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This tournament has renewed my confidence in Pod. 

 

I'm astounded at how many times his teammates have whiffed on setups. Pod could easily have 3-5 more points if they could finish.

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2 hours ago, cuporbust said:

This is my issue. Seems every single conversation starts with this, and has for a long stretch of time. It's not a small thing to me. Yes , it's great he brings something else to the table,  but he was drafted to be a point producer ontop of the " little things ". This needs to start changing in a big way for him to be what he was drafted to be.

I am of the belief that once Vasily gets into the NHL, he is going to be with pros that can put the puck in the net. IMO, he a 4 line player, meaning he can play on all 4 lines.

 

Here is the thing, Vasily makes great passes that are squandered many times, those passes will not be wasted on the Canucks. I am thinking of a pass he made in the 3rd period, that should have at least resulted in a shot............think to Motte who, given the puck scored just like a 1st liner, well Pods can do that for him.

 

Further more, he will get the puck back in the same manner. IMO Pods has really solid IQ, and when he starts getting the puck back, it will ease your pain..........

 

The comment "you get me the puck, I'll do the rest!" is going to be a very common comment......think Hughes/Pettersson/Miller type IQ......I honestly see that.......

 

It may take a year, but it will happen....if not, he is going to make one hell of a checking forward.....lets see where he fits in!

 

He certainly brings a lot of different things to the table

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Can’t wait till the kid signs his first pro contract. He oozes tons of potential. His play this WJC shows just that. Plays a 200’ game and works like a horse, forechecks and backchecks really well, never out of a play, and his board play is fantastic as well. He’s going to do some great things in the NHL.

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57 minutes ago, Hogs & Podz said:

We drafted him to be exactly what he's turning into.  An elite 200 ft forward... Think Pavaski... A player any team would love to have.

This tournament has only made me more excited for Podkolzin.  He's shown mature beyond his years because he exhibits and understands how to help the team win.  He sees the bigger picture and does all the dirty work, all the work that isn't glamorous in order to win (the little things as you put it).  He sacrifices points to be a stronger support to the rest if his teammates.  Willingly eats the puck to save a high danger scoring chance.  As a result, he makes everyone around him better.  He is the unquestioned leader of this team.  He's earned that.  That is why Igor chose him for captain.   

Once his skating and shot are worked on he'll truly be a complete player... He's already 3/4 of the way there and only what 19? 

Podz is going to be a gem and will be a bigtime player for us.

So glad he fell into our lap.

 

Hoglander               Pettersson               Boeser

Miller                       Horvat                     Podkolzin

 

That's going to be a lethal top-six and may become the best in the league in the near future.

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Podz will be in our top 6 and will play on the PP, Pk and will be on the ice defending leads in the last minute . He’s way more of a rounded player than I thought. Tough to pin point who he reminds me of. But the closest I can get to is a more skilled Linden with the tenacity of Peter Forsberg but playing the wing position. 

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10 minutes ago, SergioMomesso said:

Podz will be in our top 6 and will play on the PP, Pk and will be on the ice defending leads in the last minute . He’s way more of a rounded player than I thought. Tough to pin point who he reminds me of. But the closest I can get to is a more skilled Linden with the tenacity of Peter Forsberg but playing the wing position. 

I figure a winger version of Pavaski (skill, grit and leadership).  

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Wonder if seeing a rising young Russian star soon to join, also gives NT a nudge for urgency? They should help each other get rolling in a new environment.

 

JB stated an emphasis on character in prospects. Yrs back(mostly that OTHER site) saw him get heckled for this. It's soooo nice now of all these young stars, you get the sense they'll all fit/gel cohesively. There don't seem to be any types with undermining egos & bad attitudes.

 

Importantly, when they all age into bigger contracts, I bet they'll be able to financially fit more stars than many other rivals can manage.

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5 hours ago, Locke Lamora said:

Not to get things too off-topic here....but I’m incredibly interested to see what an extremely well conditioned Virtanen looks like on the ice. This very well could be Tyler Myers greatest impact on his time with the Canucks. :)

 

And I really wish we could keep Podkolzin in North America right now. I can’t help feeling that his development is stagnating in Russia to a significant degree.

As much as I want him here I find it odd when people complain about his development being stifled.

The kid is 19 plays a pro-game and has played every game but one with the best team in the KHL. 

How can people say the kid is being developed wrong but at the same time comment on how good his game is?

Not being gifted minutes isn't a bad thing and honestly I would never want him in Utica over Russia.

When I see the growth Podz has had since being drafted makes me thankful he stayed in Russia. NA culture sometimes expects things without merit. I like the fact Russian culture in sport emphasizes team over player and their prospects have to earn it instead of it being expected. 

Looking at Podz and his work ethic and leadership abilities, it seems to have been the right choice.

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1 hour ago, komodo0921 said:

Podz is going to be a gem and will be a bigtime player for us.

So glad he fell into our lap.

 

Hoglander               Pettersson               Boeser

Miller                       Horvat                     Podkolzin

 

That's going to be a lethal top-six and may become the best in the league in the near future.

I like that top 6. Wonder if we could make a trade of Boeser to Detroit for Lucas Raymond 

 

Hoglander Pettersson Raymond 

Miller Horvat Podkolzin 

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5 hours ago, Jimmy McGill said:

 

I think so too. He is definitely strong enough. His vision and passing ability are NHL calibre. I was surprised at the level of his attention to detail. I didn't think he would be a top 6 guy right away, but he's making me rethink that.

 

If we make the Playoffs and he comes in at the end of the season, he will add a much needed element at just the right time.

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1 hour ago, komodo0921 said:

I don't see the need. 

Boeser's a highly effective forward.

He needs a full, healthy season under his belt.

Brock is pretty much what Raymond might end up being.

Plus if you watched his interview against Russia he comes off as a whiner.

I hate when a kid at 18 already bitches about officiating.

 

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Pod's a gamer. Excited to see him come over when his season is over.

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5 hours ago, Beary Sweet said:

Can’t wait till the kid signs his first pro contract. He oozes tons of potential. His play this WJC shows just that. Plays a 200’ game and works like a horse, forechecks and backchecks really well, never out of a play, and his board play is fantastic as well. He’s going to do some great things in the NHL.

The great thing about 200 foot players is that coaches never fear to play them. He will get ample chances to play because playing him never hurts the team.

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