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  1. So obviously we’re still a ways out developmentally, as far as Olli playing in the NHL (although that day seems to be getting closer every game). But given he just moved into sole possession of the 2nd best all time scoring rate for a Liiga U20 defenseman, I figured it was time to have a closer look at what that means. I was curious to see how Juolevi’s current season compared to any established NHL defensemen who actually played in Liiga at the same age. Olli Juolevi: 14 games played, 5 goals, 7 assists, 12 points, 0.86 points per game. And here are the 11 closest comparable players who went on to play 200+ NHL games: 1. Reijo Ruotsalainen -age 19/20 Liiga points per game: 0.93 -NHL career: 446 GP, 107-237-344 points -best NHL season: 73 points 2. Sami Vatanen -age 19/20 Liiga points per game: 0.60 -NHL career (active): 276 GP, 33-93-126 points -best NHL season: 38 points 3. Joni Pitkänen -age 19/20 Liiga points per game: 0.57 -NHL career: 535 GP, 57-225-282 points -best NHL season: 46 points 4. Risto Siltanen -age 19/20 Liiga points per game: 0.42 -NHL career: 562 GP, 90-265-355 points -best NHL season: 63 points 5. Hannu Virta -age 18/19 Liiga points per game: 0.47 -age 23/24 Liiga points per game: 1.05 -played 4 NHL seasons in between the above -NHL career: 245 GP, 25-101-126 points -best NHL season: 37 points 6. Teppo Numminen -age 19/20 Liiga points per game: 0.45 -NHL career: 1375 GP, 117-520-637 points -best NHL season: 54 points 7. Timo Blomqvist -age 19/20 Liiga points per game: 0.43 -NHL career: 243 GP, 4-53-57 points -best NHL season: 20 points 8. Janne Niinimaa -age 19/20 Liiga points per game: 0.40 -NHL career: 741 GP, 54-265-319 points -best NHL season: 46 points 9. Villa Sirén -age 19/20 Liiga points per game: 0.31 -NHL career: 290 GP, 14-68-82 points -best NHL season: 22 points 10. Rasmus Ristolainen -age 18/19 Liiga points per game: 0.29 -was in NHL by age 19/20 -NHL career (active): 286 GP, 25-90-115 points -best NHL season: 45 points 11. Kimmo Timonen -age 19/20 Liiga points per game: 0.16 -NHL career: 1108 GP, 117-454-571 points -best NHL season: 55 points
    14 points
  2. Boes/EP on opposite W's for PP.
    10 points
  3. Like I said x number of pages back, keyword is patience.
    9 points
  4. I said it before Olli Juolevi is going to be a player like Alex Pietrangelo. Not just talking about the game style he plays, but did you know Alex Pietrangelo is leading all Dman in points with 20 pts in 22 games? Pietrangelo is so silky smooth but goes under the radar. Isn't excellent in anything by any means, but is solid in all facets of the game, he doesn't get the respect nor the notoriety. Often over shadowed by those around him especially like in his draft class Drew Doughty in 2008. Juolevi IMO is exactly like Pietrangelo. Is going to get overshadowed by guys like Chychrun in Arizona or Sergachyov in Tampa, but Olli is just as good however, doesn't get the same level of respect. Juolevi is so smart, so smooth, and so subtle is his game that you won't notice very much but that is exactly why he is so effective. Can go quiet in a game, where you just don't notice him at all, but when you look at the score sheet, he is racking up the numbers. Imagine when Juolevi finally figures out to defend more aggressively/assertively and use his full physical tools on top of his already highly notable IQ/awareness? He is going to be something special.
