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02-09-2008, 02:59 PM
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Voracek

The kid is tearing up the Q this year and I don't think eligible for the AHL next season so he'd have to return to Halifax if he doesn't make the Jackets correct?

Is this a possibility or is he preety much guranteed a spot on the Blue Jackets for next season. The Moose would be quite the team if he returned but I had a bit of a large bet last season that he'd be in the NHL for the 08-09 season so as a Halifax resident I'd be ok with it either way .

My thinking is it would stunt his developement playing in the Q but I'm not an NHL GM either.

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I'll be shocked if he doesn't make Columbus next year.

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Well I wouldn't say he's guaranteed a spot, if he doesn't make the team out of camp it's back to juniors for him.

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Clearly the hope here is that he will be NHL ready for next season. But we had the same situation 2 seasons ago with Brule, who tore up the WHL and Memorial Cup in '06, then has struggled mightily with the big club. We've had much handwringing here about how they expected too much too soon from Gilbert, etc. I expect Howson & Hitch to be VERY cautious in promoting Jacob next season. He'll play his 10 games, and if there is any doubt of his abilities to contribute meaningful minutes, you'll get him back.

God only knows we need his playmaking abilities right now, but I see H&H acting cautiously.


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He is only 7 points behind the league leader in points despite playing 19 fewer games.


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He is only 7 points behind the league leader in points despite playing 19 fewer games.

Actually he is only 1 point behind the league leader and hes played 17 less games. Thats actually incredible IMO. If he didnt play in the World Juniors hed probably be the league leader by 30-35 points.

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Clearly the hope here is that he will be NHL ready for next season. But we had the same situation 2 seasons ago with Brule, who tore up the WHL and Memorial Cup in '06, then has struggled mightily with the big club. We've had much handwringing here about how they expected too much too soon from Gilbert, etc. I expect Howson & Hitch to be VERY cautious in promoting Jacob next season. He'll play his 10 games, and if there is any doubt of his abilities to contribute meaningful minutes, you'll get him back.

God only knows we need his playmaking abilities right now, but I see H&H acting cautiously.
Brule and Voracek aren't alike though. Voracek is not only scoring, but playing an "NHL" game already. Imo, Voracek could play 12 mins per game next year already in the NHL with increasing ice time as he gets accustomed to the nhl game.

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Actually he is only 1 point behind the league leader and hes played 17 less games. Thats actually incredible IMO. If he didnt play in the World Juniors hed probably be the league leader by 30-35 points.
He missed some games at the beginning of the season as well as for the world juniors. He is going to be amazing!!!

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He missed some games at the beginning of the season as well as for the world juniors. He is going to be amazing!!!
Yea he missed games because he was playing with Columbus, and then before the WJC he spent some time with his family in the Czech Republic (about 1 week or so). That's why he's missed so many games.
This guy is going to be real good. I watch Halifax play a lot and his vision is especially noticeable on the PP, where he plays the point. I've been very impressed by him.

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I'm so mad I wasn't able to go to the Moose game tonight. Effing work...

Anyway Jake has 3 assists so far tonight, it's the first intermission and he's currently sitting tied for first in Q scoring with DiDomenico, who has a pair of assists so far tonight.

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Actually he is only 1 point behind the league leader and hes played 17 less games. Thats actually incredible IMO. If he didnt play in the World Juniors hed probably be the league leader by 30-35 points.
He also took a week off to spend time with his family.

I love this kid.

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The only player I've ever been more excited to see hit the ice for the Jackets was Rick Nash. Can't wait to see this kid play for the Jackets.

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Clearly the hope here is that he will be NHL ready for next season. But we had the same situation 2 seasons ago with Brule, who tore up the WHL and Memorial Cup in '06, then has struggled mightily with the big club. We've had much handwringing here about how they expected too much too soon from Gilbert, etc. I expect Howson & Hitch to be VERY cautious in promoting Jacob next season. He'll play his 10 games, and if there is any doubt of his abilities to contribute meaningful minutes, you'll get him back.

