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  1. Which a why I was so angry over the loss of Gadj. Yes Garland is a pest, but Gadj could back it up.
  2. Considering that Hammer is a RHD and Edler is a LHD there is no comparison. The game is too fast and too hard to play your wrong side in the NHL anymore. Schmidt struggled mightily trying to play the right side last season. Honestly, I've been pretty impressed by Kyle Burrows, and Poolman might have had a rough game last night, but for his cap hit as a top 4 RHD, he's a steal.
  3. Travis tends to stick with what's working and it's hard to argue with there points in two road games.
  4. I'm not sorry Mac is gone, but I'm still pissed over the loss of Gadj. Gadj showed a knack for getting in front of the net and scoring in tight, and he wasn't afraid to drop the mitts. I understand JB and Travis are counting on Chaisson to be that guy, but I think Gadj had a higher ceiling and having a second tough guy is never a bad idea. It's like this team is being built just to make the playoffs, without the thought of having to play against guys like Reeves and Wilson once you get there.
  5. Focht is also one of the few natural centers in camp, so I'm sure Travis wanted to give him a chance to see how he'd be if he was needed for the 4th line center spot on an emergency basis in case somebody gets hurt or sick. Until Sutter gets back, Focht is probably the sixth center in the organization behind Petey, Bo, Dickenson, Petan, and maybe Highmore (Miller will almost certainly be back on wing on the Lotto Line to start the season but he'd also be available in a pinch).
  6. Why not? Chaisson is a retriever, Garland can score, seems like it's worth a try. Mostly, Petey's going to get up to game speed, and Garland hasn't really had a chance to show much so far.
  7. My fear is that Gadj earns a third line spot, scores 15 goals and drops the mits 10-12 times, just enough to earn a reputation as a tough SOB. I really don't understand why TG waived him ahead of Big Mac. You keep an undrafted free agent who was middling at best in the A and waive a tough, 2nd rounder who has shown a knack for driving the net, and scoring in tight. I have no idea what they're thinking.
  8. With the lineup the Coilers are icing, and the defenceless (other than Poolman) backend we're throwing out there, I'm expecting to see six or seven in the back of our net. Not a PKer or adequate defender among that group of LHD. Hopefully Halak plays the full 60, so we don't hurt Demko's confidence.
  9. I'm looking forward to him beating the snot out of Big Mac, I'm afraid we kept the wrong enforcer
  10. I haven't been able to watch all the games, but according to some who have, the common theme is that Gadg has shown enough to make the team, and they think that's the reason he's not playing. I saw the game where OJ bounced a goal in off Gadg. I thought Gadg looked good, most importantly he skated well enough to compete. I wonder if Travis is trying to hide him so he'll hopefully clear waivers when he gets cut on a day where there a bunch of cuts. I hope not, I think he has been much better than Big Mac, who to me looks way out of his depth.
  11. Agreed, I'd rather see Gadg on that line to start the season, it gives them a heavy feel. Pods comes with the rep of being a great passer/playmaker, and as he gets more comfortable we'll see more of of his heavy shot and playmaking skill show itself, he had a sweet dangle almost goal last night. We know Gadg has a knack for scoring from the front of the net, so Pods can feed him some rubber to see what he can do. Eventually, once Brock returns, Garland or Hogs will replace Gadg on the 3rd line, but I'd love to see Gadg get a chance to show his stuff before being relegated to the 4th line. I think Big Mac reached his scoring/points zenith in Utica and has not been able to translate that to the NHL, which is no surprise, he's not much of a fighter, which is all he's really good for at this level.
  12. He played 74 games in his first full season with the Canucks, in the subsequent two seasons, he's played a total of 58 games. Yes, small players who try to play physical get hurt a lot, but he's collecting a big paycheck to play games, not to sit in the pressbox.
  13. I disagree. OEL>Edler by a lot, faster, more mobile, better offensively but with the same super high hockey IQ. Poolman>Schmidt, mostly because he'll be playing his natural side and because he's a complimentary piece where Schmidt never really found his plast last year. 2021 Myers>2020 Myers he looks to have retooled his game to be more defensive which will be a huge improvement. OJ>Revolving LHD position, with a chance to play everyday, OJ will get better and more confident as the season progresses. Hughes=Hughes with the caveat that he'll hopefully take stock of his worst in the NHL +/- and work harder on that part of his game, being responsible for one goal for and two goals against is still a net negative in spite of how pretty that goal for was. Hamonic=Hamonic IF he ever shows up. He's a known quantity and will be a welcome addition. Schenn+Hunt>last season's defensive depth. Most importantly the addition of Brad Shaw, who is reportedly taking an active role in improving the structure of what used to be a structure free defensive philosophy. OEL and Poolman starting as our first pairing, getting all the tough defensive zone starts and matchups will be a boon for Hughes and Hamonic. It will also be an improvement for moving the puck out of the zone sooner. I'm betting on Rathbone spending much of the year in Abbotsford, working on his defensive game, which based on what I've seen this pre-season needs a lot of work!
