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03-20-2009, 07:26 PM
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Because the college season just ended and they're all signing now?
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Some of you people are mighty hard to please. Rafalski came out of college as a UFA, and he hasn't turned out so bad. (Here's to hoping that Gilory turns out to be mini-'Falski if we sign him, and Pat Falloon if we don't.)

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So how many years of development are we looking at?

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Good depth move, add a young player for just money, only uses cap space if he is in the NHL. Its essentially like having a mid round draft pick that has already been developed for 4 years.

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So how many years of development are we looking at?
I'm guessing their hope is not many. There's hardly any point in signing him if he's going to play for the Moose for 3 years until he's a free agent.

We're probably looking at a time frame like Bieksa's - a year on the Moose, then a year spending time between the two, and then hopefully a full final year in the NHL while still on his entry level contract.

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Some of you people are mighty hard to please. Rafalski came out of college as a UFA, and he hasn't turned out so bad.
Well, came out of college, and then spent four years in the top Swedish and Finnish leagues. He was pretty much a finished product when he got to NJ, Walsky's nowhere near that.

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PPG in the NCAA is pretty impressive.

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03-21-2009, 12:04 AM
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There is a brief video on CDC on Walsky; His arms look massive and rightfully should since he is 5'11, 200lbs.

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PPG in the NCAA is pretty impressive.
Not at his age.

But it's a shot in the dark and it doesn't cost anything. Why not?

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03-21-2009, 12:28 AM
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Some of you people are mighty hard to please. Rafalski came out of college as a UFA, and he hasn't turned out so bad. (Here's to hoping that Gilory turns out to be mini-'Falski if we sign him, and Pat Falloon if we don't.)
All they need to know is we just gain a prospect without giving up anything, how bad can that be?

If he cant play in the NHL, he will be in the Moose, if not Victoria.

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03-21-2009, 02:49 AM
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I've gotten a lot of questions about Walsky, so here's your info:

The first thing that you'll notice about Eric when he's out there is that he's fast - REALLY fast. One of the fastest skaters in not only the WCHA but probably all of D-I. He transferred to CC from Alaska-Anchorage, which explains his one off year. He's player that loves to drive hard to the net and that's how he scores many of his goals - driving to or just hanging around the net for a rebound, etc. He's a smart player, meaning he doesn't make too many of those so-called "bonehead" mistakes. He's pretty sound defensively too.

He has good hands and passes well, but is more of a finisher, and one who can make a habit out of scoring "garbage" goals. He's the guy that can pick up the loose change and cash it in. He's also a guy that can boost a line with his energy level.

This year, he platooned between the Tigers first and second lines, depending on where his skill and energy were needed. He was, IMO, one of the most consistent Tigers of the last two years. Even when he wasn't scoring, he gave you an honest effort each and every night doing other things, whether it was blocking shots, killing penalties or whatever.

IMO, this is a giod pickup by the Canucks. Depending on the current status/needs of the Canucks, my guess is Eric will start in Manitoba and go from there.

Anyway, I hope this all helps and answers your questions.

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I've gotten a lot of questions about Walsky, so here's your info:

The first thing that you'll notice about Eric when he's out there is that he's fast - REALLY fast. One of the fastest skaters in not only the WCHA but probably all of D-I. He transferred to CC from Alaska-Anchorage, which explains his one off year. He's player that loves to drive hard to the net and that's how he scores many of his goals - driving to or just hanging around the net for a rebound, etc. He's a smart player, meaning he doesn't make too many of those so-called "bonehead" mistakes. He's pretty sound defensively too.

He has good hands and passes well, but is more of a finisher, and one who can make a habit out of scoring "garbage" goals. He's the guy that can pick up the loose change and cash it in. He's also a guy that can boost a line with his energy level.

This year, he platooned between the Tigers first and second lines, depending on where his skill and energy were needed. He was, IMO, one of the most consistent Tigers of the last two years. Even when he wasn't scoring, he gave you an honest effort each and every night doing other things, whether it was blocking shots, killing penalties or whatever.

