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01-14-2010, 07:19 AM
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TOP FLOATERS OR GREEDY SURFERS IN THE NHL:

1. Alexei Kovalev
2. Maxim Afinogenov
3. Alexander Semin
4. Petr Sykora
5. Ilya Kovalchuk
6. Evgeni Malkin
7. Tomas Vanek
8. Scott Gomez

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01-14-2010, 07:20 AM
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Ovechkin
Kovalchuk
Semin
Afinogenov
Kovalev
Kozlov
Samsonov
Anisimov
Lisin
Shirokov

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01-14-2010, 07:21 AM
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I'm confused as to what his +/- tells about his back-checking.
It says that not a lot of pucks go in the net when he is on the ice. Deduce what you will from that.

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01-14-2010, 07:22 AM
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Ovechkin
Kovalchuk
Semin
Afinogenov
Kovalev
Kozlov
Samsonov
Anisimov
Lisin
Shirokov
Do you guys actually watch Ovie play? Or have you heard it somewhere along the line that he floats, and chose to cement that one in your brain. Everyone loovvvess to think the worst about this guy.

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01-14-2010, 07:27 AM
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Some of the names on the list I am guessing are getting labelled "floaters" because they play high in the defensive zone(notice how most are wingers, whose job should be covering the defensemen), which is more likely a coaching desicion then actual floating. Floating to me is when a player gives a half assed effort in all zones

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01-14-2010, 07:31 AM
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Some of the names on the list I am guessing are getting labelled "floaters" because they play high in the defensive zone(notice how most are wingers, whose job should be covering the defensemen), which is more likely a coaching desicion then actual floating. Floating to me is when a player gives a half assed effort in all zones
Yea... going by that definition if you call Ovie a floater I do not think this is the correct sport for you to watch.

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01-14-2010, 07:48 AM
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Pavel Bure wins the "floater of all time" award.

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01-14-2010, 08:06 AM
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on the flyers, the only real floater is Briere, but even he has been caught back checking on occasion.
that used to be the case but I honestly don't recall seeing it once this year. His defensive effort has improved 100 fold. He still sucks at it, but he's certainly working hard.

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01-14-2010, 08:14 AM
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Are we talking about players that are great offensively and not so great defensively?

Ovechkin is not exactly the king of backchecking, but his +/- tells otherwise.
+/- isn't a stat that measures defensive ability. It shows that Ovechkin is on the ice for a lot more goals for than against, which makes sense when he plays an offensive dynamo like Semin, an elite two-way player like Backstrom, and the league's best offensive d-man in Green. Drew Doughty is far better defensively than Green but has a much worse +/-. Brian Campbell is + 18. BRIAN CAMPBELL

That sad, Ovechkin isn't a two-way player but some people seem to think he's Bure bad, and he isn't.

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01-14-2010, 08:33 AM
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My nominees are Afinogenov, Huselius, P.Kane was Bure bad last season and playoffs, havent watched him much this season.

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01-14-2010, 09:40 AM
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Pavel Bure wins the "floater of all time" award.
I think Petr Klima would take issue with that.

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01-14-2010, 10:54 AM
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Hagman #2, really? What the heck has happened to him? Haven't seen him play this year very much, tho.
He's been the smartest player on the Leafs this year, and one of the few hardest-working. That may not say much but it does mean he should be nowhere near a "top-10 floaters" list... I've yet to see a reasoning for why he is there.

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01-14-2010, 11:00 AM
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This is my list of the top 10 floaters in the NHL.

1. Kovalchuk
2. Hagman
3. Kane
4. Gomez
5. Cogliano
6. Kovalev
7. Satan
8. Heatley
9. Vanek
10. Avery

HM: Kessel

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01-14-2010, 11:04 AM
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OP, care to elaborate this Hagman-a-sailboat thing?

I just don't follow...and, if that was actually a ranking, he's no.2 ?!

Just out of curiosity, how would you describe NH as a NHL player? Say, strengths and weaknesses, for starters?

EDIT: nevermind, you're the same poster who said Teppo Numminen wasn't a quality player enough to deserve a spot in the Yotes ring of honor....


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01-14-2010, 11:32 AM
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That Kessel does nothing but score goals, and he has one in his last 15 games. Doesn't battle for pucks, doesn't go into corners, doesn't attempt to play defense. I'll safely say he's the biggest floater there is right now.

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01-14-2010, 11:39 AM
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Ovechkin, Kovalchuk, and Semin are a few of the ones that stick out the most for me (probably because they are so skilled)

Kane and Kariya also are notably poor on the backcheck.

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01-14-2010, 11:40 AM
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TOP FLOATERS OR GREEDY SURFERS IN THE NHL:

1. Alexei Kovalev
2. Maxim Afinogenov
3. Alexander Semin
4. Petr Sykora
5. Ilya Kovalchuk
6. Evgeni Malkin
7. Tomas Vanek
8. Scott Gomez
Malkin? Really?

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01-14-2010, 11:45 AM
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Haters, picking on Russian players.

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01-14-2010, 12:32 PM
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Kane is the worst I've seen in the western conference.

If this is allegedly him being better, I can only assume he never crossed center ice into his own zone last season.

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01-14-2010, 12:35 PM
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This is my list of the top 10 floaters in the NHL.

1. Kovalchuk
2. Hagman
3. Kane
4. Gomez
5. Cogliano
6. Kovalev
7. Satan
8. Heatley
9. Vanek
10. Avery

HM: Kessel


Good one.

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01-14-2010, 12:41 PM
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He's been the smartest player on the Leafs this year, and one of the few hardest-working. That may not say much but it does mean he should be nowhere near a "top-10 floaters" list... I've yet to see a reasoning for why he is there.

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01-14-2010, 12:51 PM
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Bertuzzi is a world class floater.
I wish he'd floated above Moore instead of...

As I've only watched mostly AVs games this season, I'd have to put Wolski on the top of my list. Would have to watch more of the league in general to know where he stands in terms of talent and not using it effectively though.

God I wish, I could find a job that allowed me to watch games all day long.


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01-14-2010, 01:47 PM
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Gomez is not a floater, not sure about his Ranger days but in NJ and now in Montreal he certainly doesn't float. Hagman isn't a floater either, one of the few guys on the Leafs who looks interested most games. Ovechkin is not as well, floaters half-ass it in all zones imo when they are not into it and when Alex smells goal he gives her.

Kovalev who I like, can be a world class floater sometimes. When he doesn't feel like it he just plays like his head is in the clouds, taking hooking penalties instead of backchecking, and too much individual play. Could be number 1 on the list but shouldn't because he has more good games than bad.

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01-14-2010, 02:40 PM
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Briere used to be on this list (even top it) but eh has started to work his ass off in the defensive zone, even though little comes of it

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Ovechkin
Kovalchuk
Semin
Afinogenov
Kovalev
Kozlov
Samsonov
Anisimov
Lisin
Shirokov
You left out Frolov.

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