De Haan - I think some people expect a Brian bleech type player and now that most Isles fans are seeing him in action for basically the first time they're, i think a little disappointed...but hey its 1 game in and he has an asst
was he on the 1st pp unit? i don't think he was..but i could be wrong.
Canada uses Ellis as the PP QB and Schwartz (a forward) on the point. de Haan saw PP time but he's not on the 1st unit.
I'd say they're similar in that they're both geared more toward setting up the offense, either by way of nice outlet passes, or distributing the puck from the blueline. But they're also both pretty sound defensively, relying mostly on positional play and smarts.
I'd say that Cam Fowler is better with his outlet passes (his biggest strength, he makes some sick outlet passes), and he's more willing to throw his body infront of pucks. While CdH has much more poise with the puck in all situations, and probably has a bit of a better shot from the point.
I love CdH, but I'd trade him for Cam Fowler wihout even having to think about it.
de Haan's game is sound. His composure with the puck is outstanding and his outlet passes are excellent. Reading other comments (esp. in the locked thread), it appears some are disappointed with his game and skill set. Not me.
I think it's because some folks who have never seen him before see first round pick, the fact he's an offensive defenseman, and immediately picture Duncan Keith (the current version, not the one at age 19), and when de Haan (obviously) doesn't play like that, they wonder why.
Another example of fans needing to temper expectations. Not every player your team drafts will become a superstar. Not every player will instantly look like an NHL all-star. Not every player dominates a game every shift he's on the ice.
If folks realize that, then they'll be more than satisfied with de Haan's future potential. If they're already penciling him in as a future Norris trophy winner, they're going to continue to be very disappointed.
Two WJCs, two Calvin de Haan injuries; let's hope this one isn't as serious as the last one.
2nd game watching Sean Cout., again, looking mundane and underwhelming out there.
Totally unimpressed with Sean Cout. Looked slow. Was kinda watching the play at times. So far from what I have seen I would compare him to a bigger Tavares with half the hockey sense. Now lets watch AL in the Sweeden game.