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View Poll Results: How much do you follow our minor league teams?
I regularly go to games and/or subscribe to AHL Live 12 9.16%
I go to a couple of games a year 9 6.87%
I follow the Wolf Pack by regularly reading about it 57 43.51%
I occasionally check stats, but don't follow Hartford regularly 46 35.11%
What's a Wolf Pack? Are they zoo animals? Why would I follow the minors? 7 5.34%
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11-05-2013, 07:23 AM
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I was wondering if anyone got any update on him? How is he doing? I saw that he has 6 points in 12 GP in the AHL, half of them are goals.

I remember hearing about Shea Weber being a similar player in the juniors, just to progress into an offensive threat later on in his career.

Is he gonna become a 4-6 hardhitting, physical D or do you see a Weber lite, lite version. That is better defensively than your typical creaseclearing "goonish" D, with better offense as well.

Or is he "just" a physical goon type of a D?

Except for his point totals, how has he been this year?
It was pointed out after he was drafted that McIlrath had more points in his draft year than Weber did

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11-05-2013, 08:26 AM
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10th pick overall goon bust
Says the guy who has never seen him play, obviously.

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11-05-2013, 08:34 AM
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Aaron Johnson has been putting up crazy point totals in Hartford, but for my money, McIlrath has been the team's best all-around defenseman. His positioning and gap control are good, his skating is good, he's joining the rush and making good decisions with the puck, and he's learning the nuances of the position with each shift. He's really developing nicely. I was an outspoken critic of his selection; that said, he's our property now, and I'm very, very pleased with how he's coming around.

I absolutely think he's on the Rangers next season, and he should get a look well before this campaign is over.

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Aaron Johnson has been putting up crazy point totals in Hartford, but for my money, McIlrath has been the team's best all-around defenseman. His positioning and gap control are good, his skating is good, he's joining the rush and making good decisions with the puck, and he's learning the nuances of the position with each shift. He's really developing nicely. I was an outspoken critic of his selection; that said, he's our property now, and I'm very, very pleased with how he's coming around.

I absolutely think he's on the Rangers next season, and he should get a look well before this campaign is over.
If the Rangers feel the same way then a trade based around a D man is probably on the horizon. I just hope they don't **** it up.

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If the Rangers feel the same way then a trade based around a D man is probably on the horizon. I just hope they don't **** it up.
They also have Stralman and Girardi as UFA's at years end. That may be their thought as well.

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They also have Stralman and Girardi as UFA's at years end. That may be their thought as well.
Stralman I can see, but I am not sure it's time to dump Girardi just yet

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The Pack released Sam Klassen from his PTO.

Michael Kantor was reassigned to Hartford from Greenville.

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“Its been going good so far,” Kristo said after practice Tuesday. “The coaches have been pretty good with me and have given the opportunity to play a lot of big-time minutes on the power play and stuff like that. I thought the first couple of weeks, I made some adjustments and I was getting used to things. But right now I’m starting to play better, better defensively and limiting my turnovers.”
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“You can get away with some stuff in college because guys maybe aren’t as good,” Kristo said. “You can make those one-on-one moves. But in this league, you can’t be turning pucks over.”

How does he explain the production?

“I think I always had the ability to score and make plays,” Kristo said. “When you play with good players and get the opportunity and you have confidence -- which I have right now and our team has right now -- it obviously helps.”
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From the games I've watched, I think Kristo has an underrated level of grit, too. He is part of the reason that, While I'd love to hold on to him, I wouldn't be heartbroken if we traded miller and the return was Yakupov

Kreider Stepan Nash
Hagelin Richards Yakupov
Kristo Brassard Callahan
Boyle Moore Dorsett

That's a pretty awesome third line.

That leaves Pouliot, Zuccarello and Pyatt out.

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From the games I've watched, I think Kristo has an underrated level of grit, too. He is part of the reason that, While I'd love to hold on to him, I wouldn't be heartbroken if we traded miller and the return was Yakupov

Kreider Stepan Nash
Hagelin Richards Yakupov
Kristo Brassard Callahan
Boyle Moore Dorsett

That's a pretty awesome third line.

That leaves Pouliot, Zuccarello and Pyatt out.
Problem is - Kristo's a RW. I don't think he's ever played the left side, has he? It makes a lot more sense to include Kristo in a potential deal rather than Miller, who can play center and LW (although I like him much better in the middle).

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Read the first paragraph... Connecticut Rangers...

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Read the first paragraph... Connecticut Rangers...
I mean sure that might happen but don't take that "article" to be anything more than it is (it's conjecture).

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Problem is - Kristo's a RW. I don't think he's ever played the left side, has he? It makes a lot more sense to include Kristo in a potential deal rather than Miller, who can play center and LW (although I like him much better in the middle).
Agreed on Miller's versatility being valuable and you're right about Kristo being more expendable based on his stock position. I suppose if this were to happen there might be some effort in hartford to try him on the opposite wing, unless yakupov was in fact flexible.

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I think Kristo is another Callahan type player. Would definitely hold onto him.

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I think Kristo is another Callahan type player. Would definitely hold onto him.
I've spoken to a bunch of people about Kristo, one of the guys said he hopes for him to turn into a player like TJ Oshie. I'd be more than happy with that result.

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I've spoken to a bunch of people about Kristo, one of the guys said he hopes for him to turn into a player like TJ Oshie. I'd be more than happy with that result.
I like Kristo as well. My comment was made a) in the context of a deal for Yakupov and b) in comparing him to JT Miller - if you're dealing for Yakupov, then it makes more sense to send back the RW than the guy who is a natural center and can play all three forward positions.

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Whats the deal with Fast's ankle sprain? How long will he be out?

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Can anyone explain to me how exactly Johnson is over PPG in the AHL? Does he have some sort of great offensive talent that only works against 18 year olds? He looked atrocious in preseason

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4-6 weeks per Bob Crawford, the Pack's radio guy.

Not too bad considering everything else. It's just a tough time because with Pyatt hurt, Fast could've maybe got a few more games with the big club until D. Moore was ready.

They'll probably just play Mashinter in limited minutes or maybe they call up Hrivik for a cup of coffee. I doubt they give Kristo a crack at this point. Ditto for Lindberg.

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Well, to start, there are no to very little 18 year olds in the AHL.

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Can anyone explain to me how exactly Johnson is over PPG in the AHL? Does he have some sort of great offensive talent that only works against 18 year olds? He looked atrocious in preseason
He didn't play top power play minutes in preseason, and the AHL afford players more space and time with the puck. Johnson is a relatively experienced borderline NHL defenseman playing in the AHL and therefore will be doing well. Andrew Hutchinson put up a PPG from the blue line in Hartford in 07-08.

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Aaron Johnson is a good insurance policy to have--better than Bickel or Syvret.

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Yeah, please don't bring Kristo up to play on the 4th line. Keep him in the A.

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Yeah, please don't bring Kristo up to play on the 4th line. Keep him in the A.
Bring up Kristo to play on the 3rd line with Brassard, that would be a good decision.

Assuming Pyatt is out, send Miller down:

Kreider-Stepan-Zuccarelo
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If you bring Kristo up, find he isn't NHL ready and send him down, it runs the risk of crippling the rest of his AHL season.

It wouldn't be the first time that had happened.

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