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09-19-2013, 10:43 PM
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Ellis doesn't have the vision or the flair to have an offensive game translating in the NHL, unless he somehow pulls a Souray at some point.

Ellis is pretty much a guy who screamed "Josh Gorges with a shot" in the juniors.

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09-19-2013, 10:50 PM
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When he came in the NHL, he wasn't viewed as someone who would run a PP.
He absolutely was but like most young offensive dmen he had to earn the opportunity. He wasn't brought in to immediatelyt run the power play but he was certainly expected to develop into a first unit PP option. With players such as Keith, Seabrook, Aucoin, Spacek and Babchuk who all had pp abilities there certainly wasn't any rush to force him into anything even though he scored at almost as good a rate as any of them as a rookie.

His biggest obstacle was his skating which wasn't terrible but needed to improve to offset his lack of size.

Much as skilled players like Beaulieu and Galchenyuk are expected to become stalwarts on the PP, they were used sparingly in this capacity last season. This certainly doesn't reflect a lack of confidence from the organization in their respective offensive abilities.

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09-19-2013, 11:54 PM
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Like he had big shoulders lol
Haha I was just messing with you man! He is a big boy, and he plays like it too.
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Actually he would be an average sized NFL linebacker...

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_th...NFL_linebacker



CFL they are smaller...Emelin or Drewiske sized...

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_th...CFL_linebacker
Ah lol thanks! I don't do CFL, and I've narely seen a linebacker less than 245-250 and these guys have like no body fat. Dougy would look weak beside one of em is all I meant and he's our biggest by far!

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09-20-2013, 12:24 AM
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Haha I was just messing with you man! He is a big boy, and he plays like it too.

Ah lol thanks! I don't do CFL, and I've narely seen a linebacker less than 245-250 and these guys have like no body fat. Dougy would look weak beside one of em is all I meant and he's our biggest by far!
There are many linebackers in the NFL that are smaller than this. The average is 247lbs so close to half of them are probably smaller than 245-250.

Murray would be on the light side of the scale but he would be one of the tallest linebackers around.

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09-20-2013, 01:02 AM
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Dietz is a much better skater, a much better puck handler, a much better everything.
That's your opinion, but even as a pretty strong Dietz supporter from day one I don't share it.

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09-20-2013, 01:24 AM
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That's your opinion, but even as a pretty strong Dietz supporter from day one I don't share it.
Ellis is bigger and stronger and as a junior was more sound in his own zone. It will be interesting to see how Dietz compares to Morgan defensively in his first pro season. While it is true that Dietz is a better skater than Ellis it definitely isn't a strength at this point in his development.

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09-20-2013, 03:52 AM
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That's your opinion, but even as a pretty strong Dietz supporter from day one I don't share it.
I love Ellis, and I found myself having a bit too much expecation for him at the end of the memorial cup... Labelling him as our third best defensive prospect, and not so far away from Tinordi.

But since last year, Dietz really got me going. He's big, he's strong, he's fast, he's agile, he's smart with the puck, he plays with an edge... He pretty much as all the qualities you want in a top 4 dman. Ellis doesn't quite have that, he's surely a lot more solid defensively though, the guys is a rock right there.

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09-20-2013, 04:49 AM
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I love Ellis, and I found myself having a bit too much expecation for him at the end of the memorial cup... Labelling him as our third best defensive prospect, and not so far away from Tinordi.

But since last year, Dietz really got me going. He's big, he's strong, he's fast, he's agile, he's smart with the puck, he plays with an edge... He pretty much as all the qualities you want in a top 4 dman. Ellis doesn't quite have that, he's surely a lot more solid defensively though, the guys is a rock right there.
You seem to be relying too heavily on offensive stats to form your opinion on players. Dietz has decent size but is not necessarily big for a dman and he is absolutely not a fast skater. His skating isn't terrible and is probably closer to adequate but it is an area in need of some improvement.

It is very common for people to get excited about prospects that are putting up big numbers in junior but it is important to remember that almost all of them were drafted with warts of some kind or another and the numbers can hide the most stubborn ones.

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Like Ellis too. Possible that he could never bring his level of play in the highest league but for that, we would have to see it. Don't get why he didn't play at least one game.

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Like Ellis too. Possible that he could never bring his level of play in the highest league but for that, we would have to see it. Don't get why he didn't play at least one game.
Same.

Then again, I never understood why Avtsin never got at least a pre-season game either.

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How about

Emelin - Subban
Beaulieu - Tinordi
Gorges - Pateryn
I also like Pateryn.

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09-20-2013, 08:03 AM
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He's still young and raw. He really could be a steady 5th-6th Dman for us in 4-5 years. The best thing for him will be to have some quality competition down there compared to last year where it was a ''who sucked less'' championship. He'll need to get out of his confort zone and get the coaching staff's confidence.

What I mean by that is that if he wants to be an AHLer for his whole life, his game will stay the same and with maturity/strenght it will get easier. If he wants to be an NHLer, he'll need to be able to make the plays in his own zone. Feet agility and puck control are required to play in the NHL and beat the often 1 guy pressure. Constantly rimming the puck along the boards isn't accepted. Heck, look how Tinordi is constantly moving his feet with the puck. That alone is a big improvement for him.

Like I said, most systems in the NHL have a 1-2-2 pressure so if you can't beat the one guy in pressure AND make a tape to tape pass to an open man, good luck staying up there...

