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  1. Maybe we draft Owen Power? I do like how the Canucks are trying to build a super mobile, puck-moving D group through the draft. We just need to see what we have in them. Quinn Hughes will only get better with age and strength, but we have to hope Rathbone, Woo, and Juolevi can become regular contributors. Tryamkin is an enigma. Truscott, Utunen, Persson, and Jurmo (very intriguing skillset) are longshots, but fit the vision. Add a Brandt Clarke to that group and suddenly we're looking incredibly dynamic on the back-end, but we are missing toughness and defensive presence.
  2. Dubnyk was a great goalie when he hit his peak a few years ago, but he's nowhere close that guy today. This trade does next to nothing for Colorado, other than give Grubauer a veteran backup.
  3. I think Brandt Clarke has good enough height but is just a touch on the light side - if he fills out and can continue to be committed to improving his defensive game, he could form an unbelievable top-pairing with Quinn. Kind of reminds me of Victor Soderstrom as a prospect. Very skilled offensively, but better than people realize defensively. If our scouting staff feel he can grow physically and develop the way VS has, Clarke has to be the guy for Vancouver to target.
  4. You can't even write a script for a better career trajectory. I remember reading about this San Diego kid who was a top goaltender in his draft class. A couple weeks later, we nabbed him in the second round. Kid has a marvelous career at Boston College, comes to Utica and becomes arguably their best player in short-order. Learns the ropes under Marky, has that spectacular playoff performance. Takes a couple weeks to adjust to his new role as starter on a weak defensive team, gets locked into a groove and shuts it down. A few short months later, he gets a contract that set
  5. I'm just so thrilled with Hoglander this year, and we all know Podkolzin is going to contribute once he arrives (even if the offense takes some time to develop). There's no longer the same dread of "OMG WE CAN'T MESS THIS PICK UP!!", we're gonna get a good player and can kinda-sorta pick based on need too. Even just on the defensive side of things: Clarke? Smooth skating RHD with dynamic offensive abilities? Sounds good. I'd like a little more size, but he is very very skilled. Power? Physically gifted monster of a defender that can skate and make plays? Sign me up. I worry about his
  6. This kid would be a 50 goal scorer if he were even an average-sized player. But I still think he will be a very good player for them for a long time.
  7. Arguably my favourite goaltending prospect of the last 10 years. But goalies are ready younger and younger, and he's already a very good SHL goaltender... I think Demko could be our guy for the next 7-8 years. Jesper could be ready in 3-4...
  8. Hoglander is becoming our version of Marchand, right before our eyes.
  9. I ate there once, had to eat mine in three sittings!
  10. I think what's so intriguing about Demko is that he's done this at every level he's played. This is ultimately why we ended up keeping Demmer over Marky. He is an extremely talented goaltender, and we've managed to develop him perfectly. Sure, you can always say "but, he's only played ___ amount of games, and he hasn't done ___!" There has been a very clear and recognizable arc to his career so far. Nothing is guaranteed, especially at the goaltending position. But when you've developed a goalie for 5+ years, and he's met and/or exceeded expectations at every step,
  11. Hamonic is honestly not that bad. L. Schenn with slightly upgraded overall ability. Maybe a little less toughness.
  12. I'd love for Holtby to embrace the role of backup by playing solid hockey when called upon. I personally thought it was obvious going into this season that Thatcher was our 1A guy, but I really did think Holtby would be a capable 1B. So far, he hasn't even been a very good backup. But Thatcher can't play every game, and we're gonna need Holts to step it up when he gets the crease.
  13. That reminds me of the old EA NHL games. I learned just about everything I know about hockey when my parents bought me a bootlegged disk of NHL 99 for PC. Hughson's "grrrrreat saveeeee ________" got me so fired up every time.
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