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05-03-2007, 06:47 PM
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Caps sign Patrick McNeil

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/capit...ill_signs.html

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Hunh. Nice find.

Hershey and South Carolina are going to have plenty of inexperienced but talented defensemen.

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'bout time. Cue the refrain from the anti mcphee crowd

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Great news. Our farm system defense is S-T-A-C-K-E-D.

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Glad something 'official' has been announced since after the early comments about talking contract, it got quiet. I wonder if they were waiting for his hand to heal or just took time to work out the terms.

Possibly an article on mlive within the next day or two; they had a write-up after Mursak signed. And of course, the official announcement should pop up on the website at some point.

Hershey/SC D-men signed/RFA for next season, assuming Green and Schultz are in DC, but one could be in Hershey:

Arsene
Collins
Dovgan
Hunt (RFA)
McNeill
Pokulok (health?)

I expect they sign a couple of vet (not necessarily vet in terms of the AHL rule) d-men to round out the d-corps; possibly from some currently playing in Hershey or from elsewhere. And of course, there is the question about what the plan is with Lepisto for next season.

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Hey the more D prospects the better I say. I would think ECHL next year so he gets plenty of playing time.

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05-03-2007, 07:55 PM
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For those that want a refresher:

Link to Vogel article from last August

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well... the talk is the Caps are going to send a few more down to the ECHL this year.

I wouldn't' be surprised to see 8-9 kids down there.

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IIRC, steblick/now hissawk expressed concerns about McNeill's skating for his size.

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Wow, 8-9 sounds like a lot for the ECHL with a max of 50 contract players; I'd expect Machesney in the ECHL, unless Daigneault is not with the organization and even if he is not, Machesney may still be in the ECHL for next season; after that not sure what the mix of forwards and d-men in SC (if they renew as expected) will be, but 8-9 sounds a little high; I assumed 5-6 depending on the signings, etc. I will hold off on which d-men will be headed to SC based on actual signings and performance during dev camp and training camp as I have only seen McNeill on the ice a few times..

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Confirmation that he is signing an ATO with Hershey; I assume they may have been waiting for his hand to heal since he broke a bone in his hand in the last regular season game.

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I wonder with the amount D that will be in Hershey and SC, that Pokulok will see more time at forward like he did this year, barring he isn't injury plagued again for next season

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I wonder with the amount D that will be in Hershey and SC, that Pokulok will see more time at forward like he did this year, barring he isn't injury plagued again for next season
I wouldn't think - He was only a forward due to extraordinary circumstances toward the end of a lost season - He will be on the top of the list for the d-men in ice time - if after some games in Hershey he isn't ready, he will get top ice time @ SC - He may be the 12th ranked prospect here but I am sure he is much higher w/ the guys who make the decisions.

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I wouldn't think - He was only a forward due to extraordinary circumstances toward the end of a lost season - He will be on the top of the list for the d-men in ice time - if after some games in Hershey he isn't ready, he will get top ice time @ SC - He may be the 12th ranked prospect here but I am sure he is much higher w/ the guys who make the decisions.
I never heard the reasoning on why he played at forward in SC

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Just like the Caps were plagued with injuries this past season so were the Stingrays. Sasha handles the puck very well for a defenseman and with them being shorthanded up front they had him filling in at that position.

He is a defenseman and not a forward and I believe that was a one time deal...

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I remember it being a one time shot

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Solid signing.

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