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Revisiting the 2011 Entry Draft

11 July 2016 - 09:30 PM

Prologue: There has been a lot of ongoing discussion in the 2016 entry draft thread regarding the decisions that Holland and co made or did not make.  Some folks think his moves were solid moves and will pay off in the future.  Others think that he messed up and he should have did X, Y, and Z.  The thing about decisions at the draft is none of us will definitively know the outcome of these decisions until well in the future when we can see see which prospects were home runs, which were busts, and which needed some seasoning but turned into solid acquisitions.  I don't know what the accepted timeline is to determine that, but I think by five years we will have a good idea of what kind of player we have.  We obviously can't fast forward five years to see how things turn out, but we can rewind five years and revisit what the discussions were regarding the 2011 entry draft.  I think this might be a fun thing to do annually, especially because there isn't a whole lot of other exciting things to talk about in the offseason on a hockey forum.  That means all your goofy and ridiculous comments are fair game to be quoted five years from now!


Anyway here are the threads for the 2011 entry draft:


1st round pick (24th overall): Traded to Ottawa for 35th and 48th picks

http://www.letsgowin...hl=+2011 +draft


2nd through 7th round picks:

http://www.letsgowin...hl=+2011 +draft

-2nd round pick (35th overall): Tomas Jurco


-2nd round pick (48th overall): Xavier Ouellet


-2nd round pick (55th overall): Ryan Sproul


-3rd round pick (85th overall): Alan Quine


-4th round pick (115th overall): Marek Tvrdon


-5th round pick (145th overall): Philippe Hudon


-6th round pick (175th overall): Richard Nedomiel


-7th round pick (205th overall): Alexei Marchenko


Some interesting observations:

One poster wanted the Wings to pick Jaime Oleksiak with our first round pick, and projected him as a top 3 NHL defensman (currently part of the Dallas Stars organization but has endlessly bounced back and forth between the AHL and the NHL).  He was picked 14th overall, well before our 24th pick, anyway.

There was lots of love for Jurco leading up to our pick (even in the first round).

Opinions were mixed regarding the Wings trading down.  Some folks thought it was smart, some folks thought we were better off using our first round pick on a player.  It caused a bit of a stir.  Today that first round pick is Tomas Jurco and Xavier Ouellete.

There was also lots of love for Joe Morrow, who ended up going to the Pens, who picked 23rd.  Hes currently a part of the Bruins organization, and has played 48 games total in the NHL, including 33 last season.

Everyone seemed to love the second round.  People were high on Jurco, Ouellete, and Sproul.  There was some hope for Saad to be drafted as well.

Some folks believed that Tvrdon and Quine were the steals of the draft.

Something I found particularly entertaining regarding that last bit:


It is hilarious how every draft people on here start going "OMG steal of the year hur hur hur hur" Yeah, I'll see in 5 years how these steals worked out for us.


Go check HFBoards right now and see who they said the steal of the draft was last year, I'll give you a hint It starts with Teemu and ends in Pulkkinen. Check out this years "steal of the draft", I'll give you a hint, his name starts with Marek and ends with Tvrdon.

well here we are.
The knuckle-draggers loved the Nedomiel pick.  He had a knack for being a tough stay and home defender, apparently, with lots of fights under his belt.
Folks didn't seem to know how to take the Marchenko pick.  Some thought it was a solid pick up considering he was highly ranked in the previous year's draft, but others thought that was a bad sign that he wasn't drafted and taken in the last round by us the following year.  There was also some question on whether he would even be interested in coming to the NHL, also.
Anyway, enjoy thumbing through those threads!

This year vs last year: a poll

06 July 2016 - 07:38 PM

Just curious.


25 January 2016 - 01:09 PM

Has anything creepy or unexplained ever happened to you?  Do people give you weird looks when you try to explain what you saw?  Does any of the following apply to you?

-Experienced things that move on their own

-Saw silhouette or out of focus entity in a place where no entity should be

-Got the heebyjeebies 


OR perhaps you simply enjoy the catecholamine release, the feel of your heart racing, the piloerection, and the sense of impending doom reaching out for your soul when you read about these experiences and stories.


