ClutchNGrab - (Karl)

Member since July 1, 2011

Habs fan since:
Favorite current player: PK Subban
All-time favorite player: Jean Beliveau

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  • Comment on Parenteau scores again in Habs scrimmage (2014-09-21 13:44:38)
    Since it seems the habs coaching staff wants to give more responsibilities to Galchenyuk and Plekanec is the second center on the team, it would make sense if plekanec was paired with Galchenyuk. Gallagher could complete the line. I could also picture a Bourque/Eller/Weise third line.
  • Comment on Habs coach Therrien happy with his four centres (2014-09-20 11:28:07)
    Josh Gorges on his new team. In training camp he is paired with Tyler Myers. If that works out, a 2nd pick seems a low investment for a mentor to a first round pick. http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/gorges-has-new-sights-following-breakup-with-habs/
  • Comment on Habs coach Therrien happy with his four centres (2014-09-20 09:02:02)
    Jacob De La Rose - McKeen: Thrived in a top-line role for Team Sweden in capturing his second-straight silver medal at the U20 Worlds - contributing two game-winning goals (7-3-3-6) .. steadily earned increasing duties and icetime for Leksands, newly-promoted to the SHL, averaging over 14 minutes per game (14:22) while ranking fourth among junior-aged players with seven goals .. gritty, versatile two-way forward .. hard to knock over due to solid balance and excellent core strength .. upright skater with awkward, gangly elements .. footwork is sloppy in parts such as takeoff and crossovers - lunges and gallops .. manufactures speed from the length and urgency of his stride - hustles and pumps his legs intensely .. top speed is deceiving .. displays a knack for winning forecheck races and absorbing contact to win possession .. assertive - welcomes physical play - goes hard into corners - battles tenaciously .. uses his large, sturdy frame to protect the puck and bull his way off the boards and snap a quick shot at goal .. offensive skills are not elite, yet he gets plenty accomplished out of sheer hard work and determination .. can continue to refine his puckhandling and in-close finesse skills .. plays center or either wing - and can be used interchangeably among different roles - his style meshing with any linemates .. kills penalties and is a sound defender who blocks shots, gets into lanes, and takes hits to advance plays .. quintessential utility player .. likely begins in Hamilton having played two seasons in the top Swedish men’s leagues.
  • Comment on Habs coach Therrien happy with his four centres (2014-09-20 08:59:44)
    Tom Gilbert by McKeen: Notes .. Aging journeyman signed with the Canadiens for two years, at $5.6 million after resurrecting his career in Florida courtesy of a pro tryout .. sputtered out of the gate, with two assists (17-0-2-2) housing a season-high nine-game funk .. afforded prime powerplay ice time (four minutes average in the first six games) then cut down to a little over 30 seconds up until coach Kevin Dineen’s dismissal .. new coach and direction paid off with a return to the first powerplay unit that resulted in a deflated Pts/60 (1.95) compared to a three year rate of 2.61 playing a little over 150 minutes with the man advantage .. platooned alongside Brian Campbell (skating together 84% together 5v5), he was tied for the team scoring lead by the end of January (54-2-22-24) .. rumours gathered but not traded at the deadline, only to have sports hernia surgery at the end of March, missing the final nine games of the season .. aside from the end of season surgery - on an aging frame - former Colorado pick in 2002 generally pushed the play up ice, owning 51.8% CF and also scoring 0.99 Pts/60 in games close, instead of when the score ran up (0.82) - a rarity for the Panthers .. earned a new contract, and a fresh start slotted in a secondary support role, and could outperform expectations - not the main event on offence but that could change with injury – keep expectations in check.
  • Comment on Habs coach Therrien happy with his four centres (2014-09-20 08:51:53)
    PA Parenteau from McKeen: Notes .. Acquired in the off-season for Danny Briere after coming off a forgettable season for the 31-year-old winger, battling injuries for the first time in his career in 13-14, missing a combined 25 games due to sprained MCLs to both knees .. after considerable offensive success beside Matt Duchene in 12-13 he never quite meshed with Patrick Roy’s vision in Colorado –despite ice time alongside Duchene, Stastny and O’Reilly .. hadn’t scored in 14 games at the time of the first knee injury in late January, serving as a healthy scratch shortly after returning .. endured persistent trade rumours– only an injury to Tanguay keeping him around for the playoff run where he scored once (7-1-2-3) .. strong start (6-3-4-7) wouldn’t last, including a 15-game goalless drought from Dec 8-Feb 1 (15-0-8-8), only scoring another five goals before the torn MCL claimed 17 games in March .. had the lowest Pts/60 among Avalanche players (0.90) - down from the three year rate of 4.11, with a 5.26% shooting percentage also down from 18.75% three year rate .. there’s a nice fit here, exploiting distribution and vision with a variety of players that can shoot on net - complementing Alex Galchenyuk - and providing a good presence on the half wall on the powerplay .. two more years left on an expensive contract, the Hull native homecoming should be a fresh start .. he scored at 0.86 points-per-game pace the previous two seasons on two different teams and was acquired for a top-six offensive role.