    8 points
  5. Can you guys take this tank argument somewhere else?
    7 points
  6. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review was able to catch up with GM Watermelons amidst the team's rapid descent down the standings. See below for all the juicy details. Thanks again for doing this! Describe the team's performance this season in one word. Underwhelming Ouch. Could you expand a little on that? Not much to say there, to be honest. If you go up and down the lineup you'll see that key players in every position have underperformed. In particular, Wennberg, Talbot, and Kreider are top candidates for having a disappointing season. Coming into the season I had high hopes for Wennberg to continue developing as a #1 centre in the NHL but after putting up just 9 points in 18 games, it seems as though he isn't quite ready. We were counting on his production this year, and his average play and current injury certainly don't help. Similarly high hopes were put on Talbot's shoulders and he's been even worse. We turned down a ton of offers for him, including two that particularly sting right now. The silver lining is that he is on a reasonably cap friendly contract. Hopefully the real life Edmonton Oilers bounce back soon. Lastly, we have Chris Kreider. Historically he's been a fantasy darling who provides awesome category coverage but he's started the season extremely slow. We'll need him and teammate JT Miller to step up if we are to compete in the Metro. The loss of Eaves, who scored 30 goals last year, certainly hurts more than expected. You mentioned key players underperforming in every position. Tell us more about Pittsburgh's defence. The defence has been meh. Entering the season I honestly believed that our defence was one of the best in the league. A top four of Letang, Byfuglien, Shattenkirk, and Martinez is nothing to mess with. All four guys have consistently put up 4fp/g every season with Letang and Byfuglien averaging over 5fp/g. While all those guys are over the 4fp/g mark, I know that Letang and Byfuglien have another level to offer. An ugly -15 for Letang is unacceptable for a guy who gets paid 7.25 million a year. The two bright spots I haven't mentioned yet at John Moore and Shea Theodore. Moore isn't a household name but he's had an excellent start on a surprising New Jersey team. Theodore hasn't quite put up the numbers we're expecting from him but from watching his play in his last few game he's an NHL quality defender. The points should follow soon. It sounds like the Pens have a pretty bleak future then. Is there any good news for fans to cheer for? Anthony Mantha is definitely at the top of that list. He's been superb all season and we plan on locking him up long term very soon. He's going to be one of our core players going forward. Neal and Couture are having resurgent seasons and are currently keeping this team afloat. Free agent signing Alex Iafallo has been a pleasant surprise given that he's secured a spot with Kopitar and Brown on LA's top line. Schmaltz has also been doing well and we're excited to see if he can secure a consistent spot in Chicago's top six. Any other news you'd like to share with your fans? As we continue our slip and slide down the standings, it seems like my teams don't agree with the month of November. We started the season first in October last year and started dropping the standings in November. Same thing is happening to my RGMG team right now. I'm looking to make some changes to the team and maybe even entertain the idea of trading away some playoff assets. A handful of elite teams have been gaining ground on us and over the last two weeks we're the 16th ranked team. Things should change as I'm expecting guys like Wennberg and Talbot to get better but I'd be interested to see what's out there. There seems to be a couple teams that are going to be a force to reckon with in the playoffs and given that most of my players are on bubble teams, it's likely that I won't have close to a full playoff roster. Just to be clear, not that interested in trading anyone for a package of draft picks or prospects that are far far away from the NHL at this point. Ideally I'm looking at a one for one roster player swap to get a young player with similar upside on a team that you don't think will make the playoffs this year, but have good upside going forward. And in case that isn't clear enough, sorry I am not going to move a guy like Killorn for a fourth liner/7th dman who plays 8 minutes a game for Arizona. The key here is looking at moves that might cause me to take a small step back this year but get better next year. Not going to blow up this team for a 5 year rebuild after a rough 3 weeks in November. I understand it might be slightly early for many teams to consider this far in advance but I'm curious to see what's out there. I have exams in 3 weeks so have a bit of time now to chat before I go offline for two weeks. Two names that have generate decent interest in talks with GMs over the last week are Letang and Byfuglien. No guarantee that I'll move either guy but send me an offer if you are interested. (Note I just checked the standings and I'm back at 7th. I had just dropped from 6th to 9th when I started writing this yesterday morning lol)
    7 points
  7. I’d say he’s tracking like an all situations D who can run the power play but also play solid in three zones. He’s just not a pure offensive defenseman, which is by no means a bad thing. As for those translation factors from the projection project, they are a little too conservative IMO. They only use NHLe for players going directly from Liiga to NHL, which tend to run a bit low. If you look at closest comparables (like a pGPS model) or “Wilson method” NHLe (which accounts for players who make stops in leagues like the AHL), Juolevi’s current Liiga scoring projects much higher in the NHL.
