Ray_Cathode

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  1. Argh! Senility strikes again!
  2. When Hutton came up, he didn't get a game with Green until injuries let him in in the playoffs, he got a game, scored a highlight reel goal on an end to end rush, and next game was back in the stands. That sure taught Hutton a lesson.
  3. Sounds like you have written off Virtanen, McEneny, & Demko. Much too soon to write off any of those three. Of those, McEneny took advantage of playing in the ECHL last year as a spring board to this year. Once Green finally played McEneny, he was steadily moved up in the lineup until he was on the first PK unit, then was always on the ice for the last minute of games and periods, and lately he has been on the PP - I believe he now has 9 points in his last 10 games (he was first star in Utica's last game, as I recall). Juolevi, Brisebois(5 assist night two games ago), Neill, and McKenzie (as a two way third or fourth line centre) also show some promise. Looking at McEneny's development, the ECHL might be a good place to bring on defencemen and goalies - both of whom seem to take more time in development. Valk, the Comets highest scoring centre is also an ECHL grad. But yeah,the Canucks depth up front is far from good, even a fair ways away from adequate - Benning wasted some high picks on Vey and Dorsett, and may have really screwed up on the Gudbranson deal (a first (McCann), a second, and a fourth for the defenceman with the highest minus on the team at the time he got hurt. On the plus side, he did score on Stetcher and Tryamkin, and made good trades on Granlund and Baertschi. Erickson looks like a major bad deal that will hurt us for years. If ownership can get their heads around the fact that this team needs a rebuild, then he has the opportunity to load up on picks at the trade deadline: might as well trade Hansen, Burrows, Edler and MIller - so that we can at least get something for them Too bad nobody would even take the Sedins off our hands even if we paid them, and even if the Sedins were willing to leave their comfortable retirement home in Vancouver. The performance out of those guys died the day they got their long-term deals. If we could get rid of the other old farts on the team (Edler, Hansen, Burrows & Miller, and move Tanev because he is probably worth something pick wise), we might even manage to get to the third overall pick. So long as Benning doesn't waste that pick on another guy with a bad shoulder to start his NHL career - we might gain a valuable forward at the draft.
  4. A goal and assist tonight, in a Comets' 5-2 win. This guy is legit. He's been effective on the PP for the past few games, too. He has obviously gained the confidence of the coaches, expect to see him get a long look this fall when we likely lose a defenceman in the expansion draft.
  5. Salo was 215 pounds quite a bit bigger than Juolevi, I just hope Juolevi is as smart - and I hope Juolevi is luckier health-wise!
  6. I saw him (Juolevi) this fall in Penticton. He is a very smart player, great positionally, great outlet pass, he'll be a guy with lots of 'third' assists' on great breakouts - if he gets strong enough. The second best Canuck defenceman in Penticton, was McEneny - he is already big and strong enough, and has a very good shot. Utica plays him in the last minute of each period, first unit on the PK, and last minute of the game on a team laden with experienced defensemen. Hopefully, one day our next Willie MItchell, but who can shoot the puck.
  7. Looks like the coach is not arguing with you, he is out there at the end of each period and in the last minute of games, as well as first unit on the PK. When I watched the Canucks propects last fall, he was the best defenseman after Stetcher - even though McEneny only played one game. He is a big guy and a strong skater. His positioning is very good, and his gap control, excellent (best of all the prospects, actually). He reads the attack very well and is rarely out of position. It took several games before he broke the Comets lineup, but after that he just kept getting more and more time. He also plays either side very well. For Green to use a 22 year old defenseman the way he does, really says a lot about McEneny - Green uses a lot of veterans on D. McEneny a great year in the ECHL last year, and he used that as a spring board to crack the Comets line-up this year - Canucks D prospects should keep that in mind next year if they don't make the Comets. It will be crowded on the back end in Utica next year - and Green has a habit of relying on vets. McEneny is showing that some time in the ECHL to get up to speed playing D in pro hockey is not necessarily a bad thing.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.