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  1. Remember when Baertschi-Burmistrov-Boeser was a line at the beginning of the season? I'd forgotten until watching last year's game recaps this evening, but it shows how much Green likes having offensive players playing together on an offensive line. That usage lends itself to the argument that Baertschi-Pettersson-Eriksson/Gagner/Leipsic/other happens sometime early this season. Food for thought :) 

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    2. Guile

      Guile

      I think the key things are continuation and consistency. He looked so dominant some games and shifts, so for me it'll be a successful first half if he can consistently push the pace of play, get his hits, and be a quality two-way player (as opposed to focusing purely on D responsiblity as he has at times over the past two seasons). 20 goals would be awesome, and is completely attainable, but 15-20-35 would be fine for me as long as he is constantly getting better.

       

      I also think he fits better on one of the more defensive lines we're appearing to have (Roussel-Sutter-Virtanen, for example) compared to the guys I mentioned in the OP. However, Bear-EP-Jake looks sexy and dangerous, plus everyone in the organization seems to understand the kids are going to be playing offensive hockey, so that's a possibility as well!

    3. Guile

      Guile

      @luckylager Our fifth or sixth game in mid/late October, a 3-0 win vs Ottawa, I believe. I was shocked! 

    4. J-23

      J-23

      Yes I alos can't wait till' Green sets up that Pettersson - Horvat - Boeser line.

  2. Exactly, I fully agree; I just happen to think that he'll make it there in a season or two, not this October with how many bodies are in front of him. Edit: Admittedly, a line of Roussel-Gaudette-Sutter (latter two interchangeable positionally, Gaudette can play C for weaker opposition matchups and take a percentage of face-offs) could work, but this would again push Leipsic or Goldy off the team. Not the worst scenario, but avoidable.
  3. You're right that Gaudette should play as a center, regardless of which team. It may be that management/Green foresee/want/need Gaudette starting in Utica regardless of his and others' performance in training camp. Not exactly fair, nor does it foster the competition you want, but it may be another Stecher situation that certainly won't hurt Adam in the slightest. Signing Beagle really opened up a lot of options for the next couple seasons, and it bought both Gaudette and Pettersson time to falter and develop with few consequences (should it happen). Sutter is around for three more years, Beagle four, and obviously Horvat is 1C if/until he's surpassed by EP at C. Gaudette should complete the set of 4 guys who are permanently 100% centres all the time; EP, as has been discussed thoroughly, may not be that ever (unlikely) or for some stretch of time. However, assuming (within 1-2 years) Horvat/Pettersson/Gaudette develop sufficiently to be our top 3 centres, legitimately capable of producing at those levels, Beagle locking down the 4C spot, it gives us 5 NHL quality centremen on the roster. Sutter could play with EP on wing at certain times, could get spot duty on face-offs, could be traded, etc. For the start of this next season, though, I think it likely that Gaudette starts a Comet until injuries hit for exactly the reason you mentioned: He should play centre, and there likely isn't a way to fit him in without needlessly loosing another young player with promise in Goldy/Leipsic. Sutter and Beagle take the defensive matchups, Horvat + another centre take the offensive matchups with that +1 centre playing against a third-line quality of competition. Like JR, I think that will either be EP or Gagner, even though Adam could likely fill that spot just fine and develop successfully. However, being in Utica for 1/2 to a full season (being first in line for C call-ups) won't do him any harm, and it allows us to retain more of our young talent. Thank you for the news on Schaller! That's both great to hear and slightly unfortunate
  4. Actual footage of Nikita Soshnikov, Joffrey Lupul, and good ol' Frankie Corrado trying to escape their cells on Robidas Island?
  5. Okay PB, think I started following the Canucks hard a year or two after whatever the bleep this is. Help a guy out and provide some context here?
  6. I agree with your arguments, and think Gaudette is most likely to start in Utica for all the reasons you've mentioned. Assuming he does force himself onto the team, I also agree with JR that somebody will have to be traded or waived and that loss is just a fact of having more capable bodies than spots. Leipsic and Goldobin could both likely fetch a later round pick, even at this busy time of the year, and if not we risk waivers. If they go, unfortunately they go and we lose quality depth and promise, but by definition it's because someone better took their spot. There is also the possibility of Schaller still needing recovery time after his off-season surgery (hand/wrist?), so that may temporarily buy us an extra slot and time for someone to get injured, morbid as that is. And no, though I fully get the point you're making, Beagle would be trusted to recover from a few poor games in the pre-season, consummate veteran, leader, and gym maniac that he is.
  7. I feel like Reaves vs. Roussel would be like giant flyswatter vs crippled fly. Not sure if I'm alone in this, but Reaves is the one guy I'd be most terrified to be on the ice with. Maybe Byfuglien is a harder hitter, but Reaves has to be one of the toughest fighters in the league. As for Hughes, I feel like (to a certain extent) the typical concerns over a smaller player are not quite applicable, just because he is so smart, plays with his head up, and is adept at evading fore-checkers. I hope he goes pro this year, and regardless of which league he plays in I expect he'll adapt very quickly.
  8. Just bought my summer showdown tickets!

  9. Alex Tuch is a beauty; big dude, huge reach, great hands, and scary eyes like Kopitar

  10. Today, my friends, today is a good day. Today is Gaud's day.

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    2. Roger Neilsons Towel

      Roger Neilsons Towel

      @Brad Marchand It’s hard to know. Gaud works in mysterious ways. 

    3. Xbox

      Xbox

      And MLB IS BACK!!!

    4. MJDDawg

      MJDDawg

      In Gaud we trust!

  11. Holy, Lockwood just crushed a Dane. Love this kid.

    1. Nuxfanabroad

      Nuxfanabroad

      Musta' felt petrified?!