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I very much enjoyed the Juolevi from the World Juniors, where he was the best D man. The opponents play would get swallowed up and turned up ice onto Laine's stick and then into the back of the opponents net.  It was kind of like he had a forcefield around him and the play would just get driven up ice.  I hope he does that again.

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7 hours ago, Fanuck said:

Exactly.

Green even mentioned this in his post-game.  He acknowledged that it wasn't a mistake as much as it should've been a penalty on the play.

This is what I saw, Myers put himself out of position to check KY but didn’t erase him so he comes up behind OJ hooks him so LD can strip him of the puck then trips OJ and moves uncontested in to slot with Myers scrambling back into position.

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3 hours ago, Locke Lamora said:

Yeah, I still remember his silky smooth skating and dynamic passing with the gold medal winning Finns at the WJC. I had no issues where he was picked in the draft based on what I saw from that tournament alone. No doubt the injuries have had some impact. But I suspect that with him training with guys like Petey, Bo, Quinn his skating will only improve from here. I mean, look at Brock this year....being 100% healthy and he has another gear. Olli’s injuries, which piled up upon each other over several years, may take extra time to fully bounce back from. 

 

Olli will never come close to Hughes as a skater but he is a big body that will give him abilities, particularly on the PK, that Quinn won’t have because of his size.

 

Like you are are hit on the comedy circuit? :lol:

To be fair, how many skaters will ever come close to Hughes' ability? lol

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7 hours ago, BCNate said:

I liked Joulevi's game last night.  He looks like he has all the tools to be a sound NHL D.  

That’s great to hear, I missed both games... what stood out for you about his first games?

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12 hours ago, Junkyard Dog said:

The way he sees the game fits into todays NHL. He's trying those stretch passes,  makes pinches, stands up players on the blueline, is in position playing zone D like you would see from someone with a few years under his belt. Overall he's pretty poise almost like a young Tanev.

 

Just needs to get a faster with his timing, skating and better at defending the rush but most of that will come with experience. He hopefully could end up being that reliable top 4 D we will need when Edler is gone.

I liked the plays he was trying from the ozone blue line. Poise is a good description. 

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I don't love that they scratched him last game and I hope he slots back in tonight. I know there is really only 1 slot available for the rest of our D to contend for (so I get our other rookie D need to get their chances also), but I really feel like Juolevi is at a point in his development where he can't be sitting around. The guy needs to play games and keep working on his game if he's going to be apart of this group going forward. But that doesn't mean he deserves a spot by default so I'd rather if he isn't gonna play then send him back to the AHL (when that season starts up) where he can play first pair. 

 

In general apart from some mistakes I feel like he's played quite well and as said above with a lot of poise for a rookie. 

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4 hours ago, Bobby James said:

I don't love that they scratched him last game and I hope he slots back in tonight. I know there is really only 1 slot available for the rest of our D to contend for (so I get our other rookie D need to get their chances also), but I really feel like Juolevi is at a point in his development where he can't be sitting around. The guy needs to play games and keep working on his game if he's going to be apart of this group going forward. But that doesn't mean he deserves a spot by default so I'd rather if he isn't gonna play then send him back to the AHL (when that season starts up) where he can play first pair. 

 

In general apart from some mistakes I feel like he's played quite well and as said above with a lot of poise for a rookie. 

Yes, 10 minutes per game for OJ wasn’t doing anyone any good, 5 games in and 2 D down

 

He’s looked no worse and better than some and his stats per 60 are right up there (hits, blocks, shots, GA and GF)

 

Makes me scratch my head

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7 hours ago, MoneypuckOverlord said:

He played 21 minutes in a game where he was not a minus and the opposition scored 7 on us. How did he look?

Very solid positionally in the canucks end of the rink.  Simple plays to get out of our end.  Some decent neutral zone pinches.  Smart player, expect some more aggressive plays exiting out zone as he gets more comfortable in our system and tendencies of his teammates 

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7 hours ago, MoneypuckOverlord said:

He played 21 minutes in a game where he was not a minus and the opposition scored 7 on us. How did he look?

Honestly I say he looks pretty good out there, in the sense that you don't really notice him.  If we had 6 Juolevi's on our D, we would be far better off than we have been so far, he has been our best D so far this year.

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51 minutes ago, BCNate said:

Honestly I say he looks pretty good out there, in the sense that you don't really notice him.  If we had 6 Juolevi's on our D, we would be far better off than we have been so far, he has been our best D so far this year.

I do not think he has been the best D man although he is showing the doubters on CDC that they were wrong about him. He is trending towards being a very reliable puck moving D man that can also play the PK effectively; good attributes to have and of great value to the team. I fully expect that his ice time will stay up in the 15 to 20 min. range even after some of the injured D men return to play. This will not be good news for Jordie Benn.

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I don't think his future is as a top pairing D, but 2nd pairing. Nice to see at least one Dman had better than an awful game last night. We'll see where we are after the 3 games against Ottawa. If .500, then maybe we have a chance at 4th. If lower, don't stop trying but maybe start to reconcile that this year is a step back, and see what pieces are worth picking up. 

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