    6 points
  8. Juolevi with an early assist as TPS opens the scoring. 1-0 in the first.
    6 points
  9. That's Olli's third assist tonight, 14GP, 5G, 7A, 12P Keep it up man! This is getting exciting. The game is quite good.
    5 points
  10. Thomas Gradin should be more recognized for what he has done for the organization than he is. Take Naslund's sweater from the rafters and put him in the ROH and put Gradin's in the rafters. He took his team to the '82 finals which Naslund never got close to. Gradin has had a scouting career with the Canucks since he retired. His input brought the Twins, Edler, Granlund, Joulevi and EP to Vancouver. Also very positive on Holm who I believe will play games in Van yet this year.
    5 points
  11. Quarter Season Update in Florida! Currently 2nd in the Division and 5th overall, things are going pretty well in Florida. With the recent acquisition of Blake Wheeler, we hope to continue climbing in the standings as the season progresses and continue to look for moves to make. Great! Nikita Zaitsev is averaging over 5 fppg which is fantastic. Adrian Kempe is averaging 4.35 fppg as a rookie which is also pretty great. Good! TJ Oshie does what he does. Tomas Hertl is quietly having a pretty good season. Blake Coleman has been a pleasant rookie surprise at 3.43 ffpg. Sven Baertschi is benefiting from being with Brock. Meh Nicklas Backstrom had a super hot start but has been in the worst slump of his career lately. Tanner Kero is struggling to even make the lineup this season, I expected him to be a regular. Bad Derek Stepan is basically my lowest scoring regular forward--moving to Arizona has killed him.
    4 points
  12. Actually spoke to someone who had a refreshing idea about this. Extend the break between regular and post season by 3 to 5 days and have the non playoff teams scrap it out for the top 3 picks. All teams from 17th to 31st would play in a tournament style format for the top 3 spots. It would give fans something to absolutely cheer for, give the playoff teams 3-5 extra days to rest and ensure that no teams were simply shoving players out the door in order for better lottery odds. In essence you play your way to a top 3 pick over a week. I actually kinda liked the idea
    4 points
  13. Acknowledging and analyzing the NHL’s top five goalies this season After breaking down the top forward lines and defence pairings so far this season, the natural next step is to look at which goaltenders have been the biggest difference makers for their teams. Unfortunately with goalies there just isn’t the same variety of statistics to evaluate their play that exist for skaters, so it’s a lot tougher to come to a conclusion about total value, especially in small sample sizes. In the end I decided that sticking to 5-on-5 play made sense once again, because save percentage on special teams is highly unreliable in small samples. In order to qualify, goaltenders had to start at least 10 games this season and I wanted to look at not just overall performance, but signs that the performance is sustainable, and how much the goaltenders themselves are contributing to the shot quality they face. With that in mind, here’s what I came up with as the top goaltenders through one quarter of the NHL season. Be aware that in order to increase the contrast in these big numbers I started the y-axis (vertical) at 30 per cent. Over the past several years of NHL hockey, we know that future overall save percentage is normally best predicted by how well goalies are stopping pucks in the high danger area, or inner slot. So far this season, Mike Smith is leading everyone there by a wide margin, turning away 90.7 per cent of the high danger chances he faces, which is more than 13 percentage points better than league average. An interesting note on Smith’s high danger save percentage being the highest of this group: his outer slot save percentage is the lowest for him personally and below league average. That’s an odd outlier. Smith gives up rebounds on 62 per cent of the shots he faces, but those rebounds are recovered by his teammates or himself 87.5 per cent of the time. Smith has a relatively high percentage of his rebounds that wind up in the inner slot area, but 98.6 per cent of those rebounds are either recovered by his teammates or smothered by Smith before opponents get a chance to get on the puck, so it hasn’t burned him yet. Sergei Bobrovsky, last season’s Vezina winner, leads the NHL in even strength save percentage again, and is third in high danger save percentage while posting stronger save rates in the high slot than Smith. Bobrovsky has been a bit of a mess with rebounds though. A whopping 71 per cent of the shots Bobrovsky faces result in rebounds, and 39 per cent of those end up in the inner slot. The