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You seem to be relying too heavily on offensive stats to form your opinion on players. Dietz has decent size but is not necessarily big for a dman and he is absolutely not a fast skater. His skating isn't terrible and is probably closer to adequate but it is an area in need of some improvement.

It is very common for people to get excited about prospects that are putting up big numbers in junior but it is important to remember that almost all of them were drafted with warts of some kind or another and the numbers can hide the most stubborn ones.
6'1 Isn't big ? Is he some kind of smurf and I don't know ? 6'1 at 20 is big enough, when you consider our roster.
Can we consider is skating a weakness ? Absolutely not, thus he's a pretty good skater. I never claimed he was Subban here, were comparing him to Morgan freaking Elllis. What gets me going is that Dietz was a shy Dman who didn't take risk in his draft year, he joined the rush sometimes and made good outlet passes, but now his game has matured and he seem to control the play a lot more.

Anyway, his main weakness, when he was drafted was that he was a long shot and that he had no real standout skills, now we've seen one stand out skill and its the ability to control the play. He got a good rise in my personal ranking. Not many weakness on that kid.

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09-20-2013, 02:57 PM
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6'1 Isn't big ? Is he some kind of smurf and I don't know ? 6'1 at 20 is big enough, when you consider our roster.
Can we consider is skating a weakness ? Absolutely not, thus he's a pretty good skater. I never claimed he was Subban here, were comparing him to Morgan freaking Elllis. What gets me going is that Dietz was a shy Dman who didn't take risk in his draft year, he joined the rush sometimes and made good outlet passes, but now his game has matured and he seem to control the play a lot more.

Anyway, his main weakness, when he was drafted was that he was a long shot and that he had no real standout skills, now we've seen one stand out skill and its the ability to control the play. He got a good rise in my personal ranking. Not many weakness on that kid.
You are basing your opinions purely on stats. You are painting a picture that doesn't reflect the way he plays at all but rather the way that you believe a player with his stats would perform.

His skating is currently still a weakness but not enough to keep him out of the NHL as it is adequate for the style of play that he employs. That style of play by the way is not a dman who controls the game but a rugged defender who has some offensive ability and a great shot. In order to make it in the NHL he will have to eliminate most of the risky play that he attempts as he just isn't skilled enough to pull it off at the next level. I personally would compare him to Johnny Boychuk of the Bruins.

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It seems that Bergy takes in account the previous season when it comes to give opportunites to players at camp. Maybe Ellis came to camp unfit physically.

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How about

Emelin - Subban
Beaulieu - Tinordi
Gorges - Pateryn
I like Emelin for a top pairing in a year or so.

People really don't seem to appreciate the value Emelin had on this team. We started our nose dive precisely when he was injured.

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09-21-2013, 05:50 PM
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Was at the Bulldogs open practice and scrimmage today.

Noone talks about Ellis because there isnt much to talk about. He has a ways to go to be a solid AHLer. Never will be NHL. JUst nothing about his game is strong. Everything is good junior, mediocre AHL, and not on NHL radar.

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Morgan Ellis

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Feel free to move this post somewhere if there is already a trade about him, but I'm looking for information regarding Morgan Ellis. From what I have seen he was not invited to join the Habs as a Black Ace during the current playoffs and I'm curious as of why, anything in particular going on with him? Did he stall in his development this year? I don't even see him as a prospect in the list on top of the forum....

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Too far down the chart maybe? Bouillon, Murray, Tinordi, Pateryn, Drewiske. I guess they thought five spare Ds was enough? I wonder if they would have brought up Dietz were he not injured.

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Too far down the chart maybe? Bouillon, Murray, Tinordi, Pateryn, Drewiske. I guess they thought five spare Ds was enough? I wonder if they would have brought up Dietz were he not injured.
He meant the black aces. Those are the Bulldogs who are called up to play the regular habs, nothing to do with actually being called up.

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He's a really good kid from a good family. Always willing to volunteer his time to help out in the community - in fact he won Hamilton's award for community service I believe. He's a right handed version of Josh Gorges IMO... Had a tough start and battled some injuries, but worked hard and earned a spot in the lineup and improved substantially. He drew a lot of praise for his work ethic from the coaching staff. He's too far down the depth chart to get a call now, but I expect him to keep improving steadily in the next couple of years.

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Gorges Seems like a good comparable.

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Ellis had an outstanding Memorial Cup a few years back, looked like he was headed for solid NHL career but never advanced in AHL. I heard it was because of his foot speed but don't know myself as never seen bulldogs play. It appears if he has NHL career it will be as bottom pairing d-man.

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Gorges Seems like a good comparable.
With much more skills.

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I actually think Gorges is a good comparable. If Ellis reaches his full potential he could be a more offensive version, but like others have mentioned, his foot speed could limit him in that regard.

Still, he has plenty of time to grow. He's a project, and likely one that will be ready in a few years if at all. The thing about him is he's a no risk prospect imo. Worst case scenario he'll be a solid AHL defenseman for us, best case scenario he's another Gorges, maybe a bit better offensively, a bit worse defensively, but it will take a lot of time before we'll really know.

I don't believe he regressed in the AHL, I find often times players do struggle when switching to a new league. I expect a big season out of Ellis this upcoming year.

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