Well I was being sarcastic when I said "carried". Obviously Ovechkin is the main cog in that machine.
When it comes down to who is more valuable, I just think Ovechkin has a major advantage in scoring by playing with elite offensive talent and system when Crosby has Guerin/Dupuis/Kuntiz and a injured Malkin on the PP all year.
I love Ovechkin, but Datsyuk would put up nearly the same numbers if he didn't have to play defense either.
I don't attempt to derail any thread or troll, everyone just assumes I'm trying to tie everything into Crosby.
This thread I originally posted a snide sarcastic comment that was supposed to point at how Backstrom and Semin are going under the radar when Backstrom is approaching 100 points for the first time in his career and Semin is putting up a crazy amount of goals as well.
After that post someone replied and said I called Ovechkin a piece of crap,I tried to clarify that I believe Ovechkin is clearly the best goal scorer in the league, and that my purpose was to call attention to Backstrom/Semin.
Then someone replied that Backstrom is getting credit and told me I'm wrong to say that Semin is playing with Ovechkin.
I reply that Semin is apart of 30% of Oveckin's points and use a tone similar to the one directed at me.
Then the troll card gets thrown at me and the thread is derailed.
Drake calls me jealous and then I try to talk about my position that Ovechkin's teammates hinder his value in my eyes compared to what another Hart trophy contender has to work with.
I would love to have well thought out posts to respond to and debate whether or not my perspective on a certain subject is skewed or not, it's just unfortunate that the maturity thrown back at me is at the stage of being called a "*****" or "troll" when I'm trying to do is discuss hockey.
You're annoying as hell, but I don't see anything wrong with what you did in this thread. You have a massive complex, but your complex isn't the one I'm seeing in this thread sadly.
1) He is one of the reasons, why when young grinders make it into the Detroit Red Wing's line-up, they are very good at face-offs and are excellent back checkers. I know that the Red Wing mantra has been to always be defensively responsible, but I undoubtedly believe Draper has a huge hand in a lot of the on-ice preparation of this defensive mentality for these young forwards in the Red Wing roster.
2) Every team needs someone who looks like Chuck Norris.
So.... bullet points:
1) Mentorship and leadership
2) Chuck Norris
Jamie Langenbrunner: This is the only person I can see beating out Lidstrom. Langenbrunner was the captain of team USA and is the captain for a good Devil's team and has been very well this season for the Devils.
Niklas Lidstrom: Not much to say for this man. Captain of the Red Wings and still putting up great numbers and demonstrates leadership in everything he does.
Ryan Miller: As much as I love Miller time, I don't think this award should go to a goalie, mainly due to the fact that don't have a lot of leadership abilities on the ice during game play because of the rules.
OV: Ummmm, no. Great player, but no.
Mike Richards: Great leaders don't get drawn into a verbal shouting match with the media for the duration of a season because they hurt his feelings. Great player, but not a better leader than JL or NL.
Technically no. The advantage to having this situation not involve the Red wings making an assignment is that these games don't make the season count towards the player's max AHL time in terms of their waiver eligibility.
When the Wings "assigned" Tatar to the Griffins the 4 year clock started for him (the window technically started after 9 AHL games). That means that by the time Tatar's 22 years old he won't be eligible to play in the AHL without having passed through waivers (and thus being exposed to 29 other teams as a free pick-up).
However, if the Griffins sign a player to an amateur try-out when their season in another league ends that's a choice that does not start the 4 year clock for that player.
So, in essence, the ATO gives the Wings and Griffins the opportunity to use non-AHL kids for the remainder of the season (and playoff if they were able to make them) as an evaluation tool without ticking the clock down on that 4 year window.
And on top of that if you have CHL rights and are junior eligible you can't technically be on the team (unless you are foreign), so an ATO allows them to practice with the team and possibly get a game or few in since they aren't actually signed to the team.