Blue Jackets also recover fewer of Bob’s rebounds than league average teams do, making things tougher on him as he faces more second chances than other goalies. That hasn’t burned him yet, but the question for Bobrovsky is whether you credit him for the extra saves or punish him for being the creator of his own increased difficulty? In a small sample size, it’s tough to say which is more important. If by the end of the season Bobrovsky still leads the NHL in even strength save percentage, you just have to tip your hat to him. Braden Holtby puts up strong numbers across the board, and he doesn’t give up many rebounds either, with only 59 per cent of the shots he faces ending up out of his immediate control. The Capitals also recover among the highest percentage of rebounds in the NHL at 90.7 per cent – and they recover 97.5 per cent of Holtby’s rebounds into the high danger area. Holtby has the easiest workload of this elite group, but you have to give him credit for helping to ease that by keeping second chances to a minimum. Corey Crawford remains one of the most consistent even strength goaltenders in the NHL, posting strong save percentages and allowing the lowest percentage of rebounds to the inner slot of anyone. The Blackhawks don’t recover Crawford’s rebounds at as high a rate as other teams, but Crawford’s own work in the high danger area leads to 97.8 per cent of those high danger rebounds being recovered. Arguably the most surprising goaltender on this list is Jacob Markstrom, who used to be the ‘Next Great Goalie’ prospect for years, only to flounder in the NHL until this season when he’s been brilliant at even strength for an equally surprising Vancouver Canucks team. Markstrom boasts the second-best high danger save percentage in the NHL, strong numbers in the high slot, and has the lowest percentage of shots faced that turn into rebounds at just 57 per cent. Of those rebounds, Markstrom is tied with Crawford for the lowest percentage of them ending up in the high danger area at just 31.7 per cent. Markstrom’s teammates have done a great job recovering the very few rebounds he actually allows, too. I think you could make a legitimately strong argument for any of Smith, Bobrovsky, and Markstrom as the top-three goalies this season. Whether those will be the same names up for the Vezina at the end of the year, though, is anyone’s guess. http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/acknowledging-analyzing-nhls-top-five-goalies-season/
    4 points
  14. That would be an incredibly classless thing for our team to do. I would be truly ashamed. If Gradin is deserving of having his jersey in the rafters, then just put it up there. Leave Naslund's where it is.
    4 points
  15. Another year gone. Another year older.
    4 points
  16. You can't be loud and crazy. You'll interrupt all the folks flipping houses on their smartphones.....
    4 points
  17. You know, I will even give you that one. In the past 10 drafts (2008 - 2017) the following teams have had the most top 5 picks. 1. Edmonton - 6 2. Islanders - 5 3. Colorado - 4 4. Toronto - 4 5. Florida - 4 6. Winnipeg/Atlanta - 3 7. Columbus - 3 8. Tampa - 3 How many Stanley Cups are in there?
    4 points
  18. We may not see eye to eye politically but these matters should never be protected by political preference as @Warhippy mentioned before. Even in Canada we have had liberal and conservative senators sexually assault women, their political affiliation is irrelevant and actually believe it or not I 100% agree with the ndp and we should abolish the senate.
    4 points
  19. How long until Time magazine comes out to clarify they did not offer such a request to Trump?
    3 points
  20. That’s a very missleading post skewed by cherry picking numbers though. You include 2017 yet all the players in 2017 have haven’t even been in the league for over 30 games. How are they supposed to win a cup in that time frame. I don’t think anyone expects a team to go from bottom of the league to cup winner over night. So listing the players drafted in in the last few years doesn’t really help the point either. Pull those same numbers from 2001-10 draft years. Only 9 teams had 3 or more top 5 picks and they represent 9 of the last 12 Stanley cups won. But in the end, Drafting in the top 5 doesn’t guarantee you a cup but it does produce you the highest odds of landing a key piece to building a cup contender. A peice like Pettersson is the result of a top 5 draft pick. Hes going to be a very important piece for us into turning this team into a cup contender. How many any people here would be willing to replace pettersson with someone taken in the 15-29 range last draft. anyone who would prefer to keep pettersson and is against obtaining top 5 picks is a hypocrite.
