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03-31-2007, 08:43 PM
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Top 5 Players that Impressed You Most in 2006/07

Thought it would be fun to discuss our favorite players from this season. Not just on the Oilers, but across the league, who were the players that impressed you most in 06/07.

NO PENGUINS. Almost every top 5 should include 3 of Crosby , Malkin, Gonchar, Whitney and J. Staal. So let’s exclude them for the sake of getting different opinions.

Here’s mine:

1. Lecavalier - 51+ Goals is simply outstanding.

2. Heatley – Pretty consistent high impact player.

3. Vanek – Really big season.

4. Weber – This kid has been amazing.

5. Stoll – I thought he would suffer from Sykora at center. He didn’t suffer and he just improved every single game. Everyone should be allowed a homer pick.

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03-31-2007, 08:48 PM
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St. Louis -- bounce back season.

Vanek -- proved he can score.

Weber -- big season on the PP.

Luongo -- damn it.

Statsny -- damn it again.


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04-01-2007, 02:03 AM
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St. Louis I grabbed in all my hockey pools early and quick - people laughed at me then...

1. Lecavalier
2. R. Miller
3. Tucker
4. Afinogenov
5. Kopitar

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04-01-2007, 02:08 AM
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1. Vinny
2. Luongo
3. Heatley
4. St. Louis
5. Crosby

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04-01-2007, 05:15 AM
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In no order

1. Huselius (Its amazing how at 22 years old after putting up 20 goals and 70 points people have already projected Hemskys career and he will never amount to anything more and will just be a passer. Yet here is a guy who entered his prime a few years ago and has always been labeled lazy and will never amount to anything more than a creative plugger, and here is is near the top in scoring with 30+ goals)

2.Savard (thought it was a horrible signing based on his numbers were inflated because of Kovalchuk)

3. Jarret Stoll (His all around game really came together well this year, re-affirmed that his original prospect projects of a 3rd/4th line centre are way off base)

4. Rick Dipietro (Has been outstanding and the main reason why NYI even had a shot at the playoffs, many people questioned how he'd perform after the huge contract as well.

5. Chris Pronger (Not so much impressed but re-assurance. I naturally wanted him to fail after he left like other ex-oilers whos careers went to **** but instead he was just as dominant.)


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1. Shea Weber. What an unbelieveable season for this guy. No one mentioned him in the same breath as Phaneuf at the start of the year. Now he may be better than Dion.
2. Roberto Luongo. Should be a shoe-in for the Hart.
3. Kevin Bieksa. Does it all for Vancouver and came out of nowhere to do it.
4. Vincent Lecavalier. How could you not be impressed? Spectacular season.
5. Jason Pominville. See Bieksa.

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04-01-2007, 09:54 AM
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In no particular order:

Sakic - Keeps on ticking
St.Louis - Hell of a come back year after a brutal showing last season
Lecavalier - Finally living up to his potential
Emery - IMO, best goalie under 25 in the NHL and totally underrated because of the team that plays in front of him.
Weber - not much to say; very good at a young age.

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04-01-2007, 10:00 AM
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In no particular order:

Semin - This guy is just lighting it up
Vanek - Proved he can score and can be solid defensively +40, are you kidding me
Kopitar - The skill set this guy has displayed in the games I've seen him is impressive
H. Lundqvist - He's been nearly unbeatable the second half of the season
Bieksa - He's become a legit top-4 guy, and I would say he the most improved guy (from last year to this year) in the league

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Stastny - My lord what a steal.
Huselius - thought he was doing the Langkow, ie riding Iggy's coattails, but seemed to get better with Iggy out.
Crosby - highlight reel, game in-game out...except when he plays TO?
Chris Clark - 30 goals, ***?
Sean Avery - 44 points...

Honorable mentions...
Kyle Wellwood
Ryan Clowe
Drew Stafford
Plekanec - 20 goals, ***?

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1. Sakic -quietly still one of the best to ever play the game
2. Lecavalier- came back after having a slightly off year, and is playing incredible
3. Savard- proved without a doubt he could play without Hossa
4. Luongo- He's got absolutely no quit in him, he boggles my mind
5. Stoll- You said I'm allowed to pick a favourite and I was so impressed with how he took this team on his shoulders and played like he had never heard anyone say he was no better than a 3rd line centre at best.

