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01-06-2013, 06:14 PM
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So typical of Sweatt - has Rodin wide open for a pass and open net but shoots puck off goalie's pads and tend whiffs on rebound

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01-06-2013, 06:15 PM
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Glad we have Sterling and Haydar now. With the talent drain going on they should flourish.

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01-06-2013, 06:20 PM
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01-06-2013, 06:28 PM
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01-06-2013, 06:29 PM
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Hoping for the younger players - Longpre, Rodin, Friesen, Connauton - to truly emerge and break out as well, now that the elite talent is getting called up.

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01-06-2013, 06:32 PM
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Gordon with an open netter

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01-06-2013, 06:38 PM
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Good start for the Wolves without Kassian and company.

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01-06-2013, 06:42 PM
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Good start for the Wolves without Kassian and company.
They're playing against one of the worst teams in the league, keep that in mind. OKC were not a playoff team with Eberle, RNH, Hall, and Schultz. Imagine how bad they are now. The real test are going to be the Ice Hogs and other similar teams that didn't get that much weaker.

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01-06-2013, 06:45 PM
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They're playing against one of the worst teams in the league, keep that in mind. OKC were not a playoff team with Eberle, RNH, Hall, and Schultz. Imagine how bad they are now. The real test are going to be the Ice Hogs and other similar teams that didn't get that much weaker.
Look at it as a confidence boosting game.

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01-06-2013, 06:48 PM
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Yeah, I think Joslin nearly getting a hatty shows you how bad they really are

But anyways, its good to see them step up.

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01-06-2013, 07:10 PM
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Hard to make too much out of game against the hapless Oilers. (only had Green really) but some players stepped up.

Rodin - buzzing all night. real good forecheck and created lots of chances

Matheson very solid - real strong in his own end. didn't know he could play this well.

Gordon - little weak on the face offs but was the best player overall. Line with him, Sterling and Haydar had an excellent game. Diluted League might well mean they are back in their comfort zone.

Friesen - plugged away and did a much better job on the forecheck. Played with confidence and actually got a point.

Hunt - excellent on PP and using his body effectively. Very nice effort.

Climie - provided solid goal-tending - Lot better than the Oiler goalie

Archibald - did some good bull work in the offensive end and defensively responsible. However, skating an issue at times

Andersson - did a good job in general - had to in order to cover up for the horrible play of Connauton. I'm saying right now he is better prospect than Coannauton

Ugly side

Connauton - people like MS have written him off long ago but I cling to hope. But its hard when you see him play like this and maybe I should start listening. So much wrong. No awareness on defense and just fundamentally awful. On one play he let's long rebound drift back thru his legs and while staring off into space and Oiler pounds it in. In other words not seeing puck and not seeing check. You can't play midget hockey like this. But not just the one play. Long aimless passes out his end, skating into traffic and losing the puck, terrible coverage in his own end. Without Tanev to cover his butt, Connauton was absolutely exposed.

The Wolves played a good game but had to overcome Connauton. He was just incompetent. If the Canucks can package him in a trade they are well advised to do so at this point.

Sweatt - tunnel vision and no stick. Guy is a skater but not a hockey player. Any type of puck movement on his part and his line starts scoring. Felt sorry for Rodin who did everything to get Sweatt set up with the puck only to have Sweatt turn it over. Lots of the odd man rushes the Oilers got were because of slack and clueless play by Sweatt

Schneider - just a lethargic skater Looks like he has 30 lb weighs on his feet. Plods around like a senior citizen

New guy Miller didn't look very strong and was pushed off puck easily. Hopefully can find better than him.

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01-06-2013, 07:17 PM
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Thanks orcatown. Not surprising to hear that many - veterans especially - got much better after the quality of the league got weaker. At least we got a look at who was a viable call-up option and who wasn't while it lasted. Disappointing to hear that about Connauton though. Perhaps the forward option might still be his last hope?

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01-06-2013, 07:38 PM
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Hard to make too much out of game against the hapless Oilers. (only had Green really) but some players stepped up.

Rodin - buzzing all night. real good forecheck and created lots of chances

Matheson very solid - real strong in his own end. didn't know he could play this well.

Gordon - little weak on the face offs but was the best player overall. Line with him, Sterling and Haydar had an excellent game. Diluted League might well mean they are back in their comfort zone.

Friesen - plugged away and did a much better job on the forecheck. Played with confidence and actually got a point.

Hunt - excellent on PP and using his body effectively. Very nice effort.

Climie - provided solid goal-tending - Lot better than the Oiler goalie

Archibald - did some good bull work in the offensive end and defensively responsible. However, skating an issue at times

Andersson - did a good job in general - had to in order to cover up for the horrible play of Connauton. I'm saying right now he is better prospect than Coannauton

Ugly side

Connauton - people like MS have written him off long ago but I cling to hope. But its hard when you see him play like this and maybe I should start listening. So much wrong. No awareness on defense and just fundamentally awful. On one play he let's long rebound drift back thru his legs and while staring off into space and Oiler pounds it in. In other words not seeing puck and not seeing check. You can't play midget hockey like this. But not just the one play. Long aimless passes out his end, skating into traffic and losing the puck, terrible coverage in his own end. Without Tanev to cover his butt, Connauton was absolutely exposed.

