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#61 BlakChamber

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 11:32 PM

First Spartan game of the season.

Abdelkader had a goal and an assist. His line was responsible for 3 out of 4 goals for MSU. He also played some good defense, and had a very nice check that sent a Western player spinning.

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 11:53 PM

QUOTE(BlakChamber @ October 13, 2006 - 11:32PM) View Post

First Spartan game of the season.

Abdelkader had a goal and an assist. His line was responsible for 3 out of 4 goals for MSU. He also played some good defense, and had a very nice check that sent a Western player spinning.

Excellent, very good to hear. Lets hope he keeps it up.

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 10:22 PM

He also grew by a slight margin; his official height and weight last yr was 6'1-195. Now he's 6'2-203

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 04:40 PM

Let's hope Abdelkader turns into a good one 'cause we passed on Guillaume Latendresse over for him! sly.gif

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 01:37 AM

QUOTE(Cruiser008 @ October 16, 2006 - 05:40PM) View Post

Let's hope Abdelkader turns into a good one 'cause we passed on Guillaume Latendresse over for him! sly.gif

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 12:27 PM

QUOTE(Cruiser008 @ October 16, 2006 - 05:40PM) View Post

Let's hope Abdelkader turns into a good one 'cause we passed on Guillaume Latendresse over for him! sly.gif


We also passed up on radek smolenak (TB 73 overall, LW 6'3 204) who has good potential as a top 4 winger as well as scorer.

HF's description of Smolenak after last season's performance:
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Smolenak had an excellent sophomore season with the Kingston Frontenacs, and was able to parlay his 42-goal season into a professional contract with the Lightning, with expectations of making the jump to Springfield for the start of next season. Not only was he able to better all of his offensive categories from his rookie season, Smolenak was also able to do so by showing better consistency, a problem which plagued him in his first season in North America.

Smolenak put on a little more muscle since the start of last season, yet it did not adversely affect his moderate foot speed and agility. His skating is adequate, and should not be too much of a problem at the professional level, though his drive for the net and finishing ability should make up for any skating concerns. He has a good frame, and will occasionally get involved physically. Whether or not Smolenak is able to continue to build on his improved consistency will play an integral role in his adjustment to the professional level.


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Posted 17 October 2006 - 11:35 PM

QUOTE(Cruiser008 @ October 16, 2006 - 05:40PM) View Post
Let's hope Abdelkader turns into a good one 'cause we passed on Guillaume Latendresse over for him! sly.gif


We passed on a physical winger with top six potential who is from Quebec...for a physical winger with top six potential who is from Michigan.

Where is the problem?

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 12:55 AM

QUOTE(eva unit zero @ October 18, 2006 - 12:35AM) View Post

We passed on a physical winger with top six potential who is from Quebec...for a physical winger with top six potential who is from Michigan.

Where is the problem?


one's playing in the nhl, one's still a few years from it. not trying to be a but, just saying i think that's the major sticking point of a lot of people on this kid.

Edited by theman19, 18 October 2006 - 12:56 AM.


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Posted 18 October 2006 - 10:44 AM

QUOTE(eva unit zero @ October 17, 2006 - 11:35PM) View Post

We passed on a physical winger with top six potential who is from Quebec...for a physical winger with top six potential who is from Michigan.

Where is the problem?

Latendresse is rated as an 8.5 on Hockey's Future, while Abdelkader is at 6.0.

Abdelkader was taken with pick 42 in the 2005 draft, Latendresse with pick 45.

Abdelkader is a few years off playing in the NHL, Latendresse has already played 5 NHL games.

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 02:32 PM

latendresse will be a first line player where as abdelkader may not make the wings. but you cant say that a guy is a bad pick just because he was taken before someone who is better. montreal has a better look at him too being in quebec.

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 09:21 AM

QUOTE(Aussie_Wing @ October 18, 2006 - 11:44AM) View Post

Latendresse is rated as an 8.5 on Hockey's Future, while Abdelkader is at 6.0.


I find it amusing they reranked Latendresse after he had made his NHL debut.

A week before the seaosn started, Latendresse was a 7.5C (the same rating as Kopecky) and Abdelkader was a 7.0B.

BTW...Latendresse has scored no goals, no assists, and is a -2 in six games.

Compare with the more versatile Kopecky and the more skilled Hudler, who each have a goal and are +1 in only 4 games each.

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 12:06 PM

QUOTE(eva unit zero @ October 21, 2006 - 10:51AM) View Post

I find it amusing they reranked Latendresse after he had made his NHL debut.

A week before the seaosn started, Latendresse was a 7.5C (the same rating as Kopecky) and Abdelkader was a 7.0B.

BTW...Latendresse has scored no goals, no assists, and is a -2 in six games.

Compare with the more versatile Kopecky and the more skilled Hudler, who each have a goal and are +1 in only 4 games each.


Hudler & Kopecky have different styles then latendresse & latendresse is on the fourth line too , on a montreal team that hass a problem scoring anyway , hudler & kopecky have a shot at the top 2 lines if they perform like they have been , latendresse has a top at the 3rd line if he starts shooting

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 11:43 AM

Abdelkader doubters are looking a little more foolish (I was one also). Some scout(X-Sharkie) from Mckeen's Scouting had a chance to take a look at him. He went on HF boards to give his impression, so here is the link.

