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#41 Hockeytown0001

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 07:36 AM

i would just like to note that the draft jersey he is wearing Delvecchio's retired #10. I know that all the teams draft jerseys have the number of the draft year, but i wonder[b] if Kenny, babs and the gang who went up on stage had something to say to bettman about it[/b[. If anything it was a rare opportunity to see a #10 wings jersey. i hope its a good omen of how this draft class will turn out for the wings


I doubt it. It's not like Bettman is forcing the Wings to let a player wear #10 or another retired number.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 07:39 AM

I wasn't so crash hot on the pick when I first heard it. That is often the case on draft day as you've got your hopes set on picking someone else for whatever reason. At the end of the day the vast majority of these kids are at least 2-3 years, maybe even longer, away from ever hitting the NHL or making any meaningful contribution. You've just got to back your talent scouts to see something in the player they selected.

This is what Ken Holland had to say about Sheahan:



The thing is, everything about his game is pretty much sound. He's a great skater, he's tremendous defensively, he can play PP and PK, he's got good size, so taking all this into consideration you'd imagine at the very least he'd develop into a 3rd/4th liner. However he does have offensive potential, it just didn't quite surface last season but he showed it in juniors and he has fine playmaking skills and can finish. As Holland said, should the offence come around he'll develop into a beauty. :thumbup:


I hope he is the good Canadian 1st rounder I have been hoping for.... sucks that we have to wait 3-5 years to see him though.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 07:44 AM

i would just like to note that the draft jersey he is wearing Delvecchio's retired #10. I know that all the teams draft jerseys have the number of the draft year, but i wonder if Kenny, babs and the gang who went up on stage had something to say to bettman about it. If anything it was a rare opportunity to see a #10 wings jersey. i hope its a good omen of how this draft class will turn out for the wings

We'll get to see it in a couple of years again. :)

What year did they start doing that anyway? Was it with Cheli back in LXII?

This Sheahan kid sounds good, and I do have to admit that the name reminded me of Shanny.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 08:51 AM

Further conformation that Buffalo did indeed want Sheahan:

The Sabres talked to Pysyk only once, on Thursday afternoon, because they wanted University of Notre Dame centre Riley Sheahan. But when Sheahan went No. 21 to the Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo changed gears.


So he was obviously right there. The Wings said they had 4-5 guys they wanted at #21, but felt so strongly on Sheahan that they didn't want to trade down.

Encouraging. :thumbup:

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 08:56 AM

I'm definitely excited about the Sheahan pick. He seems to have some really good upside.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 09:29 AM

Sheahan is definitely the type of guy that we were looking for :thumbup:
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 09:36 AM

Because none of us have drank under age in high school or anything. They always turn out to be bad people :rolleyes:

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 10:06 AM

Because none of us have drank under age in high school or anything. They always turn out to be bad people :rolleyes:


Thank you!!!! Finally, someone else with a level-head about that whole drinking business. They're kids and yes, sometimes they drink, and yes, sometimes bad luck strikes and they get caught. Get over it, it's not like it's some character flaw. It's called part of growing up (he was 17 at college for the first time).

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 10:08 AM

Reminds me of Keith Primeau without the big scoring season in Juniors hopefuly that is still to come.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 10:19 AM

Because none of us have drank under age in high school or anything. They always turn out to be bad people :rolleyes:

Well, I don't think you can really compare a bunch of average LGW fans to a guy who's goal is to become a pro-athlete and play in the NHL.

Although the amount of NHL players who drink or have drinked a lot at the high school age is much bigger than most people would think. Not saying it's a good thing, but sometimes you have talent and you can "afford" the drinking. Some players have less talent and they need to work even harder.

Edited by Finnish Wing, 26 June 2010 - 10:23 AM.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 10:29 AM

Well, I don't think you can really compare a bunch of average LGW fans to a guy who's goal is to become a pro-athlete and play in the NHL.

Although the amount of NHL players who drink or have drinked a lot at the high school age is much bigger than most people would think. Not saying it's a good thing, but sometimes you have talent and you can "afford" the drinking. Some players have less talent and they need to work even harder.

