Kack Zassian

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  1. Way to be Captain Hindsight

  2. Kellan Lain Talk

    This is pretty much word for word what I have been saying. I think he will have a learning curve, but could be an NHL regular in 3 years likely.
  3. Jason Garrison so far?

    Way to write someone off after a sub 20 game sample. But lets just ignore that hes been a positive possession player, and posing positive fenwick numbers.
  4. Jason Garrison so far?

    I bet you Garrison is a better dman the next 2 years than Salo is. Nothing against Salo, love the guy. Garrison > Salo
  5. Jason Garrison so far?

    - I wouldn't exactly consider Howden a blue-chip prospect. Kuznetsov, has exploded since being drafted... but hindsight is 20/20. Im not saying this was a trade I particularly liked... but we really didn't sacrifice any outrageous pieces. - At the time, Alberts was a depth rental (pretty standard pricing). He looked good as a #7 guy so hes still on the team. Again, this was the 85th overall pick (Austin Levi). Don't know why your complaining. - Pahlsson was a good bottom 6 rental. Nothing more, nothing less.
  6. Jason Garrison so far?

    - What has Quinton Howden done to make the Ballard trade look bad? - Its a 3rd round pick... a late 3rd rounder at that... - Not even going to open the can of worms, but if you call Zack Kassian a 3rd line prospect... it speaks a great deal about your hockey knowledge.. Off the top of my head, players he brought in (either through free agency or strong trading) - Malhotra, Hamhuis, Garrison, Tanev, Torres, Samuelsson, - Ehrhoff, Higgins, Lapierre, Booth, Pahlsson But yeah lets totally ignore his good moves..
  7. Jason Garrison so far?

    I wonder if the mobility issues have anything to do with his recovering groin injury. And I take the Garrison contract > Salo contract every day of the week.
  8. Jason Garrison so far?

    Would you have given Salo that contract?
  9. Jason Garrison so far?

    This. Hes had a few mistakes here and there, but is playing responsible, good hockey. The goals will come, and people will forget this thread ever existed.
  10. Jason Garrison so far?

    Do you think he was skating, running, doing anything dynamic while he was injured
  11. Jason Garrison so far?

    Taken off IR December 18th http://www.news1130.com/2012/12/18/canucks-take-jason-garrison-off-injured-list/ So cram months worth of training into a 1 month window
  12. Jason Garrison so far?

    There was talk of him missing the start of the season... This means he misses an entire summer of training, and practice. I would call that a pretty good excuse. And having a different partner/system is a big adjustment. Look at Ballards learning curve, Alberts learning curve. As for his defensive game, by no means has he been our best defensive player, but his possession numbers are fine. Give it a bigger sample than 20 games
  13. Jason Garrison so far?

    Cam Barker is statistically the worse player the Canucks employ. Please god no.
  14. Jason Garrison so far?

    - Offseason groin injury - New system - New partner - Sub 20 game sample size His possession metrics are fine, and he hasn't looked terrible. Lets re-visit this topic at the end of the season when we can objectively measure Garrisons performance.
  15. Overlooked Reason Why Vancouver Will Win

    Goaltending, defense, and the number of appearances Mike Richards and Jeff Carter make at the Roxy could have a big impact on this series. However, there is one major underlying trend that could make all the difference for these two clubs. - Who takes what faceoffs where. Seems like a redundant concept, but I am going to break it down with a bunch of lame, boring numbers. The Canucks 4th line ( Malhotra, Lapierre, Weise) are #1-3 in the league for lowest offenseive zone start % (With Pahlson finishing with the 6th lowest in the league). What makes this impressive is Manny Malhotra drives puck possession north, by starting only 13.2% of his faceoffs in the offensive zone (playing almost exclusively in the defensive zone) and finishing 40.6% of his shifts in the offensive zone. Combine this with the fact that his shifts are the shortest in the NHL and its safe to summarize his role on the team as - Match up against other teams top lines in the defensive end, win the draw, move the puck forward and change to allow more offensively inclined players to take over. Now on the opposite end of the spectrum, the Sedins and Burrows rank #1-3 in the league for highestoffensive zone start % with Henrik starting 78.6 % of his shifts in the offensive zone. - This essentially eliminates any form of defensive responsibility from the top line, and allows them to generate offense efficiently. Also with the addition of Samuel Pahlsson, the Canucks no longer have to shelter Cody Hodgsons minutes, and this allows AV to break Ryan Kesler away defensive matchups against other teams top lines. This has allowed Ryan Keslers CORSI (on ice shot attempt differential adjusted over 60 minutes) to jump from 8.5 to 13.24 which is a significant increase for the center. Think of it like a fancy +/- system. - Don't expect Ryan Kesler to hard match against teams top lines, but have shutdown responsibilities supplemented by the bottom 2 lines. Compared to last years playoffs: Last years playoffs saw Henrik start 65% of his faceoffs in the offensive zone (13% fewer), and a lot of this had to do with Alain Vigneault having to shelter the minutes of bottom 6'ers such as Raffi Torres, Tanner Glass, Victor Oreskovich and Cody Hodgson. Players like this were not able to be utilized in a defensive role, and therefore could be exploited. Glass and Oreskovich both posted a Corsi of -20, and -27 (really bad), Torres a -6, and Cody just kept his head above water with a +2 (again, on ice shot attempt differential adjusted over 60 minutes) This years playoffs: With this unique deployement strategy, Alain Vigneault is able to play his 3rd and 4th line in difficult minutes without concern. If teams hope to shut down the Sedin line, they will have to do so exclusively from their own defensive end. If teams want to send their top line out against Vancouvers 4th line, AV will get a bit of a chubby. No line is a desirable matchup for opposing teams. Why this is bad news for LA As we know, LA has struggled offensively this year. Daryl Sutter doesn't have a favorable matchup for his top line of Brown, Kopitar, Williams. He can try to match up against the Sedin line, but will likely end up hemmed in their offensive zone. The 2nd line is centered by last years Selke winner. The third line is centered by Pahlsson who many believed deserved the Conn Smythe in 2007. And a 4th line centered by one of the best pure defensive centers in the game in Malhotra. So with offense being questionable for LA, Vancouver doesn't make for a good opening round matchup for the Kings. Vancouver and LA are both in the top 5 for fewest goals against per game. The difference is, Vancouver is top 5 in goals for, and LA is 29th in goals for. With no favorable line matching available for Daryl Sutter, the Kings are going to be hard pressed to generate offense. Expect a lot of 1-0 and 2-1 games, but don't expect LA to come out on top.