    3 points
  21. Yeah, the numbers don't do Markstrom justice. Can't think of a game this season where I thought "Well, if Nilsson played that game it would've gone better". It's a good situation to be in. Fair to say, ever since Luongo/Melanson, Vancouver is no longer a goalie graveyard.
    3 points
  22. You know you can get jailed for unpaid parking tickets in the states? Yeah, the person who can't pay their tickets totally deserves to die in jail if they get sick. /s
    3 points
  23. CDC should have this as it's official page music Help a lot of posters out IMO
    3 points
  24. I agree! I have been saying this since day 1. If this kid pans out he will be more valuable than a second line winger. Tkachuk is a good player but he is not the cats arse many flames, and even canuck fans, make him out to be. 76 games and he got 13 goals, to put things in perspective Brock got that in less than 30 games. Anyhow, I dont want to spark up Tkachuck vs Juolevi conversations. Its awesome to watch this guy start to get back on track again and keep improving.
    3 points
  25. i understood that many/most/all of these people were not convicted they were simply being held on immigration issues
    3 points
  26. For those keeping track, Olli just tied Heiskanen for the Liiga U20 defensemen scoring lead this season (11 points in 14 GP) and has moved into a tie for 2nd in all time U20 points per game for a D.
    3 points
  27. He's gonna be way more valuable then Tkachuk in a couple years at this trajectory. I wanted Tkachuk at first but after seeing his on ice antics I'm glad we took Juolevi. Not sure if he will be an elite first pairing but is looking like a top 2 pairing for sure. Keep up the development Olli! Thanks for the updates everyone especially @SID.IS.SID.ME.IS.ME
    3 points
  28. Headed to the VGK practice, followed by their game this afternoon. Cramarossa does Vegas!
    3 points
  29. Couple moments of free time at work. These gems are just from the first couple pages of this thread - pure comedy......enjoy folks.
    3 points
  30. Lol. Spoke too soon. Make that 2 assists and 11 points (so far) through 14 games.
    3 points
  31. Juolevi with a beauty no-look pass to a player who was parked near the opposite faceoff circle and scores from an open net
    3 points
  32. nothing like a racial division to make the orange clown get tweety fingers. Its so bizarre its hard to process.
    3 points
  33. Absolutely. Gradin was an amazing player but has gone so far beyond that once his playing career ended. Retiring his number would only barely start to recognize how much he's done for the Canucks.
    3 points
  34. At the risk of being a broken record... a future 1st line of Kane, Pettersson, Boeser , Kane adding some size and snarl (as well as shooting) would help with any size concerns (that and Boeser, while not exactly a bruiser, is also not a waterbug or wilting flower either). Also, IIRC, Boeser (RH'd) actually has a decent record on faceoffs. Him and EP (LH'd) could take turns on draws on their strong sides as well. Just a thought... I love this post so much I want to make out with it. Forget all the nebulous, periphery stuff of 'culture' etc (though I do largely agree that it is in fact, important, if not the entire reason teams continue to perform poorly). I agree that 'management' is indeed likely the largest and most key factor to a successful team (along with a healthy dose of luck). Good trades, good scouting, good development and yes 'culture' included etc, etc are far more important factors than simply where one happens to pick (which isn't a terribly controllable factor these days). It's why I'm a proponent of the relentless pursuit of improvement by any means that I believe our present management is following. There's no room for 'tanking' in that philosophy. You become a better team by simply taking every opportunity to become a better team. That includes trades, UFA's, drafting, development etc. Constant pursuit of improvement. You don't forego signing/trading for a good player because you hope to do poorly to maybe get a lotto pick. You take any and every opportunity to add/improve assets (granted with age, cap etc as qualifiers and a view to the long term of where you're team is headed). I've always been a fan of that system. 17th place team gets 1st OA, 18th 2nd OA etc until you get down to 31, then back to the 16th team, 15th etc. It's simple and would reward teams on the bubble actually making an effort while still giving crappy teams relatively high picks to rebuild with. It rewards competent management and 'try'. Would also give players on those 17-31 teams a reason to keep playing after they're eliminated from playoffs for a better product all around.
