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03-30-2013, 04:43 PM
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Strong reaction.
Like I'm just confused that they'd rather sign depth guys and kill their chances on getting a guy like Nate Schmidt. Idk maybe I'm over looking things

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Like I'm just confused that they'd rather sign depth guys and kill their chances on getting a guy like Nate Schmidt. Idk maybe I'm over looking things
It doesn't kill their chances in any way.

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It doesn't kill their chances in any way.
That's why I said I was overlooking things

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Seems like a good source to me...
Vinny from the Jersey Shore? Im confused.

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Vinny from the Jersey Shore? Im confused.
That's the charity NHLPA game for Sandy that took place during the lockout in AC.

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This is clearly Sather's answer to the Iginla trade. We finally made a huge splash by acquiring a game-breaking right defenseman. The missing piece ladies and gentlemen. Carry on. ****ing scrub for the AHL. Nothin more, nothin less. Tortorella is going to need more D options after tonight's shalacking at the hands of the angry midgets in red.

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Seems like a good source to me...

I think we just found our Torts replacement behind the bench!

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I'll post a bigger review later, but I have season tickets to the London Knights and have gone to pretty much every game this year. Not a player you get super excited about, as he is strictly a stay at home D man. He's got some decent size and grit and could be a good AHL- bottom pairing D at the NHL level. Low risk signing, as the Knights have a history of producing good players and for that matter under the radar players.

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03-30-2013, 09:01 PM
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I'll post a bigger review later, but I have season tickets to the London Knights and have gone to pretty much every game this year. Not a player you get super excited about, as he is strictly a stay at home D man. He's got some decent size and grit and could be a good AHL- bottom pairing D at the NHL level. Low risk signing, as the Knights have a history of producing good players and for that matter under the radar players.
is Brenden Dillon a good comparison??


http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/bio/?id=7513
he was undrafted signed as a out of the WHL as a 21 year old..

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Dan Girardi was a London Knight too

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Dan Girardi was a London Knight too
Don't know much about Dillon to be honest, but judging by the stats he is a bit more physical then Hughes. I also wanted to bring up the Girardi comparison as I think they are the same type of player, although Girardi had a bit more offensive upside when he was with the Knights. Hughes is strictly a stay at home D man, great positioning and defensive awareness. He knows how to get physical and he reminds me of a classic pickup of a guy who could add some depth at the AHL or bottom pairing NHL level. But hey Dan Girardi was thought of the same way, maybe even less, so you never know what these low risk guys can turn in to.

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So I guess this has no legs?

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Hughes is a big, mobile, stay at home defenseman. He's definitely not much of a factor offensively, and he'll have to improve his first pass out of the zone to reach the NHL level, but he has potential. He's physical when he needs to be and is a smart positional defender. He's a good shot blocker and was a real leader for the Knights this year (wore a letter).

I'm a tad surprised that he got a contract, but I don't think it's a useless signing. He has the potential to develop into a solid bottom pairing guy if he can improve his puck skills to the point where he's able to handle a forecheck at the next level. Defensively, I'm not too worried about him.

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Hughes is a big, mobile, stay at home defenseman. He's definitely not much of a factor offensively, and he'll have to improve his first pass out of the zone to reach the NHL level, but he has potential. He's physical when he needs to be and is a smart positional defender. He's a good shot blocker and was a real leader for the Knights this year (wore a letter).

I'm a tad surprised that he got a contract, but I don't think it's a useless signing. He has the potential to develop into a solid bottom pairing guy if he can improve his puck skills to the point where he's able to handle a forecheck at the next level. Defensively, I'm not too worried about him.
Thanks for the run-down!

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Hughes is a big, mobile, stay at home defenseman. He's definitely not much of a factor offensively, and he'll have to improve his first pass out of the zone to reach the NHL level, but he has potential. He's physical when he needs to be and is a smart positional defender. He's a good shot blocker and was a real leader for the Knights this year (wore a letter).

I'm a tad surprised that he got a contract, but I don't think it's a useless signing. He has the potential to develop into a solid bottom pairing guy if he can improve his puck skills to the point where he's able to handle a forecheck at the next level. Defensively, I'm not too worried about him.
Thanks Brock, your opinions are always appreciated around here, one of HF's best.

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I just briefly watched him in some game action from earlier this year. He's big and skates really well. Definitely fits our organizational philosophy.

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I just briefly watched him in some game action from earlier this year. He's big and skates really well. Definitely fits our organizational philosophy.
'You get what you pay for' ?

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'You get what you pay for' ?
LOL. Seems to be working out that way.

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But he's a stay-at-home kind of defenseman who has good size and is willing to play physically and drop the gloves. Ultimately, his upside is probably as a bottom-pairing defenseman in the mold of a John Erskine or Deryk Engelland

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Of course !

Dan Girardi's are just growing on tree's and of course we are the team tuned into them !

"He's not a force offensively, but he's a good stay at home that gives you solid defense on the backline". I'm just guessing that was said.

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Of course !

Dan Girardi's are just growing on tree's and of course we are the team tuned into them !

"He's not a force offensively, but he's a good stay at home that gives you solid defense on the backline". I'm just guessing that was said.
It says his upside is Erksine or Engelland

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It says his upside is Erksine or Engelland
But he's a Dan Girardi 'type' according to Rob Simpson.

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It says his upside is Erksine or Engelland
He might be a good player for us some day--I would think the Rangers have taken a very close look at him for a while but whoever wrote that article comparing him to Erskine, Engelland is full of it. He's had two fights in his entire OHL career and didn't do particularly well in either of them. An Erskine or Engelland he ain't. That doesn't mean he isn't physical but both Erskine and Engelland are decent defenders who fight very, very well which allows them to be very mean crease clearers. Hughes doesn't seem to quite fit that job description.

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He might be a good player for us some day--I would think the Rangers have taken a very close look at him for a while but whoever wrote that article comparing him to Erskine, Engelland is full of it. He's had two fights in his entire OHL career and didn't do particularly well in either of them. An Erskine or Engelland he ain't. That doesn't mean he isn't physical but both Erskine and Engelland are decent defenders who fight very, very well which allows them to be very mean crease clearers. Hughes doesn't seem to quite fit that job description.
Sam Noreau is that Erskine type.

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