Dubi got his mancrush thread so know it's his partner in crime's turn. Dawes' play of late has been awesome. I knew he had a good shot but his passing, vision and strength on the puck have been great.
Keep it up Nigel
Everything he does, he makes it look so easy because of his talent. Watching him these past few weeks, makes it clear as to why he was dominating in the AHL. Its actually a joke that he was every in the AHL for that long this season.
Keep him next to Dubi...get Pru back on that line and let them all grow together.
Seems like an ******* in interviews (have heard reports from HFD), and just doesn't do much away from the puck.
Wow....very classless post IMO.
Not sure why he comes off bad to you. The guy in Hartford was always a class act. The guy actually got off the bus for my little brother who was crying since he didnt get any autographs(he's only 8 so give him a break ) after a game and signed his jersey, and a puck, the GWG goal puck that he had scored. Yes, thats right, GWG goal puck Dawes gave up to a fan, my brother.
So I ask...you say "So I heard from HFD reports" is that just what you heard and you just assume he's a bad guy? Or do have you first hand info?
And Again..I say..very classless post. "I dont think i'm ever going to like the guy"? Then you go on to say what you "heard" from "HFD reports" (which also nobody from HF has heard but you apparently.)
I don't know whether the trips down to Hartford hurt him at all. He seems to be better this time around. He's moving the puck around to his teammates more and picking up some assists. It looks like this time around he might be here to stay.
Dawes is definitely getting better. I wouldnt call him "Dawesome" yet, because hes still not active enough for my liking away from the puck and in his own end. Like Dubinsky is the first guy back playing D, and gets his ass in there to dig pucks out and get em out of the zone, dawes still floats a bit too much for my liking....with that said though, hes leaps and bounds better than he was earlier in the year. sending him down really helped his play if you ask me.
I dont think he deserved to be sent back to Hartford the last time. He had like 6 goals by Dec, its not bad for a rookie.
his play away from the puck, particularly in his own zone was soooooooo bad his first stint up here. he was a floater, plain and simple. he was picking his spots, and trying to get goals and generate offense from that. In the NHL nowadays you can not do that. you need to have 5 men active in all 3 zones to stand a chance at winning. the teams are too well coached, and too hungry, and the games all matter so much. having 1 floater and 4 guys giving 100% effort all time isnt good enough, particularly not for just 6 goals.
we tolerate it from Jagr because hes an offensive machine, but Dawes isnt near good enough to slack in the other zones.
Now dont get me wrong, he was excellent in the offensive zone, particularly when he had the puck and could create, but you need to be "in the game" for every single second of every single shift. its why ive been so beyond impressed with Dubinsky. watch him when he doesnt have the puck, or in the neutral zone, or in the defensive zone. the key word to remember is engagement. he engages the play head on, and makes things happen. that is why Dubinsky might be our best player right now.
i really like the way he is playing....and although he isnt stellar in the defensive end i have seen him down low fighting for pucks and helping the defenceman....his greatest skill though is getting open for that breakout pass....watch, when the puck goes up the other side or dubi gets the puck dawes always seems to be in the right spot to accept the pass and either get the red line or start the rush.......plus the fact he is extremely strong for his size....i love seeing larger players dumbfounded when they try and hit him and he doesnt move lol
for keeping his focus. He didn't do well went sent down last season but came around and when sent down this season, continued to played well in the AHL. The kid works hard and has some nice skill and hands. He still needs to work on his game, but he's quite young and is used to being an offensive juggernaut.
He's already been replaced, I just can't think of the name of the newcomer taking his spot..
As for Dawes, an appreciation thread? Really? I don't agree, but regardless, to the seeing eye he is getting better and better. He could use a goal, but his playmaking seems to be on par with his goal scoring, and 30-25 numbers do not look far out of this mans league in future years.
Only downside is, his choice of positioning away from the puck, his size, and the fact that he most likely needs to be in the top six to be effective (lately this has been proven wrong, but earlier in the year this seemed a certainty).
Dawes will get better, as Dubinsky flies, Dawes will too. My only question to you is, when is Hossa getting back in? He will get back in, time will tell..
Edit: Apparantely, David Clarkson is Tyler Kennedy's replacement. This won't end up well with both Dubinsky and Staal on the same team. Especially Dubinsky, I believe he's already scrapped with young Clarkson.
Dawes really has been picking up his play as of late. Next to Dubinsky, I think he has been our best forward the past 3 games or so. I really think he is here to stay this time. As of now, he is a good 3rd liner, but for whether or not he reaches that top-6 forward potential, the jury is still out.
shouldn't be an issue with Dubi as he plays with him - that's part of being a professional. Ulf Samuelsson and Mess swung sticks at each other and then were teammates. Some guys get into a fight during the game, doing their job, then go out for a beer (don't ask for specifics, I just remember hearing that years back).