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12-16-2009, 03:36 AM
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Thoughts on Ryan Potulny?

He seems to be doing quite well for himself this season since his call-up, scoring some 6 goals and 10 points in 17 games. His goals have come of the highlight reel variety. They are simply not garbage goals, which is a testimate of a player's value and potential imo. They are goal scorer goals. He's put up 38 goals in his best year in college and another 38 in the AHL, what are the chances he becomes another late bloomer type like Marty St. Louis?

Admittedly I signed him in my keeper fantasy league and I am probably applying wishful thinking here, and perhaps that isn't the best comparison. Granted both him and St. Louis where big college standouts, and both have showed promise around this point into their careers. That's pretty much the extent of the comparison in a nutshell. Potulny seems to be making decent plays even when he doesn't put pucks in the net. His ice time is constantly up there, and the Oilers seem to be using him in all situations. Every game I see him in (SportsNet West shows a lot of Oiler games), he seems to be really in it. You know he wants to stay up, and for your guy's sake, his own, and mine, I hope he does. That means he's still given'r.

Any kind of input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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12-16-2009, 03:56 AM
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He is keeper

I like Potulny. He is for sure 20 goal scorer but have a potential to be 30 goal man in his prime years. I would try to lock him up for 3 year 1M a year.

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he reminds me of RUDY from Notre Dame

hes a keeper!

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he reminds me of RUDY from Notre Dame

hes a keeper!
That's funny you say that because I recall someone saying that about Matt Moulson on the New York Islanders forum. Granted, their stories are quite similar. Both are having breakout seasons or at the very least are making an impact in their mid-20's. They are doing far beyond what was expected of them. I have a real good feeling about Potulny. Like I mentioned before, you can get a good feeling about a player's potential as a scorer based on the level of skill, and the difficulty behind the goals. A lot of his goals aren't easy, garbage, or simple results. They are quite remarkable goals. I hope he's the real deal, because then I found myself a diamond in the rough. I haven't found one of those since I signed David Booth some 2-plus years ago.

I guess you can chalk Ryan Wilson up as one of my potential diamond in the rough signings as well. I been following his career since his junior days, when he dominated in scoring among all CHL blueliners. He was one of the best open ice hitters, and had a bolt of a shot from the point. He's carried that to the NHL, and his only knock has been his skating. I gotta say though, I like how both players have been playing thus far. I sure feel spoiled!


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12-16-2009, 07:36 AM
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He's a solid player who finds ways to contribute and never seems to be a problem on the ice. He plays a safe game plus, if that makes sense.

I also think the Oilers really ripped the Flyers off in that deal.

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12-16-2009, 07:55 AM
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Good player.

He reminds me of the types of old-school Oiler-players we used to have ... crafty with a knack for scoring goals at key times. He would fit right in on the 90s Oiler squads that did well.

He's decent in the face off dot too.

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Sportsnet West shows a lot of Oiler games?

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12-16-2009, 08:53 AM
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Like the player(Syvret) with trading for him, he had lots of potential coming in. The problem was he was getting older and taking awhile to reach that potential.

Guys like Potulny are reasons I don't like how waivers are setup. A lot of guys don't hit there potential until their mid to late twenties, but because of waivers a team has to risk losing them when they try send them to the minors. I understand why there is waivers, but it seems to be hampering some of the younger players development.

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Players like Potulny help teams win. Stone is another one of those players...slightly different tool box but both players make smart plays with and without the puck. The question becomes who does Quinn sit when Comrie is healthy?

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Players like Potulny help teams win. Stone is another one of those players...slightly different tool box but both players make smart plays with and without the puck. The question becomes who does Quinn sit when Comrie is healthy?
The way things are going he has to sit someone who isn't helping the team. O'Sullivan seems to be in the doghouse, maybe he gets a game or two in the pressbox.

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The way things are going he has to sit someone who isn't helping the team. O'Sullivan seems to be in the doghouse, maybe he gets a game or two in the pressbox.
I would be fine with that but its tough to sit a contract like Sullys.
I just hope that Quinn isn't stupid enough to sit Potulny in favor of Comrie.

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I would be fine with that but its tough to sit a contract like Sullys.
I just hope that Quinn isn't stupid enough to sit Potulny in favor of Comrie.
Like Brule was last year, Potulny could end up being sent down due to numbers.

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I love him, he's safe, consistent and reliable. He also can move up and down the lineup effectively. At a good price, you love to have a couple guys like him on your team.

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Like Brule was last year, Potulny could end up being sent down due to numbers.
The guy is on pace for 20 goals...in 60 games. He's not getting sent down.

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Like Brule was last year, Potulny could end up being sent down due to numbers.
Thats the kind of move the keeps this team mired in mediocrity. Potulny and Brule are different players. Although he is not as dynamic and doesn't have the pedigree I think Potulny brings more to the table than Brule did last year.
There is an argument to be made that Potulny contributes more than Brule this season as well.

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Like Brule was last year, Potulny could end up being sent down due to numbers.
Wouldnt he go on waivers...

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Wouldnt he go on waivers...
I think he was a callup for injury so he might not have to, I'd have to check it out.

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Thats the kind of move the keeps this team mired in mediocrity. Potulny and Brule are different players. Although he is not as dynamic and doesn't have the pedigree I think Potulny brings more to the table than Brule did last year.
There is an argument to be made that Potulny contributes more than Brule this season as well.
Putting Comrie in over Potulny isn't going to hurt this team.

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Had a great start when called up, dissappeared for about the last 4 or 5 games, reappeared last night.

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I think he was a callup for injury so he might not have to, I'd have to check it out.
No he will have to go on waivers as he has played 10 or more games and has been on the roster for more than 30 days. Either is a trigger for waivers for him.

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Had a great start when called up, dissappeared for about the last 4 or 5 games, reappeared last night.
Maybe dissappeared offensively but I don't think he is here to contribute offensively every night.

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Better than Pouliot.

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I can't imagine the Oilers being willing to risk losing him to waivers. But something will have to give.

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I have to admit, I wasn't a big Ryan Potulny fan at the beginning of the year, but as this season has progressed and I've seen him for most of his 17 games, I'm coming around. He is a smart hockey player with a very good mind for the game. And you can't say that about everyone on this team. He knows where he has to go to score, and gets himself ready for that opportunity. Makes the simple, smart play, and is extremely reliable. I think he's an ideal 3rd line player, and unless he really tails off, he's a keeper for that role.

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Putting Comrie in over Potulny isn't going to hurt this team.
Disagree completely.
Comrie is a small, soft, PP specialist. Players like that do not help teams win games.

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