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01-02-2013, 05:39 PM
pretty damn valuable
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Richmond, VA
So I've watched every. single. game that has been aired in the USA, which obviously eliminates Armia but includes everything else of value.
- McCabe is a special-teamer, which isn't a bad thing. No flash. Nothing that stands out (doesn't hit like McNabb, doesn't skate like Pysyk, doesn't shoot like Brennan) but is CALM and collected. Anyone who gets tabbed by his teammates to don the 'C' is immediately a leg up in my book
- Grigorenko has impressed me. I spoke to my father (he's already in Dad's doghouse as a lazy Russian) to point out that it seems when Mikhail is on the ice, it's an offensive zone shift, and he's making plays. He has looked almost too unselfish at times, but he was far and away the best Russian not named Tkachyev against Switzerland (and the best Russian forward by a long shot IMO)
- Makarov impressed me in his games, to the point of wondering how they wouldn't go back to him in a gold medal game if he beats Sweden (they should with the injuries to Sweden)
- Players I've fallen for, in no order:
-----Khokhlachev, who will certainly be causing us headaches down the middle with Seguin and Bergeron
-----Drouin, who you can see will continue to fly up the draft charts if he hasn't already pretty much done so
Pretty pumped for another all-nighter tonight. Between that and the NHL meetings set for a couple hours, it should/could be potentially a solid memorable night.
KEY FOR USA:
Shut down RNH line. Nothing earth-shattering. That's it. Canada takes a ton of penalties despite the USA being the most penalized team in terms of PIM.
KEY FOR CANADA:
Clog the neutral zone, don't let the USA forwards enter the zone with full heads of steam, and get scoring from your depth guys.
It's a shame MacKinnon took those penalties last game, because it's likely stapling him back to the bench in any meaningful action. You can see the talent the kid has, and he's a game breaker even in a tournament where he's on the extreme younger end of the pole.
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