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04-09-2013, 02:03 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Toronto, Canada
Originally Posted by
Sidney the Kidney
Honestly, if Marcantuoni can develop into a Darren Helm-like player for the Pens, that's a great pick. I think some got excited that he might end up being a scoring diamond in the rough, but it's looking more likely if he makes the NHL, it will be as a bottom six checker/PKer.
This. I will expand on Maatta and Marcantuoni more tomorrow, after watching them play very closely the last few games in the 2nd round of the OHL playoffs.
Why not Harrington, you ask? Nothing more needs to be said about this guy, other than (surprisingly) while he still doesn't have a great first few steps in his acceleration, his top end gear has improved. This is the more important part because his game in the defensive zone is more about economy of motion. But he seems to have improved his top-gear, which is important in terms of being able to recover on the back-check if caught up ice and coming back to break up an odd-man rush.
Also, Harrington has definitely stepped up his physical play and his grit. I don't mean to suggest he is a gritty, physical, hard nosed guy. But these two areas (physicality/grit + top-end skating gear) have improved in a noticeable way. A great player continuing to get a little bit better and better as things go forward. He's continuing his path of becoming a great, all-around and complete Dman.
There's more to say about Maatta, though, because his improvement(s) are quite a bit more dramatic. He's really impressed me. I'll expand on this and MM later, but MM is definitely being used in a bottom six role; and when viewed in that light (as opposed to a scorer and looking at his stats), you could see how he could become a very effective role player down the line. Marcantuoni + Vitale on the 4th line? Drool....speed, tenacity and work ethic.
Originally Posted by
Rowdy Roddy Peeper
Considering how many early draft picks Shero traded away at the beginning of his tenure here and how few high draft picks he's spent on forwards, the results shouldn't surprise anyone.
Sadly this, as well. I really hope that not only do we win it all this year, that we definitely sign Iginla (and perhaps Murray, too?), and that we also find some ways to trade some existing players (Orpik + Kennedy) this summer or at the draft for picks, and other guys longer term (Niskanen or Martin) for forward help, otherwise this is going to continue to be a problem going forward.
This is also why, if I were the Pens, I would be putting SO MUCH work into Tom Kuhnhackl. His raw skills and instincts are excellent, but this guy needs a serious off-ice training regimen so it can translate into on-ice results in terms of being able to be stronger and faster to handle the bigger opponents and keep up with the Pens top centres. This guy has the shots, offensive and instincts to be a serious offensive weapon for us. Whether he gets there or not is a different story, but if he can achieve his vast potential, we may not ever have to care about the two 2nd rounders that we just gave up for Murray.
To think that had we just not thought it necessary to trade a 2nd rounder for Leopold (whom we had no intention of re-signing) and possibly used that pick for a guy like Jason Zucker, Johand Larsson or Calle Jarnkrok is kinda making me sick right now.
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