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  1. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    Don't worry about it, people on here rag on Eriksson and Gagner too. It's all part of the business, Jake is a big boy, I'm sure he can handle it. Ultimately everyone, even the pessimistic bunch, would like Jake to succeed.
  2. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    This is absolutely insane... since when was the last time a rookie of his age step into the SHL and challenge for league MVP?
  3. Brock Boeser | #6 | RW

    Happy to be wrong, and proud to have changed my mind briefly after.
  4. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    Yes I agree, he had a few decent games with the Canucks- I hope he will have 82 of those every season. I'm glad you brought up positioning, makes a huge difference and goes along with what I said about a more mature game. Used to try and drive it from down the wing every time. I second that, hope he will get better as the season progresses. 12G-14A would be great!
  5. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    He did, but he also didn't. When he was in Utica last year, he was rebuilding his game and try to play the right way. During that process he showed flashes and glimpses of what we see now in preseason. Just because he played well from time to time, doesn't change the fact that he didn't show nearly the same amount of consistency as what he's doing now. While he was discovering his game, there were moments where he'd bull around. Skating fast, hitting, shooting a lot, which are all great qualities, but not particularly effective when you don't make the right plays with the puck. Great qualities in perhaps a developing bottom six player- but that's not who we want him to be. What you see now is a more polished version where he has better awareness, and plays a much more mature game. That is where the biggest difference lies and is not something to overlook. Not to mention, he is more fit and much more focused than he was before preseason. Either way, I'm tired of speaking about how he was before, and I just want to give praise and support Jake. I hope he keeps it up and becomes the goal-scorer we all hope him to be.
  6. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    I watched him on the Hitmen, the Canucks, and the Comets. Not just a stat watcher... not the same Jake...
  7. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    I've been pretty critical of Virtanen in the past, and I wanted nothing more than for him to prove me wrong. This training camp his performance made critics eat their words, and I could not be happier. Really played like he had a chip on his shoulder and I can't wait to see more from him this season. Hope he keeps it up and becomes that elusive powerforward Vancouver has been starving for. I also like how his on-ice awareness seems to have gotten better too. Great stuff from Jake overall.
  8. THN ranks Boeser seventh for the Calder

    You got to watch Keller play sometime man, I got to see him play live this past year and he is deservedly the favorite in this year's upcoming race for the Calder. Nico is good no doubt, but he'll be coming in raw.
  9. Olli Juolevi | D

    Nope. Recently got out. Resides in Florida now.
  10. South Park is based on a county called Park County in Colorado that Denver is actually near but not in. As you watch in the series, you'll notice that the Denver kids are always portrayed as more urbanized and "better" than South Park referenced in particular episodes such as "Stanley's Cup," "The Losing Edge," etc... Sorry, just a big South Park fan haha.
  11. This and Sam Ganger are my favorite signings so far.
  12. Great signing. Cheap for a guy coming off 50 pts.
  13. [Signing] Jets sign Dmitry Kulikov

    Too bad, would've liked Kulikov with Gudbranson.
  14. I don't understand this. He's not young and he's not the same player he was when he was playing for the Rangers.
  15. Dave Semenko passes away

    RIP. Thank you for your service in the NHL.