Yeah, but complete strangers love you for the sacrifice while we pretend to have a social life.
Thanks for the updates, CS. I was totally out getting smashed on the expensive beer there... cognac and totally hitting on this fine ladies and not sitting at home playing games, or watching stupid cooking shows that made me hungry and then gave in and watched the game online via a crappy stream anyways...
- I don't drink alcohol.
- I have no friends.
- I have a wife that is patient and handles the kids while I watch the games.
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What do you mean? It's completely out of track based on what YOU want...not on what HE'S selling...Murray CAN'T talk about fighting...CAN't talk about length of schedule so he DOES talk about what he can. Like every other NCAA coach out there. Yet, I tell you, out of every NCAA coach, he's the one with the most refreshing style. He sent the 30 teams a letter to explain to them how he envision McCarron,s progression with him. Sorry, but if that's not taking care of somebody, I don't know what is but yes...WITH THE LIMITATIONS that the NCAA has. Of course, fire him tomorrow and let him have a coaching job in the CHL and he won,t sign the same tune. Of course.
It's out of track based on the situation McCarron is in. He's a very raw prospect, and ideally, for his development, he needs VOLUME. He needs to play many games in many different contexts. And for that, I don't think the NCAA is the best place to be for him. Saying McCarron will improve his speed and skills more in the NCAA, knowing he's a raw prospect, and saying he could be in the league by 20 years old by playing 35 games a year is completely out of track. it's not realistic. It's not logic.
Anyway, for the player that McCarron wants to be, London is a no-brainer. He wants to be a big, tough, mean powerforward. No better way to work on that in the CHL. And some of you seems to think that McCarron will not be able to work on his skills in the OHL... Well, did Tinordi worked on his skills in the OHL? Hell yes! Not sure Tinordi would be NHL ready right now if he would have go in the NCAA.
One poster brought up a good point about Hunter having a propensity for changing up his lines ad nauseum.
Given that, and considering the depth the Knights are likely going to have at forward, McCarron will likely see time on different lines throughout the season.
i do not think there will be only six forwards who receive playing time on the top two lines, but I'm sure there will be games where it could be debated whether the third line is any worse than the first line....it wasn't long ago Ovechkin was receiving less ice time under Hunter than several forwards many nights.
I do not expect Broadhurst or Griffith to return, but Elie and Platzer will be given bigger roles this season and could flourish.
All that said, Mac brings a special dimension to the Knights...his size and skating ability/skill combo are something the Hunters haven't had very often up front - I would expect Hunter to use him quite a bit, and play him with Domi in particular so Max has even more room out there.
Even if he's playing with Platzer and Elie most of the time...I could see that being a very good OHL line next season. Platzer is going to break out offensively I believe, kid is smart and creative. Even with the Ruperts...London is going to be quite deep, and he'll be playing with good players regardless.
Do you guys know if Griffith, Broadhurst and Harrington will be back as London's three 20 year-olds? Griffith will dominate the OHL if ever he's back, but I believe the Bruins don't want him to waste a year in the OHL so he should go the AHL way.
With Domi, Horvat (both should be cut from their pro team, though Domi could crack the Yotes' lineup), Tierney, the Rupert twins and Anderson, the Knights will be loaded upfront. With Maatta, Zadorov, Harrington on D and Patterson in between the pipes, they are set. McCarron will be in a heck of a team for sure if he's heading to London
Harrington most likely will not be back. Griffith and Broadhurst I would put at less than 50%.
The Knights OA options at this point look to be Justin Sefton, a big tough d-man who will make sure Mike won't shoulder the fighting load. After that, it's up in the air with Griffith and Broadhurst.
And Stolarz should be the main goalie to start the year.
For those who are excited about seeing lots of McCarron, there is talk of doing a tv show about the Knights this year similar to the Saskatoon Blades last year.
Is lehkonen gonna come, or he already said that he isnt coming to play in the OHL?
He said he's going to play in Finland one more year, and I'm not sure why he wouldn't. He was the second leading scorer on his team last year behind Salminen. It sounds like he's in a good position to continue his offensive development there.