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12-06-2011, 11:40 AM
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Impressions on McNabb so far

I've only seen small parts of Sabres games recently, how has he looked so far?

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He's exceeded my expectations for his first recall. All of the tools are indeed there. I'd give him a solid B+ so far.

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He's been solid. He goes for those huge open ice hits that can lead to an odd man rush but it's fun to see him bulldoze the puck carrier.

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I also have not seen much of him either as I have been to busy to see all of the games....I have seen a few big hits that I liked....

Does anyone think he has what it takes to stay up ? Or will he be sent back down ?

I was hoping he would stay so we could trade a d-man to free up some cap space.

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He's played well but he could use some time helping the Amerks instead of being rushed. I hope he gets sent down and realizes what kind of consistent effort it takes to make The Show. Maybe back up for good at the end of the year, but very likely make the team out of camp next year.

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12-06-2011, 12:08 PM
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He's definitely impressed me, but I agree with not rushing him. I can't wait to see how he does in camp next year. I love his physical play, he's a big hitter.

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Overall he's been good. Extremely physical, has laid out some very big hits, positions himself well and has even jumped in on some offensive plays. His lack of speed is still evident as he's been beaten to the outside a couple times, but he was able to cover the play with his stick work. The bottom line is that he doesn't look out of place, so it's been a real nice call up period for him.

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Lindy on the radio this morning saying that he has been better than expected. That he uses his long body, vey long stick and positioning to make sound defensive plays. He knew he was physical ,but did not expect that the physicality would transfer over to the NHL game so quickly.

He has looked good.

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12-06-2011, 12:19 PM
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Any sabre who plays physically stands out, in a good way.

Too bad that most of the team toughness comes from rookies. Give the core time to mold the youngins and they'll be passive players very soon.

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Cool, had my eye on him a while. Should give a little ammo to fire back against Lucic.

Plus, I think he does have a nice bit of offensive upside

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He reminds me of PK Subban a bit in his physicality, but seems to be a bit stronger on D than O.

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He has played very well.

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I concur with the general assessment -- better than expected in his first recall. The same things that marked his finally season with the Ice are on display -- hitting, generally smart passing, and a need to improve his footspeed. He's had a little work the other night on the PP too -- he's not a guy to lead the rush or gain the zone, but he was as smart offensive player with Kootenay and that is still lurking there. Rookie mistakes have been relatively few so far (the Legwand goal stands out... oh well), but the addition of a Sabre defenseman who will go for the hit in open ice is certainly refreshing.

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The kid has been solid so far, I'd say he's ready for the show now.
No need to send this kid back down, he's doing a great job up with the big club.

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He's exceeded my expectations for his first recall. All of the tools are indeed there. I'd give him a solid B+ so far.
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He's been solid. He goes for those huge open ice hits that can lead to an odd man rush but it's fun to see him bulldoze the puck carrier.
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Overall he's been good. Extremely physical, has laid out some very big hits, positions himself well and has even jumped in on some offensive plays. His lack of speed is still evident as he's been beaten to the outside a couple times, but he was able to cover the play with his stick work. The bottom line is that he doesn't look out of place, so it's been a real nice call up period for him.
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Lindy on the radio this morning saying that he has been better than expected. That he uses his long body, vey long stick and positioning to make sound defensive plays. He knew he was physical ,but did not expect that the physicality would transfer over to the NHL game so quickly.

He has looked good.
FWIW, McNabb's hit in the Islander game landed in 1st place amongst the top 10 hits of the week on NHL On The Fly.

Ruff clearly showed a lot of confidence in McNabb late in games - my sense is that with every game that McNabb plays well in, Weber becomes more and more expendable in Ruff's eyes. He didn't have a ton of trust to begin with in Weber - now that McNabb is taking advantage of the injury situation, he may well have surpassed Weber on the depth chart IMO.

Personally, although Weber and Gragnani have the NHL contracts, I'd be OK with McNabb sticking in the 3rd pairing with Sekera once everyone gets back to health, where he can learn and grow in less pressure-filled role against weaker lines. He hasn't looked that slow or out of place to me.

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FWIW, McNabb's hit in the Islander game landed in 1st place amongst the top 10 hits of the week on NHL On The Fly.

Ruff clearly showed a lot of confidence in McNabb late in games - my sense is that with every game that McNabb plays well in, Weber becomes more and more expendable in Ruff's eyes. He didn't have a ton of trust to begin with in Weber - now that McNabb is taking advantage of the injury situation, he may well have surpassed Weber on the depth chart IMO.

Personally, although Weber and Gragnani have the NHL contracts, I'd be OK with McNabb sticking in the 3rd pairing with Sekera once everyone gets back to health, where he can learn and grow in less pressure-filled role against weaker lines. He hasn't looked that slow or out of place to me.
McNabb needs to continue to play, so it should surprise if he goes back once they're healthy on the back end. And it certainly opens up the possibility of a move from one of their other inexpensive d-men and it need not be Weber if McNabb can show he can headman a pass or distribute on the PP....

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I'm okay with him missing that big hit once in a while if it leads to an odd-man rush for the opposition. His presence is certainly one that instills fear on the backend for opposing forwards. It's good to see.

I disagree that his play makes Weber expendable in Ruff's eyes.

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Great hitter, but he needs to back off in the n-zone a little. They will kill you in transition in the NHL. Not the smoothest passer I've seen, keeps it simple. Not sure about his NHL future, but he's got potential.

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I'm okay with him missing that big hit once in a while if it leads to an odd-man rush for the opposition. His presence is certainly one that instills fear on the backend for opposing forwards. It's good to see.

I disagree that his play makes Weber expendable in Ruff's eyes.
What's even better is when the Buffalo forwards see McNabb lining up for a big hit and get back in time to negate the odd-man rush.

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Given the situation he's had to step into..... he's done remarkably well. All the ingrediants for a complete defensive disaster via rookie mistakes against elite teams were present.

He's still working on getting his angles right for the box out but shows good footspeed and has not panic'd with the puck. His decision making seems to be pretty quick too.

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Wait, what does this thread have to do anything with a washed up quarterback that the lowly Vikings released from their team?

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He's the best open ice hitter the Sabres have had sice Peca.

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He's probably the most well rounded sabres defenseman, when you consider his size, physicality, toughness, offensive skill, & defensive upside. (Myers has the upside ability as well but isn't a fighter)

He will fight & hit.
He had over 70pts in jr last season.

He's what the Sabres need on the back end.

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I don't mind him going for the hit and if it yields an odd-man rush... it's no different than the offensive-minded guys being out of position and giving that up, but with the added benefit of giving the other team something to think about. In a game where time and space is important, putting a thought into an opponent's head is a good thing.

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He has played his off side when paired with Finley and seemed fine with it. Unless he normal plays his off side thats pretty impressive for a kid.

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