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  1. If the 3 lines play equally, I'd rather keep Virtanen up on the first line with Dahlen and Pettersson, to balance out some grit 5 on 5.
  2. I think those sleeze bag teams with mcdavid and Matthews have moved on. I dont think the NHL works in such black and whites no matter what we think is "right" its a business, businesses work on odds, run by humans that have various levels of integrities. Id like to add that I agree not trying is poor integrity, and benching healthy star players.
  3. I don't think anyone expects this out of an NHL player. Management would make decisions to bring up kids, play the back-up more, tell some vets to rest their injuries etc. All amounting to a higher chance of not winning (better draft odds) and giving your prospects a taste. Look what it did for Brock last year. Its win win if the playoffs are out of reach...how is this ever even disputable?
  4. Totally agree from the small sample I've seen. Impressed with the hits as well, but the poise he has is amazing. I just hope if we don't get him, some team out east does.
  5. See who gels with dahlen-pettersson-Virtanen/Gadjovich and the odd man out goes to the third line as a banger that can chip in with Lind I think Goldobin would work well with Boeser and Horvat. The later 2 are both responsible. Pretty much possible 1a and 1b lines. I think either line could score in bunches against oppositions second pairings. Looks like we just need that top-flight #1 ofd, which we should be able to address in next years draft, or potentially in trade but unlikely. Dahlen-Pettersson-Virtanen Goldobin-Horvat-Boeser Lind- Granlund-Gadjovich Baerstchi-Guadette-Lockwood Palmu Juolevi-2018 Elder-Stecher Hutton-Gudbranson Brisebois Demko markstrom dipietro A lot of ifs and projections, but I like the looks.
  6. Would have been happy with Glass or Vilardi, but happy with this pick. Have to admit I was a little shocked. Benning tried to trade down, didn't work out. I commend him for sticking with the direction he wanted. We needed a center with skill, we got it. Seems like a quality young man also, bonus. Glad Jim took a risk on someone with a very high ceiling, hope he comes close to it.
  7. Hey CTD, been a busy year to say the least. Love this time of year though, after a long season like last.
  8. This is exactly what I meant by Virtanen being safe, esp in comparison to Ehlers/Nylander at the time. Bigger Nhl body. Before Pitt won with speed, this is what teams wanted in a winger.
  9. I think we have been relatively safe with our 1st round picks the last few years (Horvat, Virtanen, Juolevi). With #3 through #11ish being somewhat of a crapshoot more than ever longterm, I would like to be less safe this year and pick Makar if available. Not just his game, but in watching some interviews, he seems highly intelligent and comfortable, and screams Karlsson special to me. In my opinion Juolevi allows this. IF it works, and they become a future first line pairing, Juolevi allows Makar to take high risk/reward gambles up the ice. We are missing this player. We have some somewhat one dimensional wingers, that will need the puck quickly as they might not be the types to get it themselves based on strength along the boards. We would have the ability to be a 4 man breakout with Juolevi playing safe. This would also take pressure off of Juolevi as a point producer...he could just play his steady game. Ideally if we also got the #3 pick in a Tanev trade, I think Vilardi/Glass is safe and very suited to our current prospect pool. At one point Vilardi was one of the players I did not want, but my tune has changed if we get two top 5 pics. I don't see Middlestat or Petterson being playoff performer types. If we had a #8-9 pick then fine, but not in top 5. I'd take Petterson over Necas or Middlestat. Heiskanen is way too safe and similar to Juolevi, possibly superior, but still too similar. Liljegren reminds me of Pouliot, and that scares me. #5 Makar or if Tanev + trade for #3, #3 Makar (now one of Glass/Vilardi is guaranteed) #5 Vilardi/Glass
  10. Totally agree. I would consider myself someone who really dislikes Jones. I watched his press conference today and I believe him to be sincere and from that I have doubt his "apparent" ped flag was intentional.
  11. I wonder what will happen after Lucic and Tryamkin of Gudbranson collide in front of our net, after a whistle. I don't see anyone backing down, and there could be some serious fireworks when we play Edmonton with Gudy-Tryamkin-Pedan (If in) vs Lucic-Maroon-Kassian Can't wait
  12. Especially next to Rob Fai. That guy's voice drives me crazy btw.
  13. Really like Emerson, seems like a great teammate, and a good person. Can't ask much more from a player than to try their hardest, and he gives me that impression. I think he's going to have a good year, 15 goals, 30 points, hopefully on Bo's wing. Have a feeling he's going to have a good year and get swept up by Las Vegas.
  14. At the time, I can admit I was far from happy, but not only because of drafting Juolevi. Columbus drafting anyone but Puljujarvi was worst case senario for me, as I didn't think Edmonton would pass on him and leave him for us. I was also in the Sergachev camp. My hope, if not trading out of the draft, was a trade down to 7-9 and take what was available, starting with Sergachev/Juolevi/Bean. (Takes two to trade even if Jim wanted to or not) Since the initial hurt of losing out on Dubois, then watching Edmonton take Puljujarvi, I have grown to be happy/comfortable with Juolevi. Not as excited as the alternatives I wanted, but I think he will be a very solid top 4 at minimum defenseman. There is a lot to like about him, just not sure it checked off one of the #1 C,LW, or D we are really needing. Time will tell. He actually somewhat reminds me of Hutton, with a better shot, and 5 years. Kid seems really poised, good vision, intelligent, not one dimensional, coachable, and will be a leader on and off the ice. Hard to be upset getting him, just not exactly who I was targeting.
  15. I'm not saying I agree or disagree with his deployment. What I am saying is no matter what, you go out and give it your all, for your linemates, teammates, and the fans that pay top dollar to show up at the rink as a paying customer. I dont get your response to me, a lot of assumptions, didn't say any of what you are assuming I said.
  16. Regardless of the decision of what is best for the team or not in yours, mine, or Vrbata's mind, as a pro and especially as a pro, you try your hardest at all times no matter the circumstances. As a veteran at minimum you should be leading by example and for a 35 year old to be that sour and that willing to check out, to me is unforgiveable. I try harder against my kids and my friends in anything I do, for free. That's what I saw and those types are locker room poison especially when you have kids in the line-up. Bed-wetting is what I saw and I find it disgusting. Opposite of Burrows
  17. He didn't lose the "ability" to put the puck in the net, everyone knows this, he lost the "mentality" to put the puck in the net. He checked out, and this is why the fans checked out on him, because they know he has the ability. When someone has ability, and limits himself mentally, it is the most frustrating thing to watch. It is insulting to fans who don't get millions of dollars to play a game, and pay big dollars to watch and support them. If he had personal issue, I can accept that. I can not accept sulking because the team sees it a better fit for him off the Sedin line. I don't want him back, at any price.
  18. I have no problems with Juolevi. I hoestly think if he had a team with less forward scoring depth like Windsor the offense would have run through him more and he would have got more points. It seems like Marner/Dvorak/Tkachuk were in every goal together.
  19. Last year the top scoring defenseman in the OHL was 1.Rasmus Andersson with 60 points 2.Cam Dineen with 59 points. (really wanted him with our 3rd) Juolevi was 13th overall in OHL D scoring
  20. I wasn't serious Rush. When you brought up the topic it peaked my interest and I googled it and was shocked to see our Jim there.
  21. That hurts. I thought Tryamkin was exempt...you could be right though. This makes me think more about a Tanev trade for a forward return, as much as losing him will hurt, we are not winning the cup in the next few years and losing one of those 4 for nothing sounds awful.
  22. Jim Benning got 111 assists in one season for Portland 1980-81. 72 games, 28 goals, 111 assists for 139 points...damn, Jim!
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