'd be interested to see what he'd look like as a forward on this team. Maybe he could be a dangerous middle six right-handed sniper. That to me would be more valuable than a bottom pairing defenseman that struggles in his own end...
  20. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    I'm all for a Cholowski - Seider top pairing in Grand Rapids.
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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.
  24. krsmith17

    2019 Training Camp

    Just a thought, but what would Kaski look like as a winger?...
  25. krsmith17

    2019-20 Prospects Thread

    Tuomisto has also been torching the Jr Liiga with 3 goals and 7 assists through his first 7 games. It is a lower level league, but still great to see. He would definitely be playing in the top league, but doesn't want to ruin his college eligibility.