Haha yes, I agree. :thumbup:

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 10:37 AM

Article from Mlive (a good read), but also states he is a "pass first, shoot second type of player."

http://www.mlive.com...ey_sheahan.html

Edited by Rivalred, 26 June 2010 - 10:47 AM.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 10:52 AM

Well, I don't think you can really compare a bunch of average LGW fans to a guy who's goal is to become a pro-athlete and play in the NHL.

Although the amount of NHL players who drink or have drinked a lot at the high school age is much bigger than most people would think. Not saying it's a good thing, but sometimes you have talent and you can "afford" the drinking. Some players have less talent and they need to work even harder.

Because when they are 17 you really expect them to not drink? A kid who I played on a line with last year is playing with the london knights this season, had 44 goals in like 40 games last season and he still drinks. One of my better friends growing up as a kid, lives 3 minutes down the road, plays for the Sarnia Sting, he'll drink and will throw in a lipper at a party. As long as they aren't drinking the night before a game who really cares?

It seems like the same people who throw this guy under the bus for drinking are the same ones who say "Oh Kabanov was just a young kid when he was a **** to his teammates and allt hat will change" I think being a locker room cancer is much worse then drinking, but some people would rather have alocker room cancer then someone who drinks as a kid.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:02 AM

Because when they are 17 you really expect them to not drink? A kid who I played on a line with last year is playing with the london knights this season, had 44 goals in like 40 games last season and he still drinks. One of my better friends growing up as a kid, lives 3 minutes down the road, plays for the Sarnia Sting, he'll drink and will throw in a lipper at a party. As long as they aren't drinking the night before a game who really cares?

It seems like the same people who throw this guy under the bus for drinking are the same ones who say "Oh Kabanov was just a young kid when he was a **** to his teammates and allt hat will change" I think being a locker room cancer is much worse then drinking, but some people would rather have alocker room cancer then someone who drinks as a kid.

Wow, take it easy man. Where did I throw him or anyone else under the bus about drinking? Drinking is not a good thing for sure if you want to become a better player, but a lot of players do it. It's not exactly "so what?" -thing either, but like I said, if you have talent you don't need to work as hard. I'm not saying he isn't working hard either, but if you have lots of talent you can "afford" to drink. Drinking is a bad thing if you do it too much.

But like I said, he probably becomes a good NHL player even if he drinks. If you have basically no talent and you just need to work hard for everything you can't afford drinking if you want to even get to the NHL. Most NHL players have talent, but there are some who wouldn't probably even be in the AHL if they wouldn't have worked like they have.

You really think drinking only hurts if you're doing it the night before game? Also, what is your source for Kabanov being a **** or a locker room cancer?

Edited by Finnish Wing, 26 June 2010 - 11:03 AM.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:07 AM

If you have basically no talent and you just need to work hard for everything you can't afford drinking if you want to even get to the NHL.

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You really think drinking only hurts if you're doing it the night before game?

We're not talking about alcoholism though. He was caught for underage drinking once. And realistically, 99% of the population has boozed while underage (and probably an even higher percent of athletes - i.e. jocks). I have absolutely zero concern on this one.

Besides, one beer would have qualified as underage drinking. We have no clue what the scenario was. It's not like he ended up punching someone at a house party.

Edited by Zetts, 26 June 2010 - 11:09 AM.


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:12 AM

Wow, take it easy man. Where did I throw him or anyone else under the bus about drinking? Drinking is not a good thing for sure if you want to become a better player, but a lot of players do it. It's not exactly "so what?" -thing either, but like I said, if you have talent you don't need to work as hard. I'm not saying he isn't working hard either, but if you have lots of talent you can "afford" to drink. Drinking is a bad thing if you do it too much.

But like I said, he probably becomes a good NHL player even if he drinks. If you have basically no talent and you just need to work hard for everything you can't afford drinking if you want to even get to the NHL. Most NHL players have talent, but there are some who wouldn't probably even be in the AHL if they wouldn't have worked like they have.

