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In Topic: All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

15 May 2015 - 11:44 AM

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.


It seems difficult to compare AA/Nosek vs. XO/Marchenko... XO and Marchenko (2nd year in GR) are a season ahead of AA and Nosek (1st year in GR).  And, XO and Marchenko have had ample opportunity to show themselves at the NHL level, AA and Nosek have had no such opportunity.


Also, you said Mantha had a good year, but AA's year was just mediocre.  I do not agree with this differentiation.  Could you elaborate on why you feel that Mantha's season was better than AA's?

In Topic: Kronwall

10 May 2015 - 12:21 PM

Some of those guys are not clearly better. They might put up points, but their defense is weaker. Burns in particular, he should be a forward instead of a d-man.


No, no.  Put any scoring forward on defense and they'll be a better defenseman than Kronwall because they will score more points.

In Topic: Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

04 May 2015 - 08:51 PM

62 of 82 is between 75 and 76%.


He played 3/4ths of the season while trying to come back from a broken leg and adjust to pro level hockey. His stats (62gp,13g,18a,33pts) are actually really similar to Tatar's (58gp,16g,16a, 32pts) first year in GR. I'm not overly worried yet.


Your math is correct.  However, the Griffins did not play 82 regular season games.  They played 76.  62 of 76 is between 82 and 83%.


Either way, calling it one half of a season is simply false.

In Topic: Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

04 May 2015 - 06:38 PM

Pretty stupid comments by him no matter his intentions. There are much better ways to motivate a player than by completely dismissing him after one half of one pro season.


He played over 80% of the regular season games and all of the playoff games so far.


I'm not necessarily in support of the comment - at the least, the "very, very, very" could have been excluded.  But, 'disappointing' seems... appropriate.  Who knows what motivates this kid, though?  Maybe it lights a fire under him and he lights Rockford up in the next series.

In Topic: Who is the coach next season?

30 April 2015 - 09:45 PM

OMG Datsyuk and Zetterberg are getting old and there aren't any prospects that are as good!  Get some!  Now!  3, 2, 1, get them!  Do you have them yet!?