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#1 HIFI_canadian

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:17 PM

I have no idea what Babs is doing here but why do we have Damien Brunner playing the point when in fact he is not a sniper, probably one of the weakest players on our team when it comes to shooting (besides Helm) and he is not a good defensive forward. Give me Kindl! 


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:19 PM

Especially on the opposite side, away from his one-timer.  

 

Babcock just ran out of ideas with this roster.  


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:00 PM

I have no idea what Babs is doing here but why do we have Damien Brunner playing the point when in fact he is not a sniper, probably one of the weakest players on our team when it comes to shooting (besides Helm) and he is not a good defensive forward. Give me Kindl! 

He probably does it because he doesn't see eye-to-eye with you on that bolded part.  And neither do I.



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:14 PM

Right handed. See Samuelsson, Hudler, White...

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:31 PM

Right handed. See Samuelsson, Hudler, White...

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Hudler is left-handed.


Edited by Zetts, 12 April 2013 - 09:32 PM.


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:39 PM

Hudler is left-handed.

Whoops! How about JWill then!

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:48 PM

Whoops! How about JWill then!

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I cringed when I read that.  I forgot about that guy.  Ugh.

 

Yeah, there have been some...suboptimal choices in the past.  I'd personally put Brunner above all of those guys in terms of choices for the point though.  I actually do think it's a decent decision.



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:21 PM

He needs to be on the left wing on for the PP

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:28 PM

He needs to sit for Tatar


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:32 PM

I thought brunner actually looked comfortable out there today, first game in a while.


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:33 PM

I have no idea what Babs is doing here but why do we have Damien Brunner playing the point when in fact he is not a sniper, probably one of the weakest players on our team when it comes to shooting (besides Helm) and he is not a good defensive forward. Give me Kindl! 

I'm going to have to disagree as well.  I don't like him on the PP point, but he in my opinion has a fantastic shot



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I also disagree with this. Cleary needs to sit, he provides nothing


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:37 PM

It'd be fine if they ever set him up to shoot, but he never does, which makes it odd to me too. You'd think he would be better playing roamer similar to what Franzen does in the high slot. Datsyuk or Flip could look for him for one timers.

Kid can't stop shooting at even strength, but when it comes to the PP..

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:44 PM

Babcock's theory (proven wrong countless times): forward with a good shot off a cycle from 10 feet out will look great floating that same shot through traffic from 40 feet out, so much so that the ability to actually preserve the cycle or even keep the puck in the zone at the point is unimportant. (see: Jason Williams, Mikael Samuelsson, Jiri Hudler, Damien Brunner...)



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:44 PM

This loss is all on coaching in my mind. Had Quincey and Cola out at the same time late in a game - that spells disaster. 


Is there a kickstarter campaign for Jakub Kindl to never play another NHL game?


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:46 PM

Zetterberg should be on the point and Brunner in the slot/circles/half-boards. That has worked much better. 



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:51 PM

Whoops! How about JWill then!

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Or Uwe Krupp



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 09:31 AM

Right handed. See Samuelsson, Hudler, White...

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Yeah, that's really all it is.  Wings have lacked a legit right handed PP man for years.  Even Rafalski, who was a good defenseman and overall offensive player, wasn't a threat to score from back there.  He had that low tip-able shot that worked some.  They signed White thinking he would just take that role over, but White has even less hockey sense on timing and how to not fire into shinguards all day long.



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:08 AM

can someone tell me how a sniper that lead the team in goals is playing on a 3rd line?



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:16 AM

can someone tell me how a sniper that lead the team in goals is playing on a 3rd line?


Because he has one goal in the past 18 games. He's fallen off the face of the Earth. Looking more and more like another Franzen every day. I hope a full offseason helps him.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:31 AM

Because he has one goal in the past 18 games. He's fallen off the face of the Earth. Looking more and more like another Franzen every day. I hope a full offseason helps him.

 

That's not true. He's at least skating while Franzen isn't.

Zetterberg and Brunner didn't score since they were separated by Babcock. They play completely without confidence since then. Even Z produces only in the PP since then. It's definitely a huge coaching mistake.







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