Locke Lamora

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  1. Quinn Hughes | D

    Some pretty compelling debates here as to what is the right course of action for QH. I'm still leaning towards the "back to college with thee" mindset. But...if he does indeed sign with the Canucks I will be as excited as anyone and will be pulling for him as strongly as anyone here. One more thing....people like to use Hughes' success at the World Hockey Championships, "playing with pros", as an argument in favour of him being ready for the NHL. But people don't seem to want to comment on the fact that it was played on bigger international ice surface. It is a different brand of hockey....very advantageous to players like Quinn Hughes and our very own Elias Petterson. These players THRIVE when there is more time and space, and a lack of physical congestion and contact when compared to the NHL. This is a large part of the reason why I've tried to temper my expectations for EP, and will do so for Hughes (the next Bobby Orr I read here. Someone please tell me that was an attempt at humour) if he suits up for the Canucks this upcoming season. Heard former NHL'er Brian Campbell on the radio comparing Hughes skating ability to Connor McDavid. I saw absolutely nothing with my own eyes (I went to a few practices and watched the Summer Showcase like many of you) that suggested that. Kid must have been laid really low by the flu. His character and drive are such that I don't believe it was a matter of him not trying. I await Quinn's and the Canucks decision eagerly....
  2. 2018 Canucks Summer Development Camp

    Just for fun I went back and looked at a bunch of the past Grouse Grind group pictures. It is a stark reminder how few of these kids actually make it because as I went through the pics over the past 4 or 5 years it was amazing how few of those kids remain in the organization. Very cool to see a young Horvat and Boeser though...a couple of YouTube vids revealed that poor 'ol Tryamkin had a tough time on the climb - his teammates had to PUSH him up the slope at times. :D
  3. 2018 Canucks Summer Development Camp

    Grouse Grind for the prospects today. A few days ago I did it in 52 minutes. I hope none of them prove to be slower than some old, retired guy posting on an Internet forum!
  4. Quinn Hughes | D

    I mentioned in the Prospects Camp thread that I thought his legs weren't really there last night. There wasn't one instance in which I saw him wind up in his own D-zone and just GO - one instance where he reached a velocity where I went "whoa". All the other parts of his game were there, great passing (teammates often couldn't handle them), silky soft hands and sick dangles and a deceptively good and accurate wrister. I saw the story emerge last night that he lost 6 pounds from that flu bug...and increasingly it's clear he is not recovered. I went back and looked at some WJC, Michigan and World Hockey Championships to looked at his skating there compared to last night. Quite a stark difference. The fact that he was still one of the better skaters out there while not close to 100% says how great a skater he can be. I find myself increasingly in favour of his return to Michigan. But if he is in main Camp in September (having signed a contract), I'll be as excited as anyone.
  5. 2018 Canucks Summer Development Camp

    I noticed that too. Dark bags under his eyes and everything. He did some really nice things at the end of the period. The skillset is really special. But to me, his legs looked pretty heavy out there tonight for the guy touted as the "best skater in the draft". Did not see him in top gear once I don't believe. When Tyler Madden made Quinn look a bit like Dana Murzyn (exaggeration), I suspected that the flu probably did a number on him. Not concerned at all. Kid is going to be great. Even if it's next year for us.
  6. 2018 Canucks Summer Development Camp

    Ha! I told you guys to keep an eye on Copeland!
  7. 2018 Canucks Summer Development Camp

    Sounds like Hughes was on for the goal against during the start of 3 on 3. I say SOUNDS LIKE.....because the feed crapped out.
  8. 2018 Canucks Summer Development Camp

    I'd rather listen to a Neil Diamond impersonator than DESTINEAK.
  9. 2018 Canucks Summer Development Camp

    WTF. Come ON.
  10. 2018 Canucks Summer Development Camp

    Palmu is a 5'7" BEAST.
  11. 2018 Canucks Summer Development Camp

    Madden absolutely left Hughes in the dust. Huh.
  12. 2018 Canucks Summer Development Camp

    I noticed. But still waiting for that elite skating. Just a glimpse, that's all I'm asking. An end to end rush through everybody...is that too much to ask?
  13. 2018 Canucks Summer Development Camp

    I certainly don't. But I'm not above using my wife's Facebook account. Picture quality is pretty bloody great gotta say.
  14. 2018 Canucks Summer Development Camp

    Understandably, everyone will probably be focused on the "big names"....but someone else who you might want to keep an eye on is Ben Copeland. When I was at practice a few days ago, his speed really popped. Kid can fly. Not sure what I expect out of Hughes...if he is truly ready to make the big club you would think he should kind of be a dominant force out there. If he isn't....I just hope there isn't mass panic.
  15. 2018 Canucks Summer Development Camp

    Given the Canucks needs on D I found myself focusing more on those prospects today. Before declaring Rathbone the Second Coming, it became fairly evident (and in fairness, he could just be having a off day, or drank to much coffee this morning...) that he struggled with his puck handling a bit. Receiving passes and carrying the puck while executing quick direction changes....there were clear struggles here. But the straight ahead speed and wicket shot, both wrister and slapped beat the goalies with regularity. Won't get a real sense of his hockey IQ until we see him in more game action, but he has some raw tools that would benefit from more refinement. Hello Harvard. Jett Woo....didn't wow me one way or another. Seemed to miss the net a lot with his point shots, but passed and received passes well....hands looks fairly good. A big part of his game is the physical stuff so he might suffer a bit from not being able to show that in a practice. Utunen. Dude was just solid...in his SOLIDNESS. Probably exactly what the Canucks hope he will be in the NHL. A final thing on Hughes. At the end of practice 5 players remained on the ice and played a little mini game in a ring around Dipietro. It was here that Hughes really silky soft hands stood out. Some filthy dangles and roof daddies too. His slap shot is not great, though he did beat one of the goalies with it during the practice, with the help of a screen. His wrister holds up to scrutiny better....he picked the top corner with it more than a few times. Quinn himself says his greatest attribute is his Hockey IQ....not too much ability to show that in the format I watched today. I'll be tuning in tomorrow at 6:30 to see THAT aspect of his game, along with the smooth movement and impressive passing I saw a couple of hours ago. He really seems engaged out there...lot's of smiles and joking around. A bit different than the serious face he puts on when being interviewed by the media. I'm glad I went today....the thing that is great about watching the prospects is that it brings with it a feeling of HOPE....even if a small fraction of the players I saw on the ice today will one day hoist The Cup above their shoulders and end the 48 (more like 50+) year wait for Canuck Nation. Can't wait for main camp. I'm not missing a minute of it.