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04-21-2007, 09:15 PM
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Playoffs: What have you learned / Previous unknown players you like

I've watched probably over 60% of the games and I just wanted to start a thread to discuss things that others are finding interesting or players who you didn't really know about but have really impressed you.

My number one guy is Trevor Daley for Dallas. I didn't watch much of them this year and never heard of this guy. But his physical play, poise, and effective offense have really impressed me.

Draper's speed is also something I never appreciated. Daniel Cleary has made an impression on me as well. Where did this guy come from??!!

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04-21-2007, 10:48 PM
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What I have learned is that the guy voted "the most overrated player in the NHL" by his peers just a few weeks ago is actually VERY underrated, IMO. Sean Avery's effect in the Atlanta series cannot be over-stated. He didn't just win game 2 almost by himself, but I don't know the last time I've ever seen someone so totally psyched out, set-off, and mentally overwhelmed as Kovalchuk was by the end of that series. It got to the point where Kovalchuck was just attacking Avery every time they were on the ice together. It was hilarious. In the mean time, Avery actually had more of an offensive impact than Ilya.

The Rangers re-surgence is directly due to Avery. He (along with Shanny) gives the Rangers the accessory of grit to their great skill. Because of that, they have a real chance to do serious damage in the playoffs whereas last year they were nothing but a punching bag once the playoff began and toughness was tested.

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04-21-2007, 10:54 PM
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Being on the west coast hurts my ability to see a lot of eastern games. I tivo'd the Caps games but I'm not about to do that for the Rags.

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Avery has been a force and you've got to credit Nylander as well. He's been phenomenal for the Rangers, particularly down the stretch and in the first round (four goals and four assists in four games). If Rangers somehow let him walk at the end of the year, the Caps would be wise to look his direction this summer. He could work on the top line until Backstrom is ready, teach him the ropes and not demand the $5-7M / year that a Gomez or Drury would.

I can't think of any glaring suprises so far. Zach Parise and Chris Kelly are two younger guys that've stepped up their play and been pretty clutch for their respective teams.

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Avery. At first I thought he was a sideshow tool like Carcillo. He kinda is, but I didn't realize how effective he is at it.

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04-21-2007, 11:27 PM
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I think the "Turco is a choker" label has lost a little of its luster. He's got three shutouts in the post season already.

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I think the "Turco is a choker" label has lost a little of its luster. He's got three shutouts in the post season already.
Almost seems like he's passing the torch to Luongo a little bit

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Turco one me over with his hilarious commentary during the all star game...though I would agree its looking like he is choking a bit

Its funny to see cleary doing well...man I remember when he was drafted..pretty much he was a bust but he is playing well in the playoffs.

Volchenkov has been the most impressive that I have seen so far.

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I have always loved what Avery brings to the table, i think many of us had a pro's vs. con's discussion about bringing him to the Caps last season. I agree with all that he has proven how valuable he is with how he has played with the Rangers (not just the playoffs).

To me the guy who has really stepped up has to be Mike Comrie. Some of us already talked about him in another thread. But he has really done well with Ottawa so far and IMO could have been their best player in the opening round.

The big story to me, and me and a couple of the guys were talking about this last night, is all the fights. I gotta say I love it, you normally don't see this in playoff hockey.

And for as bad as VS. is during the regular season covering hockey, i think they have done a pretty damn good job covering the playoffs.

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04-22-2007, 09:55 AM
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I think the playoffs just shows what this team should already know.


They need the Mike Griers. The Craig Rivets, the Billy Guerins, the other key locker room guys they do not have on the roster.


They need vets who can step up their game when it matters. If they don't go out and get them, this whole rebuild is for naught.

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I like that Tarik has been saying that Rivet's name is being tossed around in discussions by GMGM.

I think he'd be a good partner for Green

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I like that Tarik has been saying that Rivet's name is being tossed around in discussions by GMGM.

I think he'd be a good partner for Green
I'd be fine with Rivet. But they better not overpay (his leadership is his best quality), and they better get someone to help more with the PP, because he isn't that guy. Though, I'd be ok with a Hannan/Rivet move, and let Pothier focus on the powerplay more.


I dunno, its the 3/4ths 6/8 kinda dilemma.

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Zach Parise has impressed me for such a young guy...

Christoph Shubert for Ottawa...

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I'd be fine with Rivet. But they better not overpay (his leadership is his best quality), and they better get someone to help more with the PP, because he isn't that guy. Though, I'd be ok with a Hannan/Rivet move, and let Pothier focus on the powerplay more.


I dunno, its the 3/4ths 6/8 kinda dilemma.
If they shore up the Defensive aspect of the D corps and let Pothier and Green develop the PP abilities and bring along McNeill and Lepisto or trade some one from the roster already for a PP guy.

I'm pretty sure Rivet has been on the PP for SJ

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If they shore up the Defensive aspect of the D corps and let Pothier and Green develop the PP abilities and bring along McNeill and Lepisto or trade some one from the roster already for a PP guy.

I'm pretty sure Rivet has been on the PP for SJ
He has been in the Playoffs, and some in the past for the Habs.

He just isn't a great facilitator. I'd be ok with a Pothier/Green/Jurcina/Rivet combination until they find someone to handle it, but they better up their forwards significantly.

Lepisto could have a stellar camp and make it an afterthought though.

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Zach Parise has impressed me for such a young guy...
1000% agree....FU NJ for taking him right before our pick.

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I already knew how good Volchenkov was, but I didn't realize he had stepped up to that high of a level. Wow, I was thoroughly impressed with him in the Sens-Pens series.

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Zach Parise has impressed me for such a young guy...
I was impressed with him all year long, the playoffs to me have just been reiterating what I already knew.

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Zach Parise has impressed me for such a young guy...
zp was the lifeblood of my fantasy team this year. real character guy, good in the locker room, etc. had a feeling he'd be a gamer come playoff time.

turco and datsyuk have both shown something, at least as far as shaking off the 'playoff loser' label.

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My number one guy is Trevor Daley for Dallas. I didn't watch much of them this year and never heard of this guy. But his physical play, poise, and effective offense have really impressed me.
I know this means nothing, but that guy is a STUD in NHL '07.

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I know this means nothing, but that guy is a STUD in NHL '07.
that may be all that matters

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in nhl 07, mike green fights at least twice a game for my team.

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I know this means nothing, but that guy is a STUD in NHL '07.
Well I plan to buy a PS3 for the next edition of Winning Eleven so I'll be back to playing video games again and will pick-up NHL '08 for next year's studs.

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I learned that giving someone the old two handed tomahawk to the chest with your stick is more frowned upon than illegal.

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Thank you for Zubrus!

I think many in Sabreland will agree that Zubrus has been the best player or close to the best player for the Sabres in round 1. The guy is amazing on the boards and just doesn't get beaten off the puck. He has chemistry with Drury which has made that line the most dangerous out of the 4 in round 1.

If we have the money, I know that everyone in Buffalo would love to keep him in a Sabres uniform. Is it true he really wants 5 years? If so, that's a shame and we'll need to let him walk too.

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