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01-15-2010, 10:52 AM
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First time that I've been really excited during a Leafs game for a couple of weeks or so.

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WOuld anyone else agree that although for the most part, a players number in the AHL can be a good measuring stick, it can sometimes also be deceiving? It seems like every team has guys that are mediocre down there, then they come up and play at an NHL level.

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01-15-2010, 11:08 AM
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WOuld anyone else agree that although for the most part, a players number in the AHL can be a good measuring stick, it can sometimes also be deceiving? It seems like every team has guys that are mediocre down there, then they come up and play at an NHL level.
Indeed. The Marlies suck this year and doesn't have fringe NHL vets (like a Krog) to help the Kids boost up their numbers. Its just like the Avs' Lake Erie Monsters before this year. Guys like Galiardi wasn't putting up impressive numbers at all, but when they got called up they played better.

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01-15-2010, 11:10 AM
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Indeed. The Marlies suck this year and doesn't have fringe NHL vets (like a Krog) to help the Kids boost up their numbers. Its just like the Avs' Lake Erie Monsters before this year. Guys like Galiardi wasn't putting up impressive numbers at all, but when they got called up they played better.
Not only has Bozak battled injury, but the Marlies hit a huge number of injuries too.

Either way, nice goal and I hope he can stay healthy + stay consistent.

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01-15-2010, 12:04 PM
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WOuld anyone else agree that although for the most part, a players number in the AHL can be a good measuring stick, it can sometimes also be deceiving? It seems like every team has guys that are mediocre down there, then they come up and play at an NHL level.
Definitely, but it happens more with goaltenders.
Its really just the sheer unpredictability, of playing against/with lesser players.

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01-15-2010, 01:52 PM
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Good job on beating a reserve defenceman and 3rd string goalie. Goal is a goal though
Oh please. Give credit where it's god damn due, he embarrassed your team regardless of who was on the ice - that was going to go in no matter what, it was destiny.

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01-15-2010, 02:49 PM
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I have had the good fortune to watch Bozak for a couple of seasons in Denver, and what always stood out for me was his ability to make things happen at top speed, both offensively and defensively, in traffic and coming into or out of the zone. Seeing him do that last night at the NHL level was a treat. Filthy.

In driveways all over North America, millions of little hockey players practice the dream of flying down the wing, deking a defenseman through the legs, picking up the puck on the other side and burying the shot high over the goalie's shoulder for your first NHL goal. Very of them few will ever make it to the the NHL, and even fewer still have the skills, stones and good fortune to suit up for their childhood favorite team and bury the debut goal in reality the same way you dreamed and practiced it on the driveway.

Congrats, Tyler. What a way to announce that you intend to stay in the NHL.

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01-15-2010, 03:06 PM
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01-15-2010, 03:17 PM
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WOuld anyone else agree that although for the most part, a players number in the AHL can be a good measuring stick, it can sometimes also be deceiving? It seems like every team has guys that are mediocre down there, then they come up and play at an NHL level.
Guys who have great hockey sense, good speed and innate skills can often elevate their games to higher levels when they are playing around more accomplished players who share those traits. Bozak is a player with strong hockey sense, good speed and stong skills, so I am not surprised he has played well at the NHL level with 4 points in his 3 NHL games. Some players just need a chance....

Paul Statsny was another Denver player that was even better at the NHL level than he was in college because of the way he "thinks" the game, and the way he works better with teammates who also have NHL smarts, skills and speed.

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01-15-2010, 04:23 PM
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Yeah, Bozak was always said to have supreme hockey sense, although he used to lack size.

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