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  1. 2016-17 Utica Comets Thread

    I think if Utica is to make it, St, Johns is the team to beat. If they do make it, it would be a miracle if they got passed the first round. It was painful to see Archibald (as much as I like him) as the go to guy to close out the game against the Devils today. They need Brock Boeser this year. In my opinion he instantly becomes the best offensive player on that team.
  2. [Discussion] "Quality over Quantity"

    "McDavids, Mathews, Laines, Duchenes, Huberdeau or even Horvats, Eberles, RNHs or Forsbergs" 3 of these 9 are 1st overall picks. 6 of these 9 are top 3 picks. 1 of these 9 is ours. We haven't picked top 3 since the Sedins.
  3. This game has got me going. That last stretch was hockey at its best.
  4. (Discussion) Auston Matthews

    GP 53 G 25 A 19 P 44
  5. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    I believe a team's system dictates player stats more than individual talent. Individual talent and where you play in a line up usually reflects more on where you rank in team scoring. Throw in the fact that he's still learning the pro game at 20 years old it shouldn't be surprising he's not putting up numbers.
  6. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    He's looked good yesterday and today. In my eyes the best skater on the ice, often flying through defenders. Considering Utica isn't an offensive juggernaut I wouldn't worry about his stats this year if he's playing like this every game. The points will come.
  7. 2016-17 Utica Comets Thread

    I watched yesterdays game and am currently watching today's game. Virtanen is buzzing. His skating looks well ahead of everyone else on the ice. It looks like the comets are trying to get the puck to him in stride and its resulting in him getting good rushes towards the net. Looking at the stats Grenier looks like he deserves a shot in the NHL but watching him play he doesn't seem to have a presence on the ice. His stats are not a fluke though he does the little things right. I really like what I see from Archibald. He brings it every shift he plays physical and still manages to generate offense. Gaunce is a really smart player. He is able to adjust to any role in a line up. Playing fourth line in Vancouver he finishes his checks and is responsible defensively. In Utica he's playing in an offensive role and generates shots and finds teammates with his passes. Some people think him being sent down is a reflection of his bad play but I do think he's an nhl player who hasn't had a proper chance to make his mark at the next level.
  8. I feel like people give way too much weight to shooting ability. Snipes are obviously exciting to see so I can see what people get worked up about. But if you watch junior highlights of top prospects they do the exact same thing that Laine is doing but most can't replicate that at the NHL level. McCann and Virtanen were known for their wicked shots but the effectiveness goes way down in the NHL. All it takes is a good power play set up to tee up shots like you see Laine do. Even our good PP set up turned Kesler into a 40 goal scorer. I watch Puljujarvi and I see him doing so much more around the ice while still scoring some nice goals. I'm not seeing how Laine could knock Matthews out of number 1 or even go ahead of Puljujarvi. Not saying Laine will be bad but I think it's more likely he doesn't live up to the hype.
  9. Shane Doan has an idea for anti-tanking

    Great to hear a players perspective on the matter. You should never have a reason to cheer against your team. The issue with Shane's idea of having a competition for the first overall is that some team might not know if they are mathematically eliminated until the very last game. This is definitely the method that would get the most out of the bottom feeders I just can't think of a solution to that issue.
  10. Nikita Tryamkin | D

    I saw that head fake on Hossa too. Shows a lot of confidence and that he knows how to take advantage of his size without even having to take the body. So much raw talent, hope it all comes together for him.
  11. (Discussion) Auston Matthews

    Nothing in you're post supports your claim that he'll be a bust. You brought up his size which happens to be pretty good. Crosby Height 5.11 -- Weight 200 MacKinnon Height 6.00 -- Weight 195 Hopkins Height 6.00 -- Weight 189 Hall Height 6.01 -- Weight 201 Matthews Height 6.02 -- Weight 194 You say he is a center and is hyped like Stefan but isn't every first overall pick? I don't even see that much Matthews hype because he's playing outside of the North American spotlight. All I see is a bunch of maybes which you can say about ANY draft pick. Matthews has a proven track record anywhere he has played. Your feeling is just a feeling.
  12. Nikita Tryamkin | D

    Stay silent Sam. Can't wait to see what Tryamkin can do against AHL and NHL competition. So difficult to gauge players in the KHL.
  13. Subban picking up where he left off last game, very impressed. Shinkaruk looking much more active today. Dominated during that powerplay.
  14. Sven Baertschi Talk

    You're more excited about what Grenier might be capable of over Sven? If you watch the Comets games Sven is easily more dominating. (not taking anything away from Grenier he's playing great) Sven might be small by some peoples standards but watching his board battles and ability to steal the puck from bigger players you should be very excited. I don't know if he always played like this but if its something he mastered this year he's got a good NHL career ahead of him.
  15. Evan McEneny | D

    Impressive numbers on a low scoring Kingston team (68GP 9G-36A-45P). Good size 6'2 215. Lots of promise, let's hope he can transition well into the pros.