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09-07-2012, 10:29 AM
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Supposed to look like this:
Only thing I got from that is that Barrie projects to Lidstrom

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Used that one to make a vintage Duncan Siemens hockey card. Really don't like any of the shots though, would've been a bit better too if he had a hat. Made one for Giroux as well, used the 1971-72 OPC card for the format.



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Used that one to make a vintage Duncan Siemens hockey card. Really don't like any of the shots though, would've been a bit better too if he had a hat. Made one for Giroux as well, used the 1971-72 OPC card for the format.


good job , the Claude Giroux card looks like it's a legit card from the 70's

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Blades played brutal last night in their first exhibition game. Siemens didn't play great, either. Rematch tonight, doubt he'll be in the lineup.

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Troy Bourke called a value pick by Chris Ralph of THW.

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Blades played brutal last night in their first exhibition game. Siemens didn't play great, either. Rematch tonight, doubt he'll be in the lineup.
Out of curiosity, where would you rank Siemens in comparison to Thrower & Klefbom? Weird question but in a previous thread Oilers fans claimed Klefbom clearly surpassed Siemens and a Canadiens fan came in and said Thrower was the Blades best defender last season.

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Out of curiosity, where would you rank Siemens in comparison to Thrower & Klefbom? Weird question but in a previous thread Oilers fans claimed Klefbom clearly surpassed Siemens and a Canadiens fan came in and said Thrower was the Blades best defender last season.
I can not comment on Klefbom, but Thrower did have a really solid season last year , no doubt. But the assumptions for the Hab fans case is because of two scenarios,

1) Siemens sustained a concussion which made him lose around 20 games.

2) The Hab fan is looking at stats for his point of the argument. RS confirmed that Duncan really improved his defensive aspect of the game last season and that particular improvement isn't able to be recorded by "statistics".

In any case Thrower isn't a bad prospect and in my opinion kind of fell in the second round. He probably has better potential to develop offensively, but Siemens will always be the better shutdown defender. Sadly this is the type of player the Habs desperately need as well. So it's kind of ironic.

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09-10-2012, 05:39 PM
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Out of curiosity, where would you rank Siemens in comparison to Thrower & Klefbom? Weird question but in a previous thread Oilers fans claimed Klefbom clearly surpassed Siemens and a Canadiens fan came in and said Thrower was the Blades best defender last season.
Different types of players, so hard to say. I would still say Siemens is definitely the better all-round prospect and is definitely the better player of the two right now.

Thrower is a solid player and definitely has the offensive edge on Siemens, but he's not quite in the same category as Siemens or Klefbom right now.

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Kieran Millan has himself a new mask









Here's the article where the pictures came from: http://www.padstracker.com/2012/09/11/kieran-millan/

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Over the summer, the Colorado Avalanche signed three goalie prospects to new entry-level contracts. One of them belongs to Boston University Terriers standout Kieran Millan, who was chosen 124th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft.

The former Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) goalie posted a 20-14-1 record with a .923 save percentage and a 2.60 goals-against average as a senior last year, breaking his own BU record for saves in a season with 1,110. But that’s just scratching the surface of his accomplishments in the NCAA, as he also set school records for wins (81), saves (3,768) and games played by a goaltender with 138.

And who could forget the memorable Hockey East quarterfinals game against New Hampshire, where he stopped a career-high 68 shots in a double-overtime, series-clinching win.

Now Kieran is ready to graduate to the pro ranks, as he’ll fight with three other goalies (Calvin Pickard, Sami Aittokallio and NCAA counterpart Kent Patterson) for a job on the Lake Erie Monsters squad.

His new mask, which was painted by our good friend Sylvie Marsolais from Sylabrush, proves he means business.

“Kieran wanted to stay with something similar to last year’s BU mask,” Marsolais said. “He wanted to keep the split line on the forehead, but wanted the separated lines to be much thinner, with a mountain design and paws inside it. He also asked for a Yeti-themed mask, but one that included the Avalanche logo and their secondary footprint logo, too.”

The white base to this mask gives the whole design a clean look, while the Avalanche logo is prominently displayed on both sides. White obviously meshes well with an Avalanche theme, and we especially like the Yeti’s shading, and powder-blue color.

“Kieran likes symmetrical designs, so I came up with a mix of his pads design and the Avalanche logo for both sides of the mask, and then I decided to put the Yeti just above that. We finished things off by putting the Yeti footprint on the chin.”

For those wondering what Sylvie meant by “a mix” of his pads design, be sure to check out the custom graphic from his Brian’s pads in our PadsFactory.

Like most goalies these days, the backplate is a perfect place to display personal mementos, or memorandums of important people, places, and things. Millan added a real nice touch to his first pro mask by remembering the lives lost in the theater shooting tragedy back on August 20 in Aurora, Colorado.

“Kieran asked for something similar to his BU backplate, with his family name on the bottom, a Canadian maple leaf, and the BU paws. But we also added the official ribbon for the theater tragedy that happened last month, and some lines of the Colorado mountains to give some more details and colors on the backplate.”

Complete with white straps, white snaps, and a chrome cat-eye cage, this mask will certainly stick out when Millan hits the ice for Lake Erie’s training camp early next month! We wish Kieran the best of luck, and we also want to thank Sylvie for giving us exclusive photos of his new Avalanche-themed mask.

