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Member Since 21 Dec 2007
Offline Last Active Feb 13 2015 03:56 PM
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In Topic: 2/5 GDT - Red Wings 3 at Avalanche 0

05 February 2015 - 01:58 PM

Its a sign of how much times have changed, that I would take a loss against the Avs tonight, if we get to beat the Pens next week.


In Topic: The Maple Leafs finally put a quality product on the ice...

21 January 2015 - 03:46 PM

Cool, but not recommended viewing for people who suffer from epilepsy or migraines!

In Topic: All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

19 January 2015 - 01:55 PM

I think you are hitting the nail on the head, Kip. Plus, the timing of his injury had to put a cramp on the development curve. How many games did he miss? Plus, how long did it take him to get to full game conditioning one he was playing? He basically lost all he'd gained from the prospects camp, etc. and then some. I think he will be fine once he gets over the curve you mentioned. Plus, he is playing against bigger and more experienced players than he did in the Q.

 

I don't think we should underestimate the effect missing training camp and the start of the season can have on a player.  Over the years plenty of guys - vets, star players - who get injured in pre-season take months to get back in form when they come back.  Imagine you're a kid playing in your first pro season.  Mantha gets a semi-mulligan from me for that.


In Topic: 1/18 GDT : Sabres 4 at Red Wings 6 (Z w/Hat Trick)

19 January 2015 - 01:48 PM

Can we all admit that there's a huge jump from the AHL to the NHL, that scoring a ton in the AHL doesn't mean a guy will score int he NHL, and sendPulinnen back down to learn how to do more than try to fire a slapper every time he touches the puck in the offensive zone?  Kid needs to settle the @#$& down instead of trying to shoot the puck through the goalie's chest every time.

 

Thing is, he's at that point where all he's going to learn in the AHL now is bad habits - rather like Mantha spending last season in the Q rather than the AHL.  He needs to learn how to play his game in the NHL, and the only way he can do that...is in the NHL.  There was a moment in the STL game where he skated over the blue line, wound up for a shot, and was instantly surrounded by 3 Blues who stripped the puck and set off the other way on an odd-man rush.

 

He won't get the space in the NHL that he gets in the AHL.  He won't get goalies ducking out of the way of his shots like he does in the AHL.  He needs to figure out how to play his game at this level.

 

Having said that, we have no room for him right now, so once we're healthy he should go back down.


In Topic: 1/18 GDT : Sabres 4 at Red Wings 6 (Z w/Hat Trick)

18 January 2015 - 04:59 AM

No excuse not to win.  2 points and we jump ahead of Montreal and are a point back of TB with a game in hand.