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  1. Sam Gagner | #89 | C

    I was scratching my head over that one at the time. Gagner was coming off a decent season but I did not think any other team would have been fighting to sign him. I can see the idea of a transition C but Gagner has never impressed me even on a fundamental basis. He has some skills but always seems a tad slow on responding to the play. One of those 1/2 second guys to late.
  2. Sven Baertschi out 4-6 weeks with fractured jaw

    I certainly hope so.
  3. Sven Baertschi out 4-6 weeks with fractured jaw

    Acquistion-Development-Evaluation: Those are the priorities for this season IMO. A huge part of that process will be the 2018 Draft. Yes, I am all for Benning getting another crack at a top 10 draft pick. The org still needs a key defenceman who can move the puck. We get that and the org can fine tune towards being a playoff team.
  4. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    While I am quite happy with the way Green is bringing Virtanen along I can hardly wait to see this kid truly blossom. His size and speed alone makes him an elite prospect. Get him with the right line mates and we will be smiling for years.
  5. Jonah Gadjovich | LW

    Bo, Virtanen, Gaunce and Gadjovich. Now we are talking some decent size up front. The d-side only has Gudbranson with Hutton trying to play bigger. Not including Edler as I am hoping he brings back a draft pick.
  6. [Waivers] Matt Moulson

    News comes out the other day that any player in Buffalo is available except Eichel. My thought did not run to Kane but Ryan O'Reilly. He has always impressed me. Why wouldn't he be a key building block in Buffalo?
  7. [PGT] Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames

    I agree that the expectation of Gagner being anything more than depth is not warranted. Surprisingly my biggest knock on him is how quickly he closes on a developing play. He is slow at doing that and often loses body position as a result. The fact he is in the lineup has more to do with no one in Utica pushing him out. He is a transition signing who I am hoping gets pushed out next year.
  8. Brendan Gaunce | #50 | C

    Forgot to mention that Gaunce took a couple of d-zone FO's last night. 2 of 3 wins if memory serves. It is a critical skill he has to master. Also should mention that Chaput had a solid game as well.
  9. Brendan Gaunce | #50 | C

    I was at the game last night and IMHO Gaunce made the play of the game by ringing the puck down the left side and skating directly over to the right side. Took the puck off the Calgary player at the blueline and went in for a scoring op. The anticipation was world class.
  10. [PGT] Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames

    I was at the game last night and pretty much agree with all your comments. Hutton: I am prepared to be patient with Hutton so I watched his game closely. What stood out to me was the time it took him to make a play compared to Stecher. Stecher's decision making with the puck is very impressive. Hutton is erroring/or not, by taking more time. MDZ: actually looked weaker than Hutton Dowd: NHL speed, moved the puck well. The goal scored against while he was on the ice was not his fault. Gagner: Not as forgiving about Gagner's game as he does not cut it at either end of the ice. Gaunce: Strong game. He covers the ice very well. Should have had a goal. At about the 10 minute mark in the 3rd was a high lite. He was in the neutral zone, ringed the puck into the ozone, skated across to the left side, without hesitation, and recovered the puck off a Calgary skater. He carried the puck wide to the Calgary net for a scoring chance. I sat forward in my seat and WOW! Best play of the game IMHO. Virtanen: As we have all seen for some time this kid has major ice presence. Like Gaunce he plays a tad conservative game as I suspect he is being coached. To me it is all about where their game is come March. Both are impressive as they develop. Boeser: Usually wins puck battles and his vision is obviously top notch. Didn't get much chance to get his shot off. The Canucks had this game won but could not hold on. If Horvat had played the chances are they would have walked away with a win. Calgary was not that impressive. Talented forwards but their defense is missing something.
  11. Chaput is a C and Godobin is a LW. Chaput is a 4th liner and Goldobin a top 6. How can you equate this in any way of being a put down on Goldobin?
  12. Cole Candella | D

    Our dark horse d-prospect waiting to join Utica.
  13. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    Apparently he also likes to shot the puck on net which is a plus! (Sedins?)
  14. Ben Hutton | #27 | D

    Only TOI will improve Hutton's game and he is getting that this year. In his 3rd NHL season so I am willing to watch and enjoy his development.
  15. Bo Horvat | #53 | C

    Top 10 draft pick! Look at the bright side. More opportunity for prospects to get a longer Look. Upset that Horvet will be out as I am going to the Flames game.