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#181 Pears

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:51 PM

when will we see this guy in the lineup??

I'd say 2 years if he impresses. But 3 years sounds like the right amount of development time
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In my eyes drouin is overrated he can score in the qmjhl but did nothing in last two gold medal games that canada lost. Fox will be better pro than him talk to me in five yrs


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:00 PM

At 23 yrs old, and being that type of role player he is, perhaps he's not that far from NHL ready (if he does make it).

Edited by oldnews, 17 March 2013 - 09:02 PM.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 10:49 PM

So the question is can this kid skate?
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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:25 PM

Kind of agree with some people here, that size is being oversold. Lain is a good pickup as he could even out our 3rd or 4th line in 3 years. The canucks are missing a pure sniper, a player that can get open and finish the sedins cycle. most 6'5+ players are grinders.

I really hope we get out of this fantasy that size beats skill.

Size is great if the coach knows how to use it properly, LA's cup run is a perfect example. Also boston isn't really that big of a team on height and weight averagely. (26th and 21st respectivly). Vancouver is actually bigger (15,11) this is based off jan 2013 opening rosters.

http://mirtle.blogsp...ht-and-age.html
(to see the rankings)

Edited by jatylo, 17 March 2013 - 11:27 PM.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:46 PM

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:06 AM

This could well be our lineup in 5 years time...

Jensen - Gaunce - Kassian
Raymond - Schroeder - Booth
Sedin - Sedin - Kesler
plug - Lain - plug
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:10 AM

This could well be our lineup in 5 years time...

Jensen - Gaunce - Kassian
Raymond - Schroeder - Booth
Sedin - Sedin - Kesler
plug - Lain - plug

Slot in a few free agents/players acquired in a trade here and there and we're good to go
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In my eyes drouin is overrated he can score in the qmjhl but did nothing in last two gold medal games that canada lost. Fox will be better pro than him talk to me in five yrs


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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:19 AM

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This could well be our lineup in 5 years time...

Jensen - Gaunce - Kassian
Raymond - Schroeder - Booth
Sedin - Sedin - Kesler
plug - Lain - plug


I hope you're wrong.
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:54 AM

So the question is can this kid skate?


his coach says he "skates good". also he has "pretty good" skills.

sounds elite.
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Toronto will take a step back next year.
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:56 AM

This could well be our lineup in 5 years time...

Jensen - Gaunce - Kassian
Raymond - Schroeder - Booth
Sedin - Sedin - Kesler
plug - Lain - plug


LOL 5 years Kesler will be 33... I think he'd at least crack the 2nd line.

And the sedins will be 2nd line as well till the end of their careers.
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Toronto will take a step back next year.
Feel free to quote me.


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Wow I can't believe peoples replies...
Im done here. You people are disgusting..


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Posted 18 March 2013 - 07:20 AM

Good signing. Hopefully we can mold him into something along the likes of Paul Gaustad.
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 09:12 AM

So the question is can this kid skate?

Yes, he can. Pretty well actually. It's been mentioned in a few of the articles about him that have been posted.

Here's Dave Gagner's assessment of him:

“Kellan is a big, strong, detailed player; wins face-offs, finishes checks, plays with an edge, is hard on his opponents and skates well too.”


EDIT: He's in town now, should be here to do some testing and orientation and watch both today's and tomorrow's games.

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Edited by elvis15, 18 March 2013 - 10:12 AM.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:07 AM

Good news, for the wolves.
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:47 PM

At 23 yrs old, and being that type of role player he is, perhaps he's not that far from NHL ready (if he does make it).


I agree.. If he makes it I think it will be sooner than later. He's got a couple years of body development on guys like mallet.

Interesting to see what happens with lapierre.
He's kinda stinkin it up in his contract year but I don't think he's on an overall decline just yet. I think Raymond Higgins might be on the way out due to cap issues but I could see them resigning lappy because he'd be cheap and it's depth down the middle.
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 09:43 PM

Talent Analysis

At 6’6”, Lain obviously has size. And he has used his size; strength and long reach very effectively in protecting the puck, stripping pucks from opponents and creating space for his teammates. One area where Lain really excelled this season was on face-offs, where he won 313 of the draws that he took. Lain is also a tough body to move, whether standing in front of the net or along the walls. He has great net-front presence and many of his goals this season have come on rebounds and tip-ins. He has shown a willingness to pay a price in front of the net too. Lain is a tough competitor that brings a physical element to his game. He can deliver some bone-jarring hits and is strong on the forecheck.

The greatest improvement in Lain’s development has been in his skating. His strides are now smoother and more powerful. He has added speed and is more agile on his skates. In addition, his feet have vastly improved as well. Lain does an excellent job of following and staying with plays, which has been further enhanced by his great stick work. He is defensively responsible, does a good job of killing penalties and is willing to block shots. While Lain saw time on Lake Superior State’s penalty killing unit this season, where he was even more dangerous was on the Lakers power play. Five of Lain’s eight goals have come on the man-advantage. Lain possesses hard, powerful shot and can get pucks to the net.

Don't know much about this guy, but he kinda of reminds me alot of Joe Thornton :rolleyes: If he can reach even a 1/4 of Thornton's level of play, I will be very happy.

Edited by Mrock-763, 20 March 2013 - 09:54 PM.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 02:16 AM

we should throw him in for a couple of games I want to see his face off skills...which he says is a strength
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