  14. Which is why players who play like he does have a short shelf life, and management has to move on from them before they probably want to.
  15. Honestly, I was kind of thinking the same thing when I compared the way Lockwood is playing to Motte. Not that I want Motte traded, but he has concussion issues, and he's more expensive than Lockwood. Of course it would hinge on whether Lockwood can do the things that Motte does, PK, shutdown line, etc. Lockwood is younger, cheaper, and doesn't have the same health issues. To be honest, with his concussion problems, I was surprised that JB protected him ahead of Lind. Motte's value is probably as good at it will ever be, JB might be able to flip him for a decent draft pick, or a piece that fits into this team's puzzle.
  16. I think if he makes the team, he'll be PP2 net front presence, that's his office and he's shown a knack from scoring in tight.
  17. I'm thinking more of a Tyler Motte clone, he's fast, fearless on the forecheck, hard nosed, throws the body. I think he's looked at what makes Motte an integral part of this team to the point where management protected him ahead of a former 2nd round pick on the verge of making the team and decided that's the way he should play too. I've certainly been impressed.
  18. They're not paying Dickenson all that money to be 4C. Miller will return to Petey's wing, and Dickenson will be 3C. 4C will work itself out, Petan has looked okay, there are others who could play the role as a stopgap depending on how long Sutter will be out. If it's really long Covid, he could miss the whole season, or perhaps call it a career.
  19. Not sure what game you were watching, Gudreau was Rathbone's responsibility on the first goal, Tkachuk was his responsibility on the third goal, I'm not sure who Rathbone thought his man was, but Tkachuk scored unmolested. He really struggled against Calgary's #1 line. When the play broke down on the second goal, Rathbone was lost in no-mans-land, not close enough to check the player, and just far enough away to screen Demko. Yes, he's a great skater and a good passer, but in the two games I've watched, he's awful defensively, which is bad when your position is defenseman. Juolevi isn't flashy, but his defensive game and positioning were for the most part solid. He looked really good on the PK, and that stop on the 2-on1 was Edleresk. He needs more work on his skating, but of the LHD in this game, Olli was the best.
  20. I was watching the LHD competition, and OJ was head and shoulders better than Rathbone and better than Hunt. Rathbone looked like he needs a year in Abby, he was AWFUL! He was on the ice for three of Calgary's four goals and in the box for #4 because he's afraid to get hit. Rathbone looked lost on the first and third goals, Gudreau was his man on #1 and he was checking nobody in #3 when Tkachuk was his man. QH is already a tire fire in the defensive zone, we can't afford Rathbone too. Once again, OJ played a simple game, was positionally sound, got into passing lanes, played great on the PK and was responsible for the Canucks loan goal. Hunt was OK, but nothing special.
  21. Last five years isn't fair, the cupboard was bare because the Canucks under Gillis we're in a win-now mode which means they traded picks and prospects for veterans in areas of need. So top picks under JB were pushed to the NHL in some cases sooner than they should have been because otherwise those spots would be filled with trash free agents. Which means Utica saw a lot of second, third and later round players, most of which historically don't make much of a splash in the league. However, they did a do a good job of developing Sautner, Breezer and OJ. The first two into serviceable fill-ins, and OJ hopefully into the next generation of Alex Edler. But to your question...2012-13 Canucks, just off the top of my head players who spent at least half a season in Manatoba: Burrows, Kessler, Edler, Bieksa, Raymond, Hanson, Schneider. The core of that team, except for the twins, were all groomed in Manatoba.
  22. I'm not sure what game you were watching, I thought OJ looked good, unspectacular, but against seasoned NHL talent, he was one of our top two DMen. In the DZone he kept shooters to the outside, won puck battles, was never obviously out of position, and I don't recall him losing any pucks or making bad passes, was also pretty great on the PK, he played a very simple Edleresque game. He also showed his vision in the OZone. OJ was far better defensively than Rathbone, whose offensive talents are obvious, but like Hughes, gets pushed off pucks, loses board battles, and finds himself out of position. This team has only enough room for one DMan like that, and we're about to pay Hughes a lot of lettuce to be that guy. Rathbone still has a lot to learn about playing in his own end of the ice. He's smart he'll learn, but the NHL is not the place for that.
  23. The woman who cuts my hair is a Kraken season ticket holder. I'm hoping we have a good rivalry, but Seattle is such a frontrunner city, I hope the Kraken have some success to keep them in the conversation on sports radio.
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