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04-22-2012, 08:34 PM
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Jonathan Huberdeau: Will he make the cut?

What does everyone think can you see Huberdeau making the team next year? I know its still playoff time but as a side note what everyone think?

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He'll make it, as long as he puts on at least a few pounds of muscle. But I'm not expecting him to score 60 or 70 points and be our best forward like some people. I think he'll probably have a good rookie season, and break into the league at a similar pace points-wise to what Tavares, Giroux, etc. did.

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Without a doubt he will. He has too much skill not to make an impact for next season.

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He'll make it, as long as he puts on at least a few pounds of muscle. But I'm not expecting him to score 60 or 70 points and be our best forward like some people. I think he'll probably have a good rookie season, and break into the league at a similar pace points-wise to what Tavares, Giroux, etc. did.
This. Must say, for as much as I'm enjoying the playoffs, I really am looking forward to watching what Santos and Tallon will do this off-season.

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Id say he has 25-50 pt potential as a rookie. Id expect him to excel on the pp where he can focus on scoring alone and his natural talent will shine. he might score 10-20 pts on the pp alone. but he wont be a ppg player, he will have a hard time adjusting to playing with men. he will probably get sat in about 10 to 15 games, both for motivational reasons and for "the kid needs a rest" reasons. im hoping that much like gudbranson he will show a lot of maturation by year end.

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I've been following Huberdeau for a long time now. I don't think his problem will be scoring, he will be fine with that. If he doesn't put on weight and get stronger, he will be a defensive liability just because he will get run over. Once he gets that part down he will be a good player.

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If he can't put on weight, not a lock he will make the team.

I think he will, but he isn't set in stone to be a player for us next year.

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We will under 2 conditions..

1. He has a very strong camp

2. He is physically ready to endure the 82 game schedule.

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Even if he doesn't, he's AHL-eligible next year isn't he? So even if he doesn't make the cut with the Panthers, he'll be a great addition to San Antonio and give them something to get excited about for at least part of a season.

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We will under 2 conditions..

1. He has a very strong camp

2. He is physically ready to endure the 82 game schedule.
Scratch #1 off the list. Dude had 6 goals during preseason.

I was ready for him to play this year after that showing.

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Even if he doesn't, he's AHL-eligible next year isn't he? So even if he doesn't make the cut with the Panthers, he'll be a great addition to San Antonio and give them something to get excited about for at least part of a season.
No I dont believe he would be eligible for the AHL. He's not even 19 yrs old yet (his bday is in June) and he's only played 3 junior seasons. The rule is that the player has to be either 20 yrs old by the end of Dec or they had to play 4 seasons in juniors.

I think he makes it since he's got the talent to play. Plenty of rookies come into the league needing to add weight and I wouldnt be surprised if he's the same way. The team will be better able to help him add weight by working with him on a daily basis than anywhere else. I dont believe he will be lighting up the scoreboard that much though as a result but he should put up around 20 pts at least.

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Scratch #1 off the list. Dude had 6 goals during preseason.

I was ready for him to play this year after that showing.
Um no he didnt, he had 3 goals...all on the PP. No player in the preseason scored more than 4. And there were rookies that scored better than him that didnt make NHL squads.

And I'm sorry but you cant scratch #1 off the list. What he did this yr in the preseason is not the same as what he needs to do for next yr in camp. If he doesnt do anything in next yr's preseason, then no he wont make the team. Tallon and Santos have the right philosophy in that you need to show up every day and if you dont (even if you were great last yr), you're not going to be handed anything. So his #1 and #2 on that list above is what will determine if Huby makes the team next yr.

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Um no he didnt, he had 3 goals...all on the PP. No player in the preseason scored more than 4. And there were rookies that scored better than him that didnt make NHL squads.

