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09-14-2010, 08:02 AM
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I think it's best for BlackNer to go back to the OHL since he shouldn't be categorized in the same company as Kaberle, Beauchemin, Phaneuf, Schenn, and Gunnarsson to begin with. Hell, this BlackNer kid shouldn't be in the rookie tournament anyway.

Maybe Eminem pulled some strings to get this mysterious BlackNer kid in camp. Who knows? Life, like your hockey knowledge and a irritating propensity to state the obvious, is a mystery.
I find Collegedude84's comments as asinine as the next guy, but what the hell are you talking about?

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09-14-2010, 10:00 AM
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Just a few thoughts a couple of days late.

McKegg was by far the most impressive player for the Leafs. His offensive instincts are great, he seems to easily create chances with his smarts.

Carrick also impressed me. Good cycler. Not afraid of anything. He has limitied offensive upside, but seems to be very self-aware and doesn't play over his head. If we're lucky, he can turn into a good 3rd line player.

Ryan had a decent game. I like his package of skills but he just needs to figure out what kind of player he is going to be. I think this year in Windsor should help him a lot.

Irwin's still looking a little lost to me. Obviously that goals was a great shot, but I just don't see him as an NHL player the way he is playing.

Olden showed some good instincts, but his game is very incomplete. He'd make a great little pass and then wouldn't be there to complete the play. So raw at this point. He needs a lot of seasoning, but last year was his first year playing outside of Norway so it's understandable.

Blacker seems to be a very polarizing player. I like him and his skill level is very good, but some people here seem to be blind to the amount of errors he makes. It was the same thing last year, so for me, it is critical that he improves that part of his game this year. His great skating allows him to make up for some of the misreads and poorplays he makes with the puck, but he won't be able to rely on that at the NHL level. He needs to make better decisions.

Scrivens had a great positional game and for the most part just needed to let the puck hit him. I thought it did take him some time to get up and back into position when he did go down, so he'll need to work on that. He looks like a solid backup type goaltender.
Blacker is still very young and is learning how to play the game. He does have lots of natural talent, and he reminds me alot of Carlo Coliacovo.

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09-14-2010, 10:09 AM
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Blacker is still very young and is learning how to play the game. He does have lots of natural talent, and he reminds me alot of Carlo Coliacovo.
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Blacker seems to be a very polarizing player. I like him and his skill level is very good, but some people here seem to be blind to the amount of errors he makes. It was the same thing last year, so for me, it is critical that he improves that part of his game this year. His great skating allows him to make up for some of the misreads and poorplays he makes with the puck, but he won't be able to rely on that at the NHL level. He needs to make better decisions.
The difference between a defensive d-man and an offensive d-man is one tries to make things happen, while the other tries to stop things from happening.

IMO, when you try and make things happen you are going to make more mistakes.

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09-14-2010, 10:14 AM
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Is there a game tonight? I'm out of town, is it on the Web?

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09-14-2010, 10:19 AM
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The difference between a defensive d-man and an offensive d-man is one tries to make things happen, while the other tries to stop things from happening.

IMO, when you try and make things happen you are going to make more mistakes.
I guess that's a fair judgement. I've never really thought of Blacker as a purely offensive defenseman.

I think he skates well and moves the puck decently, but I haven't seen him make that many great plays in the offensive zone that make me think this guy is real offensive threat. His offensive totals in the OHL don't suggest that is his forte either.

I have always seen him as more of Jordan Leopold type.

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Is there a game tonight? I'm out of town, is it on the Web?
It may be elsewhere but you can definitely catch it on tape delay on mapleleafs.com at 8 eastern.

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Blacker is still very young and is learning how to play the game. He does have lots of natural talent, and he reminds me alot of Carlo Coliacovo.
Totally agree. He has lots of time to work on his game. I'm just a little surprised by the amount of people saying that he's playing so well.

I was impressed by his skill level last year, but this year I was looking for some improvement in some of his weakness areas, namely decision-making, and there has not been much development there, from what I have seen.


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Totally agree. He has lots of time to work on his game. I'm just a little surprised by the amount of people saying that he's playing so well.
It's probably because he's one of the more dynamic defenders on the back end.

He's a very quick skater, and likes to move the puck. He's also showing a bit more creativity then what I've seen out of him in years past.

I think it's just due to him being a bit different then his peers so he sticks out more.

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It may be elsewhere but you can definitely catch it on tape delay on mapleleafs.com at 8 eastern.
Tape delay is good...thanks.

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It's probably because he's one of the more dynamic defenders on the back end.

He's a very quick skater, and likes to move the puck. He's also showing a bit more creativity then what I've seen out of him in years past.

I think it's just due to him being a bit different then his peers so he sticks out more.
I agree with that assessment.

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Totally agree. He has lots of time to work on his game. I'm just a little surprised by the amount of people saying that he's playing so well.

I was impressed by his skill level last year, but this year I was looking for some improvement in some of his weakness areas, namely decision-making, and there has not been much development there, from what I have seen.
IMO, not unlike what ULF55 said, these young offensive d-men that can skate well and have offensive abilities (like Blacker) feel the need to show off those talents in order to get noticed and impressed. Whereas sometimes less is more. I think it's normal for these kids to want to skate around both teams players and make fancy passes, and impress everyone with his skill level. Blacker has the tools IMO to be a good NHL d-man one day, it will come, and it has been proven many times, young D take a long time to develop and mature.

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IMO, not unlike what ULF55 said, these young offensive d-men that can skate well and have offensive abilities (like Blacker) feel the need to show off those talents in order to get noticed and impressed. Whereas sometimes less is more. I think it's normal for these kids to want to skate around both teams players and make fancy passes, and impress everyone with his skill level. Blacker has the tools IMO to be a good NHL d-man one day, it will come, and it has been proven many times, young D take a long time to develop and mature.
That's fair. I'll be watching in training camp as I'm sure they'll be emphasizing more sound play from him.

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