You really think drinking only hurts if you're doing it the night before game? Also, what is your source for Kabanov being a **** or a locker room cancer?


that may be one of the dumbest things I have ever read on here.
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:21 AM

that may be one of the dumbest things I have ever read on here.

Yet it's a fact. I said not "work as hard". You still need to work hard. It's just the way it goes. More talented guys can get to the NHL with less working than less talented guys.

I know one Antti Niemi for example who weren't supposed to ever be a starter in the FEL, yet he worked hard all the time. Didn't have nearly as much talent as Tuukka Rask or Kari Lehtonen for example but just worked hard. Kari Lehtonen is an example of talent not working as hard. He's still an NHL goalie, but if he had only Niemi-like talent he would've never been even close to getting to the NHL. Tuukka Rask is both talented and hard worker and that's why he could be the best goalie in the World in the future.

So as rough at it sounds, you don't need to work as hard if you have more talent. Also, you don't need to have as much talent if you work hard. Still the stupidest thing you've heard here? This is the LGW after all...

Edited by Finnish Wing, 26 June 2010 - 11:26 AM.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:21 AM

Wow, take it easy man. Where did I throw him or anyone else under the bus about drinking? Drinking is not a good thing for sure if you want to become a better player, but a lot of players do it. It's not exactly "so what?" -thing either, but like I said, if you have talent you don't need to work as hard. I'm not saying he isn't working hard either, but if you have lots of talent you can "afford" to drink. Drinking is a bad thing if you do it too much.

But like I said, he probably becomes a good NHL player even if he drinks. If you have basically no talent and you just need to work hard for everything you can't afford drinking if you want to even get to the NHL. Most NHL players have talent, but there are some who wouldn't probably even be in the AHL if they wouldn't have worked like they have.

You really think drinking only hurts if you're doing it the night before game? Also, what is your source for Kabanov being a **** or a locker room cancer?

His teammates in Moncton basically kicked him off the team. He was demanding more minutes and threatening to go back to Russia. Monctons team basically said, we'll help pack your bags if you want to leave. Thats a locker room cancer at its finest and the biggest reason I didn't want to draft Kabanov in the first round.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:23 AM

Because when they are 17 you really expect them to not drink? A kid who I played on a line with last year is playing with the london knights this season, had 44 goals in like 40 games last season and he still drinks. One of my better friends growing up as a kid, lives 3 minutes down the road, plays for the Sarnia Sting, he'll drink and will throw in a lipper at a party. As long as they aren't drinking the night before a game who really cares?


Making it in the pros - in any sport - is a whole different level. If your mate really knuckled down and dedicated his body to hockey who knows what he might achieve. You don't have to be an alcoholic for booze to derail your career, and it can generally reflect upon your off-ice work ethic in general. As Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the greatest coaches ever, in any sport says "Show me the evidence that beer makes you a better player, and I'll let you drink beer". Many a proffesional sportsman has identified the turning point in their career as the moment they stopped boozing and started looking after their bodies.

It just worries me that in Abdelkader, Smith and Sheahan we have 3 players who we hope to be the cornerstone of our franchise in 5 years that have all had booze related off-ice problems.
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:25 AM

We're not talking about alcoholism though. He was caught for underage drinking once. And realistically, 99% of the population has boozed while underage (and probably an even higher percent of athletes - i.e. jocks). I have absolutely zero concern on this one.

Besides, one beer would have qualified as underage drinking. We have no clue what the scenario was. It's not like he ended up punching someone at a house party.

I'm not worried at all. I was just using him an example. I don't really know nothing about his drinking particurarly, but I was talking about athletes drinking in general. Most NHL hockey players have been drinking at least a little at that age.

I was just saying you can't really compare us LGWers to a guy who's goal is the NHL.

His teammates in Moncton basically kicked him off the team. He was demanding more minutes and threatening to go back to Russia. Monctons team basically said, we'll help pack your bags if you want to leave. Thats a locker room cancer at its finest and the biggest reason I didn't want to draft Kabanov in the first round.

I asked a source, but whatever...
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