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09-17-2012, 11:09 PM
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Seriously is our team going to be the last for the fall top 20? Geez.

Also that is a sick mask by Millan.

http://www.avalanchedb.com/system/systemstats.php
I also want to post this here, so I don't have to go through ten websites to look at it.

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09-22-2012, 12:37 PM
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Lipon had a solid game, but Colin Smith had a beast of a game. Avs scouting department really know how to pick these hidden gems.

He had 1 g and 3 a last night in a 6-5 OT win. The kid is absolutely amazing on the powerplay and his vision can be at elite level. His only knock so far is if his body and frame can handle the NHL physicality when he turns pro.

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09-22-2012, 01:20 PM
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Lipon had a solid game, but Colin Smith had a beast of a game. Avs scouting department really know how to pick these hidden gems.

He had 1 g and 3 a last night in a 6-5 OT win. The kid is absolutely amazing on the powerplay and his vision can be at elite level. His only knock so far is if his body and frame can handle the NHL physicality when he turns pro.
Sounds like the Avs MO. You got to wonder about their strategy though. Sure you can find a hidden gem of an undersized player with great vision that nobody else picked up on, but if it takes you 20-30 picks exactly like that to find one that can consistently handle the rigors of the NHL physically, and produce at a decent rate, are you really getting that big a return on your investment?

I'd rather they be more selective and pick undersized guys they are really high on like Hishon, but try to pick up a few different players in the draft, or when they make trades. Not just a shotgun blast trying to acquire all of them.

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Smith is listed at 5'11" and 175lbs. He's not really that undersized.

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@Aittokallio74: Last night in Finland.. Moving to the States tomorrow! Feels weird to leave but now it's time to start writing new chapter!

Has it been confirmed where he's playing or did I just miss this completely?

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@Aittokallio74: Last night in Finland.. Moving to the States tomorrow! Feels weird to leave but now it's time to start writing new chapter!

Has it been confirmed where he's playing or did I just miss this completely?
He'll play in the Monsters or the Cutthroats.
Let's wait and see how it unfolds. I think Patterson, Aittokallio and Pickard battle for the 2 spots in Erie.

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Pickard also headed to the Monsters.

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It's really too bad these guys didn't have a chance at a rookie training camp, and a proper evaluation against NHLers after another year of development.

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Has it been confirmed where he's playing or did I just miss this completely?
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Aitto's mask is sick. I really think he has the best shot at being our next goaltender.

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Aitto's mask is sick. I really think he has the best shot at being our next goaltender.
Hopefully, he won't. No offense to Aitto but I'd rather Varlamov just come into his own and be our goalie for the next 10+ years. If Varly doesn't live up to expectations then I'd say Aitto has a good chance as he looks to be the most promising of our goalie prospects.

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I'm hoping (sort of expecting) a San Jose situation with our goaltending pipeline. Varlamov to maintain the reins and Aittokallio, Pickard and Patterson (2 of 3) to earn their way into the backup position and then be sold for top dollar.

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I'm hoping (sort of expecting) a San Jose situation with our goaltending pipeline. Varlamov to maintain the reins and Aittokallio, Pickard and Patterson (2 of 3) to earn their way into the backup position and then be sold for top dollar.
Ehhh, but that would mean we trade away the best goalie. Their home countries match up too. I don't like that analogy.

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Ehhh, but that would mean we trade away the best goalie. Their home countries match up too. I don't like that analogy.
Toskala was a Fin too. Point was, I'm expecting a 3-4 goalie duel resulting in us keeping a very good goaltender and trading away at least 2 for hefty returns.

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I'm hoping (sort of expecting) a San Jose situation with our goaltending pipeline. Varlamov to maintain the reins and Aittokallio, Pickard and Patterson (2 of 3) to earn their way into the backup position and then be sold for top dollar.
How often are goalie sold for top dollar? The only ones I can think of are Varly and Sergei. Even then Sergi had played 54 games and 29 games respectively, not sure if Attio will that chance.

Maybe you can think of some that I am missing and perhaps our definition of "Top Dollar" differ but I wouldn't expect anything higher than a 2nd round pick at best.

Of course I don't hold a crystal ball so who knows.

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Smith is listed at 5'11" and 175lbs. He's not really that undersized.
Depends where you look. TSN, NHL.com, and THN have him at 5'10" 162lbs. HockeyDB has him at 5'10" 172 lbs. They may all have numbers from last year, but he's 19, and there's only so much more he's likely to grow, and so much weight he's likely to put on, unless he's one of the rare late bloomers.

He's not a midget, but he fits the Avs MO. You hope to see a guy like that get close to 185-190 if he can. Otherwise you got to hope he's great a real low center of gravity, and develops a specialized set of tools.

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Toskala was a Fin too. Point was, I'm expecting a 3-4 goalie duel resulting in us keeping a very good goaltender and trading away at least 2 for hefty returns.
I think that may be wishful thinking, especially the hefty return part, but I sure hope your right. It's hard to tell with goalies these days. They could go either way. They really need to get some time against NHLers at some point to see where they're at.


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