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01-02-2013, 06:39 PM
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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.
Makarov has impressed me a lot as well, to the point where I really don't understand why he was never drafted. Granted, I've mostly seen him in international play where he seems to excel, but how does a team not take a chance on the kid? He came to NA to play juniors and showed that commitment so I don't see the "Russian factor" really being a huge deal here.
I've been impressed with Khokhlachev at moments, but he's been incredibly inconsistent. I expected more.
Totally agree with Drouin, he's been unbelievable in the games I've seen. Kids like that aren't supposed to perform like that as a 17 year old in this tournament.
I'm in full on crush mode with Hartman. Still wouldn't take him in the first but he's creeping into the low 30's on my board.
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