MLD 2012 Mickey Ion QF: Yarmouth Mariners vs. Sherbrooke Castors
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09-13-2012, 09:18 PM
Join Date: May 2007
seventies, RE: Patterson's physicality: he was a physical presence, few valid quotes in the biography.
- I see the Mariners' first pairing as very comparable to the Castors' unit. Save the exponential size difference, both include a poor skating, shut down defenseman. And a mobile, 200-foot game-playing defenseman. I think Dailey is the best of the four, and is a very strong #1, paired with a giant in Beukeboom, this shutdown pairing of two 6'5" behemoths will be hell to try and get opportunities, especially with the lack of toughness in the Mariners' top lines.
- Kaberle is a great offensive defenseman at this level, he has an edge over Marois. I think Fontinatio brings much more to the table then Milbury however, he is a very responsible defensive defenseman who matches up nicely with the two-way Marois. Kaberle is a nice asset, especially on the PP.
- Stelnov and Starikov, albeit gaining critical acclaim for their play, there is nothing IMO that really suggests they were superior to their peers. Just a standard pairing of flashes of brilliance, but nothing really spectacular. Alex Smith was a superstar in his day, and could play both ends well. Sargent was an offensive blueliner who will be an asset on the PP.
- Goaltending is far and away the biggest gap in this series, I like Gilles Meloche as a starter before Ward. Besides his Conne Smythe and Cup Victory, he has two top-10's in Vezina voting and has missed the playoffs in five of six years since winning the cup, one year shortened by injury which is reasonable. But as a starter with a reasonable workload on a middle-tier team, that is very unimpressive. Don Edwards is an elite starting goaltender, and I think will be a difference maker in this series.
REASONS SHERBROOKE SHOULD DEFEAT YARMOUTH IN A SEVEN-GAME SERIES:
- Balanced forward corps, that are capable of playing a 200-foot game. Offensively and defensively, responsible.
- Best player in series, Herb Jordan.
- Strong offensive players insulated by two-way forwards who can utilize their ability to create chances.
- Extremely competent bottom-six that has great matchup ability, players competent to shutdown oppositions forwards.
- Strong defense units, top to bottom, a fearsome first pairing and a group that includes intangibles.
- Coached by Jacques Martin, who can play a defensive style game, and also utilize his offensive guns to the best of their ability. Very good with matchups.
Best of luck, Dave.
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