God only knows we need his playmaking abilities right now, but I see H&H acting cautiously.
I agree completely, although I am excited to see him play those 9 games. Being so young, if he makes the team it will probably take several months to adapt to the NHL-but by April he should be go to imo...


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Jake extended his point streak to 18 games today. His team is struggling lately though despite being pre-season favorites to win it all. They sit in second play in the "conference/division"

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Ill be shocked if i dont read another 100 of these threads by the end of the month . Just keep him in the q next year.

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Ill be shocked if i dont read another 100 of these threads by the end of the month . Just keep him in the q next year.
its so true.

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02-09-2008, 11:19 PM
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The Moose put up a real stinker tonight. They lost 10-6, and I'm not regretting missing this game any more. Jake finished with three helpers. DiDomenico had a pair, so he and Jake are tied at second with 80 points, but Dean Ouellet scored four points, so he's in first with 82 points.

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Ouellet: 56
DiDomenico: 54
Jake: 39

If any of you are following the Moose, they have been playing quite awful lately. They are simply not gelling, even though the team is essentially healthy. The big trade deadline acquisition, Brad Marchand, has been a non-factor since he joined Hali, and he sat out tonight with a suspension for his second stick infraction.

Jake, Knotek and Logan MacMillan have been playing very well as a line, and have been consistent. The second line pairing of Hillier and Corsi have been great all season, but after that, the forwards are a bit of a cluster**** right now. Bryce Swan has flashes, likewise with Andrew White, but until the 6 through 12 forwards start bringing it on a consistent basis, the team will continue to struggle.

That's not even the biggest issue. The defense, which has had question marks since the beginning of the season but wasn't addressed at the deadlne or before, is the big problem. Tonight I think the "blame" can be put on them, be it missed assignments or just plain poor play. There are some guys who have been putting up points, but the goalies are being hung out to dry at times.

Some folks are upset with the play of the goalies, Pelletier and Yetman, but I think the problem is the D giving up too many quality scoring chances.

To finish things off, many people are calling for the coach's head, Cam Russell. Personally, I'd like to see a change, I think he's in over his head and maybe a coaching change will give the guys a boost, and the team can be energized more.

Anyway, just some thoughts for those of you who mentioned you are interested in following the Moose. They are still second in their division, and fifth in the league. That's simply not good enough though for a team that was built to be a contender for a league title, and a shot at the Mem Cup.

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I almost made the trip to Halifax today to catch the game, I'm glad I didn't, I hate my provincial rival Titan and my gf would have shoved it in my face, her being from Bathurst and all.


As for Jake, regardless of statistics he's definitely the best player in the Q this year and it's going to be unfair for his opponents if he has to return here next year.

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To finish things off, many people are calling for the coach's head, Cam Russell. Personally, I'd like to see a change, I think he's in over his head and maybe a coaching change will give the guys a boost, and the team can be energized more.
Yeah, I'm a season ticket holder of the Moosehead ... the forwards could gel more, the defence is far from perfect, and the goaltending has had issues (although lately I think Pelltier has been pretty good). But I think the big problem is the coaching ... and I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think this team can win a championship with the current coaching staff.

As for Jake ... he's going to be very good in the NHL ... but let's not rush him ... let's leave him in Halifax for 1 more season after this .... pretty please?

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Yeah, I'm a season ticket holder of the Moosehead ... the forwards could gel more, the defence is far from perfect, and the goaltending has had issues (although lately I think Pelltier has been pretty good). But I think the big problem is the coaching ... and I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think this team can win a championship with the current coaching staff.

As for Jake ... he's going to be very good in the NHL ... but let's not rush him ... let's leave him in Halifax for 1 more season after this .... pretty please?
Haha as a Jackets and Moose fan I am torn, I want to see Jake do well and be one of the first Jackets to make a major impact in his rookie season, meanwhile I'd love to be able to watch Jake dominate for another season here in Hali.

I was a season ticket holder up until two seasons ago, last year I didn't have anything but I went to about 70% of the home games and a few in Moncton and Sydney. I went with the 15 game pack this year, I was so happy they brought that back.

I just wish my work schedule would allow me to go back to being a STH.

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