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02-18-2011, 10:03 AM
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And there have been 5 NHLers from France:

http://www.hockey-reference.com/friv...ovince=&state=

Philippe Bozon - 144 GP
Pat Daley - 12 GP
Christobal Huet - 272 GP
Paul MacLean - 719 GP
Andre Peloffy - 9 GP
MacLean isn't french at all ... it's like considering Heatley or Grabovsky german.

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Well if the team continues to do good without him, maybe he is a product of their system or team?

Then again if they go into a slump he might be appreciated better?
The recent history has shown slight improvement in the program but this season it has reached incredible levels. The coach is an ex-Boston College player. Merrimack is generally one of the lower teams in the Conference. I don't know much of their system or play but the program is very small compared to other schools and they haven't had much success.

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Stephane Da Costa’s lower-body injury, suffered in last Friday’s game at UNH, is not season-ending. There is still no definitive timetable for his return to the Merrimack lineup.

Da Costa, Merrimack’s leading scorer with 36 points, underwent testing after swelling receded enough for accurate pictures to be taken.

The injury occurred with 5:57 remaining in the third period of Friday’s 4-2 win over the Wildcats at the Whittemore Center. Da Costa and UNH senior Phil DeSimone collided at center ice and Da Costa’s leg was kicked out from underneath him.

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03-19-2011, 01:02 PM
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A video highlight from a game last night (1:15-2:00 mark) including a comment about "all the scouts drooling."

http://www.collegehockeynews.com/new...s_to_first.php

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"We just had to get back to playing our game," said junior Ryan Flanigan. "It's only one goal. It's still early at that point."

Flanigan laid out Mike Sislo just over three minutes later and Da Costa picked up the loose puck.

Flanigan joined the rush and took a crisp feed from Da Costa before firing a puck past UNH goaltender Matt Di Girolamo for a shorthanded tally that tied the score.

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03-19-2011, 01:07 PM
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What can you do?

It is what it is...

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03-19-2011, 01:09 PM
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All I know is, if we dont get him, we have better have been one of the teams highly seeking him out...

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All I know is, if we dont get him, we have better have been one of the teams highly seeking him out...
Say what you want about Homer as GM, but his skills and hiring people to find and maintain talent, as well as his own scouting prowess, at the lower levels, is very good.

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Say what you want about Homer as GM, but his skills and hiring people to find and maintain talent, as well as his own scouting prowess, at the lower levels, is very good.
Huh? I kinda agree, but Im pretty sure Homer wasnt the first one who found this kid.

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All I know is, if we dont get him, we have better have been one of the teams highly seeking him out...
We are.

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We are.
I meant as in, him not choosing us because he doesnt think he could play on the big squad right away. Ill reserve all judgment until we actually get him though. He has been considered the top college FA for the past 2 years.

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We have a good shot at landing him. It really depends on how hard Boston pushes for him.

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We have a good shot at landing him. It really depends on how hard Boston pushes for him.
Boston is very deep at forward both in terms of talent and youth (much like we are); therefore, if playtime is his main selling point (which I presume it is) then I see a pretty 50/50 shot if it comes down between us and Boston.

I worry FAR more about a black horse like Nashville (with poor offensive depth, but still competitive) coming in and promising the kid a NHL spot on their roster right out of camp no questions asked.

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Let us just hope he doesn't hit Pyorala type status around here
I still say that guy could hack it as a fourth liner on some fringe playoff teams.

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Boston is very deep at forward both in terms of talent and youth (much like we are); therefore, if playtime is his main selling point (which I presume it is) then I see a pretty 50/50 shot if it comes down between us and Boston.

I worry FAR more about a black horse like Nashville (with poor offensive depth, but still competitive) coming in and promising the kid a NHL spot on their roster right out of camp no questions asked.
I really doubt that Nashville would ever do that.

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Boston is very deep at forward both in terms of talent and youth (much like we are); therefore, if playtime is his main selling point (which I presume it is) then I see a pretty 50/50 shot if it comes down between us and Boston.

I worry FAR more about a black horse like Nashville (with poor offensive depth, but still competitive) coming in and promising the kid a NHL spot on their roster right out of camp no questions asked.
Yeah I agree if that is the case in Nashville. I don't know too much about this kid, is he good enough to hop in to a top 9 role?

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He has assists on Merrimack's second and third goals tonight.


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Boston is very deep at forward both in terms of talent and youth (much like we are); therefore, if playtime is his main selling point (which I presume it is) then I see a pretty 50/50 shot if it comes down between us and Boston.

I worry FAR more about a black horse like Nashville (with poor offensive depth, but still competitive) coming in and promising the kid a NHL spot on their roster right out of camp no questions asked.
It makes sense to think Nashville could do something like that, but they've actually got a couple in-house options to be looking at first (I think, at least). And these college guys may wanna make the jump right away, but the only one that's really worked out for lately (to my knowledge) is Bobby Butler, and even he spent considerable time in the AHL this year. He also has some size on Da Costa.

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We could just tell him listen kid if you sign with us then you'll be our #1 offensive prospect. If he signed with say Boston he'd be behind Seguin Caron and Knight

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He already has a "History will be made" spot

that was ****ing awful

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What hombrew "History Will Be Made" isn't?

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I worry FAR more about a black horse like Nashville (with poor offensive depth, but still competitive) coming in and promising the kid a NHL spot on their roster right out of camp no questions asked.
I wouldn't worry about that. Nashville has a tendency to send players to the minors. The exceptions to that rule were Hartnell and Legwand, but every other prospect that organization has at forward has spent time in the minors. Even the highly regarded Colin Wilson spent time with the Admirals.

I've never seen Da Costa play, so I'm not sure what his game is like. However, as others have pointed out, if he signs with anyone, he's going to have to spend time in the minors.

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I wouldn't worry about that. Nashville has a tendency to send players to the minors. The exceptions to that rule were Hartnell and Legwand, but every other prospect that organization has at forward has spent time in the minors. Even the highly regarded Colin Wilson spent time with the Admirals.

I've never seen Da Costa play, so I'm not sure what his game is like. However, as others have pointed out, if he signs with anyone, he's going to have to spend time in the minors.

Nashville was just an example. I am sure there are at least a handful of teams with depleted enough forward corps and copious amounts of cap space that they would be willing to go for a high risk high reward promise like that.

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promising NHL roster spots to anyone, especially an undrafted NCAA player, is a joke

you have to earn your spot

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I hope we are looking at Paul Thompson as well

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