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#2536176 Nice article on Mantha

Posted by Nev on 14 September 2014 - 03:28 AM

I've said it before, but I really want Mantha on Pavel's wing.  Throughout his junior career, people have complained that he doesn't dominate play - Malik even complained about it after the first prospects game (after he scored 2 goals :lol: ).  Those who watch him closely say this is because his style of play doesn't involve chasing round the O-zone, but rather waiting for the puck to come to him and then taking advantage.  Rather like Brett Hull used to be with Pav - hanging round the slot while the kids mucked around in the corners, the puck would suddenly come free and there was an open Brett Hull firing a shot on net.


Sounds like Mantha has the shot, and the awareness (and the size, and the skating) to be a perfect foil to Pav.

#2534864 Datsyuk or Fedorov?

Posted by Nev on 24 August 2014 - 02:38 AM

Euro_Twins....if you are purely looking at stats, I don't think Datsyuk has a chance at the Hall at all at this point.  804 points in 824 is good enough?  Don't think so.  Lindros has 865 points in 760 games and has a Hart and Pearson...he's not in.


My personal starting discussion point used to be 1,000 points AND over 1 ppg.  Anything less than that would be very difficult, but there would be exceptions (e.g. several high end trophies)


GMR has nailed it.  If that is your criteria, then only a handful of players drafted during the Bettman era will make the HOF.  One only has to look at the list of total NHL points, I think Thornton is the highest ranked Bettman era player and he was something like 37th last time I checked.  The list is dominated by guys drafted in the 70s and 80s.  Under your criteria, all the accumulators who played in the 80s will get in ahead of the superstars of the 21st century, which is just wrong. 


Plus Pav's points can't be looked at in isolation, the guy won 3 consecutive Selke's whilst averaging 92 points and winning a cup.  He's a top-10 all time defensive forward.  Throw in his jaw dropping playstyle and he is just a unique player.

#2534314 Hockey 101: Zone exits for wingers

Posted by Nev on 15 August 2014 - 01:00 PM

Is this a thread where all of LGW is in agreement on our problems moving the puck?  The inability of our D to make a pass under pressure?  The number of board battles our wingers lose in their own zone?  The lack of righties?  Check, check and check.


Quincey is the king of passing the puck into his partners skates, Kindl won't take a hit to make a play.  Smith got a lot better when he was taken away from Quincey and gained the confidence to start skating the puck out of the zone.  Lashoff just chips it out (the "safe" play) which means the puck just comes straight back at us.

#2533406 Samuelsson signs new contract....... with Djurgarden.

Posted by Nev on 31 July 2014 - 05:54 AM


Are you currently dating Mark Mowers by any chance?


In a menage a trois with Matt Ellis.


After breaking up with Brad Norton.

#2532362 Callahan and Nestrasil re-signed

Posted by Nev on 17 July 2014 - 03:33 PM

Well, Kenny sure has had a great off season for the Griffins.

#2531132 Wings re-sign Cleary $1.5 mill + $1mill in game bonuses

Posted by Nev on 10 July 2014 - 04:05 PM

A  1 year deal for 500k would have been a terrible signing.  


This?  This is bad beyond words.

#2529829 Favorite Ken Holland Catchphrase / Quote

Posted by Nev on 03 July 2014 - 04:20 PM


Ah, yes it is a thread worthy topic.


Then don't post in it.


Please, tell me which thread I can post in, since every single thread is a Holland bashfest?  Which threads can I even READ which aren't the same old whining.


And every day there will be new threads which will be Holland bashfests, as if a front page full of them isn't enough.


I get it, free agency was a let down, but its only taken 3 days and its already got really, really tedious.

#2529789 Favorite Ken Holland Catchphrase / Quote

Posted by Nev on 03 July 2014 - 02:11 PM

This is getting boring now

#2529465 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by Nev on 02 July 2014 - 12:40 PM

Oh, and as for who's with you - when Fat Guy In A Maltby Jersey is the only poster who agrees with you, then you are badly, badly in the wrong.