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"Justin Abdelkader (Det), F, Michigan State
Clearly the most gifted player on the ice all weekend .. centers the first line .. is an exceptional skater .. possesses a powerful, elegant stride which gives him a set of explosive first few strides, and while his top end gear isn't elite, it is very good .. has a very sizable frame, looks to have added both weight and height since last season .. handles the puck softly, possesses some shifty moves in the neutral zone thanks to his superb lateral bursts of speed .. has a long reach, which allows him to protect the puck well, is not a dangler, but is balanced and hard to knock off his feet or the puck .. is a threat to score and create .. his shooting arsenal is really begging to blossom .. has a quick release that generates plenty of power behind his shot, and he continues to get better at being able to pick corners .. can score from in tight and the outside, also has a strong one timer that is especially effective on the power play when he plays at the top of the slot .. a creative playmaker that sees the small lanes through the opposition's defense and can deliver a crisp pass .. developing a physical edge, uses his speed to close the gap instantly on the puck carrier quickly and finishes his checks with authority, finally starting to use his size by landing a few heavy checks throughout the weekend ..a fine two way player who plays on the first penalty kill unit, uses his speed to agitate the point men .. will block a shot and back checks hard .. above average in the face off circle, belongs at center .. had a strong freshman year and is poised to make himself one of the more well known names in college hockey this season, and is on the fast track to the pro game, has a little Jeff Carter in him."


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Posted 30 October 2006 - 09:54 PM

Yeh I read that and it's very promising indeed, especially this...

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finally starting to use his size by landing a few heavy checks

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 02:27 AM

if he does turn out to have a little Jeff Carter in himthen indeed we scored, sh*t if he ends up being nominated for the Hobey I'll still be stoked. Im just saying latendresse still looks better right now..

by the way Eva there is no way you can compare apples and oranges even in pie for (latendresse's NHL stats to Abdelkader's college) thats BS dude I really do expect smarter stuff from you. You've had some incredibly intellegent posts. Lets get a real debate going based off their skill. The Spartans are in college hockey, The Canadians are in the NHL. One is in his NHL rookie season one is not. Don't tell me you'd actually use the stats arguement to try and convice people who are really into hockey. Again lets actually look at the players. What sets Abdelkader aside from latendresse and latendresse from Adbelkader....(on that note I gotta get to bed for midterms...gimme a week or so and I;ll be back with my take. Woudl love to hear yours and others though!)
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Posted 31 October 2006 - 04:38 AM

QUOTE(eva unit zero @ October 21, 2006 - 09:21AM) View Post

I find it amusing they reranked Latendresse after he had made his NHL debut.

A week before the seaosn started, Latendresse was a 7.5C (the same rating as Kopecky) and Abdelkader was a 7.0B.

BTW...Latendresse has scored no goals, no assists, and is a -2 in six games.

Compare with the more versatile Kopecky and the more skilled Hudler, who each have a goal and are +1 in only 4 games each.
How you can even try to compare someone coming straight from juniors to two players playing their fourth and seventh season of pro-hockey is beyond me. Then again you've always had a tendency to look more at the stats and less at the factors surrounding them...

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 01:20 PM

QUOTE(Seth @ October 31, 2006 - 02:27AM) View Post
if he does turn out to have a little Jeff Carter in himthen indeed we scored, sh*t if he ends up being nominated for the Hobey I'll still be stoked. Im just saying latendresse still looks better right now..

by the way Eva there is no way you can compare apples and oranges even in pie for (latendresse's NHL stats to Abdelkader's college) thats BS dude I really do expect smarter stuff from you. You've had some incredibly intellegent posts. Lets get a real debate going based off their skill. The Spartans are in college hockey, The Canadians are in the NHL. One is in his NHL rookie season one is not. Don't tell me you'd actually use the stats arguement to try and convice people who are really into hockey. Again lets actually look at the players. What sets Abdelkader aside from latendresse and latendresse from Adbelkader....(on that note I gotta get to bed for midterms...gimme a week or so and I;ll be back with my take. Woudl love to hear yours and others though!)


When did I compare Latendresse's stats with Abdelkader?

As for a comparison of their skill...

What does Abdelkader do that Latendresse does not?
Abdelkader can skate well, play defense well, and works hard. He can play all three forward positions well.

What does Latendresse do that Abdelkader does not?
Good question.


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Hudler & Kopecky have different styles then latendresse & latendresse is on the fourth line too , on a montreal team that hass a problem scoring anyway , hudler & kopecky have a shot at the top 2 lines if they perform like they have been , latendresse has a top at the 3rd line if he starts shooting


Latendresse played a couple games with Plekanec and Kovalev on the second line. Huds and Kopecky have yet to get that opportunity.

Not to mention that, yes, he has comparable ice time per game to Huds and Kopecky at the time of my post, he had played FIFTY PERCENT MORE and had yet to score.

In fact, Hudler has already scored again (8 GP, 2-0-2), and while Kopecky (8 GP, 1-0-1)hasn't scored again, he's been a physical presence and has been getting chances. Latendresse has yet to score a point in ten games.

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 07:04 PM

can't believe people are still fixated on latendresse.

it was nothing but name recognition to begin with. you heard of him and you hadn't heard about ab, so obviously it was a bad pick by the wings.

get over it, already.

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 12:02 PM

i saw latendresse last night lol , it was pathetic the crowd cheering everytime he touched the puck or hit someone lol , he's not a good skater and got 0pts .........people just cheer him cause hes french , hes gonna be no more then a 4rd liner in his career , so ppl here freaking out that we didnt get him should relax

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 03:19 PM

How do you pronounce abdelkader?





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