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10-21-2005, 10:52 AM
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"Freakin' Saprykin"

That's the phrase coined just now on nhl.com's two hour daily show to describe Oleg's ability to score on breakaways.

CuJo was cited as having said he's like a 1st overall pick (in some way, not clear what was meant when paraphrased).

Then the radio guy said "Who's ever heard of Saprykin, freakin' Saprykin?"

Well, sir, I feel like saying. I remember scouting him as a big talent prior to the NHL draft, though not a Top-5 pick, so below the radar of most myopic blowhards that man the mike on sports talk radio.

Is Saprykin really that big of a surprise? His skills fit into the new NHL so well.

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10-21-2005, 11:01 AM
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The guy was the 11th overall pick in '99 after ripping it up in Seattle in his first WHL season; it's not like he was a complete unknown.

Maybe the surprise is why it's taken so long for him to blossom.

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He hung around Valeri Bure a little too much in his early days in Calgary, and some of the lazy habits initially rubbed off on him.

Sappy was showing signs of stepping up last season for Calgary. Would have been nice to keep him, but I do believe it was a good deal to get Langkow. Glad to see him doing well though. The kid has talent.

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That's the phrase coined just now on nhl.com's two hour daily show to describe Oleg's ability to score on breakaways.
That moniker was given to him several years ago when he jumped ship from the Flames AHL affiliate in Saint John because he wasn't happy to be back in the minors. He left the team for several weeks, took his ball and went home. I beleive a couple guys on Global Sports in Calgary gave him that name.

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It's catchy and alliterative. I like it.

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LolzorzzorzozrozLOLZORZ!

That's a nice nickname. Haha.

One thing... did he just adopt Fedorov's 91? If you're gonna adopt a number already worn by a superstar, you better play like one yourself.

So I can't see how Crosby is gonna handle the pressure of having Brashear's 87 right now ... just a joke guys, relax.

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He wore 19 in Calgary, which Shane Doan already wears in Phoenix.

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It's catchy and alliterative. I like it.
I agree moneyp, catchy and alliterative. Except for the alliterative part, it's more of a rhyme really.

Last couple seasons watching him play in Calgary I've thought of hime more as suicide saprykin because of his tremendous ability to get knocked on his a$$ at the slightest physical contact. But the kid has some serious skating ability and he finally seems to have found his center of balance. Nice to see him putting up numbers with the coyotes.

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It's catchy and alliterative. I like it.
...it's not alliterative at all. It rhymes.

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I should have copyrighted that phrase

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Maybe "streakin' Saprykin" would be more apt. As in streaky.

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Maybe "streakin' Saprykin" would be more apt. As in streaky.
not as in he plays naked?

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LolzorzzorzozrozLOLZORZ!

That's a nice nickname. Haha.

One thing... did he just adopt Fedorov's 91? If you're gonna adopt a number already worn by a superstar, you better play like one yourself.

So I can't see how Crosby is gonna handle the pressure of having Brashear's 87 right now ... just a joke guys, relax.
What has federov done since saprykin took on #91 He tried to fight Doan for #19 but Gretzky said wait a while and i'll let you wear #99. Gretzky was later heard saying if you want to be classified as a second teir player turn my #99 upside down and you can wear an inferior #66

Federov is not the first thought that comes to mind with #91
Butch Goring had to wear that # cause Bryan Trottier would have killed him before he would have given up that digit #19


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The guy was the 11th overall pick in '99 after ripping it up in Seattle in his first WHL season; it's not like he was a complete unknown.

Maybe the surprise is why it's taken so long for him to blossom.
I think it's because he was called somewhat of a bust before he really got a chance.

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So I can't see how Crosby is gonna handle the pressure of having Brashear's 87 right now ... just a joke guys, relax.

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