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01-06-2013, 04:25 PM
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I haven't really seen Matt Finn play. Can someone describe what type of game he brings? Is he physical, can he shutdown other teams best players, is he primarily offensive defenseman?

His numbers are very impressive so far. He is almost PPG as a defenseman, which is really awesome.

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I haven't really seen Matt Finn play. Can someone describe what type of game he brings? Is he physical, can he shutdown other teams best players, is he primarily offensive defenseman?

His numbers are very impressive so far. He is almost PPG as a defenseman, which is really awesome.
He is a leader that is touted for his defensive play, not offense. He isn't all that physical but still gets the job done. The fact that he is putting up this many points is a huge bonus. He has a good slapper.

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01-06-2013, 04:50 PM
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He'd have to take some very large strides to be compared to Ryan Callahan. That's pretty tough to project at this point.
Yeah Callahan is an optimistic scenario, but remember Callahan himself was a 4th round pick. He's more offensively gifted though, killed it in his final OHL season then put up PPG in the AHL.

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01-06-2013, 04:59 PM
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Yeah Callahan is an optimistic scenario, but remember Callahan himself was a 4th round pick. He's more offensively gifted though, killed it in his final OHL season then put up PPG in the AHL.
Biggs will really have to ante up his hustle and grit to become a callahan type player.

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01-06-2013, 05:22 PM
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Leivo is definitely a great prospect. His skating is so much better compared to last year. He must have worked hard on is skating this past summer because he's that much faster.

I'm really excited about him joining the Marlies next season.

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01-06-2013, 07:06 PM
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Leivo is definitely a great prospect. His skating is so much better compared to last year. He must have worked hard on is skating this past summer because he's that much faster.

I'm really excited about him joining the Marlies next season.
He, Biggs, and Percy should be nice additions to the Marlies next year. I`m also expecting Mckegg and Ross to improve their play at the AHL level next year as they adapt to the pro game.

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01-06-2013, 07:14 PM
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He, Biggs, and Percy should be nice additions to the Marlies next year. I`m also expecting Mckegg and Ross to improve their play at the AHL level next year as they adapt to the pro game.
Why don't they send Ross to the ECHL instead of stalling his development by making him a healthy scratch?

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01-06-2013, 07:32 PM
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I haven't really seen Matt Finn play. Can someone describe what type of game he brings? Is he physical, can he shutdown other teams best players, is he primarily offensive defenseman?

His numbers are very impressive so far. He is almost PPG as a defenseman, which is really awesome.
He's a leader and a very smart defenceman especially with positioning. He's not the strongest skater, but he can get around and can also jump into the rush. And he's not the most physical player but he can be tough when he wants to be and when he's protecting the net plus he is has a very good stick in the defensive zone. He makes a great first pass, can make plays and has a really good shot from the point. He is prone to making the odd turnover in his own zone with the puck especially when there is an agressive forechecker(s), but overall, what sets him apart is his smarts with and without the puck.

Finn is a two-way defenceman. He plays on the number one penalty kill and his ability to make plays along with his big shot from the point allows him to be a mainstay on the powerplay.

BTW, the number of goals he has should tell you just how good his shot is.

I;m not great at comparing players to NHL, but if I had to, I'd say right now he reminds me of James Wisniewski.


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With the settlement of the lockout, the rosters of most, if not all, AHL teams will be shaken up. A number of top end AHL players will make the Show, thus creating space and playing time for players like Ross. If he doesn't play more then, I will probably agree with you.

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01-06-2013, 10:13 PM
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He's a leader and a very smart defenceman especially with positioning. He's not the strongest skater, but he can get around and can also jump into the rush. And he's not the most physical player but he can be tough when he wants to be and when he's protecting the net plus he is has a very good stick in the defensive zone. He makes a great first pass, can make plays and has a really good shot from the point. He is prone to making the odd turnover in his own zone with the puck especially when there is an agressive forechecker(s), but overall, what sets him apart is his smarts with and without the puck.

Finn is a two-way defenceman. He plays on the number one penalty kill and his ability to make plays along with his big shot from the point allows him to be a mainstay on the powerplay.

BTW, the number of goals he has should tell you just how good his shot is.

I;m not great at comparing players to NHL, but if I had to, I'd say right now he reminds me of James Wisniewski.
I thought of (after his offensive output this season) more of a Dan Hamhuis...although not saying thats what he will become...just a good comparable.

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01-06-2013, 11:29 PM
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Yeah Callahan is an optimistic scenario, but remember Callahan himself was a 4th round pick. He's more offensively gifted though, killed it in his final OHL season then put up PPG in the AHL.
I think at this point he projects to be something along the lines of a Chris Neil. Not much offense, but a valuable player who contributes to many other aspects of the game.

He'd have to work really hard on his offensive awareness and skill, and show some significant improvement there before we can compare him to a Ryan Callahan or even a David Clarkson.

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01-06-2013, 11:35 PM
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I think at this point he projects to be something along the lines of a Chris Neil. Not much offense, but a valuable player who contributes to many other aspects of the game.

