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11-01-2006, 01:55 AM
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I think he looks more like Gagne than Smyth.

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11-01-2006, 01:58 AM
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If Higgins lives to my expectation, after this year, I suggest we'll probably think very little of Simon Gagne.

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11-01-2006, 02:02 AM
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It's very early and I realize that, but I'm dreaming awake here...

Could he be our Yzerman? He strikes me as a player that has similarities to Yzerman.
Since Carbo came over, he keep on improving every single game... and I'm not sure at this point when it will stop. There's not that many good point of comparaison for a player like him. Like another poster said in the thread, he's a new breed of player... He just look like a very talented athlete and a very wise man. He's probably elite at any sports he try and I do think it's though to gage potential of NCAA players at 17 years old. Canadian kids just play a lot lot more of hockey in midget and junior than a NCAA player does.. I guess that for a player that is bread and butter is hockey sense it can slow down his development a little bit..

I don't know what is ceiling is but I do know there's not too many thing he can't do well on the ice.

Franchise player?
Do you think it's too early to say or is it becoming obvious?

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11-01-2006, 02:19 AM
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Since Carbo came over, he keep on improving every single game... and I'm not sure at this point when it will stop. There's not that many good point of comparaison for a player like him. Like another poster said in the thread, he's a new breed of player... He just look like a very talented athlete and a very wise man. He's probably elite at any sports he try and I do think it's though to gage potential of NCAA players at 17 years old. Canadian kids just play a lot lot more of hockey in midget and junior than a NCAA player does.. I guess that for a player that is bread and butter is hockey sense it can slow down his development a little bit..

I don't know what is ceiling is but I do know there's not too many thing he can't do well on the ice.

Franchise player?
Do you think it's too early to say or is it becoming obvious?
Certainly a bit early but I'll tell you this. It might be even a bigger compliment than being a Franchise Player.

I look at him and he looks like a hockey player. Like you say, there's not a whole lot he does wrong. PP, he racks up points. ES, he racks up points, PK...he's actually a threat on the PK on top of being good at actually killing the penalty. He's a winger that can take faceoffs (Being a natural Center). He's good at the positional game, he's good at the possession game, he's good at forechecking, backchecking. Many people say he's got great leadership, he's got Captain potential. He's built strong, not prone to injuries (Reaches For A Piece Of Wood To Knock On). He's got a great pedigree being from Yale University. And everybody knows the story, his dad was a big Habs fan, he wanted to be a Hab and he became one.

If he reaches what I think he can reach, I think many people will look back at Chris Higgins as a great Montreal Canadiens when he retires, hopefully as a Hab 15 years from now. Being a great Hab is not something that is light. I think he's got it in him to be a Great Hab. That's way better than being just a Franchise Player.

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11-01-2006, 04:55 AM
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I think he looks more like Gagne than Smyth.
agree, I think their styles are very similar...

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11-01-2006, 06:46 AM
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I think he looks more like Gagne than Smyth.

HIGGINS > Gagne > Smyth

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11-01-2006, 07:38 AM
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I wouldn't compare Higgins to Smyth. Higgins is quicker and has better offensive moves. Smyth is a great scorer and has a better nose for the net and uses his size and strength better. (not to saw Higgins doesn't have a good nose for the net, just Smyth is one of the best in the NHL)

I'd like to say that I predicted this kind of offensive success for Higgins when I saw him at the WJC or when I went to games in Hamilton but that would be a lie. While it was always clear that he had the smarts for the NHL and the skill to succeed, I never imagined that he would have this much offensive flair. He has shown such tremendous hands this year and his moves are terrific. Couple that with a hockey brain and solid 2 way play and to think of what his future can be, well, leaves me speechless.

Clearly, his offseason training with Komisarek is paying off. His skating and speed are such assets. Sky is the limit.

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11-01-2006, 06:15 PM
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Higgins goal from last ngiht was #1 on the top 5 plays from last night on TSN that's hockey!

i was thinking about buying a new jersey and was not sure who's name to get. higgins was in my choices, and i think i will go with him!

he also got a + in +/- from gino reda, they said he was the new mr october, he scored the most goals in october since brian savage


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Franchise player?
Do you think it's too early to say or is it becoming obvious?
I was saying he was our franchise player back in 2005. Gainey had already compred him to Jere Lethinen and said about Higgins : "I would take 23 players like him on my team".

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Franchise player?
Do you think it's too early to say or is it becoming obvious?
Consistency is the key to calling him a franchise player so I think it's a tad early but the skill, smarts, character, and work ethic appear to be there.

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11-02-2006, 12:44 PM
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Franchise player?
Do you think it's too early to say or is it becoming obvious?
He is a franchise player. No doubt about it. No matter how much he produce for the next few years, he will be the corner stone of the habs. Production is only half the story in today's hockey ( and I don't mean that new nhl nonsense ). Higgins is strong, fast, smart and very skilled. Most importantly, he is always willing to work on his weakness to improve. His attitude is top notch and so is his leadership.

He'll never be a Crosby nor an Ovechkin, but he'll be just as important to this team then those 2 will be to the Penguins and Capitals.

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11-02-2006, 01:16 PM
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I'm predicting another 2 points for Higgins tonight

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11-03-2006, 03:58 AM
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Comparisons to...
Ryan Smyth? No. (Smyth crashes the net and uses his face if he has to to score!! he's an ugly goal getter with lots of grit, doesn't have Higgins' skating ro shot or PK skills...).
Gagne? No. (he's something BETWEEN a finesse player AND a fast-skating power forward).
Yzerman? No.
Muller? No.
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How about:
Rolston
Sakic
(more for his shot, hockey sense & class)
Lehtinen (great two-way player...even Carbo made the comparison)
Drury

Higgins is definitely a franchise winger/center. Without #21 Higgins and #8 Komisarek, well...I don't want to think about it!! . We're so lucky we drafted them .

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12-19-2006, 10:42 PM
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Bump

Why isn't it a sticky

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12-19-2006, 10:47 PM
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after this season...4 years/12 million sound good to you guys?

This is of course, if he keeps it up. He will though.

May be a bit early, but at this point 40 goals doesn't seem to be a strech.
I think you sign him to as many years as he's willing to sign for.

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12-20-2006, 04:43 AM
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Higgins Rulz. I may change my avatar one day....

He is a great forward. He is physical, creative, fast, strong on the boards and in open ice. Great defensively, Has a terrific shot and can see the ice well and make plays with good passing. Oh and good size. Did i mention he scores goalzzzzzzz!!

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12-20-2006, 05:16 AM
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higgins is more like the hab's jack bauer

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12-20-2006, 05:44 AM
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higgins is more like the hab's jack bauer
More like a hybrid between Jack Bauer and Chuck Norris.

Seriously, Higgins is sick...early during his rookie season, I boldly proclaimed Higgins would eventually become our best scorer...my buddies thought I was nuts...it's happening sooner than even I would have thought...but I feel vindicated!!!

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higgins is more like the hab's jack bauer
Amen... Higgins is GOD

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Why isn't it a sticky
Hahaha awesome

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Higgins is awesome. Getting compared to Joe Sakic and some of the other players he has been compared to is great. The fact that he wants to be a Hab is great also.

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what can you say, this guy is awsome and has a great hockey IQ.

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