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03-08-2014, 04:56 PM
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Sounds good. I heard he is also very, very strong, which will come handy along the boards and establishing the cycle. Your updates are much appreciated, looking forward to seeing him play among the pros.
what this guy said.

keep up the input--always appreciate when guys with a little first hand knowledge express their opinions here.

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There must be something beyond the stats because Russo is currently doing a live chat and has reiterated more than once that Gabriel is highly coveted by this organization.

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Fletcher made clear he wasn't trading a prospect and he also said the guys everybody asked for were Dumba, Olofsson and Gabriel
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Wild absolutely love him. Physical specimen
This piggybacks on much of what we already know but it's still pretty interesting.

Also, have to laugh at this:
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Scrub: Sure seems like this team is a more cohesive unit without Koivu in the lineup. They looked great when he was out, and he's been awful since his return.
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Russo: He's been awful? I mean, honestly

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I believe it, I saw Gabriel at training camp and he definitely surprised me. Big guy who seemed very committed. Obviously his scoring ability doesn't impress but Id bet money on him being a late bloomer. Definitely could be a decent bottom six forward, and contribute in a strong way defensively.

Particularly if Fletch wants to add size, I bet the Oilers offered a trade for him too. He would be of potential value for any team looking to improve its size and defensive abilities of its roster.

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Yeo/Fletcher do seem enamored with physical attributes over the hockey ones.

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Yeo/Fletcher do seem enamored with physical attributes over the hockey ones.
I always thought that they valued the "intangibles" the most. Love drafting the high character guys/captains/hard workers. Don't really see them drafting danglers, but you don't really see them drafting these huge, brute forwards either.

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I always thought that they valued the "intangibles" the most. Love drafting the high character guys/captains/hard workers. Don't really see them drafting danglers, but you don't really see them drafting these huge, brute forwards either.
I guess Graovac, Phillips and Bertschy count as danglers/skill players, if we talk about recent drafts only. Granlund, too. I agree though, the management seems to prefer two-way forwards and good defensive abilities over skill and scoring touch. It's not a bad approach to be honest, but I could see them drafting few more skill guys in next two-three years.

With that said, you always take the BPA.

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My hope is that Kurtis Gabriel can become a Matt Read/Matt Cooke type bottom 6 guy.

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My hope is that Kurtis Gabriel can become a Matt Read/Matt Cooke type bottom 6 guy.
He doesn't seem to have Matt Cooke's skill set though. To me, he seems more like a Milan Lucic lite, a guy who simply is so strong that he can't be stopped. Not the fastest guy, not the most skilled, but simply something unstoppable.

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So like a smaller, faster Derek Boogaard?

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