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01-28-2012, 12:29 AM
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hopefully K-Con catches up to Tanev in development and are able to work their way up to the show together.
Some internal competition can't hurt!

Kind of interesting in the difference in goals/assists for Kcon-Tanev.

Kcon with 10 goals 12 assists.
to Tanev's 0 goals 12 assists.

Happy K-con is up to 198lbs!

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01-28-2012, 03:32 PM
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Bieksa + Hamhuis: They have very complimentary skills that enhance them as a pairing. I'd rather Bieksa go out as opposed to Hamhuis, but losing either one diminishes them both. For example, Bieksa plays with a snarl in front of the net that Hamhuis doesn't quite match (he has a reputation for making the front of his net a scary place, according to Jeremy Roenick).

That said, please stay healthy, both of them! knock on wood!
I love the guy, but that's a little generous to Bieksa, IMO. Bieksa looks especially great when paired with Hamhuis, but I'm not sure Hamhuis is going to miss a beat being paired with anyone else.

Hamhuis - Edler
Hamhuis - Tanev
Hamhuis - Salo

Would all be fantastic pairings.

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01-28-2012, 03:59 PM
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I love the guy, but that's a little generous to Bieksa, IMO. Bieksa looks especially great when paired with Hamhuis, but I'm not sure Hamhuis is going to miss a beat being paired with anyone else.

Hamhuis - Edler
Hamhuis - Tanev
Hamhuis - Salo

Would all be fantastic pairings.
The Hamhuis triplets anchoring the D?

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01-28-2012, 05:03 PM
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I love the guy, but that's a little generous to Bieksa, IMO. Bieksa looks especially great when paired with Hamhuis, but I'm not sure Hamhuis is going to miss a beat being paired with anyone else.

Hamhuis - Edler
Hamhuis - Tanev
Hamhuis - Salo

Would all be fantastic pairings.
I'd be okay with all of those pairings, but I do think Hamhuis - Bieksa is better then all of them.

Well, Maybe not Ham Salo (lol). But only because I don't think Salo's body could withstand Bieksa's minutes for 82 games.

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01-28-2012, 09:17 PM
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Hopefully not.


K-Con has an Erhoff knack for offense which really helps.
Why? Would you rather have Ballard and Rome holding down the bottom pair? One is 4.2M of dead space and another is a plug. These 2 young players are probably better already not to mention they have potential and room to improve.

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@Baumer_5:

"@K_Nauts wins the hardest slap shot contest at the AHL all-star game. Not surprising, guy is jacked. #buzzin"

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01-29-2012, 04:00 PM
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Connauton's improvement this year really makes me curious about what a couple of years with MacT could do for rounding out McNally's game.

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01-29-2012, 04:32 PM
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"@K_Nauts wins the hardest slap shot contest at the AHL all-star game. Not surprising, guy is jacked. #buzzin"
99.4mph was his winning speed

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99.4mph was his winning speed
I'm optimistic about Connauton. On the other hand, I remember when Dan Gendur won the hardest shot and fastest skater competitions at the ECHL allstar game. (Gendur is now with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League -- 39 points in 37 games. There's still hope!)

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01-29-2012, 06:11 PM
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Why? Would you rather have Ballard and Rome holding down the bottom pair? One is 4.2M of dead space and another is a plug. These 2 young players are probably better already not to mention they have potential and room to improve.
Underestimating how difficult it is to play on a bottom pairing in the NHL, IMO.

I bet K-Conn looks awful compared to Ballard or Rome if you play him right now.

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I'm optimistic about Connauton. On the other hand, I remember when Dan Gendur won the hardest shot and fastest skater competitions at the ECHL allstar game. (Gendur is now with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League -- 39 points in 37 games. There's still hope!)
Except KCON did it at the AHL level, and actually produces at the AHL level unlike Gendur.

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I'd be okay with all of those pairings, but I do think Hamhuis - Bieksa is better then all of them.

Well, Maybe not Ham Salo (lol). But only because I don't think Salo's body could withstand Bieksa's minutes for 82 games.
We haven't seen any of these other pairings for an extended period of time, and yes playing Bieksa with him is the best use of assets/balance, but I would be pretty shocked if a Hamhuis-Edler or Hamhuis-Salo pairing wouldn't be at least as good if not better.

