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#2608195 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by number9 on 17 May 2015 - 03:32 PM

Hope he goes to Sabres if he leaves. That 3rd rounder practically becomes a 2nd then.


#2608021 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by number9 on 15 May 2015 - 04:41 PM

 
Same here and then people will realize how hard it is to replace the best coach in hockey by far.
 
I mean Babcock got this team into the playoffs when most people were thinking they'd maybe contend for a top 10 draft pick


Most people?


#2607942 What's our draft position this year? And best defensemen available

Posted by number9 on 15 May 2015 - 10:28 AM

I'm so confused by this thread.  Frank, you aren't even from Michigan are you?  What do you care?
 
Or is your argument that ALL TEAMS should try as hard as possible to only employ guys who grew up there? 

Yeah and all these Euros should stay in their own leagues. Taking money and jerbs from good NA boys.


#2607929 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by number9 on 15 May 2015 - 06:36 AM

After Mrazek we don't have anyone who looks to be better than a longshot to make the NHL. McCollum may not be back. We may have to make a choice between Howard and Mrazek after next year. Again, it's not necessarily an immediate concern such that we need one in the 1st round, but it does need to be addressed. 
 
Most of those guys aren't centers and half of them don't even look like they'll be NHLers.
 
Yeah, I see now. Turgeon is kind of a stretch but whatever. I think you're letting the current Wings roster color your opinion of our prospects. Bet if Datsyuk and Zetterberg were already gone you'd be a lot less confident in our center depth.
 
Regardless, we're not likely to find a top d-man or top center picking 19th. What were likely to get is more of what we already have. Good promise but a long way to go. 

6 player center, Larkin and AA projected as top 6


#2607871 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by number9 on 14 May 2015 - 09:38 PM

You gave 6 actually, and even with Sheahan and Glendening as locks for two spots, it is an enormous leap of faith to think any of our prospects can fill the two top 6 C spots. Sheahan is maybe close to be a 2/3 tweener, but doesn't look like he'll go any higher. AA and Nosek both had mediocre first years, slightly better than Helm and Emmerton, slightly worse than Abby. Hardly very promising. Holmstrom wasn't anything special, good playoff run aside, and has yet to play in NA.

 

Dekeyser is already closer to being a top pair D than any of our centers are to being top 6. Smith is at least 3rd pair. XO and Marchenko both spent time in the NHL, and looked decent. Both look more like good NHL players than AA, Nosek, or Holmstrom have shown. Sproul and Jensen have more questions, but I wouldn't say they're any worse than our centers.

 

All we really have at center is Larkin being way over-hyped. Just like we had people wanting to buy out Franzen to give Mantha a spot on the Wings before this year. He had a good year, bot not amazing or anything. It's a huge gamble to assume he's the answer to our future center needs.

 

Not trying to say we have everything we'll ever need on defense. We have needs at both positions, but we have good depth at both as well. Looks like there will be a better selection of defensemen available at 19, but if there's a good center available it would be just as good a pick.

 

Biggest organizational need is probably goalie, though since the immediate future seems set I wouldn't want to see one in the 1st round. 3rd or 4th for that is fine.

 

So did Jarnkrok and Janmark. Take out our top 4 prospects at any position and it would look bad. 

 

At forward: Mantha, Larkin, AA, Bertuzzi, Holmstrom, Callahan, Ferraro, Frk, Tvrdon, Pulkinnen, Nastasiuk, Nosek, Turgeon.... and there's a few more we drafted last year who could emerge yet. I'm much more content at forward than I am with the D. 12 forwards who performed well is a whole lineup.

 

Did I say Frk performed well? Oops, I'm hoping he turns it around.




#2607857 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by number9 on 14 May 2015 - 09:09 PM

 

Early semester engineering student perks!

 

I lived in a house with a bunch of engineers during undergrad. They bitched about derformable solids and how messy our house was non stop, but they drank like fishes so we got along.




#2607842 Zach Hyman Won't Be Signing With Florida

Posted by number9 on 14 May 2015 - 08:43 PM

I scouted Hyman when I was a scout and here's what I can say about him. Good size, shifty in the offensive zone but lacks of constancy. 

 

When I was a scout I thought he sucked a big one in general




#2607835 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by number9 on 14 May 2015 - 08:32 PM

Anyone that says Mike Babcock is overrated or that we won't miss him if he leaves hasn't witness an organizational collapse. Ask Dallas when they let go of Hitchcock, Toronto when they let go of Pat Quinn, Colorado when they let go of Hartley, St. Louis with Quineville..etc. 

 

Mike Babcock is the reason why we continue to make the playoffs and I believe he will come back. The only way he leaves is how much Toronto is willing give him roster control, that can be tricky.

