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  1. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    Gaudette has a long, long, long way to go to be considered elite centre-man prospect. Bo is not elite and he is like 10x more developed than Adam.
  2. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    You are not getting my point. I will say this one last time : having 5-6 top flight wingers and 1 solid centre between them, is a bad idea. Which means if Peterson doesnt pan out at C, we are most likely trading one of Peterson,Dahlen,Baertschi or Lind to get a centreman.
  3. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    Not very, because they already got a generational talent as 1C and another top-10 guy as 2C. Phil Kessel is good for the Pens, but Phil Kessel is also a waste of a talent buried so far down the lineup or atleast, when he is not on the PP with Crosby/Malkin.
  4. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    The 'Phil Kessel in Toronto' effect. Having three top-line LWs or in this case, potentially 3 top line RWs if Peterson plays RW (it'd be Boeser, Petterrsson and Lind) while having only 1 top line centre, is a big problem.
  5. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    Well that poses a problem. A big one for the Canucks. Because if Pettersson is too small to play centre, we end up having 3 top line LWs in the system : Baer, Elias and Dahlen, with only one top level centre (Horvat) between them. Now, one of those 3 LW/potential LWs is going to be wasted on the third line. So it'd seem, we have a very good reason to make Elias stick as a centre-man and if not, trade one of these three to get a top flight centre-man.
  6. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    Doh. Thank you for the correction. So you are saying that in the NHL, the centre-man needs more muscle strength & size than wingers, because the battle for position in front of the net is more intense in both ends, than by the boards ? ( i am not asking a rhetorical question, i am trying to understand). Do you know if Petterrson is any good at face-offs ? You said you've been watching him, does he take the occasional draws when his regular centre is waved off ?
  7. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    Because Horvat went to the playoffs in his first/second season and already DID have experience playing in a decent team, which is trying. Tanking, ie, losing with crap strategy is not what the Canucks have done. Either way, Horvat is the exception to the rule, not the standard. Taylor Hall is doing fine in New Jersey *NOW*. When he went, he was struggling, because of the years of losing culture ingrained in him. You are simply passing off your knee-jerk feelings as facts, while having no basis in thinking so.
  8. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    Can someone please explain to me: 1. Why is Elias not playing centre ? i gathered that was his natural position growing up. 2. Why is it easier for smaller forwards to play centre than winger ? i'd gather your size/reach become more of an issue during board battles,which wingers are more prone to getting into than Centres, no ?
  9. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    Sorry but that is completely wrong and most likely, spoken like someone who's never been/never tried being a pro sports guy. Losing does ruin development, because losing and losing hard, tends to shake one's confidence. When things persistently don't work, even when you are not to blame, its human competitive nature to start re-evaluating everything- including your strengths and things you do well. Especially in a team sport, where 'doing the right thing' is even more murky. There is a reason why all the Edmonton draft busts aren't exactly improving over time or in their new homes right off the bat. Because confidence,once shattered, is like going into a boxing match wondering how badly you will lose. Really hard to regain. And this is why teams that really do tank, end up stunting their youth's development, ala Edmonton and its 'lost generation'.
  10. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    Um, with hands like that, if he'd been 190 pounds at draft like Auston matthews, he'd be consensus #1. As for ectomorph vs endomorph frames, tall ectomorphs take time to fill out. I am a 5'7 endomorph, before i became a fat & pudgy mid 30s guy, i attained my sporting muscle mass at age of 17...always hovering around the 150-160 lbs mark. My friend who is 6'4 ectomorph, was a beanpole-ish 160 pound 6'4 dude at 19, ended up filling out to 190 lbs by the time he was 24-25. With his height, i can see Elias topping out in the 180-190 zone if trained properly. Yes, his older brother's weight is a big red flag, but Elias will have top of the line fitness coaches looking to specifically increase his mass, his brother, who was a 6th round draft pick who never came to North America till this season, had far less help. At the end of the day, any fitness coach will tell you, if you are in the 188-190cm zone (6'2-6'3) and don't attain atleast 180 lbs weight, you are doing it wrong/not trying hard enough. Elias will never be the guy who's gonna have a defenceman hanging on to him while he scores a goal, not unless he has exceptional puck possession like Henrik or Daniel Sedin do. And he doesn't need that kind of power either. If he has good enough edge work (which he does) and elite hands (which he also does), he is going to be the 'weave and bob through defensemen' kind of player. Which should provide a VERY GOOD 1-2 punch for the Canucks down the road if he does 'stick at centre'. Horvat is going to be an elite/top end ectomorph centreman with bulk & speed, who 'busts his way into the middle of the ice and creates his own lane'. Elias is going to be a 'weave and bobble till he finds a lane' kind of guy. Thats basically covering two very distinct (and valid) styles of elite top end play and will make us hard to be be defended against.
  11. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    Sorry for using a double negative. I think we are talking of two different things - you are talking of information control and thus perceptions may not be true, i am simply saying that a non-meritorious reason itself- concealed or otherwise- is detrimental. Ie, going up to a player and saying effectively 'listen, you did good, but you are old, so we are gonna sub in a kid who is worse than you,in your place, because well, he is a kid' is simply not acceptable and also not a way to actually build a meritorious organization.
  12. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    I think you mis-read that. I specifically said 'none of these are non-performance related issues'. i.e., double negative. 'not non-performance' = ! (! performance) = performance. Ie, they are all performance related issues.
  13. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    Then none of those reasons are non-performance related. Just because you don't know the ACTUAL reason, doesn't mean the reason itself is not meritorious. I can choose to not disclose an injury to the public and sit out, which makes my sitting out a performance related issue. This does not validate the 'lets sit the performing vet over the underperforming kid, because well, kids need exposure'
  14. No. Please no. Kane is overrated and a very poor example for work ethic and community spirit for what is a young and emerging new core.
  15. Pretty sure if Benning did that, he'd be guilty for child trafficking and be in jail. And I'd not blame Guddy for saying 'F U' to the Canucks either.