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2012 Canada - Russia Challenge - Halifax, NS (PART 2)

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08-14-2012, 11:18 PM
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Scoutman- what did you think of Grigorenko in this series?

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08-14-2012, 11:20 PM
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yes...I thought he played ok, not a huge stand out in the game but made some good offensive plays.

Murphy IMO is amazing, with the puck he is really a treat to watch, his skating, puck handling ability and offensive play are very rare to find...I think Carolina has a gem with him.
Agreed Murphy looked like the real deal in games 3 and 4. He is going to make a big time NHL impact, he is too good with the puck and wayyyy too good of a skater not to. He has the puck on his stick so much it's incredible and almost always does a lot more than I expected with it

Murray also was impressive to see live. I can see some people think the Oilers should have taken him

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08-14-2012, 11:21 PM
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I really like Mark Scheifele. He does everything well. The Jets made a very good selection, Couturier or no Couturier.

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08-14-2012, 11:31 PM
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I was at the game, this is my thoughts.

Yakupov - Was mostly invisible unless he had the puck until his shift with 3 minutes left in the 3rd when they were down by 2. When he turned it on, he was head and shoulders better than anyone.

Hubredeau - The real deal

Hudon - That kid is going to be a stud. He was probably my favourite player on the ice. Massive hustle and work ethic.. I hope he becomes a star.
I though Yakupov was better in game 3, but still looked lethal tonight. He is an elite skater and is both dangerous and really smart with the puck at the same time. The way Grigorenko played those two games was a hindrance. Yakupov wasn't a consistent threat every shift but when he turns it on wow

Hubredeau has a wicked set of hands and plays a lot bigger than 6'1, he almost has that Joe Thornton like quality to use his size to slow the entire game down and make a great pass

I loved Hudon as well he was all over the ice and has an awesome set of hands. He is pretty small though and doesn't look like the best skater

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08-14-2012, 11:35 PM
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Do the fans know there is OT to be played? Seemed to be thinking it was over based on the celebrating.
Ya everyone knew. I think a lot knew before the game and then they announced it before the puck drop and in at least one of the intermissions

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08-14-2012, 11:38 PM
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Couldn't find any stat lines for the tournament other then game by game so I went through the games and made one.

the first set is Russia, second set Canada, and the third set is the top 10 scorers overall.

Canada:Russia Challenge Stats.jpg

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08-14-2012, 11:44 PM
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Hudon was the MVP of this series

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08-14-2012, 11:49 PM
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yes...I thought he played ok, not a huge stand out in the game but made some good offensive plays.

Murphy IMO is amazing, with the puck he is really a treat to watch, his skating, puck handling ability and offensive play are very rare to find...I think Carolina has a gem with him.
He looked very good tonight, but I think half the stuff he tries are going to get him in big trouble at the NHL level. Guys will take away space from him and exploit how far forward he ventures. He will need to make some adjustments at the NHL level even with how well he skates.

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08-14-2012, 11:57 PM
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Hudon was the MVP of this series
Agreed 100%. Habs totally stole this draft, by far the biggest winner.

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Ouellet still hasnt got mentioned once in this thread, after the last 2 games I cant believe it. Well, I can because of his style but still. He was being matched up with Yakupov at the end and in OT and made that nice rush/pinch to assist on Stromes winning goal and still not one mention.

I think he and Harrington are going to end up as the shut down pair at the WJC for this team
I loved watching Ouellet, his game is very Gunnarsson-like, won't get recognized for his solid and steady effort but he does his job very well, going to be a very solid top 4 d-man. Same goes for Harrington.

Also don't get the Murphy hate,he was IMHO the best player from both side in game 3 and played very well this game. There is not a player or a d-men on the roster that could dominate the game offensively like him.

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08-15-2012, 12:04 AM
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Couldn't find any stat lines for the tournament other then game by game so I went through the games and made one.

the first set is Russia, second set Canada, and the third set is the top 10 scorers overall.

Attachment 58327

And here is Goalies. GAA doesn't take into account getting pulled just games played.

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08-15-2012, 12:26 AM
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Murphy was unreal in the two games I saw. Fastest player and incredible puck skills. He was treat to watch.

haters gon hate lol

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Can't wait to see Strome play with Tavares and Moulson. May not happen this year, but it definitely will in training camp and pre-season.

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Was it just me, or did it seem like Yakupov had very little icetime? His line didn't play well together, Yaks best shift was when he played away from Grigorenko and Zlobin.

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Congratulations to Canada! See you next time in December-January.

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I think the Dougie Hamilton hates stems from him not having the most offensive tournament. Defenders who aren't taking a lot of shots and making moves in the offensive zone tend to not get noticed thus people assuming they played poorly.

Myself, I tend to go by the rule that if I haven't noticed a defender than he probably hasn't made many mistakes is probably having at least an average game.

Offensively, Murphy and Reilley (sp?) seemed to be the class of the Canadian squads blueline. Murphy impressed me everytime he had the puck last night.

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08-15-2012, 06:54 AM
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Murray really looks good. He was the best defenseman of the tournament IMO.

I wanted to see more of Reinhart against this stiff competition but oh well. Hopefully his injury will heal quickly.

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Eastern bias?

Ty Rattie leads Canada in goals and points, yet all anyone wants to talk about are the prospects drafted by East Coast teams.

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Eastern bias?

Ty Rattie leads Canada in goals and points, yet all anyone wants to talk about are the prospects drafted by East Coast teams.
Murphy - Carolina
Huberdeau - Florida
Reinhart - Islanders

Ya you know how everyone just jumps on their bandwagons

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Eastern bias?

Ty Rattie leads Canada in goals and points, yet all anyone wants to talk about are the prospects drafted by East Coast teams.
Did you watch the series?

Rattie got the job done in tight in the last game, but he wasn't especially noteworthy outside of that. And I like the kid. He simply wasn't controlling the play and generating chances like the others being mentioned in spite of his totals.

Made a nice cross-crease pass to Huberdeau for his assist last night though.


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Eastern bias?

Ty Rattie leads Canada in goals and points, yet all anyone wants to talk about are the prospects drafted by East Coast teams.
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Every time Morgan Reilly stepped on the ice they had to replace it because it turned to gold!

My God Charles Hudon was man mountain! I heard team Canada baked him a birthday cake and he ate it before they could tell him there was a stripper in it!


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Was it just me, or did it seem like Yakupov had very little icetime? His line didn't play well together, Yaks best shift was when he played away from Grigorenko and Zlobin.
Not having Kucherov was rough for Russia. Obviously no chemistry on that top line. Surprised it didn't get broken up ever.

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Eastern bias?

Ty Rattie leads Canada in goals and points, yet all anyone wants to talk about are the prospects drafted by East Coast teams.
Rattie scored like Anderychuk this last game, usually those kinds of goals aren't rewarded with high praise from fans.

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