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#1 BeerMe



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Posted 26 November 2011 - 04:54 PM

Article from yesterday's Toronto Star:


Read the comments for a good laugh...

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 12:52 AM

Im impressed with Datsyuk being "third"
Hes starting to get some credit around the league


Pavel datsyuk is the best player in the world because he snatches the puck from unsuspecting players and  follows it up by the simultaneous undressing of the defence pairing. The goalie then gives up, and flops like a fish. The end result is a calm skate back to his bench  where he can bask in the praise of his multiple girlfriends from the motherland.


#3 Hank Dats 'N Homer

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 01:36 AM

Kessel? I thought i read this and it said kesler and i said Yup, hes pretty good on both sides of the puck...but Kessel...ehhhh

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#4 Wing Across The Pond

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 07:05 AM

I lol'd when I saw 'The Sedin Twins'. Surely by virtue of there being two of them, they can't be the number 2 player in the league? Pick ONE already. But I guess that's their cruel underpinning. If you lose one, you lose both. Lol what a weird situation they're in. Next the league will have them winning every award by combining all their points and goals, or letting them both play in the same position, effectively having 6 skaters on the ice, and naming them just 'Sedins' hehehe

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#5 kylee



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Posted 27 November 2011 - 12:29 PM

Im impressed with Datsyuk being "third"
Hes starting to get some credit around the league

yeah but it's really no surprise that a Toronto newspaper would puff up their guys. Kessel is not the best player in the league...keep this going all year and he would be in discussion for a legit top 5.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 01:10 PM

Imo Dats is the clear cut 2nd with Malkin behind. Kessel is up there in the top 5 atm though.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 01:42 PM

If we are talking about now, use statistical factors only and have hockey knowledge of occasional watcher then he is the best one right now. If one uses some brains then it is rather clear that any legitimate first line center is better than Kessel now and in the long run. Crosby, Datsyk, Malkin, Backstrom, Getzlaf, Kopitar, Nugent-Something... I would take any of these guys before Kessel. Best winger? Very questionable as well.
Sweet. This dude was brought here for one reason, to punch people in the head - every other thing that he can do, other Wings can do better. I like that we have a head-puncher. The league has other, better head-punchers, but this one is ours. Better than nothing. Good work, Kenny!

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 03:17 PM

LOL Toronto. 1967 was sooooooo long ago. Quick, someone get them some more oxygen because they're starting to get a little crazy.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 03:21 PM

The funny part isn't that they call Kessel the 2nd best player in the NHL, it's the part they call Cindy the best player... :hysterical: Just one more hit....please!

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 03:38 PM

Any Best NHL Player list without Datsyuk at #1 is incorrect.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 03:57 PM

Any Best NHL Player list without Datsyuk at #1 is incorrect.


This... When Crosby can defend on an elite level and regularly knock bigger guys on their ass... maybe we'll talk...

Finally someone that can post with actually integrity, nice to see. :thumbup: --Carman

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 04:12 PM

you cant take anything the toronto media says seriously.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 04:23 PM

The kid who got picked last?

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 05:24 PM

Since moving to Toronto I'm obviously being brainwashed by the media but I like to think I'm still knowledgeable and know how to watch a hockey game despite what Joe Bowen is yelling at me.

Kessel is markedly improved this season. He is the fastest (maybe best) back checker in their top 6. He is their best shooter in all situations including the SO. He is obviously their points leader as well and TBH that guy is paid to score... so no one is mad that he is producing there.

He isn't the best player in the league but amongst wingers to this point he may be it.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 05:37 PM

:blink: ...Kessel is also about to win a cup as well, just ask anyone associated with the Press in the T Dot. Oh yeah and Reimer is this years Vezina winner.
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 11:55 AM

This... When Crosby can defend on an elite level and regularly knock bigger guys on their ass... maybe we'll talk...

now if only HFboards could grasp this concept.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 12:28 PM

Kessel is vastly improved without the puck this year. He backchecks like....well, he actually backchecks now.

He used to wait for the puck to come to him, but now he goes and gets it himself.

His offensive numbers speak for themselves. He needs to maintain them over a season or two before we start talking about him being a top-5 player in the world or any nonsense like that.

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