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  1. Tyler Madden | C

    Getting that kind of deployment this early into a season as a rookie is a very good sign.
  2. Quinn Hughes | D

    It's because he rarely moves in a straight line. I've only seen him skate in a straight line when he's getting back defensively. Otherwise, he's always using crossovers and tight turns to evade defenders offensively. That's why people called him a defensive version of Barzal in his draft year; both players are always always using crossovers and can change speeds in an instant.
  3. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    If Sazuki is back in Owen Sound, then there's no reason Gadjovich can't be either. I would like to see him use the first half of the year to recover and then play regular minutes, but we'll have to see.
  4. 2019 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, BC

    J. Hughes - Horvat - Boeser Dahlen - Pettersson - Goldobin
  5. Quinn Hughes | D

  6. Sam Gagner | C/W

    You said Utica already had enough bodies down the middle and Gagner would just get in the way. The head coach of the Comet's said the exact opposite.
  7. Sam Gagner | C/W

    We can agree to disagree on this one I guess.
  8. Sam Gagner | C/W

    via @UticaHockey What are you talking about? Are you going to tell me you'd rather have Darcy than Gagner?
  9. Sam Gagner | C/W

    Gagner (along with Boeser and Vanek) did improve our powerplay a considerable amount last year. That's exactly what Benning signed him to do. The problem is Benning didn't have the foresight to see that was pretty much all he could do. Signing a bottom-6 powerplay specialist and then being disappointed that he's a bottom-6 powerplay specialist doesn't look too good on the GM's ability to evaluate free agents. "did he pay too much? yes, but being a bottom feeder, you have to out pay others to get the guys you want. " This notion really bothers me. Willingly overpaying for someone who's not a key part of your future core is just a really bad strategy. There really is no way to defend that. There is nobody that is worth overpaying who is not a top-3 forward/top-2 defenseman/ starting goalie. Does it happen? Yes, but that doesn't mean it needs to happen with us. If the only way to get a player on our team is pay 1 million extra or for 1 more year than he's worth, then we don't need that player.
  10. Sam Gagner | C/W

    I'm not trying to say that having Gagner in Utica would be the deciding factor in our prospects developing in to NHL players. I'm not trying to say that the only way for offensive prospects to develop is to play with other offensive vets. I'm not trying to say that Utica is in a terrible position right now. I'm not even trying to say that this was a completely terrible move with absolutely no benefits. All I'm trying to say is that having Gagner in Utica would have been better for the organization than having him in Toronto. It would be better for our prospects to play with someone of that caliber versus against him.
  11. Sam Gagner | C/W

    The Canucks have a lot of control on the deployment of young players in Utica. If the higher ups want to see Dahlen on the 1st powerplay unit, he'll be on the 1st powerplay unit. If the kids show they deserve those minutes and/or Bennimg wants to see them there, they will be there. All that means is that someone like Gagner would be on the 2nd unit, which is a very formidable unit at the AHL level. Having our prospects play with players like Gagner in the AHL would provide more than just a couple extra goals. It would allow them to play a style of game that is closer to the NHL. It's the idea that how they get their goals is more important than how many goals they get. Some prospects (Dahlen and Lind particularly in this case) would benefit from playing with someone who can make plays creatively to develop their skill games whereas someone like Gadjovich could grind for some goals anywhere in the lineup. I agree that it does give Benning some goodwill and it is something to consider, but I'm not sure it was worth it in this case. If you sign a player for 3 years and then waive them after 1, it's not a great signing.
  12. Sam Gagner | C/W

    Positively influencing the development of Dahlen, Lind Gadjovich, Plamu, etc > Gagner's preference for the Canucks organization. Gagner being in Utica would've given Dahlen an NHL caliber skilled center to work with. Wouldn't that help Dahlen's ability to jump to the NHL? It also would've bumped centers like Kero, Gaudette and/or Gaunce down the lineup. This means that guys like Gadjovich get's to play with Kero/Gaudette instead of Hamilton/Bancks. Banging home an extra couple of goals is good for your confidence whether you're on the 1st line or the 4th line. Remember all the talk about competition at the Canucks training camp and how players would have to earn their spots? The same thing would apply to Utica here. If Gagner was with them, younger plays (specifically Gaudette) would have to work that much harder to earn things like powerplay time. If Gaudette earns it, you can move Gagner down the lineup without significant consequences since he's not being developed. If Gaudette struggles, you can move him down and bring Gagner up. That dynamic is a good thing for individual players and the strength and depth of the team in general. I'm not trying the say that having Gagner in Toronto instead of Utica is going to be the difference between whether Dahlen/Gadjovich/Lind/etc. can make the jump to the NHL, but to say it means nothing or would have a negative effect doesn't seem accurate. Also, I feel like most of the people that are happy Gagner was sent down are the same people that were defending the signing when it happened.
  13. 2019 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, BC

    Kakko is really making an impression early. There's still a long way to go, but he's the consensus #2 right now like Svechnikov was behind Dahlin. J. Hughes and Kakko are probably closer than Dahlin and Svechnikov though.
  14. Michael DiPietro | G