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  1. Akakabuto

    2020 Draft Thread

    Really? You think Steve Yzerman is anything like Kevin Lowe?
  2. Akakabuto

    2020 Draft Thread

    Hey, don't get mad at me. I'm just prepearing you all for whats coming. I can copy and send you the Raymond article and you can post stuff from it if you like. I didn't find any juicy stuff in it.
  3. Akakabuto

    2020 Draft Thread

    Carolina.
  4. Akakabuto

    2020 Draft Thread

    Ok, fellas, it's time to get back on the Soul Cole Train! Here's an article, for those of you that got a subscription atleast, from the Athletic telling us why Stevie will pick Perfetti at 4. https://theathletic.com/1904511/2020/07/02/the-red-wings-no-4-draft-pick-making-the-case-for-cole-perfetti/ After being cut from the WJC: “His first comment was how he’s going to come back and dominate the league,” Lazary recalled last week. “He was really motivated. So, to me, that told me everything I need to know about that player — that his mindset, his makeup as an athlete, it’s all about taking hardships and trying to turn them into positives and be elite. … “And really, he did. His game went through the roof. Our team, it’s no secret that our team, when he came back from that World Junior disappointment, exploded the rest of the way. And he was leading the charge.” Why he can ba a difference -maker: “His brain, his anticipation, his ability to just manipulate defenders — so not even read and react, like he manipulates what he wants to do,” Lazary said. “He sets defenders up into certain situations and just manipulates the scenario. So to me he’s the best player at that in the draft.”: The guy is a leader: One of his most significant “wow” moments this season came in late January, in a road game at Kingston. Saginaw was one of the top teams in the OHL, and Kingston was near the very bottom, yet the Frontenacs held a 4-0 lead on the Spirit early in the third period. “He stood up on the bench and was verbally getting into guys — in a good way, but challenging guys to be better — and like, we have 16 minutes to right the ship,” Lazary recalled. Then, Perfetti went out and backed it up. His line scored five goals in the game’s final 16 minutes, with Perfetti scoring two of them himself and assisting on two more. Saginaw won, 5-4. “I think that leadership moment where he was like, ‘There’s zero chance we’re losing this game’ — we always say he went blackout, like he went blackout and dominated for 16 minutes, and our team won the game.” One last thing, why he's a fit in Detroit: “Because you’re going to be challenged in your rebuild, there’s going to be tough moments, and there’s going to be big games where you need character,” Lazary said. “And a guy like Cole Perfetti is somebody you can build your franchise on, because of who he is as a person and obviously his talent as a player.”
  5. Akakabuto

    2020 Draft Thread

    “Moritz had a real good year in Grand Rapids,” Yzerman said in his Zoom call following the June 26 draft lottery. “He will get an opportunity, whenever our season kicks off. He will get an opportunity to show he is ready to play. If he is ready to go, he will play. If not, he will spend a little more time in the American Hockey League. But he had a very good year and it’s encouraging to see the things that he did in his development.” Ihttps://eu.freep.com/story/sports/nhl/red-wings/2020/06/30/detroit-red-wings-moritz-seider-steve-yzerman/3278328001/ I am happy to tell you it looks like we can pencil him in the line-up next season opener. Whenever that is. PS, I still listen to that album regurarly.
  6. Akakabuto

    Franzen to LTIR

    Franzén is officially retired as of today. Congrats on a great career, Johan!
  7. Akakabuto

    2020 Draft Thread

    Yeah, I guess, but I'm thinking that you compensate for the upside you might not get later in the top 10 of the draft with more picks. The last thing I want for us is that we go for the "safe" pick at nr 4. When someone describes a player as having the highest floor I'm out. I admit I'm a bit torn on the subject. The things about Perfetti that makes him stand out, imho, is that he supposedly has IQ off the charts and that ability to "stop time". Looking around in reports it doesnt seem that the other players have that sort of elite talent that sticks out. But if Stevie and our scouting department thinks no player stands out above the rest they should look to trade back. I just think that if offersheets are not ridiculously high teams will match and they will worry about the cap later. If we think Sergachev is worth a 1st and a 3rd from our high picks I imagine Tampa having no problem throwing away a couple of their late picks with a contract to make things work and keep him.
  8. Akakabuto

    2020 Draft Thread

    Sergachev might be the exception. But how high do you have to go to get him? A 1st and 3rd means somewhere between $4,227,437 and $6,341,152. Is that enough?
  9. Akakabuto

    2020 Draft Thread

    What got me liking Perfetti is that he has the highest upside outside of the top three. Reading prospect reports most seems to agree what holding him back from being in that top three discussion is his size and speed. Size will hopefully and probably come and his speed should also be fixable since many also say that his skating overall is not bad but rather good. Somebody pointed out in another forum that most of his points this season came from games where he played centerman. I expect him to stay next year in the OHL playing full time at center and getting bigger and faster. Upside is what counts imho. Go for skill. It's more of a risk but its worth it for us. We got top 9 forwards in abundance. This is if we plan to use that 4th pick. As I stated before, I think that trading back is a good idea. Get picks! You might even find better "value" for your pick around 7-9.
  10. Akakabuto

    2020 Draft Thread

    I dont like the first part. Offersheets cost picks. I dont think we should be trading(offersheets are basically trades) away picks. The second part I like very much. Get picks! This serves the rebuild better.
  11. Akakabuto

    2020 Draft Thread

    I see Perfetti the same way. Question: If Perfettis and Rossis points total from this season were inversed, would you still perfer Rossi? I think its important to point out that there was three other Ottawa 67's players in the top ten meaning that Rossi probably got alot of help. Or maybe he made all of them better... No other Saginaw player is to be seen until place 17. HIs production this year hurt his ranking. To be in that top 3 conversation he would have to have close to the same numbers as Stützle who also played in a men's league, albeit a not as good one.
  12. Akakabuto

    2020 Draft Thread

    So you see Rosslet as a first line guy? This is probably true tho..
  13. Akakabuto

    2020 Draft Thread

    Gonna continue shilling for Perfetti. New slogan: Bring Out the Confetti for Perfetti This is a quote from his coach in Saginaw: "He's just scratching the surface, specifically with his body. If his body was more advanced, he'd be challenging for the first spot. When you look at this draft class 10 years from now, he'll be one of the top two or three guys."
  14. Akakabuto

    2020 Draft Thread

    https://saginawspirit.com/video/cole-perfetti-wins-chl-scholastic-player-year-award-presented-cibc Cole is also boy genius. And he runs a charity for kids with cancer!
  15. Akakabuto

    2020 Draft Thread

    Perfetti is the forward outside of Lafrenoire and Byfield with the highest ceiling. Go for it!