If any of the above apply, THEN THIS THREAD IS FOR YOU


:clown:  :clown:     :alien1:  :alien1:    :crazy:  :crazy:   


Here we will share scary and unexplained things that have happened to us or our loved ones, or creepy stories exclusively in the realm of fiction if we prefer.  All are welcome!  



note: because there are only 3 people in the water cooler, multiple entries are encouraged.

note: this thread was inspired in part by a previous scary story thread that was posted in the water cooler years ago.  I will share my story that I posted in that thread, but I will spice it up a bit to add to the story-telling.

note: as mentioned above, you don't have to necessarily have experienced anything yourself to participate.  The story could be something that a friend or family member experienced, or even just a made up scary story that has stuck with you through the years!  The point of this thread is to DELIVER THE SPOOKY


:clown:  :clown:    :alien1:  :alien1:    :crazy:  :crazy:

ROY according to LGW

22 January 2016 - 11:34 PM

The NHL Rookie of the Year according to LGW

Because we're less biased than the NHL


Here are some of the candidates:


Artemi Panarin


Like the on-ice version of the date-rape drug, Panarin has quickly made a name for himself helping Kane score.  He currently leads NHL rookies in GOALS, ASSISTS, and POINTS.  And while he's only one goal ahead of Larkin for the rookie lead, he's about a mile ahead of the competition in assists and also points.  He's also leading the league in power play points.  In short, the guy puts up numbers.  Including age numbers!  At 50 years old, he just barely made the rookie cut-off.








Harry Potter Dylan Larkin


At 19 years old, Larkin somehow convinced Holland that dropped balls weren't necessary to play in the NHL and hasn't looked back.  He's been consistently among the top rookie goal scorers in the league, and locked up the rookie +/- back in November.  In a season where the Wings' production has been down across the board, Larkin has also made a strong case for team MVP now that Drew Miller's season is effectively over.








Max Domi 



Sufferer of perpetual forehead acne and being the son of "that one guy" as they say in Phoenix Las Vegas Portland Arizona, Max Domi has been a large reason why the Coyotes are still in the playoff hunt despite featuring on ice talent such as Shane Doan, Kyle Chupacabra, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Hanzal, and literally nobody else you've ever heard of before.  He's also consistently in the running for "runner up behind Panarin" for ROY.  Probably would win bro of the year award based on some of his pics.







Jack Eichel


Everyone's favorite rookie ginger got off to a slow start compared to those rookies who weren't supposed to win the Calder this year (see: anyone not named McDavid or Eichel) but has been as hot as that hair more recently.  In fact, he and Larkin were tied for points going into the Wings/Buffalo game.  However as the final buzzer went off, Larkin skated away up two more points, while Eichel skated away up one tooth.  As far as draft consolation prizes go, Eichel has been solid, and more importantly, not injured.








Colton Parayko


At 6'6", 226lbs, this hulking defensman has made his presence known.  However, in the year of the rookie, Parayko has gone largely unnoticed.  He's second in +/-, leads all defensman in points, and is logging some solid minutes for the St. Louis Blues.  But because defense isn't really a thing with NHL awards, he'll probably be left off the ballot.





Conner McDavid!

Shayne Goatheistberry or something

Anthony Duclair

Landon Ferraro



Who will win this year???  ITS ANYONES GUESS

Over The Garden Wall

16 January 2016 - 06:07 PM

Over the Garden Wall




The wonderfully whimsical, yet haunting tale of two brothers who find themselves lost in a mysterious wood.


Elijah Wood as WIRT



Collin Dean as GREG




Christopher Lloyd as THE WOODSMAN



And others!  Including Tim Curry!  John Cleese!  and more!


The show is a 10 part miniseries, with each episode chapter at approximately 12 minutes long.  SO ITS NOT A LONG INVESTMENT LIKE BREAKING BAD OR WALKING DEAD!   You can crunch this one out in a couple hours and come out on the other side in time for dinner!


It has spectacular animation and beautifully crafted landscapes reminiscent of a Miyazaki film, so if you're into artistic design its worth the two hour investment in that alone.  BUT WAIT!  The story is excellent also!  At first glance it seems like a simple children's tale of two boys trying to make their way home after getting lost in the woods.  But its so much deeper than that!  The writing is clever, managing to be simultaneously charming and horrifying, again the comparison to Miyazaki is warranted here.  Except there's elements of Tim Burton as well, without being so over the top about it (a plus!)  As it was initially aired on Cartoon Network and the target audience at first glance appears to be kids, you may think this isn't going to be very interesting.  But you couldn't be more wrong.  While the story caters to kids there's also plenty here for adults as well (in fact much of the story's deeper stuff will go over most kids' heads).  Symbolism like whoa!  Literary references!  Existentialism!  Metaphors!  What are you waiting for!


PLUS THERES MUSIC!  Who can forget that classic hit POTATOES AND MOLASSES??  Or my personal favorite A COURTING SONG!  Yes there's a song for everyone in this gem!



And the best part?  Chapter 1 is on YOUTUBE for free!  


SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??  Over the Garden Wall is an EMMY AWARD WINNING classic worth watching!  AND THATS A ROCK FACT!



Echolalia gives 5 stars, recommended for all ages