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12-01-2016, 11:18 AM
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I was by far Chad Johnson's biggest critic last year, but good for him for surveying the market, picking a spot to go, and winning the ****ing job when he got there.

The Flames are a completely different team with him in net vs. Moose. It's wild.
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While watching Calgary last night I had some thoughts on the 2014 draft and not really sure where to put it.

I'll admit Sam Bennett made me look at how I look prospects a little differently. Back in 2014, I loved him as a prospect, he was relentless and talented. But what has become apparent in the NHL is that he does not have anything elite about him, he is a good skater, has good hockey sense, a good passer, a good shooter etc..he's lacking an elite dynamic to his game, but he will be a fine second line player in this league for many years. Looking back I think everyone kinda knew he didn't really have an elite aspect to his game, but kinda choose to overlook it because of the intangibles.
We're 2-3 years away from seeing any major split between Draisaitl, Reinhart and Bennett. Flames fans like him more than Monahan.

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While watching Calgary last night I had some thoughts on the 2014 draft and not really sure where to put it.

I'll admit Sam Bennett made me look at how I look prospects a little differently. Back in 2014, I loved him as a prospect, he was relentless and talented. But what has become apparent in the NHL is that he does not have anything elite about him, he is a good skater, has good hockey sense, a good passer, a good shooter etc..he's lacking an elite dynamic to his game, but he will be a fine second line player in this league for many years. Looking back I think everyone kinda knew he didn't really have an elite aspect to his game, but kinda choose to overlook it because of the intangibles.
I think legit two way play is difficult to discern in junior players, particularly those who are high effort with impressive athleticism.

The stick lifts are useful to look at, but I like to see guys who know how to physically block lanes in position battles. Or guys who force passing lanes or feign openings to lure an opposing player into a bad pass. Reinhart did this last year to morgan reilly, great example.

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Connor is running away with the lead league in points. He's the best player I've even seen.

And Laine has two tonight, insane shooter. He's going to have the highest shooting percentage we've seen in a long time.

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12-01-2016, 09:23 PM
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Big night for Draisaitl - 2G 1A 8SOG with half the 3rd period gone.

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Connor is running away with the lead league in points. He's the best player I've even seen.

And Laine has two tonight, insane shooter. He's going to have the highest shooting percentage we've seen in a long time.
It's a great time to be a hockey fan

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Connor is running away with the lead league in points. He's the best player I've even seen.

And Laine has two tonight, insane shooter. He's going to have the highest shooting percentage we've seen in a long time.
Connor is definitely on a different tier than everybody, but guys like Eichel, Matthews being on the tier below him IMO, is not too shabby.

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Very surprised to see how quickly Laine is racking up goals.

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Very surprised to see how quickly Laine is racking up goals.
He's getting to the point where teams need to think about playing a triangle and one PK with a guy shadowing him all the time to take away the one t.

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Very surprised to see how quickly Laine is racking up goals.
I'm not surprised at all, knew this kids shot was NHL quality

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Very surprised to see how quickly Laine is racking up goals.
I'll be more surprised if he can keep this pace. Teams are going to start strategizing around him, and it remains to be seen if he has enough skills in his toolbox besides a brilliant shot to compensate.

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TORONTO - The NHL Players' Association has formally rejected the league's proposal to allow players to participate in the 2018 Olympics in exchange for an extension to the current collective bargaining agreement.

NHLPA executive director Don Fehr says that the players, primarily the executive board, showed no interest in the idea.

He says he hopes "we'll still be able to conclude an agreement to go to the Olympics."

Fehr tells The Canadian Press in an exclusive interview that "we still think it's (playing in 2018) important and we'll go from there."

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12-03-2016, 11:01 AM
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Remember when you were mocked around here if you said Laine was as good as Matthews?

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Matthews's IQ >>>> Eichel's IQ

Eichel's Physical Skills >> Matthews' Physical skills

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Matthews's IQ >>>> Eichel's IQ

Eichel's Physical Skills >> Matthews' Physical skills
I'm not sure you know what IQ is...

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Columbus got 60 shots tonight vs arizona. Torts has them going real well

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Columbus got 60 shots tonight vs arizona. Torts has them going real well
They have an ideal roster for him to be coaching...47 powerforwards lol

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Remember when you were mocked around here if you said Laine was as good as Matthews?
He isn't as good. He's a pure finisher, especially on the powerplay. Matthews is a driver of offense. Not sure what your point is.

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I'm not surprised at all, knew this kids shot was NHL quality
Everyone knew his shot was NHL quality, but that release, accuracy power.... Already looks to be a top 3-5 shot in the league. Really surprised it's THAT good.

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The debate is that he gets put in on second nights of back to backs with weaker lineups and little chance to succeed.


I call that being a backup goaltender, and if you can't do that, you're useless. Good on them for making the move in-season.

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