Those are my top five and I hope I get to see #5 on the list play again in the near future.

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1. Joe Sakic... he's unstopable.
2. Sheldon Souray... 25 goals is amazing to my eyes for a d-man
3. Lecavalier and St-Louis... huge season for that dynamic duo
4. Selanne... 45 goals and almost 37 yo
5. Hasek... at 42 yo, he still manages to be one of the best and he's leading the gaa list.

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Here are mine in no particular order. I'm gonna stay away from the stars ie, heatley, etc, because you expect them to put up big numbers.

Alexander Semin - This guy just came out of nowhere and has put up 38 goals
Jason Blake - 39 goals from a guy who you usually think of as a checker.
Thomas Vanek - Really impressed with his play...pretty much a point a game and will
get 40 goals in just his 2nd season.
Paul Stastny - The 20 game point streak of his was very impressive....really elevated
his game in the 2nd half of the season
Shea Weber - Very quietly has gone on and scored 17 goals as a defenceman

Honourable mentions would go to Kristian Huselius, Mike Cammalleri, Anze Kopitar.

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04-02-2007, 10:07 AM
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Kopitar - big kid who will be a superstar from what I saw on ice.
Luongo - never saw him play before, but now I know.
Dipietro - thought he was overpaid too...
Vanek - does it all
Stoll - starting to do it all (Oilers need to invent a cloning machine).

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1. Jordan Staal
2. Nicklaus Backstrom
3. Vincent Lecavalier
4. Sean Avery
5. Kristian Huselius

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Jason Pominville - Ever since that shorty vs. Ottawa in the playoffs last year I've kept my eye on him. Turns out he was actually quite the offensive player in junior. I just love his style of play.

Thomas Vanek - He came with some hype several years ago and I'd kind of forgotten about him and thought he must have been a bust. Turns out he's quite the scorer.

Dominik Hasek - I gave a lot of arguments as to why a team like Detroit would be better off making the safe bet with Legace again but Hasek has been much more boom than bust this year and has made the Red Wings look very smart in the regular season.

Alexander Semin - Kind of overlooked in Washington sometimes (at least by me) he's put together a pretty stellar year. Add Backstrom soon enough and Washington may be a Pittsburgh-lite within a couple of years. If everything pans out it will be fun to watch!

Martin Havlat - Dominant at times, better than a point per game in Chicago, and has a significant team lead in +/- with a +15. He can't possibly be sheltered as any home coach will have just the one obvious match-up to make against the Black Hawks, and I was pleasantly surprised to see him on the PK as well.

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04-02-2007, 03:55 PM
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Gilbert has played far better than I ever imagined he would've.

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1. Semin (playing in someone's shadow)
2. Havlat (lived up to $6M a year)
3. Huselius (with the court stuff going on, expected nothing from him)
4. Tanguay (took a lot of heat)
5. Vinny and St. Louis (one was almost labeled a bust, the other has been called a fluke Art/Hart winner - both proved em wrong).

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Honorable mention to Martin St. Louis and Huselius.

If we're not allowed to include any Penguins. I haven't seen enough of Shea Weber play this year to be able to include, but it sounds like he's playing unbelievable.

Cam Ward
Eric Staal
Joffrey Lupul
Marcus Nasland
The Flyers in general

Would be the most dissapointing this year.

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(honorable mention to Drew f'in Stafford)
Stepping it up this year:
Shanahan - I was appalled by how many teams were willing to offer him what he got.. Now it almost seems like a bargain

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Stastny - big surprise I thought - the whole Colorado team has been pretty impressive
Hasek - I thought Hasek would falter big time, but Detroit has managed him effectively
Huselius - I guess Sutter's magic didn't end with Kiprusoff..
Luongo - as good as advertised despite an uneven start

And my Oiler pick would have to be Smid - better than I thought he'd be as an NHL rookie.

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04-03-2007, 11:44 AM
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sakic....for life
vinny.... forever
vanek.... best late pool pick
brodeur... will he ever have a bad year
getzlaf... i knew getz>lups, but great package

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