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I'm optimistic about Connauton. On the other hand, I remember when Dan Gendur won the hardest shot and fastest skater competitions at the ECHL allstar game. (Gendur is now with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League -- 39 points in 37 games. There's still hope!)
There's the problem right there.

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There's the problem right there.
Seemed like the only time he ever tried.

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01-29-2012, 06:31 PM
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Except KCON did it at the AHL level, and actually produces at the AHL level unlike Gendur.
Guess whether I knew that.

Connauton was able to get his shot through and score in the WHL, and he's showing he can do it in the AHL. One of the takes that scouts used to have is that a player needs to have one skill that separates them from the pack. Leading the AHL in goals for defencemen is a good sign that Connauton has that one skill.

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@Baumer_5:

"@K_Nauts wins the hardest slap shot contest at the AHL all-star game. Not surprising, guy is jacked. #buzzin"
came to this thread all excited i would be able to provide this news :S

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01-29-2012, 11:19 PM
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We haven't seen any of these other pairings for an extended period of time, and yes playing Bieksa with him is the best use of assets/balance, but I would be pretty shocked if a Hamhuis-Edler or Hamhuis-Salo pairing wouldn't be at least as good if not better.
Hamhuis + Edler probbly never happens because they are both left handed.

they're both such good defensemen that you want them on their proper side.

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I just want him to make it so I can continually post "K-Conn!!!".

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I played with Connaution when he was 15. Although he is a great skater and great shot, I just do not see him figuring it all out to be a valuable NHLer. His hockey sense is very low, he makes bad passes constantly, seems unwilling to learn or listen to anybody. His upside is 3rd pairing (paired with very good defensively d-man) PP specialist, IMO. It's possible he's changed and he was an alright guy, but he did not seem the type of guy that would change his attitude.

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This is really good to see...I was one of those guys that thought Kevin's upside would be a Marc-Andre Bergeron but he's proving me wrong. Keep on getting better Kevin

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I gave up on Connauton after his regression coming into the AHL and underwhelming performances in the pre-season. If he does turn it around and make it in the NHL, then that'll be a pleasant surprise for me.

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01-30-2012, 12:39 AM
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I played with Connaution when he was 15. Although he is a great skater and great shot, I just do not see him figuring it all out to be a valuable NHLer. His hockey sense is very low, he makes bad passes constantly, seems unwilling to learn or listen to anybody. His upside is 3rd pairing (paired with very good defensively d-man) PP specialist, IMO. It's possible he's changed and he was an alright guy, but he did not seem the type of guy that would change his attitude.
But you never thought he would be a strong pro player in the AHL either did you? I assume not considering the lack of hockey sense or coachability...

It seems he's proven you wrong once already. Maybe he does it again?

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I played with Connaution when he was 15. Although he is a great skater and great shot, I just do not see him figuring it all out to be a valuable NHLer. His hockey sense is very low, he makes bad passes constantly, seems unwilling to learn or listen to anybody. His upside is 3rd pairing (paired with very good defensively d-man) PP specialist, IMO. It's possible he's changed and he was an alright guy, but he did not seem the type of guy that would change his attitude.
Because your hockey IQ is set in stone at age 15 with no room for improvement?...

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Because your hockey IQ is set in stone at age 15 with no room for improvement?...
I was about to say the same thing. A lot can change in 6 years. He went from playing midget hockey when he was 15 to junior A, than NCAA, than CHL and than AHL and you think he's not capable of learning, maturing and developing a better knowledge of the game?

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I gave up on Connauton after his regression coming into the AHL and underwhelming performances in the pre-season. If he does turn it around and make it in the NHL, then that'll be a pleasant surprise for me.
I just can't understand that though process. It takes time for defenseman. Especially a raw one like Connauton. He's come a long way in his defensive game. Even if he plays another 3 years in the AHL, I wouldn't write him off. His offensive game is already above average NHL skill level. He's just needs more experience playing pro defense. He's going to be a good one. I heard Mac T on the radio a few weeks back say Tanev is the best defenseman in the AHL and Connauton isn't that far behind.

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