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09-26-2009, 10:03 PM
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Mike Stone is listed as El Capitan for the Hitmen.

The season is young but their off to a good start at 3-0.

Edit: Stone is sharing the captaincy with Ian Schultz. Its the second time in franchise history the Hitmen have gone with co-captains.

http://whlfans.ca/showthread.php?t=20669


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10-03-2009, 11:01 AM
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Saw Tim Billingsley again on Thursday night.

Last time I reported on the Majors, I was pretty hard on Billingsley. He played a solid game Thursday though. Billingsley played a simple and smart game and didn't try to do anything outside of his skill set. He took the body well and did a solid job off the rush in staying with his man and keeping him to the outside. I'd still like to see him play more physical, because I've seen him with a bit of a mean streak before, but as long as he can play a strong positional game defensively, he's fine. On the negative side, I'm still not quite sure he has the composure with the puck to advance to an NHL career.

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10-03-2009, 06:15 PM
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Mike Stone is listed as El Capitan for the Hitmen.

The season is young but their off to a good start at 3-0.

Edit: Stone is sharing the captaincy with Ian Schultz. Its the second time in franchise history the Hitmen have gone with co-captains.

http://whlfans.ca/showthread.php?t=20669
We seem to get a lot of captains out of our prospects. Goncharov is a captain, Larsson is an assistant, Summers is a captain, now Stone. Long was, last season. Porter, a couple of years back. Should be some solid leadership coming up.

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10-04-2009, 12:30 PM
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Having more players with a leadership mentality is definitely a bonus provided they also embody the team first approach. You can never have too many leaders as long as the ultimate objective (re: team success and Lord Stanley's mug) is shared.

The right coach (Tippett?) can help build the team chemistry and allow the players that have been leaders at lower levels recognize how they can be a piece of the puzzle in the NHL.

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10-05-2009, 03:44 PM
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Anyone else suprised by Jared Staal's start, 2g 7a 9pts 5gp. Although I don't expect it to last, an impressive start to say the least.

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10-05-2009, 04:14 PM
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Anyone else suprised by Jared Staal's start, 2g 7a 9pts 5gp. Although I don't expect it to last, an impressive start to say the least.
Considering how big he is and how he is older than most, and his past scoring, it's par for the course. Not a great start, but not a bad one. The thing is that Staal should be doing better, all things considered. I don't know that he has shown any progress in the rookie camps.

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10-05-2009, 04:38 PM
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Hopefully that's the late blooming potential the Coyotes were banking on.

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10-05-2009, 06:11 PM
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Considering how big he is and how he is older than most, and his past scoring, it's par for the course. Not a great start, but not a bad one. The thing is that Staal should be doing better, all things considered. I don't know that he has shown any progress in the rookie camps.
He was always supposed to be a project. That's what projects do. Remember that big kid from Minnesota? I'm not saying Staal will end up as good as that kid, but he sure took a while to start making a big impression, anyway. I didn't like the Staal pick from day one, and I don't like it now. Still, I hope he proves me wrong. Hell, just putting up big numbers in juniors, combined with his last name, and high draft position might be enough to make him worth something in a trade, at the very least.

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10-06-2009, 11:14 AM
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found a video from a preseason game where Goncharov lost in a fight badly

good lesson for the kid

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10-06-2009, 01:05 PM
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found a video from a preseason game where Goncharov lost in a fight badly

good lesson for the kid
Who cares about the fight. Did you see the hit he laid on that guy? Wow! Besides, Siklenka's a goon with 4 inches and 40 pounds on Goncharov. Good for Maxim for not backing down.

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10-06-2009, 01:08 PM
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It was a nice hit, except the guy didnt have the puck.

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It was a nice hit, except the guy didnt have the puck.
Minor point. Noticed that on the replay, but the puck was in close proximity.

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Who cares about the fight. Did you see the hit he laid on that guy? Wow! Besides, Siklenka's a goon with 4 inches and 40 pounds on Goncharov. Good for Maxim for not backing down.
Exactly. We're talking about a guy who's gooned it up through the WHL, ECHL, and AHL. I'm actually impressed that Goncharov landed one clean shot, and was able to eat three clean ones from Siklenka.

I don't know what the hell he was thinking on that hit, though.

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Considering how big he is and how he is older than most, and his past scoring, it's par for the course. Not a great start, but not a bad one. The thing is that Staal should be doing better, all things considered. I don't know that he has shown any progress in the rookie camps.
A project who has not scored a point per game yet in juniors or minor midget for that matter averages close to 2 pts per game and its not a great start? Size shouldn't help your point totals really you use what you got Gill doesn't put up 100 pts. You can't say he should be doing better when he is a project who should have been drafted in the 7th round, mid round OHL pick and should not have been near OHL ice his 1st year.

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Exactly. We're talking about a guy who's gooned it up through the WHL, ECHL, and AHL. I'm actually impressed that Goncharov landed one clean shot, and was able to eat three clean ones from Siklenka.

I don't know what the hell he was thinking on that hit, though.
I'm sure if we could roll back the tape we could find out.

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10-06-2009, 02:15 PM
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i like how the glass roils over the benches they have in Russia.

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10-06-2009, 02:22 PM
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Staal will always be a target for criticism which is kinda sad.

IMO 50% of the teams in the league would have selected him by the 3rd round, and that supposedly is his fault.

a young kid growing into a recently developed large frame is criticized for being slow, and awkward. On more than one occasion I've read the phrase 'deer in headlights' near his name....Is it just me or do all the Staal's appear to have a bit of that look?

It seems like he has some issues with some hockey drills, but in limited game-action I've witnessed, it also seems he's usually near the action where you'd want a player to be.

If there's a hockey player I'd root for it would be him, and not just because it would be good news for the Coyotes....I feel sorry for the crap the kid has to put up with because of his name and what others might mistake him for.

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10-06-2009, 02:51 PM
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A project who has not scored a point per game yet in juniors or minor midget for that matter averages close to 2 pts per game and its not a great start?
Clearly you are not familiar with history, or even Coyote history.

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i like how the glass roils over the benches they have in Russia.
Makes the penalty box look more like a bus stop.

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10-06-2009, 09:20 PM
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I fail to see where you are going with this, what does Kiel Mcleod have to do with Staal's development?

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Staal vs Szwarz in Saginaw provided there are no injuries.

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anything on Chris Brown?

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any word on how Ekman-Larsson is doing and any site that we can check to monitor his progress? Thanks in advance.

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2009 3rd rounder Mike Lee made his NCAA debut last night, making 25 saves on 27 shots in a non-conference game against Miami (Ohio). He'll have to wait to get his first win, though, as SCSU failed to score a goal.

Scott Darling hasn't made a start yet for Maine.

Brett Hextall had two goals in two non-conference games against Merrimack.

Through two games, Chris Brown is leading Michigan in scoring with two goals and an assist (all collected in a 6-1 victory of Alaska-Anchorage last night). Chris Summers has an assist.

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Sounds great all around. Glad that NCAA hockey is starting up.

When's the next Michigan game anyway? Haven't watched some college in awhile.


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