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08-10-2011, 12:14 AM
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Prospects who can hit like a freight train

There has been quite a bit of hype surrounding the leafs in their defensive core and their ability to punish their opponents. The leading candidate is of course Shenn.

Who amongst our prospects has the capacity to instill fear into the opponents as Scott Stevens once did? I hear Gryba lays out monster hits. Is this true? Who else has that potential? If we have to endure a few years of growing pains, it would be very nice to see the Sens doll out bone-crushing high-flying entertaining hits and earn a reputation for being clean, mean and one nasty machine.

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I'm sure Cowen can handle his own and while not being prospects Neil, Smith, Carkner and konopka will have a say when it comes to physicality on the ice.

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Not too make it too much of a Sens/Leafs thing, but I'm not sure there are any prospects at this point who will have that effect with the Sens, but rather established tough guys like Neil and Konopka. Seems like while the Leafs are trying to build that "truculent" team Burke loves, Murray is going more the finesse route. While the Leafs are drafting/signing Schenn, Armstrong, Phaneuf, Komisarek, Biggs, Percy etc, the Sens are building with guys like Karlsson, Zibanejad, Rundblad, Filatov, etc.

I may be wrong, because the Leafs do have finesse guys like Kessel and Kadri, and the Sens have some gritty/rugged players coming up too (Cowen, Claesson as was the examples), but it seems that while Burke is trying to build the 2007 Ducks in Toronto, Murray is trying to build the, well, Wings of the last 15 years in Ottawa. I think both teams are going to become competitve almost in sync, so it should mean some pretty good games for a long stretch in the coming years (a few years from now).

Wow, that was a tangent. Ha. In answer to the thread though, it'll be the Neils, Konopkas and Carkners providing that type of entertainment, barring any other signings. Phillips and Cowen are rugged, but as an above posted wrote about Cowen, it's more in a "hold-your-own" type of way. The back end has no freight train hitters, at least not on a regular basis.

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In the future there is also Blood who can and will intimidate everyone he is on the ice against. (I mean his name is BLOOD!)

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Kramer, Blood, Borowiecki, Gryba.

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anyone who saw Corey Cowick playing as a 67 knows he's an absolute beast.

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Some of us seem to be confusing big hits with toughness.

For example, carkner is the toughest guy on our team...but he's too slow to catch anyone with a big crunching open ice hit. Konopka is slow as well and will get most of his hits along the boards.

Neil is the only one on our team right now that is a bonafide open ice hitter. As for our prospects, haven't seen enough of them to know who can actually perform open ice hits often (and not just once in a blue moon).

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Three guys who will be NHLers who can hit are Cowen, Zyba and Gryba. BoroCop is a nice hitter too, and our management seems pretty confident he has an NHL future, too. Blood is more of a wild card but he also has a reasonable shot at being a bottom pairing D who can hit like heck. Claesson I haven't even seen a highlight of but he is supposedly a very nasty DMan too. I'd like to acquire one more physical prospect but we have a pretty decent stable of physicality. More importantly, our physical guys are well above average skill-wise compared to other physical prospects.

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I bet Greening will lay a few good ones one. He is gritty, big, and has the footspeed to be in a good position for checks.

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There's some pretty big hits in there.

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anyone who saw Corey Cowick playing as a 67 knows he's an absolute beast.
He'll be lucky to carve out an AHL career though unless things change drastically imo

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What about prospects that will rock you like a hurricane!

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Kramer, Blood, Borowiecki, Gryba.
You could also add Sdao, Hamilton and possibly Costello and Dizzy to that list as well.

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There's some pretty big hits in there.
That was a really fun montage of Rundblad to watch. Yes, there were some really nice open ice hits there too!

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Gryba = a cheap mans Volchenkov

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Remember when Volchenkov put that guy in the hospital during a preseason game back when he was a rookie>?

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I don't think Claesson is much of a hitter. I think he's just nasty on the boards and in the crease. The kind of guy you don't want to battle with.

From what I've heard.

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Not too make it too much of a Sens/Leafs thing, but I'm not sure there are any prospects at this point who will have that effect with the Sens, but rather established tough guys like Neil and Konopka. Seems like while the Leafs are trying to build that "truculent" team Burke loves,Murray is going more the finesse route. While the Leafs are drafting/signing Schenn, Armstrong, Phaneuf, Komisarek, Biggs, Percy etc, the Sens are building with guys like Karlsson, Zibanejad, Rundblad, Filatov, etc.

I may be wrong, because the Leafs do have finesse guys like Kessel and Kadri, and the Sens have some gritty/rugged players coming up too (Cowen, Claesson as was the examples), but it seems that while Burke is trying to build the 2007 Ducks in Toronto, Murray is trying to build the, well, Wings of the last 15 years in Ottawa. I think both teams are going to become competitve almost in sync, so it should mean some pretty good games for a long stretch in the coming years (a few years from now).

Wow, that was a tangent. Ha. In answer to the thread though, it'll be the Neils, Konopkas and Carkners providing that type of entertainment, barring any other signings. Phillips and Cowen are rugged, but as an above posted wrote about Cowen, it's more in a "hold-your-own" type of way. The back end has no freight train hitters, at least not on a regular basis.
This is a misconception that a lot of sens fans fall under. Murray is attempting to build a very well rounded competitive team that is both hard to play against in terms of physicality as well as being offensively potent. If Murray was really trying to build a finesse team then he wouldn't have drafted Zack Smith, Cowen, Borocop, Costello, Kramer, Sdao, Blood or sign free agents Hamilton or Dizzy.

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Filatov.

No seriously Zbad does the job, Cowen seems to be developing a nasty game the past year or so, Rundblad has a very underrated physical game as well.

We should be fine. We still have Silverberg, Stone, Sorenson and of course Yakupov.

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Remember when Volchenkov put that guy in the hospital during a preseason game back when he was a rookie>?
That was during the prospect tournament. Forget who he hit, but it was a prospect from Florida. Wowsers what a hit that was.

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Filatov.

No seriously Zbad does the job, Cowen seems to be developing a nasty game the past year or so, Rundblad has a very underrated physical game as well.

We should be fine. We still haveSilverberg, Stone, Sorenson and of course Yakupov .
None of those are overly physical players, I am not sure why you listed them. Sure they might be gritty but they aren't really known for being big hitters. I guess you could make a case for Stone but even he would have to be a lot more consistent in terms of physical play to be in the mold that TS was suggesting.

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Gryba = a cheap mans Volchenkov
I would prefer a poor man's Volecenkov to Volchenkov. We can afford the former, and as a 5-6 defenceman he works perfectly. Surprisingly he was out return for the departure of Peter Charelli in compensation

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