IMO, this is a giod pickup by the Canucks. Depending on the current status/needs of the Canucks, my guess is Eric will start in Manitoba and go from there.

Anyway, I hope this all helps and answers your questions.
Thanks for the great info,

A couple more questions:
1) Can you list a NHL player that he is comparable to?
2) How good is his hands? Can he dangle?

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03-21-2009, 03:07 AM
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Thanks for the great info,

A couple more questions:
1) Can you list a NHL player that he is comparable to?
2) How good is his hands? Can he dangle?
He has pretty goods (I thought I mentioned that) and yes, he can dangle.

As for who is he comparable to in terms of style? Hmmm, let me get back to you on that, because I'd have to think about that one.

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03-21-2009, 03:09 AM
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He has pretty goods (I thought I mentioned that) and yes, he can dangle.

As for who is he comparable to in terms of style? Hmmm, let me get back to you on that, because I'd have to think about that one.
My guess is Ryan Smyth, but obviously not as good?

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oops! I meant to say he has "pretty good hands...",

Sorry about that.

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sweet info thanks

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My guess is Ryan Smyth, but obviously not as good?
I don't see Eric in the vein of Ryan Smyth. For one thing, Walsky isn't what i would consider a power forward, like I would with Smyth.

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He has pretty goods (I thought I mentioned that) and yes, he can dangle.

As for who is he comparable to in terms of style? Hmmm, let me get back to you on that, because I'd have to think about that one.
sounds like maybe a Matthew Lombardi type player?

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wow, complaints? it's not like we gave up anything for the guy except monopoly money. is it coming out of our paycheques? no.

so he doesn't play one game in the nhl, so what? at least ownership is willing to use money in order to find ways to win. i think all canuck fans should be happy ownership is spending cash just to stock up on the farm.

maybe we should be more optimistic and not trash the guy before he even dresses for the canucks. for all we know, he still has potential and as gillis said, he has talent. he's 24 and most college players take a while to develop.

i for one, am excited to see this team think outside the box. good players are not only found in the draft or through trades. with the canucks improved development, i really hope our staff can make a positive environment. with the uncertainty of the cap, we should hope our young players get the job done.

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From everything you read and see Wolsky seems a lot like former Canuck Bill Muckult, a player who had a promising NHL career cut short by some serious shoulder injuries. Muckult had outstanding speed and top end skills.

A major concern with Wolsky might be his injury history which includes problems with concussions.

However, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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03-21-2009, 06:20 AM
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Aetheist identity? I like him already! And though the Burrows comparisons earlier in this thread were a bit much, I hate to say it, but does Oilers Chick's description not sound just like Alexandre The Grate?

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Nice to see another WCHA player get a contract. Good for him.

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oops! I meant to say he has "pretty good hands...",

Sorry about that.
Freudian slip?

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seriously though.... reading that scouting report of Walsky makes him sound more like a superstar than a guy who is likely still a longshot to be an NHLer.

"REALLY fast" ... "loves to drive hard to the net ... a smart player, meaning he doesn't make too many of those so-called "bonehead" mistakes. He's pretty sound defensively too." ... "good hands and passes well, but is more of a finisher" .... "skill and energy" ... "blocking shots, killing penalties" ...

reading all that, it makes him sound like an impact player... does he really have any weaknesses? sounds like an above average skater, who doesn't shy from physical play, is smart, has good hands, and hockey sense, strong work ethic, good playmaker, but better finisher, solid at both ends, and can play in every role.

That's the perfect NHL forward with no flaws!

maybe it wasn't a Freudian slip

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03-21-2009, 12:47 PM
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That's the perfect NHL forward with no flaws!
Yeah, usually the negatives are figured out by omission. I think with a player like Walsky the question is whether the skills that he does have are transferable to higher levels and whether he did well just because he was so much older than other players.

Is he a physical player? The scouting report sounds a bit like Kunitz at least in terms of style (both have great speed and similar builds and score a lot of garbage goals) but Kunitz is also a guy who'll throw his body around quite a bit. And obviously Kunitz showed a lot more offensive potential in college.

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