He'd have to work really hard on his offensive awareness and skill, and show some significant improvement there before we can compare him to a Ryan Callahan or even a David Clarkson.
Im trying to think of a player Leivo plays like. Some similarities to Kulemin, but he doesnt have that size and im not sure if he will add that to his frame. His skating has improved alot like Kulemins did as well.

Very good shot, release and one timing ability, gritty, strong cycle skills. Pro-average passing... Very good defensively.

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Why don't they send Ross to the ECHL instead of stalling his development by making him a healthy scratch?
We don't have an ECHL affiliate this year, so it isn't that easy with the number of players that got sent down to the AHL this year.

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Im trying to think of a player Leivo plays like. Some similarities to Kulemin, but he doesnt have that size and im not sure if he will add that to his frame. His skating has improved alot like Kulemins did as well.

Very good shot, release and one timing ability, gritty, strong cycle skills. Pro-average passing... Very good defensively.
I like Leivo but he's still a project. He has the tendency to play a perimeter game but when he's engaged on the ice he's a very good player.

I see a lot of Drew Stafford in him and hopefully he develops into an NHLer with that kind of offence.

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I like Leivo but he's still a project. He has the tendency to play a perimeter game but when he's engaged on the ice he's a very good player.

I see a lot of Drew Stafford in him and hopefully he develops into an NHLer with that kind of offence.
I'm really hoping that Leivo gets moved before the deadline this year. If he gets traded to a decent team with other weapons we could see a completely different style. He played amazing with Sgarbossa and Kuchin last year but, this year he is carrying the load. He's really stepped up his game during the off-season, his foot speed was a big thing the Leafs pushed for, specially for his size. Hopefully he can go somewhere with a coach like London. It'd be great to see him reach his full potential and it would be amazing to see him in the blue and white for a long time, if possible.

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A little birdy at the rink said something about a deal for Leivo to move to Bellville.

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A little birdy at the rink said something about a deal for Leivo to move to Bellville.
Heard a few rumblings about that as well. Should be interesting.

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Heard a few rumblings about that as well. Should be interesting.
Just being around hockey can provide a ton of info. Having friends in privillaged places... Well, that's the ticket, right there.

Same friend told me of the Graovac trade to the bulls, and Maletta to Niagara deals. He's been rather quiet on the homefront, but mentioned that we could see Khoklachev/Galchenyuk together very soon. What a deadly duo that would be in black and yellow.

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We don't have an ECHL affiliate this year, so it isn't that easy with the number of players that got sent down to the AHL this year.
Well, we have players playing in the ECHL, we just need to find a spot for Ross.
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A little birdy at the rink said something about a deal for Leivo to move to Bellville.
How much do you think it'd benefit him? Any chance he goes back for his ovage year there?

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I thought of (after his offensive output this season) more of a Dan Hamhuis...although not saying thats what he will become...just a good comparable.
He very well could be...but I have not seen enough of Hamhuis to make that comparison.

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Well, we have players playing in the ECHL, we just need to find a spot for Ross.


How much do you think it'd benefit him? Any chance he goes back for his ovage year there?
Will be a very good idea for him to get a new team tbh. However I think its best he comes to the AHL next season not the OHL.

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Is Devane hurt or was he at some point this season. I see that he has only played 12 games in the ECHL.

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He's a leader and a very smart defenceman especially with positioning. He's not the strongest skater, but he can get around and can also jump into the rush. And he's not the most physical player but he can be tough when he wants to be and when he's protecting the net plus he is has a very good stick in the defensive zone. He makes a great first pass, can make plays and has a really good shot from the point. He is prone to making the odd turnover in his own zone with the puck especially when there is an agressive forechecker(s), but overall, what sets him apart is his smarts with and without the puck.

Finn is a two-way defenceman. He plays on the number one penalty kill and his ability to make plays along with his big shot from the point allows him to be a mainstay on the powerplay.

BTW, the number of goals he has should tell you just how good his shot is.

I;m not great at comparing players to NHL, but if I had to, I'd say right now he reminds me of James Wisniewski.
Finn is probably going to need a year in the AHL, I would say this is a good recap of his game.

He's not flashy at all, he has to play a postional game because he doesn't have the wheels like a Rielly has, but he reads the play well. I think one of his biggest assets will be he can be a very effective number #2 unit PP point man, as for comparisons, maybe a Dennis Seidenburg if we are lucky. He's not overly aggressive but Finn will shove and move people out of the crease. If he can add a little more in the dept then Seidenburg is a good player to shoot for.

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I'm really hoping that Leivo gets moved before the deadline this year. If he gets traded to a decent team with other weapons we could see a completely different style. He played amazing with Sgarbossa and Kuchin last year but, this year he is carrying the load. He's really stepped up his game during the off-season, his foot speed was a big thing the Leafs pushed for, specially for his size. Hopefully he can go somewhere with a coach like London. It'd be great to see him reach his full potential and it would be amazing to see him in the blue and white for a long time, if possible.
I would like him to come to London, then I could watch him I don't think London will be doing big trades like that though, if any trades. You simply don't make big moves after you go on a 20+ game winning streak

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Is Devane hurt or was he at some point this season. I see that he has only played 12 games in the ECHL.
I think I heard he broke his hand.

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