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11-15-2005, 02:42 PM
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How has Andrej Mezsaros been playing?

I followed him with the Giants.I've seen him a couple times on HNIC,looked like he's fitting right in.Just wanted to get the local fans prospective.

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He's been amazing, considering he was just 19 when the season began. I actually wouldn't have minded him being sent down after training camp to save a little money, get him more ice time in Bingo, and because of the Sens possible waiver problem, but after seeing him play more, he definately deserves to be here. So poised with the puck and rarely makes a mistake in his own zone.

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Most of us were expecting him to be sent down, but he played so well that management just had to keep him.

The ultimate was his 3 games in 3 nights virtuoso pre-season performance, capped with him being the best player on the ice despite playing 27 minutes in that third game.

He plays textbook defence, in that he rubs guys out without using the stick. He's also a pretty good skater, passer, and knows when to use the low snap shot from the point instead of the big slapper.

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as an example, hes playing better hockey as a rookie than Redden was. Nuff said

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as an example, hes playing better hockey as a rookie than Redden was. Nuff said
Oh Jesus...good point.

That just put it into perspecive for me.

Good job.

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That just put it into perspective for me.
Want me to BLOW your mind?

Think about how many above average defencemen of the past are looking mediocre to awful in the new NHL, with the obstruction no longer allowed?

You no longer have the "get out of a jam free" card in hauling the guy around with your stick.

Makes Andrej look even more impressive

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11-15-2005, 03:15 PM
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Thanks,guys.
When he played junior in Vancouver,you could tell he was a lock for the NHL.He was a man among boys!Great to hear that he's fitting in! He could leave for the world Juniors',will the Sens let him go?

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Want me to BLOW your mind?
You can blow me when ever you want.









You're right...that's another really good point as well.

Man oh man...I need to be much more insightful.

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11-15-2005, 03:17 PM
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He could leave for the world Juniors',will the Sens let him go?
I think after playing in the Olympics, the World Juniors would be a bit of a letdown

Bergeron's the only guy I can think of who played in both senior and junior tournaments in the same year, and that's only because of the lockout.

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He is actually to old for the world juniors, he is an 85 so he is not eligible. So he will be sticking with the sens for the whole season.

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Want me to BLOW your mind?




You can blow me when ever you want.
i actually did lol as i read that, in fact it was practically a spit take....

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He is actually to old for the world juniors, he is an 85 so he is not eligible. So he will be sticking with the sens for the whole season.
He could still play a year in the CHL.Is there different age restrictions for the WJC?

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To be fair to Redden, the Sens team he played on as a rookie wasn't quite as good as this one.

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He could still play a year in the CHL.Is there different age restrictions for the WJC?
It's the same age restrictions for both. If he had played in the CHL, he would have had to have played as an Overager. It's based on the year you were born, and this year, 1985-born players are overagers in the CHL, and ineligible for the WJC. The WJC this year, is for players born in 1986-1989.

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It's the same age restrictions for both. If he had played in the CHL, he would have had to have played as an Overager. It's based on the year you were born, and this year, 1985-born players are overagers in the CHL, and ineligible for the WJC. The WJC this year, is for players born in 1986-1989.
I know the cut off date for the NHL draft is Sept 15th of the year but is this also the case for WJC or is it on a calendar year basis?

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I know the cut off date for the NHL draft is Sept 15th of the year but is this also the case for WJC or is it on a calendar year basis?
Calendar year. That's why for example, Malkin is eligible to play in the WJC this year, but Ovechkin is not. Malkin's birthday: July 31st, 1986. Ovechkin's birthday: September 17th, 1985.

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Calendar year. That's why for example, Malkin is eligible to play in the WJC this year, but Ovechkin is not. Malkin's birthday: July 31st, 1986. Ovechkin's birthday: September 17th, 1985.
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11-18-2005, 11:44 AM
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Mezsaros is a +17 this year. That is tied for 4th best in the NHL. Sens have the top 5 +/- guys in the NHL.

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You think it would be smart for Sens Management to lock him up for 5 years.

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He will still be on a rookie contract... the difficult part is getting him locked after the five years

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You think it would be smart for Sens Management to lock him up for 5 years.
Well, he really can't go anywhere for 7. We'll have him for cheap for most of that time. Hopefully him and Brian Lee can step up once one of the big horses takes off.

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Mezsaros is a +17 this year. That is tied for 4th best in the NHL. Sens have the top 5 +/- guys in the NHL.
Well, to be fair his +/- is a little better than a few of the other Sens D because Mez isn't typically matched up against the other team's top line - which is usually left for Chara-Phillips. However, Meszaros has played with Redden a few times, and has seen some tough match-ups in those instances (not to mention on the road when Murray can't control match-ups as well).

I think it's fair to say we're all pretty pumped about his potential. He has shown a few really nice offensive moves in the last few games (albeit, with a few more defensive hick-ups than earlier in the season), and hopefully he will continue to improve to the point he is really comfortable come playoffs.

I'd say he is tracking to be a great top-pairing guy down the road, with #1 d-man potential, and worst case, we have a solid top-4 guy for a long-time.

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He's been impressive eh. I felt on some road matchups, the other teams were keying on him as a weak spot. He's been getting his feet wet.

It's really impressive when you think that many teams are shuffling players between the farm club and back overnight trying to save a couple thousand dollars a day. We could of easily sent him down saving maybe half a million dollars. I was certain the business decision would trump the hockey decision and they would send him down or keep him from getting 40 games. It's kinda exciting I was wrong.

I guess he is just too good to hold back. All he needs is getting comfortable at NHL speed I suppose. Developing him earlier if we can is usually a sign he will be elite. I dont think any of our defensemen looked as good as he does at his age. Its exciting to think what he might develop into. I think the sky's the limit

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Meszaros would go top 5 if the draft was redone, no question in my mind.

He was a stud the first time I saw him in a Giants uniform, and he completely dominated most of the games I went to last season.

My Meszaros Giants jersey will be a collectors item in a few years .

That was the toughest jersey to find, but well worth it. Its going to fun to see him step up as Ottawa won't be able to keep that d-core together forever.

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Meszaros had a bit of a rough time defensively last night but he showed his offensive ability. He put a real nice move on someone at the blueline but missed the net with his shot.

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