#2529463 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by Nev on 02 July 2014 - 12:38 PM


I'm officially calling for a 2015 TANK job. I think we can all agree, there is absolutely NOTHING to amp us up and get excited about in the upcoming season. Literally, NOTHING. 
Instead of praying for another 8th seed finishing of limping into the playoffs and getting decimated in the 1st round, I would much rather hope for an absolute tank and hopefully get a top 3 draft pick. Not only will this give us all something to get excited for, but it might also spark some much needed change in the organization's management. 
Who's with me?  #Tankit2014



Well, I've read some ridiculous hyberbole on here lately, but this one takes the biscuit.


Last year, with no Datsyuk, no Zetterberg and an out of form Howard we still made the playoffs.  What do you think we could achieve with our 2 star players and our goalie back to 2013 form?


As for nothing to be excited about?  Pavel Datsyuk excites me every time he steps onto the ice.  Nyquist.  Jurco.  Tatar.  Hanks beard excites me.  MANTHA.


Go ask Oilers fans how Operation Tank is working for them, and how much they are looking forward to another season of it.

#2527000 Ehrhoff or Niskanen

Posted by Nev on 29 June 2014 - 05:16 PM

Much depends on what kind of contract you're talking.


But Niskanen is younger, and he's a righty.  Promote Marchenko and we've suddenly got 2 RHD's and a LHD who can play on the right.


Kronwall - Smith

DeKeyser - Niskanen

Ericsson - Marchenko

#2526813 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Nev on 29 June 2014 - 03:21 AM

No source to show, I know someone close to Holland. I only get to talk to him maybe once a year though. That's why when I do, I get all kinds of info at once, just like last year. But their intentions are to trade pulkinnen in a package, they know he probably won't have a shot at making the team with nyquist Tatar jurco sheahan and mantha.
He will be traded before the end of the season in a package. Like it or not.



Source or no source, its pretty obvious there isn't a roster spot opening up anytime soon for him.  Same with Oullet/Sproul/Backman/Marchenko/Jensen - there is 1, maybe 2 spots on the roster coming up on D in the next few years, so some of them are going to have to be traded.  Save them for now, package them up when the right player becomes available on the trade market

#2526658 2014 draft thoughts.

Posted by Nev on 28 June 2014 - 01:15 PM

Wanted to go back and review this thread from the beginning. My first post was all about our strengths at G and D and the need for forwards. the second post was 3 targets for us to go after, one of which was larkin. Second year in a row that I had the draft pretty well nailed.

We ended up at 15, which back in January was the same spot. With our 7 picks we took 1 G and 6 forwards, all of which that are over 6ft tall. For years we had some crazy man crush on small players. The past 2-3 drafts we are finally drafting guys with modern NHL size. Overall great job by Holland and company!

Now we have no idea how any of these guys will turn out. The draft is all about getting value with each pick. This year we did it and didn't have any reaches. Very happy overall.

Once the season gets going again, I will still posting thoughts about the 2015 draft. But in about a week I will be taking a hockey break to enjoy the rest of the summer. waiting until the UFA period happens of course.


You answered your own point.  Many years the Wings haven't had a 1st rounder, when they did it was often nearer a 2nd rounder.  So they had to go for "value" .  That often meant smaller, skilled players, or bigger less skilled players.  Because the big, skilled players are gone by picks 10-15.  


You think a 6-3 Kronwall is available at 29?  A 6-0 Hudler at 58?  A 6-2 Filpulla at 95?  A 6-2 Nyquist at 121?  A 6-1 Tatar at 60?


Most of our bigger, less skilled players didn't work out, whereas we had more success with the smaller, skilled guys.  But the last few drafts the Wings have publicly said they know the pendulum swung too far that way.

#2525711 Adam Almquist signed with KHL club

Posted by Nev on 25 June 2014 - 01:10 PM

Everyone keeps bringing up Rafalski, but keeps forgetting that Rafalski could skate.  Almquist can't.  Remember Rafalski his last 2 years when his back and his knees went and he couldn't keep up?  It was painful to watch opponents repeatedly beat him round the outside because he had neither the size nor the speed to stop them.

#2523700 Doughty takes a shot at Sharks

Posted by Nev on 13 June 2014 - 11:51 AM

No idea what Doughty is talking about...