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  1. Home opener prediction: Boeser scores his 100th career goal against his hometown Wild, which is also the team he scored his 1st career goal against.
  2. It still blows me away to think that McDavid has never won a championship when he has had to be 'The Guy' on a team. The only times a team has won it all with McDavid on the roster were international tournaments where he was surrounded with top end talent to take the pressure off him. He just doesn't seem to be able to put a team on his back and drag them all the way. Even in his draft year in the OHL when he put up 2.55 P/GP in the regular season and 2.5 P/GP in the playoffs he still couldn't even win an OHL Championship let alone a Memorial Cup. Whereas, Pettersson has already managed to put up the best season ever by an U20 player in the 3rd best professional hockey league in the world, led his team to a League Championship, and won every award possible that season. I'm not saying the Pettersson is as skilled or as capable of being a game changer as McDavid but it certainly seems like he can produce under pressure and do what it takes to win when it counts at a level McDavid has never shown. McDavid: 6 seasons, 21 playoff games 22 points Pettersson: 3 seasons, 17 playoff games 18 points
  3. Really hard to find anything to dislike about this game. Solid all around effort by the boys tonight. Gutted out a nice late comeback, like the good teams do, even if we didn't get the W. Our defence already looks much more solid, playing a smart simple game. Definitely much better than Edmonton, who are going to have a long season if they have so little faith in their d core that Nurse has to play literally half of the game. He played 32:24 tonight, going to burn him out quick doing that.
  4. I thought the whole reason Edmonton signed Hyman to a 7 year $38.5 million contract was so they didn't have to play Drysaddle with McSavior.
  5. Interestingly enough when Boeser comes back and we waive either Petan or Dowling our average increases to 194.6lbs. Also this number includes both our goaltenders who are both below that average weight, if you remove both of them and again include Boeser over Petan or Dowling our average weight for our starting actual skater is 195.4lbs. And if you go with our healthy starting line up of: Miller - Pettersson - Boeser Pearson - Horvat - Garland Highmore - Dickinson - Höglander Chiasson - Lammikko - Podkolzin OEL - Myers Hughes - Poolman Hunt - Schenn Our actual average weight of our starting skaters is 197.5lbs. Not nearly as bad as they make it out to be.
  6. Definitely sucks losing Gadjovich, I've been a huge fan and wanted to see him play on the team ever since his D+1 year in Guelph. But this was an unfortunate inevitability, maybe could of tried to sneak him down on a later day during preseason but bottom line is he wasn't making the team this year. Right now I see the top 9 forwards as (in no particular order): Miller Pettersson Boeser Garland Horvat Höglander Dickinson Pearson Podkolzin That leaves room for 3 more to make the team and actually get to play games and at least 2 of them need to be able play on the PK (I know, Greens old school mentality, I'm not a huge fan of it either). Di Giuseppe has looked really good overall and far better than Gadjovich in regards to defensive responsibilities (offensively Gadj has looked better as a net front presence). Dowling and Petan can both play C which isn't an option for Gadj and as for the last spot, Bailey and Highmore are both faster, more up tempo players. And that's not even bringing in Motte (who is close to returning) and Sutter (if he's ever healthy again) who are both locks for the roster when they are ready to go as well as MacEwen who is still an option but I do think Gadj has looked better so far this preseason. Simply put, there is no room for Gadj on the roster this year unless you wanted him rotting away night after night in the press box. Even if he made the team as the extra forward out of camp he would of been sent down once Motte was ready. He was definitely far better served playing big minutes nightly in Abby waiting for a chance to get called up due to injuries. It just sucks that he was claimed off waivers but I'm willing to bet that it won't be the first time he hits the waiver wire this season. Again, just wanted to add for a third time, it really sucks we lost him.
  7. Hobbit Dmen??? Poolman - 6'2" 200lbs OEL - 6'2" 200lbs Myers - 6'8" 229lbs Schenn - 6'2" 225lbs If he plays, Hamonic 6'2" 205lbs That's 5 of our top 7 Dmen that are at least 6'2" and 200+ lbs. Yes we have 2 small Dmen but even if you add them our team average for D is 6'1.75" and 199 lbs. Hunt may be small but he's not on the starting line up.
