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  1. Stetcher plays much tighter to his check than Subban ever has. He is quick to close at any hesitation and at any opportunity - you will see him tight to his mark and using his leverage from low pushing up and into the man he is checking. Subban really doesn't get great leverage when he checks people, gives way too much gap (which gives the offensive player far too much time and opportunity to get position and leverage on him), Stetcher makes the decision to close very quickly and moves in at the optimal moment most often. That said, the defensive game is learned through diligent application - hopefully Subban has the patience and focus to apply himself to that part of the game - either he does, or he never advances - which would be a shame - he does have great offensive skill and instinct. Still, he is a young D, and small guys have to have better skill and judgement to play at the same level as bigger guys - who knows... in a couple more years? He is a pleasure to watch on the attack, that is for sure - sure hope he can learn to love playing the defensive game as much as he loves to move up the ice. I really like the way he can escape his own zone.
  2. He has another good reason to rave about Green, Green plays him - WD benches him. He has rewarded Green with 4 goals in his last 8 games.
  3. I liked his game better in his previous year's youngstars - he was much more noticeable then, especially when he pushed up the wing - he appeared to be a very strong skater, but did not assert himself physically. He did have a slow start, but has really come on. Anybody know if he was unfit, or was injured early?
  4. Yes, he could be. I watched him in the young stars and most of his games in Utica. He is NOT good in his own end - he has poor gap control. Our best defenceman at young stars was Stetcher, followed closely by McEneny - if you watch Utica games, you will see McEneny often on the first pairing - he has size, can skate and handle the puck and play in his own end. He kills penalties and is out occasionally on the PP. He was outstanding chewing up huge minutes on a weak team in junior, and he had very good offensive production. As a first year pro, the offensive production has not yet come, but he can play D. Subban has great offence, not to be denied, but his D has mostly be woeful, to be generous, though it has improved somewhat recently. He is, however, a second year pro. Defence often take a long time to develop, so I would not give up on Subban - on a strong team, with a strong defensive partner, he could be a very useful player down the line - but you really have to wrap a much better team around him.
  5. I remember Scotty Walker was a terrific offensive defenceman in the OHL, but ended up playing forward in the NHL. - Same with Wendell Clark - of course both of those guys were also undersized tough guys.
  6. Contending teams pick lower in the draft. If we are making a trade to take away a Buffalo headache, and we are giving up Tanev, then we also need a high pick from them.
  7. The Sedins are NOT top players (their point totals would only be decent on a half dozen bottom feeding teams) - they are supposed to be our skill guys, but have you seen our PP? They get something like 80% offensive zone starts, and yet they are still minus players. The Sedins are on pace for about 40 points - barring injury or weariness due to missing their naps and their geritol. They are still expensive at half the price. That said, you might find somebody insane enough to give up a 7th round pick for the pair - if the Canucks assume their salaries. These guys are way past the best before date. Dallas would NEVER do this trade, if the GM wanted to commit career suicide, it would be easier to just boot the owner in the gnarlies.
  8. I don't think college development equals minor pro development.I do wish that Subban was better defensively, though, because we could sure use a guy who can create goals on our D and run our PP - though I don't know how much that PP would improve so long as the Sedins play catch around the periphery - killing off every opportunity - it does like their style has been neutralized by other teams extensive scouting.
  9. And the owners work for the fans, and the fans should remember that fact. If you want your voice to be heard, stop buying tickets - that is capitalism's way of getting the message across to businesses that just aren't getting the message any other way. It is amazing how fast ownership listens when the bottom line turns red.
  10. How about we actually let Jake play, and keep Boeser.
  11. That would probably be a guy we don't have yet - Patrick Nolan sounds like a good fit - unless, of course, the NHL decides that the Western Canadian teams and only the Western Canadian teams, should all be bumped down like in the last draft lottery. No wonder they didn't hold the draw in public, but only announced the results.
  12. Sure, Stetcher has a future, Daniel only has a past - the same past a lot of Canuck fans are living in. Though, to put it in perspective, Kadri was raking guys in the head with his stick all game with nary a whisper from the officials - who could even be slightly surprised that the game escalated into a line brawl. Kadri is just about as big a weasel as Matte Cooke was (including when he played for the Canucks). In addition, the correct response to the beating Stetcher was being given, was to kick the crap our of Mathews, and the correct response for the head shot to Hansen was to head shot Mathews, and the correct response to the head shot on Sedin, was to head shot Mathews. Exactly the worst response was to go after a weasel or a thug - that is just stupidity and gets you nothing - they try to hurt your guys, you go after the other team's talent - Mathews, Marner, and Nylander. Doesn't take long for the coaches (and the league and referees) to figure it out - when they see what happens when they hand out cheap shots, they soon learn to police their benches. The alternative to that is for the NHL to abolish the instigator rule - when there is an attempt to injure like the shots on Sedin and on Hansen (and I mean that for any team) - deliberate attempt to injure, like those, you are on your own - then you would see who is truly brave. Pieces of crap like Kadri would learn to behave in a heartbeat.
  13. If Boeser is to play on the Canucks we need a play making centre - don't mention the word Sedin. The Sedins are now so slow that their speed is measured in millimetres per hour - and that goes for Erickson, too. Painful to watch. No wonder they can't start shifts in their own zone.
  14. Stetcher is playing for the Canucks right now because he can play defence. He has great gap control and gets great leverage for his size. Subban is not great defensively - Canucks would probably love him for their PP, but they couldn't play him on D any other time. Maybe bring him up as a forward who plays the point on PPs.
  15. I disagree with you. The skill involved in getting a shot through also involves seeing the play not from where your eyes are, but projecting where the gaps are from the location of the puck on your stick, it also requires moving and processing the visual field in front of you for an opening from the location of the puck on your stick to the net, through numerous players. The same thing plays when in close to the net - picture the openings from where the puck is on your stick, not from the perspective of your eyes. If you are a player, try it - if you are a left hand shot, there is a lot more room on the goalie's stick side than you think there is - your eyes tell you there is nothing there, but from the location of your stick - several feet to the left, if you are a left shot, there is an entirely different angle. This was Morrison's, Messier's, and Coffey's favourite shot coming in off the right wing - left hand shot, low stick side goal - on a goalie with a left hand glove. High skilled players have automatized that thinking method, so that it is an automatic, subconscious process, guys like Edler don't do it at all, which is why most of his shots hit someone's pads and too large a percentage of those cough back out behind him - so that we have the pleasure of watching him stumble as he tries to turn and chase. Sadly, it's a teachable skill, too bad nobody bothered. That skill has to be combined with walking the line, to change the angles, and to find a lane to shoot through. If you don't think those aren't high hockey IQ plays, why don't more players do it?