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03-28-2012, 12:47 PM
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Agreed, unless you want to put your team offsides constantly (*cough* Cullen)

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03-28-2012, 12:53 PM
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Not much good to being fast if you cant handle the puck at your top speed.
Yes, but the statement was "fastest on the team" not "fastest that can handle the puck at speed."

I think there's something that's just not getting across here.

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03-28-2012, 12:58 PM
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speed still has its advantages if it comes without "hands". at the very least you have a better chance of getting to a loose puck first and interrupting things enough for backup to arrive or for your team to change lines properly. obviously not great when you're talking about a top six forward but if your other two top six forwards have problems getting to pucks you can make it work. Koivu, i'm looking at you.

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Zucker is the fastest on the team now per Russo, and I'm guessing he'll also probably be the fastest with the puck.

Part of what made Gabby such a gamebreaker was his ability to skate faster than anyone else in the NHL AND hang on to the puck. Deadly.

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03-28-2012, 02:43 PM
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I'm looking forward to the next season. Also fun to watch Zuuck for a game tomorrow! Hopefully he plays in the top 6 and gets some 'legit' linemates.

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I'm looking forward to the next season. Also fun to watch Zuuck for a game tomorrow! Hopefully he plays in the top 6 and gets some 'legit' linemates.
Well his lines in practice were Christensen and Johnson, so, your mileage may vary...

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03-28-2012, 05:05 PM
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Just got tickets for tomorrow nights game from my sister. Looking forward to seeing this kid play.

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03-28-2012, 07:22 PM
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I just looked at Zucker's draft profile for the first time, since we drafted him. One of his favorite players is Zach Parise. It makes it that much sweeter, if we can sign Parise.

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03-28-2012, 07:50 PM
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I just looked at Zucker's draft profile for the first time, since we drafted him. One of his favorite players is Zach Parise. It makes it that much sweeter, if we can sign Parise.
awsome! you got a link for that? wouldnt mind seeing that for myself

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Nice to see the Wild signing Zucker, cant wait to see the kid playing Thursday;

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03-28-2012, 10:29 PM
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awsome! you got a link for that? wouldnt mind seeing that for myself
http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospect....htm?dpid=2667

I found the link on his roster profile, f.y.i.

Also, just noticed after finding the link again, the part on there about him wearing #16. So it looks like he got the number, he wanted.

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According to that, one of his superstitions is always being the first player on the ice. Hope the Wild don't waste this opportunity...


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According to that, one of his superstitions is always being the first player on the ice. Hope the Wild don't waste this opportunity...

Better keep that info away from Greenlay. We found out first hand what he thinks of superstitions last night

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http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospect....htm?dpid=2667

I found the link on his roster profile, f.y.i.

Also, just noticed after finding the link again, the part on there about him wearing #16. So it looks like he got the number, he wanted.
UH oh.

Also saw this on his profile:

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Looks like we got someone to run the popcorn machine again.

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"I can tell he's going to be a great mentor for me," Zucker, 20, said of Heatley, the former 50-goal scorer. "They've all been in my position at one point in time. They're helping me through this. It's a big culture change for me. It's obviously the best league in the world. It's going to be a big change, ... but I think I've prepared myself pretty well so far."
Picked a great mentor there.

http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/144748765.html

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That's ****ing awesome. Heater is ****ing awesome. Zucker is going to be ****ing awesome.

This could be the start of something really ****ing awesome.

Sorry for saying ****ing awesome so much but no other words will appropriately convey how pumped I am to see this kid grow up in our organization.

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It's gonna be ****ing good. Honestly. Now we need Latendresse to teach Coyle and Clutterbuck/Veilleux to give lessons to Bulmer. Of course, we have Koivu teaching Granlund all kinds of things.

It's gonna be like a big family.



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well... not much from zuck but i think hes just gettin use to the nhl game. im callin it right now, zucker will score next game one good thing to take away is he didnt really look out of place and his positioning was pretty good

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03-30-2012, 01:04 AM
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well... not much from zuck but i think hes just gettin use to the nhl game. im callin it right now, zucker will score next game one good thing to take away is he didnt really look out of place and his positioning was pretty good
The guy was playing college hockey two weeks ago. It's not like he's ready - mentally or physically - to truly contribute.

The fact that he wasn't a complete and utter liability is awesome. And plus, he looked better than Palmieri ever did...

If this kid becomes anything more than a fast 3rd liner on a "good" team, it's going to be amazing. I'm just hoping he becomes the guy who gets bumped up a line before Clutterbuck this time next year. Anything more than that, with all the other kids we have coming up, is a bonus.

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The guy was playing college hockey two weeks ago. It's not like he's ready - mentally or physically - to truly contribute.

The fact that he wasn't a complete and utter liability is awesome. And plus, he looked better than Palmieri ever did...

If this kid becomes anything more than a fast 3rd liner on a "good" team, it's going to be amazing. I'm just hoping he becomes the guy who gets bumped up a line before Clutterbuck this time next year. Anything more than that, with all the other kids we have coming up, is a bonus.
Your stretching it to say he looked better than Palmieri ever did.

Palmieri might have been our best player the first 2 games he was here.

Zucker looked like he just didn't want to screw up today.

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It'll take time for Zucker to adjust to the NHL. I'm just looking for him not to be a liability at this point. He'll spend next season in Houston progressing his game from College while he puts on a few more pounds.

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Your stretching it to say he looked better than Palmieri ever did.

Palmieri might have been our best player the first 2 games he was here.

Zucker looked like he just didn't want to screw up today.
This this, a thousand times this.

He was extremely indecisive. He wanted to rush down into the offensive zone, but was Christensen going to be with him? Did Johnson have that spot covered defensively? What was my defenseman's name again? Better just dump and change. You could see he wanted to do one thing, but was trying to do another. He looked really confident and comfortable on his two real offensive chances though, so I have faith he'll settle down and adapt.

You could tell he was surprised both by the speed of the game, and by how he could keep up. He was a little behind the play, which is to be expected because of the huge jump from NCAA to late season NHL. But he got the puck on his stick a couple times with that real surprised "oh wow, what is this?" look on his face like he didn't believe he'd really just intercepted that pass. He needs to bulk up and spend at least a training camp with NHL players before he's close to being ready for prime time.

One thing I thought was interesting to note is the difference in comfort level playing with Johnson and Christensen versus Coyle. He was constantly looking around to try figure out where who was when. With Coyle in rookie camp, he just knew. There was never a question of where Coyle was going, or what he was going to do, Zucker just knew exactly how things were going down. Hopefully they'll still have that when they start playing together again. That Zucker-Coyle-Phillips line sure has a lot of promise.

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If someone missed the clip of Zucker skating alone at the start of the warm-up, here it is: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/con...d=49&id=168551

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It'll take time for Zucker to adjust to the NHL. I'm just looking for him not to be a liability at this point. He'll spend next season in Houston progressing his game from College while he puts on a few more pounds.
Actually if ever there was a time for someone's defects to be on display it would be now, when defects dont hurt things anymore, and so those defects can be addressed over the summer, making him a better player when camp opens.

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