Ward still got 19 goals and is a big body that hits and is a beast in the playoffs every year , he brings something we lack ... Too many of the same players here
Goals are nice, but we don't need anymore wingers. You were complaining earlier about Jurco / Pulks not getting a chance but then you want to bring in a winger? We have a position open at center, which allows us to slide Sheahan down to 3rd line center to provide more depth.
I just gave the example of how good Richards was in the playoffs last year. He would most definitely help us against some of the East teams, seeing how much better the West is.
Still think playing with the hawks made him look better than he is, don't forget he's 35 and just had 37pts playing with great players
Anyways it's done, just a one year deal so I won't lose any sleep over it , just rather of added someone like a ward if we had to sign someone but whatever it's done
A roster spot that plays center. Who else is going to play there? Datsyuk is out to start the season. Injuries are going to happen this year.
Playing with the Hawks will defininetely help the stats, no doubt. He just scored 37 points, playing center. Ward only had 1 season with a higher PPG, let's also mention he is 35 years old. Ward had less points last year the Richards and got to play with Ovechkin and Backstrom.
Don't like this unless we are packaging multiple D in a trade package. We just signed Smith, Kindl has no trade value and have 3 or 4 AHL players that are likely NHL ready. Do Marchenko and Ouellet have to spend yet another year in the AHL? I'm a little peeved but I'll reserve judgement until the off-season is fully baked.
First of all, I am in no way "writing him off"... I never said or implied that players will not make the NHL based on height, I simply said, it is much tougher to make it for players that lack stature...
Where are you getting this one inch from? There's three inches between the two... And why would I be more concerned about the weight? Not many players gain a lot of height after being drafted, all gain weight (muscle). Why are we still talking about Karlsson anyway? There are no similarities between the two, other than the fact they are both European defensemen that shoot right... Karlsson is average height with an elite skill set. Saarijarvi is very small with an average skill set...
You keep arguing with me as if I'm saying I don't think this kid has any chance in making it. This whole thing is getting ridiculous. Last time I'm saying this... I don't like the pick because there were better options available. This kid is a dark horse, but I hope he makes it. I'm done...
Then choose Ryan Ellis, then choose Vatenen etc. the point doesn't change. Height =/ everything. I am not even including forwards either.
Your wording from the beginning would have not even started the "ridiculous" debate. You should have just said "not who I would have picked" instead of going on about his size. Which is where myself and another poster started saying it has nothing to do with it.
So no one else wants to call him Patrick star with me, fine!
He wasn't the only awkward interview, he was just the one I felt bad for most.
I know he's just a kid talking to the media, and he was probably just a bit freaked out but I thought it was funny.
Under Howard and Mrazek we have McCollum (if he re-signs), Paterson and Perry... How many goalies do we need? A backup / minor league goalie has got to be the easiest position to fill via free agency. I don't believe a goaltender was a need. Certainly not more so than defensemen...
Yeah, we did pick a defenseman. But how often do 5'9" defenders make the NHL, let alone become an impact player?
Like I said, I'm not going to judge too much too early, but at an initial look, so far I'm not at all impressed with out picks after Svechnikov...
I am really surprised this is a post from you.
McCollum is most likely not going to re-sign here. Paterson and Perry are not good enough and once Howard is gone and Mrazek is our starter down the road we have absolutely no one unless we start using assets on a goalie which I don't want to happen.
Defensemen that is comparable to Vatanen and is faster then Darren Helm. Yea I have 0 issues with that pick.
Red Wings 19th overall pick. I think it's a good one and the fact they say he is pro ready is realgud.
Can't wait for training camp this year to see how these kids perform.
Evgeny Svechnikov has good size at 6’3″ and shows off an outstanding wrist shot and release. He also has an impressive snap shot and a very hard one-timer. When it comes to his shooting arsenal, Svechnikov has pro-ready skills. However, he is not just a one-trick pony as Svechnikov also has excellent vision and passing ability. He shows high-end offensive hockey IQ, making very smart plays with the puck on his stick and finding openings in the defence without it. He has tremendous skill and the stickhandling ability to protect the puck and to get by defenders. He also shows the willingness to play a power game when necessary, getting in hard on the forecheck, and battling hard in the corners and in front of the net. He pressures defenders and has been known to throw a big hit.
Evgeny Svechnikov is a strong skater with very good speed and acceleration. He loves to drive the net and can finish in close when he gets there. He shows great versatility on the rush as he has the speed to take a defender wide, the agility and strong stickhandling to beat them with his lateral movement, or by fooling them with changing speeds. He could add some lower body strength and be a bit stronger and more balanced on the puck.
Evgeny Svechnikov needs a lot of work in his defensive game. He tries to help out in his own end and uses his size to battle for pucks, but the other areas of his game are weak. He gets himself out of position and leaves the opposing team with passing lanes on a regular basis. He seems to try hard, but needs to really be coached on what he needs to do when he doesn’t have the puck. Svechnikov could improve with time, but right now his defensive game looks weak.
Evgeny Svechnikov has all the offensive skill to be a top line NHL forward if he meets his potential. There are some questions about his defensive game though, and he has a number of things he can learn from another year in junior and maybe a short AHL stint to follow that. Svechnikov’s style is reminiscent of Ilya Kovalchuk, but this is a stylistic comparison only and not a talent comparison with the former Thrashers/Devils star.
“Svechnikov may give some teams pause because of his Russian citizenship, but his upside should convince them he’s worth the risk. We’ve always thought he’d be more useful playing center and, halfway through Cape Breton’s 2014-15 season, that change was made — with phenomenal results. Svechnikov creates offense with his soft hands, size and strength and when his team doesn’t have the puck, he’s shown a decent commitment to making sure it stays out of his net. He had an excellent year with the Screaming Eagles and always maintained he came to North America to get ready for the NHL. That should make the team that selects him quite happy as big, offensive centers with an ability to defend are hard to find.”