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#141 Z and D for the C

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:16 PM

"If Selanne does it, Fil does it."

Haha, classic.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 07:04 PM

I bet some years ago Stevie said in a similar sentiment, "If Forsberg does it, Z does it."

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 12:27 AM

Ok NOW he has tied his career high in points.

Currently on pace for 64 points.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:23 PM

Some great quotes about Filppula from Selanne.

"I am very happy for him," Selanne said. "I always know that he has all the tools -- he can skate, he can pass, he's strong. His shot could be better, I think, but that's the only thing that I think of that he could be better. The players who they have had here, it has been hard to break into the first two scoring lines. Now that he is there, it's all about confidence and believing he can do it, and expecting yourself to be good offensively. That's what Valtteri is doing."

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“I don't think this place has been easy to break into the top two lines because they have such great players,'' Selanne said. “But now, finally, he's in the top two lines and now it's time for him to expect of himself that he can do that ... After that everything is about confidence. When you get that, there's no limits. I'm so happy for him. I've been waiting for a long time because this guy has everything you need to be at the superstar level.''Selanne said switching Filppula from center to wing might have helped.

“His mindset is more about passing than shooting, maybe that changes his mind to be a little more aggressive with the shooting and challenging the goalie,'' Selanne said. “But I think the main thing for him now is he's expecting himself to do damage offensively.''

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He broke out of his pointless streak with an assist on Z's goal last night. It's a good sign for him if he can keep whatever pointless streaks he may have to 2-3 games instead of last year's lengths.




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Posted 28 February 2012 - 09:51 PM

Too bad we can't see who voted for what. :D

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:07 PM

Great to see Filppula's effort night in, night out. I've said it before, but this guy brings it as consistently as anyone in the league. He is tenacious every game and make the team better, even when he isn't showing up on the scoresheet. To date he is on pace for 64+ points and 24+ goals. As the team pushes towards the playoffs and gets healthy, its conceivable that his score pace picks up even more. Just like Z, I see him scoring closer to 70 points by the end of the season. Points aside, he brings more than most.

Good on ya, Fil :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:20 PM

I'd still be happy with a 52-55 point season.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 07:12 AM

Filppula has now scored 50 points for the first time in his career and he did it in 63 games.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:57 AM

Great stuff. Love it when guys like that develop inside the system and the Red Wings. Longevity and patience pays off. Let's hope he brings it in the playoffs - it's not like he hasn't before.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:49 PM

This is when his contract is really starting to look like a bargain.
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 07:25 PM

This is when his contract is really starting to look like a bargain.


I remember when he first signed the contract, a LOT of folks around here were calling it a bad deal. "Getting paid on potential" I believe was the main gripe. Even before the offensive breakout, Filppula was worth it. And seeing how the cap has continued to go up, $3 mil for a player of Filppula's caliber is ridiculous.

Keep going Fil, I'm guessing near 70 points by season's end! :clap:

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:30 PM

The next question from the critics including myself will be "Can he rack up 50-60 points AND 'play center'?"

Now that's kind of a tough question because what does it really mean to play the center position? When the Euro Twins are at their best, they both benefit from not having to play center as much because they could improvise and back each other up. In all fairness, last year Datsyuk and Zetterberg were able to play a relatively pure center game and maintain a ppg pace. Fil was able to do it for I think 17 games in which he got 16 points or something like that? but later on got ice cold for whatever reason.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:10 PM

He currently has more points than any player for the Capitals.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:16 PM

I hope he can produce seasons like this for the next couple of years. Has been a pleasure watching him become the player envisioned this year.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:01 PM

I remember when he first signed the contract, a LOT of folks around here were calling it a bad deal. "Getting paid on potential" I believe was the main gripe. Even before the offensive breakout, Filppula was worth it. And seeing how the cap has continued to go up, $3 mil for a player of Filppula's caliber is ridiculous.

Keep going Fil, I'm guessing near 70 points by season's end!

Yes, his two-way talent, work ethic and skating ability are more than enough to warrant the contract but it's also good to see him being rewarded on the scoresheet on a more regular basis. Back when he signed the contract, I remember estimating him to become a 20-25 goal and 40-50 assist scorer and his offensive potential is proving to be pretty close to that.
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:10 PM

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 11:14 PM

He scored off a slapshot, hehe.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 08:40 AM

What a freaking beast!! He's been phenomenal all season, playing with such energy and confidence all night!!!

He was absolutely insane last night!

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 10:21 AM

I wish Val had been a little less "nice" last night and scored himself, instead of giving the puck to Z. I was pulling for him to get a FlipTrick™

He's still utterly awesome, anyway. :P

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 03:16 PM

I wish Val had been a little less "nice" last night and scored himself, instead of giving the puck to Z. I was pulling for him to get a FlipTrick™

He's still utterly awesome, anyway. :P


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