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  1. With respect we don't know what Hughes's problem is until he plays in the NHL - if he has a problem at all.
  2. Now that you mention it - growing pains, is that what Jordan Subban, Dal Colle and Shink had? Any player, no matter where he is drafted has to show he can play the type of game that survives in the NHL. No one is a given, so you shouldn't dismiss another poster's concerns.
  3. I really am amazed at how many think Hughes will just walk into the team. I have big reservations on that and would prefer to see him help Utica if he is eligible and they are in the playoffs. There is no need to hurry him.
  4. You need to look at his stats - they are high in everything but points and maybe that was down mostly to the role he was asked to play in Van.
  5. I would like to see Gaunce play with two players he is used to in Utica when he plays in Van. Maybe MacEwen and ?
  6. I don't see him like Elias at all, in any way. If anything they are direct opposites apart from their skating ability. EP is always TOTALLY conscious of where his team mates are on the ice. Almost without looking he finds them with a measured pass and in space. He must be a delight to play with. EP always sees players who are open and in a position to do more damage than he might, at that moment. EP is obsessed with defence and getting team mates out of trouble. EP always seems to have that extra split second to make the move HE WANTS TO MAKE not the move he is forced to make. EP is a clinical finisher with a blistering slapper and wrister. Despite his tall height combined with lack of weight EP seems to find a way to compete hard but without taking punishment. That is why imo EP operates at a high level even in his first year in the NHL despite being only 20 years old and frankly I totally disagree with your comparison because I see Hughes lacking in almost every one of these categories at this stage in his game. As I said elsewhere he reminds me more of J Subban than EP in that he seems to play for himself. That is not playing on another level at all.
  7. I would rather see Schaller on waivers. Biega is needed in the Canuck defence. The compete level and the transition threat is always higher when he's in the team.
  8. That is why I say that Jack Rathbone may yet be the best D we have in the future. He always looks composed and in control. Hughes at present plays a game that throws his team mates into confusion because he parts with the puck at the last second almost in panic. Time will tell I suppose.
  9. As a long time advocate for Gaunce I really think he now needs to decide if he really wants to play in the NHL. I just feel he is too "gentle" for the show. He has a big body, doesn't seem to lack fitness or stamina, is fairly quick as we have seen but the BUZZ seems to be dissipated after two or three games in the NHL. Soon there will be others who may in fact lack his level of hockey IQ but have the desperation to succeed and will show him how it's done, alas for him it will then be likely too late. Victor Oreskovich comes to mind.
  10. When will people realise the good/great players are about more than points. If you watched last year you would have seen a playmaker supreme in the games. If we know one thing about Petey it is that he is not greedy.
  11. Interesting you think that. I watched the draft and the difference in the reaction of his brothers was apparent. What it means can be translated in different ways though. Luke: "Tough luck bro'" Although the only teams he may have wanted more could have been Chicago or the Oilers. I'd imagine he would have felt playing with McDavid in a Canadian market would have been cool, who knows? Every kid will have a favourite but it's not like Toronto were even close. Jack: "You lucky guy, getting to play with Pettersson." or "You were never going to Toronto so you may as well make the best of it" Having said that, joking aside he actually seemed to be elated in the interview and his Mom and Dad looked really happy.
  12. I would have him before Schaller any day. He CAN score goals but if you look back at his play in the NHL he always seemed to defer to a team mate. I really think there is still untapped potential. Unfortunately he doesn't help by not consistently using that big body to check and hit harder. I also think on at least 2 spells in Vancouver he played injured because he wanted to stay in the line up. The more you look at him the more you have to think he is better than AHL level. And no he isn't slow. I have already posted a video of his speed test and the time is comparable to some of our faster players back through the years and indeed he was faster than Hansen. Speed is not always about circuit speed but circuit speed is a decent comparison.
  13. Sven brings a whole Santa bag of intangibles though.
  14. I accept the gist of what you are saying but I still don't understand the use of the word "thankless" which implies no one appreciates them or their contribution to the team/s
  15. Thankless roles? How do you make that out. I think they have had and deserved some great times and opportunities in the Canucks organisation. I doubt they would have fared better anywhere else. Why would any pro in the AHL feel hard done by to be given an opportunity to nurture youngsters in the AHL and indeed have many similar opportunities in the NHL?