The Wolves played a good game but had to overcome Connauton. He was just incompetent. If the Canucks can package him in a trade they are well advised to do so at this point.

Sweatt - tunnel vision and no stick. Guy is a skater but not a hockey player. Any type of puck movement on his part and his line starts scoring. Felt sorry for Rodin who did everything to get Sweatt set up with the puck only to have Sweatt turn it over. Lots of the odd man rushes the Oilers got were because of slack and clueless play by Sweatt

Schneider - just a lethargic skater Looks like he has 30 lb weighs on his feet. Plods around like a senior citizen

New guy Miller didn't look very strong and was pushed off puck easily. Hopefully can find better than him.
I've said this before as well. I have Andersson above Polasek, Sauve and Connauton. He's a big guy, with good mobility and plays a safe game. In my opinion he has a chance as a 6/7 guy in the NHL one day if he continues to improve.

Will be interesting to see how Price/Mcnally/Hutton do when they see time in the AHL.

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01-06-2013, 08:15 PM
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Glad we have Sterling and Haydar now. With the talent drain going on they should flourish.
When the Wolves signed Haydar the year before, I thought he was a dynamic offensive player at the AHL level due to his pedigree, and although I listened to many games last season, I only watched 2 or 3. This season I have watched quite a few, and I would describe Haydar's game as selfish shots from mostly impossible angles that maybe capitalize on poor AHL goaltending plus little to no commitment to defence. How did this Kolanos-like player get selected as captain?

When they signed Sterling, I thought, "Why do they need an another undersized career AHL winger?". Well, after watching him play, Sterling could play on my team anytime - scoring touch, perserverance, and total hustle offence and defence - head and shoulders above Haydar. Clearly, he should be the captain.

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01-06-2013, 08:27 PM
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I've said this before as well. I have Andersson above Polasek, Sauve and Connauton. He's a big guy, with good mobility and plays a safe game. In my opinion he has a chance as a 6/7 guy in the NHL one day if he continues to improve.

Will be interesting to see how Price/Mcnally/Hutton do when they see time in the AHL.
Price could appear on the Wolves as soon as his NCAA season ends. McNally is not as certain, IMO, but theoretically he could show up tomorrow. Hutton I'm guessing will play one more season, maybe two, and then get out of Maine for the A.

I had high hopes for Polasek, so I'd like to see how he handles a regular spot on the Wolves. It seems he was always being platooned last year.

A glut of young D prospects (or suspects) heading our way . . . and that's not even counting Tommernes next year, or McEneny whenever he turns 20.

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01-06-2013, 08:29 PM
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Price could appear on the Wolves as soon as his NCAA season ends. McNally is not as certain, IMO, but theoretically he could show up tomorrow. Hutton I'm guessing will play one more season, maybe two, and then get out of Maine for the A.

I had high hopes for Polasek, so I'd like to see how he handles a regular spot on the Wolves. It seems he was always being platooned last year.

A glut of young D prospects (or suspects) heading our way . . . and that's not even counting Tommernes next year, or McEneny whenever he turns 20.
It'll be exciting to see Price, McNally (uncertain as he is), Polasek and Corrado together on the Wolves next year.

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01-06-2013, 08:39 PM
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It'll be exciting to see Price, McNally (uncertain as he is), Polasek and Corrado together on the Wolves next year.
I don't think Corrado will be on the Wolves next year. Pretty sure he's already a better player than Ballard.

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01-06-2013, 08:51 PM
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I don't think Corrado will be on the Wolves next year. Pretty sure he's already a better player than Ballard.
I'm a massive supporter of Corrado and have been since the draft, but I don't think he'll make the team next year. He will likely be the first call-up if any of our RHD's get injured though. He will make it at some level the year after I think.

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I don't think Corrado will be on the Wolves next year. Pretty sure he's already a better player than Ballard.
Maybe so.

But I think 25+ mins in the AHL will help him become even better.

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Lets take the Corrado love down a notch...he's not better than Ballard.

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Sorry if this has been asked, but does anyone know why Connauton played tonight while the other 4 "recalled" did not?

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Lets take the Corrado love down a notch...he's not better than Ballard.
Actually, I think he might be. At least he won't be in AV's doghouse.

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Sorry if this has been asked, but does anyone know why Connauton played tonight while the other 4 "recalled" did not?
I just saw the scratch list and didn't see any defensemen listed that weren't injured.

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Sorry if this has been asked, but does anyone know why Connauton played tonight while the other 4 "recalled" did not?
Because realistically he has no shot at making the team and is probably only being used in the main camp to add an extra body on defense.

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Because realistically he has no shot at making the team and is probably only being used in the main camp to add an extra body on defense.
If they just needed another body, they could've pulled up some scrub like Joslin. I agree that Connauton will very likely be back down with the Wolves at the end of camp, but I do think the Canucks want to see how he'd perform as a call-up. As it stands, Connauton is the Canuck's number one call-up from the AHL.

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