    3 points
  35. Happy Thanksgiving to all Canucks fan south of the border!
    3 points
  36. Kinda expected this low level internet troll bullsh*t from you. "If you don't think Biden is a pedophile then you're a pedophile too!"... solid logic champ... However, actual logic dictates that the only people accusing him of any misconduct in regards to touching a shoulder, on a stage... in the front row... in front of reporters... surrounded by family and friends... colleagues... in front of the entire world... and I'm guessing about 20-30 cameras (photo and video).... is you and your right wing troll friends attempting to level some imaginary playing field with straw. Not a peep out of the girl or parents. Just you and your little friends... injecting context to force a narrative. Its beyond weak. I'm going to try to keep this civil and ignore the bait, because you are obviously reaching, desperate for attention and trying your hardest to irritate someone. But accusing me of sympathizing with pedophiles shows how easily you are willing to throw around that term and make accusations in an attempt to win an argument... it shows how little respect you actually have for the issue... and your willingness to exploit the actual abuse of millions of children... to gain what... a talking point in a random political thread? Nice decision making.
    3 points
  37. Saw this on reddit and have been giggling like an idiot since I saw it. Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did. https://streamable.com/iva1g
    3 points
  38. Thomas Greiss is 6-0-1 in his last 7 starts, and has faced less than 30 shots in only 1 of those games
    2 points
  39. League's done their job on the "Lotto" to perfection. They've likely gotten a shy*e-load of cash from addicted, obsessive Cdn fans(like most of us). Created a system, for the media to drone on about. Most folks are too busy/dumb to know when a deck is rigged. US fans will 'buck-up', whenever their local team goes on a run. With this imbalanced system, should be 8~10 US cities, annually. Passionate Cdn fans are mostly distracted by slinging regional-mud at each other. Divide & conquer; call the cut-up spoils "Revenue sharing"! Meanwhile, most of us will dream up equitable alternatives that'll never be implemented! You'll never find a billion dollar industry that's honest. Especially not when a certain country has their fingers messin in the pie.
    2 points
  40. So, to paraphrase, any treatment or withdrawal of life necessities like water, food and medical treatment is fair game because these prisoners have all committed crimes and therefore deserve to be ill-treated? So you are advocating a Gulag system where prisoner death is just a normal part of doing business? Or would you prefer a Chinese system where they dispense with any pretense of serving a sentence and just execute prisoners with a bullet to the back of the head? Seriously, your draconian views on treatment of prisoners has no place in a democratic system based on laws and due process. But then, living where you do I can see that crime is kind of black and white, that there is no grey area and that democratic ideals are not really important there.
    2 points
  41. Happy to see DiDomenico get claimed by Tampa. In other news, the Rangers are open to trading one of Malkin or Kane. No guarantee they are dealt, but if you feel like kicking some tires, I'm listening. Not every day that two Hart/Art Ross/Conn Smythe/3 time cup champs go on the market.
    2 points
  42. this whole pardon power ability is ridiculous i know it has been used and abused before but we are entering a new realm of misuse in my limited knowledge of this issue people under serious investigation are planning their cooperation based on their view of whether they will be pardoned or not ? that is an insane way to deal with crime. both on the part of investigators, the legal system, and the people under investigation did the same considerations apply during the watergate investigations? i was less interested back then but the current situation seems to be new ground
    2 points
  43. Im leaning this way as well. I would bet that anything that comes from this will be for activities outside of the administration/campaign. Although it doesnt look good for a President that stated he was going to drain the swamp.. Appears many of his current/former staff are a big part of this so-called swamp. It also looks like Trump has heard the news as he is going off with his NFL straw-man again.
    2 points
  44. 2 points
  45. Holy crap, between Boeser and Pettersson highlights I dont know how much more stimulation I can take, its like a Victoria Secrets model just rung my doorbell...
    2 points
  46. It'd be even better if the stupid ushers at the games let you stand on your feet while cheering other than for a stoppage in play. Oh wait, they'll probably tell you to quiet down cuz your chants are "bothering" the section.
    2 points
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