 

No doubt I think he'll be sorely missed if he leaves, but IMO he's overrated as a coach if he actually considers Toronto a viable option




#2607829 Kronwall in the Playoffs

Posted by number9 on 14 May 2015 - 08:23 PM

I still don't get why some people think Kronwall is a "#1" defenseman? 

 

I thought he thought he played not only his worse playoffs but the entire season based on mental mistakes. I've never seen a defenseman who logs the most ice time with so many turn overs in the defensive zone. 

 

Kronwall actually had less give-aways than Shea Weber, Myers, Chara, Hamonic, Byflugien, Klingberg, Subban, Burns, Karlsson, Wideman, Brodie, Karlsson, Yandle, Doughty, Markov, Trouba, Niskanen, Hjalmarsson, Lindholm, Hedman, Seabrook, Keith, Green, Mcdonagh, Girardi, Letang... and many more.


I still don't get why some people think Kronwall is a "#1" defenseman? 

 

I thought he thought he played not only his worse playoffs but the entire season based on mental mistakes. I've never seen a defenseman who logs the most ice time with so many turn overs in the defensive zone. 

 

The only number 1 D-men who turned the puck over less than him were OEL, Piertangelo, Giordano, Shattenkirk, Wisniewski, and Phaneuf.

 

And those are totals, not counting injuries/time missed that guys like Giordano sustained.




#2607824 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by number9 on 14 May 2015 - 08:09 PM

I never asked for him to be traded!!! What the f*** look I'm just saying right now he's more expendable compared to the beginning of the season pre injury, not because of his stats because of how he sometimes plays and because of the way AA Nosek and Bert have played
And that's the reason why I want us to draft a big forward because it will be decent ones available at 18 and if not then it will be a really good defenseman there, we'll see what happens with Mantha but it wouldn't hurt drafting a good big forward in just the first round, it also wouldn't hurt drafting defenseman it probably hurt us if we didn't in the long run, I agree with you smith but do you understand what I'm trying to say haha?

 

We drafted mostly all forwards last year, more than a few were big




#2607811 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by number9 on 14 May 2015 - 07:48 PM

Buppy, no it's not at all actually. I listed 7 centers, one of which is already a lock in the lineup, so that leaves 6 to fill 3 spots. All of which are very promising players. It would be more like saying DeKeyser, Smith, Sproul, Ouellet, Jensen, Marchenko, Hicketts and De Haas could fill our top 4 in the future. And although that is possible (not likely) it is the exact point I am trying to make. Our forward depth is unbelievable. Our defense depth is lacking in a big way...

 

People forget Backman went ba bye. Outside of Sproul, Ouellet, Marchenko, and Jensen... we don't have much. Heaven forbid even one of those guys busts, and suddenly we have no defensive depth in the prospect pool. Like you said we drafted almost all centers last year, and for a reason. I expect D-men to be a prime focus this year.




#2607805 Dylan larkin #5 prospect out of top 50 on hockeysfuture

Posted by number9 on 14 May 2015 - 07:35 PM

This kid is going to decide whether Babs stay or not ........ supposedly.

 

Yeah all that business sounds like horse s*** to me. I highly doubt a decorated coach is basing his decision on one players performance, Specifically a player who's never played in the NHL and isn't named Connor McDavid.




#2607560 Free agents this off season

Posted by number9 on 13 May 2015 - 05:39 PM

:lol: you are out of control. I especially like the one all caps HA in the middle like it needs accentuating. It's like the Chandler of laughs.

 

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#2607558 Free agents this off season

Posted by number9 on 13 May 2015 - 05:04 PM

Would I given him 4-5 per at the time? Yes but I never would of given him 7 years regardless of the at any term comment

If someone's starving and says boy I'd kill someone for some pizza right now does that then mean they'd kill someone ?

Anyways f*** all this s*** your just being a smart ass .... I could go around the 1000 pages and look for s*** you said that proved to be wrong but unlike you I'm not gonna waste my time

Yes I was wrong about clarkson and clowe and I never said I was always right ... And incase you didn't notice a lot of people were on board on signing clarkson

 

I'll refer you back to the very post you quoted lol

 

 

Yes you are. Prior to the Clarkson signing you were all "at all cost" and I think he should get this amount per year. You never even bothered to mention term. Now after the fact you are claiming it's all about term lol. Very convenient.

 

Forget term. Fact is you wanted to pay him, and Clowe, almost the exact cap hit they're currently at. Which is DUMB at any term.

 

Ha Ha HA ha deal with it

 

#DumbAtAnyTerm

 

And ur whole "I could dig through stuff you said that proved to be wrong but I'm not gonna waste my time" spiel is 100% correct. It would be a waste of your time, because I am never wrong. Ever.




#2607491 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by number9 on 13 May 2015 - 11:11 AM

Can we all stop with the political discussion.  I know that nobody means any harm, but this isn't really the place for it. 

 

^ found the guy on welfare  :lol: