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12 hours ago, WHL rocks said:

According to JB Podz is ready to step in and play on Canucks right now. He said Podz will be signed end of his KHL contract after next season and play in the NHL directly. Remember he's only 18. 

 

He said Hogz is ahead of schedule in his development

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/theprovince.com/sports/hockey/nhl/vancouver-canucks/ed-willes-musings-signing-jacob-markstrom-to-a-new-deal-should-be-canucks-top-priority/amp

 

 Vasili Podkolzin, the Canucks first-rounder from this summer, has another season on his deal in Russia but Jim Benning has a pretty good idea of where he’ll be playing the year after that.

“We’ll sign him and he’ll step right in and play,” the Canucks’ GM said. “He could play right now.”

Podkolzin played a feature rule for Russia at the WJC, finishing with a goal and five points in seven games. The best part? He’s still only 18.

And here’s Benning on Nils Hoglander, the 19-year-old who led Sweden with 11 points in seven games at the WJC: “He’s ahead of schedule.”

thats got to be pretty motivating for Podz. 

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6 minutes ago, Phat Fingers said:

 

Imagine him as our 3rd line center/winger with Gaudette and Rousell.  That would be a pesty line.  

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Pods, Gauds & Bitters 

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3 hours ago, SilentSam said:

It was a botched game .. plain and simple, the over the glass “delay of game” that hit the camera, the puck was already out of play and past the line of glass.. that’s why the referees called that penalty , which was subsequently, and wrongly overturned.

that would have had the Russian team playing against 3 Canadian forwards.

That was the biggest wrong.

the other head snap embellishments by primary Canadian players That drew penalties are ones that we should not be proud of.

those draw the Referees into making false calls.  The more this game gets skilled, the more embellishing and cheating it’s getting..

i for one am not proud of that win, or that game as a Canadian.  I like many of us here should be speaking up about all falsifying, embellishing, play. It will ruin the game.

the penalty for embellishment should be 4 mins. ... and I think referees should be able to review ALL of their calls in between periods, to be sure that a player isn’t goading a penalty, and trying to make a fool out of the referee. After an inbetween period review,   A four min penalty should be applied to the player who embellishes.

its NOT about evening out a previous penalty called.. it’s about Applying a  seriously deterrent to cheating and making a fool of a referee.  This game is going to degenerate if it continues..  I lost my flavour for World class Soccer/Football because of the same diving / cheating actors .

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8 hours ago, Locke Lamora said:

I readily admit that the coach may have had a lot to do with not taking the shackles off him. His play seemed to err more on defensive prudence than offensive thrust to me. A whole bunch of Russians looked more dangerous offensively. “But he’s so young still!” I’ve heard it said. To that I would respond with “Lafreniere”.

What about Lafreniere?

 

Pods is only 4 months older.

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7 hours ago, NUCKER67 said:

Tainted Gold IMO.

Oh give me a break.  Every game, league, tournament, sport has crap reffing sometimes.

 

The gold is not tainted. 

 

The Canadian world juniors won the goal.  Good on them and their hard work. They deserved it.  They don't need a bunch of keyboard warriors saying they don't deserve it or it was "tainted".

 

Jeez.....

 

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9 minutes ago, Kanukfanatic said:

Oh give me a break.  Every game, league, tournament, sport has crap reffing sometimes.

 

The gold is not tainted. 

 

The Canadian world juniors won the goal.  Good on them and their hard work. They deserved it.  They don't need a bunch of keyboard warriors saying they don't deserve it or it was "tainted".

 

Jeez.....

 

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Shoulda just given everyone aluminum buttons with plastic participation ribbons.

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33 minutes ago, Kanukfanatic said:

What about Lafreniere?

 

Pods is only 4 months older.

Oh, just saying because you are a youngin’ at the WJC’s doesn’t mean you cannot be an offensive force. I thought I’d seen folks explaining his lack of offence because of his still relative youth.

 

Just 4 months older than Lafreniere, eh? Did not know. Thanks!

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13 hours ago, stawns said:

Lack of IQ?  Not sure what tournament you were watching.  His iq and ability to see the play develop was one of his biggest strengths and biggest surprises for me.  He made some unreal plays........Petey level plays.

Petey was making plays his teammates couldn't even fathom in the world juniors because his iq was so much higher than theirs and was already at an elite NHL level iq. Comparing him to Podkolzin is a joke. 

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4 hours ago, Phat Fingers said:

Agreed.  Podz has playmaking ability and IQ.  He creates turnovers and then knows how to get that puck to players who should be in a scoring position.... but just not score.  No finish with his linemates.  Very effective as a fore checker, a PKer, good ar distributing the puck and retrieving it.  He has all the attributes you would normally want in a center.  

 

As for the lowered production, Podz is 18, he is one of 2 players that will be eligible for next years WJ's.  Maybe Podz was  assigned to more of a puck possession line.  Getting the puck and getting it into the offensive zone and then forcing a faceoff.  Like Manny during the cup run.  

 

Speaking of Manny, great defensive forward.  Drafted 7th OA if I recall, career high 15g.  Faceoff king and his career was cut short by a freakish eye injury.  If that kinda player is what Podz's floor is.  If he can be converted to center, which based on his play other than faceoffs, seems to suit.  Then this organization has the personal to teach this guy how to take draws.  

 

Imagine him as our 3rd line center/winger with Gaudette and Rousell.  That would be a pesty line.  

 

If Podz clicks with Horvat or Pettersson when he arrives in the NHL, he could be a Selkie candidate type of player in the future.  

 

Very excited about this pick.  

He was on a puck possession line lol. Those were supposed to be Russia's top players. They were the first line and were given first line minttes man. 

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2 hours ago, MikeyD said:

He was on a puck possession line lol. Those were supposed to be Russia's top players. They were the first line and were given first line minttes man. 

So...

an 18 year old first liner for the Russian Federation brought in Silver?

 

an the Canucks own his rights?

 

Bring it on.

 

Add Podkolzin and Tryamkin to this team and the Canucks are efffin’naaasty.

 

Adding Podkolzin only, is a serious influx of nasty.

 

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1 minute ago, Me_ said:

So...

an 18 year old first liner for the Russian Federation brought in Silver?

 

an the Canucks own his rights?

 

Bring it on.

 

Add Podkolzin and Tryamkin to this team and the Canucks are effin’nasty.

Yeah but we are analyzing a player and not a team. You put him on team Germany and nobody would care lol. 

 

He's not adding anything of value to this team at his current level of skill. He'd be a turnover machine. 

 

But they expected that, they knew when they drafted him he needed a lot of seasoning. That's why he wasn't a top 3 pick. He has raw talent he just doesn't know how to use it yet. People forget Tyler Motte was a fairly highly touted prospect and he had good hands, a good shot and thought the game pretty well. What people forget is how big of a jump defensively the NHL is from the world juniors. The world juniors has horrendous defense. Horrendous. That's why you see all of these amazing players in junior dangle around everybody and then they come to the nhl and their skills don't matter. Podkolzin wasn't even getting around defenders in the world juniors, how do you think he'd do at the highest stage of the game? He'd be a forechecking workhorse and a penalty killer. That'd be his use to us. Temper your expectations of the kid, don't rush him. 

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51 minutes ago, MikeyD said:

Petey was making plays his teammates couldn't even fathom in the world juniors because his iq was so much higher than theirs and was already at an elite NHL level iq. Comparing him to Podkolzin is a joke. 

I'd say Podz baffled his linemates as much as Petey did in his tournament.  He made some pretty unreal plays to set up his linemates

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1 hour ago, MikeyD said:

Petey was making plays his teammates couldn't even fathom in the world juniors because his iq was so much higher than theirs and was already at an elite NHL level iq. Comparing him to Podkolzin is a joke. 

I think it's pretty similar. I remember getting frustrated watching players whiff on some of the plays that Petey would make. This was both in the SHL and World Juniors.

 

I see the same with Podkolzin. He made some incredible plays that his fellow linemates couldn't finish on. Put him with Pettersson, Boeser, Horvat and/or Miller and that will be a different story. 

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1 hour ago, MikeyD said:

Yeah but we are analyzing a player and not a team. You put him on team Germany and nobody would care lol. 

 

He's not adding anything of value to this team at his current level of skill. He'd be a turnover machine. 

 

But they expected that, they knew when they drafted him he needed a lot of seasoning. That's why he wasn't a top 3 pick. He has raw talent he just doesn't know how to use it yet. People forget Tyler Motte was a fairly highly touted prospect and he had good hands, a good shot and thought the game pretty well. What people forget is how big of a jump defensively the NHL is from the world juniors. The world juniors has horrendous defense. Horrendous. That's why you see all of these amazing players in junior dangle around everybody and then they come to the nhl and their skills don't matter. Podkolzin wasn't even getting around defenders in the world juniors, how do you think he'd do at the highest stage of the game? He'd be a forechecking workhorse and a penalty killer. That'd be his use to us. Temper your expectations of the kid, don't rush him. 

Yeah that’s why we drafted a Russian and not a German.
 

As for the rest of your post:

 

HE’S 18.

 

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1 hour ago, MikeyD said:

Yeah but we are analyzing a player and not a team. You put him on team Germany and nobody would care lol. 

 

He's not adding anything of value to this team at his current level of skill. He'd be a turnover machine. 

 

But they expected that, they knew when they drafted him he needed a lot of seasoning. That's why he wasn't a top 3 pick. He has raw talent he just doesn't know how to use it yet. People forget Tyler Motte was a fairly highly touted prospect and he had good hands, a good shot and thought the game pretty well. What people forget is how big of a jump defensively the NHL is from the world juniors. The world juniors has horrendous defense. Horrendous. That's why you see all of these amazing players in junior dangle around everybody and then they come to the nhl and their skills don't matter. Podkolzin wasn't even getting around defenders in the world juniors, how do you think he'd do at the highest stage of the game? He'd be a forechecking workhorse and a penalty killer. That'd be his use to us. Temper your expectations of the kid, don't rush him. 

You must have missed the article where one of the greatest Russian players ever compares Podkolzin to one of the greatest NHL players ever...

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6 hours ago, Elias Pettersson said:

You must have missed the article where one of the greatest Russian players ever compares Podkolzin to one of the greatest NHL players ever...

Lol you must be  new around here if you think messier is highly regarded.

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I keep thinking of Brady Tkachuk when I see the skepticism in here.

 

I remember looking at BT's stats and thinking " how the hell is this guy ranked so high".  I mean 8 goals at Boston U in 40 games doesnt exactly scream top tier prospect let alone top 5 pick.

 

Then I watched him play a couple games.  Excellent from the dots down, and on the walls.  Physical.  Was hard to move from in front of the net.  Distributed the puck effortlessly.  Looked like a guy whose game could translate to the NHL.

 

I see a lot of that in Podkolzin.  Isnt going to razzle dazzle you like Hoglander but my gut is telling me that Podz game will elevate in the NHL more than Hoglander's game.  Ive seen enough of Hoglander-esque performances at the WJC to keep me reserved for now (not saying the kid wont make it, I just dont put a lot of weight into the highlight reel stuff)

 

 

 

 

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