  8. Can't decide if it's good for us or bad for them that the shots were tied at 5 after they had 6 mins of PP time. Maybe both??
  9. No, he's been playing on Miller's wing and honestly I'm getting kind of sick of seeing Miller at center. It doesn't work. He is good at faceoffs and that is it. He isn’t a creative enough playmaker in the middle and he isn't responsible enough defensively to play center. In 3 games, so far in the preseason, Miller has 1 PPG and one assist 4 on 4 on the Petan goal. He has shown 0 chemistry with Garland and Podkolzin. Get Petey back playing so we can have the Lotto Line. Miller - Pettersson - Boeser Höglander - Horvat - Garland Pearson - Dickinson - Podkolzin That's how the top 9 should look. With Miller/Höglander and Höglander/Pearson being interchangeable depending on what is or isn't working in specific games.
  10. Unfortunately Hamonic's hometown in Manitoba is right in the heart of the ultra conservative, right wing Southern Health Region in Manitoba. This area currently accounts for 15% of the Manitoba population and over 50% of the provinces Covid cases. It is an area saturated with misinformation, government distrust and has almost daily protests, including large groups traveling to Winnipeg to protest in front of the provincial legislature. The province currently has approx 80.3% fully vaccinated, the Southern Region is at 65.6% with one district in the Southern Region currently at only 24% vaccinated. And in Manitoba there are currently 15 people in the ICU with Covid, 13 are unvaccinated and 2 have received 1 dose. There are currently no people in the province that are fully vaccinated that are in the ICU. Almost like the vaccines make some sort of difference...
  11. The Sedins had incredibly durable careers, no doubt about that. But trying to hold other players to that as the standard as opposed to being the aberration that is was is unreasonable. Daniel Sedin missed almost as many games as Petey did in his rookie season (75gp vs. 71gp), Petey played his entire 2nd season injury free and then had the big injury last season. Petey has absolutely not been as durable as the Sedins to start his career but he has been FAR more productive. And as for deployment, the Sedins started on the 3rd line, not because they were "being brought up slowly" but because they were nowhere near good enough to play on the top line. They were sheltered on the 3rd line because Crawford wanted a top line that scored, a 2nd line for matchups, a 3rd line for depth scoring and a 4th to grind. And no, stats like O zone starts didn't start being tracked until 2007-08, but if you did look you would see that throughout their careers the Sedins started almost the same percentage of shifts in the O zone as Pettersson. In fact, in their most productive seasons they started over 75% of their shifts on the O zone. And again the Sedins only put up a comparable amount of points to Pettersson for that one season, compared to his 3, before taking up a significant chunk of the cap. They were also 25 when they put up that first good season compared to Pettersson doing it at the age of 20. The Sedins did leave a bit on the table when they signed their 2009 contracts during which they performed at 1.049 P/GP and 1.018 P/GP respectively but those contracts each still accounted for 10.74% of the cap. But they were rewarded for that sacrifice on their retirement contracts when they performed at a significantly lower level, but were paid a higher salary and took up an even larger percentage of the cap. I love the Sedins. They are the best players in the history of the franchise and the legacy they left, especially the donation to the Children's Hospital, is proof of the quality of people they are. But let's not pretend that they weren't compensated at a fair market value for what they did, in their era, relative to the salary cap at that time.
  12. Wouldn't be surprised if the team wanted to get them both in Vancouver and tested so no quarantine before making the official announcement. That way they can both be present and take questions for the press conference.
  13. Yes but I am comparing the lead up to the signing of 3 year bridges for all 3 respectively, Daniel and Henrik were individuals after all. And yes the Sedins had put up that 0.91 p/gp in the 1 season before they signed a contract to take up their 8.13% of the cap each, whereas Pettersson has put up numbers at or close to that for the entire 3 seasons he has played in the NHL. And, again, I'm getting really tired of having to point this out time and time again on here, Pettersson did miss 11 games in his rookie season, most of which were due to an illegal choke slam to the ice that would of made The Undertaker proud and then in his 3rd season he missed significant time due to his wrist injury but in his 2nd season Pettersson missed 1 GAME due to illness, no injuries of any kind. It's not his fault the 2019-20 season was cut short due to Covid any more than it's the Sedins fault the 2012-13 season was only 48 games due to a lockout.
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