And I'm sorry but you cant scratch #1 off the list. What he did this yr in the preseason is not the same as what he needs to do for next yr in camp. If he doesnt do anything in next yr's preseason, then no he wont make the team. Tallon and Santos have the right philosophy in that you need to show up every day and if you dont (even if you were great last yr), you're not going to be handed anything. So his #1 and #2 on that list above is what will determine if Huby makes the team next yr.
Same thing. Huber is our Chuck Norris of draft picks, therefore 3 goals automatically becomes 6.


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Some perspective on his stats down in QMJHL:

The Sea Dogs are currently in the semifinals. After winning round 1 4-0 and round 2 4-0, they are up 2-0 in the semis. Huby has 8 goals in the post season.

In the regular season he scored 30 goals and 42 assists (72pts) in just 37 games as he missed significant time due to injury. The leading scorer on the team, Danick Gauthier had 86 points in 66 games. So Huby was on pace to be the team's leading scorer. He seems to just keep producing just so long as he's on the ice.

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No I dont believe he would be eligible for the AHL. He's not even 19 yrs old yet (his bday is in June) and he's only played 3 junior seasons. The rule is that the player has to be either 20 yrs old by the end of Dec or they had to play 4 seasons in juniors.

I think he makes it since he's got the talent to play. Plenty of rookies come into the league needing to add weight and I wouldnt be surprised if he's the same way. The team will be better able to help him add weight by working with him on a daily basis than anywhere else. I dont believe he will be lighting up the scoreboard that much though as a result but he should put up around 20 pts at least.
I know the rule, just thought he was older. If that's the case, he's got to make the NHL team this season - he's too good for another season in juniors. Just use him sparingly and work the hell out of him in practice Don't ruin him with overly high expectations, ease him into the lineup.

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Of course he will, and I expect him putting up 40+ points..

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Scratch #1 off the list. Dude had 6 goals during preseason.

I was ready for him to play this year after that showing.
I remember when we selected him and he was walking to the stage, they were saying that he will wow you in training camp but it would be a crime if we kept him up. He did wow and we did send him back down.

I have to believe he'll gain weight but let's say hypothetically that he didn't, would that be such a detriment? Just asking because I see a bunch more players smaller than him.

And obviously my measuring stick for Huby is Couturier. I just want Huby to be better. Don't want another Horton/Staal mishap.

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i think you can put his name in pen for the 2nd line

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Huberdeau should be able to put on some muscle once the season ends. If he can add 10-15 pounds, he will make the squad, no question. If he struggles to put on weight, he could still make the team out of camp, but the probability decreases quite a bit.

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I know the rule, just thought he was older. If that's the case, he's got to make the NHL team this season - he's too good for another season in juniors. Just use him sparingly and work the hell out of him in practice Don't ruin him with overly high expectations, ease him into the lineup.
I figured you knew the rule but just wanted to clarify why he didn't qualify due to the rule. And yes he is too good for juniors that it would not make sense to send him back, wouldn't help for his development.

And I totally agree with you about easing him into the lineup. I hate seeing people on here expecting him to put up 40+ pts next yr or even being on the 2nd line. I look at Tyler Seguin who was a #2 overall pick with better size than Hubby and he put up 22 pts his rookie yr on the 3rd line (or use Couturier this yr putting up 27 pts). To me, that's the baseline of what to expect, 20-30 pts in a non-top 6 role while working on his defense and getting stronger at the NHL level.

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He'll be pissed if he's back in the Q. He's got nothing left to prove there and he won't learn that much defense either.

So the best for him, the NHL.

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He needs to put on weight...he's known this for over a year now. If we wants the big leagues bad enough, this should be a non issue at this point and time.

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I wonder why everybody is worried about him putting on some weight...

He is already one of the best two-way player in the CHL arguably, one of the most tenacious and he wants to be in the NHL next year...

He was one of our best offensive player in pre-season and one of our best PP performer...

He doesn't have anything left to learn in Junior, except for another great run at a Memorial Cup that will occur this year...

He'll be on this team next year, he is supposed to stand at 176 lbs lately, I don't see how his weight could be a problem ?

He'll compete with Tarasenko for the ROY imo.


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