  • Comment on Habs coach Therrien happy with his four centres (2014-09-20 08:49:14)
    This one is for Timo, from McKeen: David Desharnais Notes .. A rebound season after struggling to find his offence in the lockout year .. Bergevin showed faith signing him to a four-year, $14 million extension in March .. a brutal start only producing one point in the first 19 games had the makings of a nightmare and it had the Canadiens faithful up in arms – including the Mayor .. averaged slightly over 15 minutes partnered with the likes of Rene Bourque and Danny Briere in the absence of Max Pacioretty - eventually losing powerplay minutes by the end of the first quarter .. season finally came around once reunited with sniper Pacioretty mid-November (where he attributed a shootout marker versus Columbus as the turning point) going pointless more than two games only once the rest of the season finishing with 51 points in the next 60 games (60-16-35-51) .. the 5’7, 180-pound pivot would end up leading all players at 5v5 (minimum 250 minutes) with a 58.3% GF - 63% in games close .. led the Canadiens in powerplay assists (12) and A/60 (3.57) - which ironically matched the SOG/60 rate - the lowest on the Habs .. lukewarm in playoffs offensively with two goals as bookends for a 13-game goalless funk (13-0-3-3) .. seemed tied together at the hip with ‘Patches’ and produces best while together .. gutsy, fast-skating undrafted pivot has overcome challenges throughout his career and may still defy expectations.
  • Comment on Habs coach Therrien happy with his four centres (2014-09-20 08:07:58)
    Scherbank evaluation from McKeen : Led the Blades in scoring while also being named the WHL Eastern Conference Rookie-of-the-Year .. Scherbak was ‘Mr. Everything’ offensively for a young rebuilding Blades team .. plays with urgency inside the offensive zone displaying push back and exploits open space to manufacture scoring opportunities .. hands operate in sync with his footwork and can control the puck and dance in all three zones before settling on a premium option .. deft stick handler, soft in close finesse ability .. deceptive explosiveness - uses his change of pace to get into lanes in the neutral zone and then attack a defender .. dynamic lateral acceleration speed on crossovers Scherbak is balanced and moves well when cutting diagonally .. can get stronger all over owning a wispy frame despite standing a firm 6’2 .. needs to do a better job protecting himself to oncoming hits .. improvements also need to be made to his stamina levels as he looked gassed and unable to withstand multiple checks and was often targeted physically this year .. Scherbak showed improvements in all facets of his game and was able to produce impressive numbers with no supporting cast .. blessed with the natural hand skills and offensive prowess to play within a top six capacity. EDIT: There is a second analysis on him Arrived in North America last fall a relative unknown - and 10 months later emerged an NHL first-round draft pick .. led all WHL rookies in goals (tied with 28), assists (50), and points (78) while toiling on a woeful Saskatoon team (16-51-5) .. developed in exponential terms from Christmas onwards, growing in both stature - sprouting to 6-foot-2 in height - and confidence .. slick, clever playmaker with gifted hands and deceptive explosiveness .. hands are soft and sneaky - and backed by fast wrists .. dangles the puck around his body with elegant ease .. skating progressed in leaps and bounds over the season - increasingly stronger and sturdier on his feet - and upgrading his forward skating stride .. an angular skater who generates a dynamic burst via lateral crossover steps .. utilizes his different gears of speed intelligently .. body is rangy and gets long and sleek moving in possession - naturally elongated .. boasts exceptional control at full stretch .. could be another elite pickpocket-takeaway artist in the Pavel Datsyuk vein .. will have to develop as a defender and checker .. makes an effort backchecking, however his defensive intensity and work effort can improve quite a ways still .. lets up at times .. will learn to drive his feet given proper pro instruction, close gaps, and get his body inside checks .. showed a marked increase in possession time as his poise and comfort level on the puck soared down the stretch .. a ‘tip of the iceberg’ prospect who could be a home run.
  • Comment on Let’s get physical: Habs open training camp (2014-09-19 17:18:18)
    A guy name Giuliano asked if it would be available in Montreal, here's the answer: McKeen's Hockey says: September 3, 2014 at 9:36 am Hi Giuliano, Thank you for your interest. We are releasing a limited print edition this year that will be available on our website and Amazon when it is released mid-September. I am afraid it will not be on newsstands in Montreal
  • Comment on Let’s get physical: Habs open training camp (2014-09-19 16:19:30)
    Just got a 3 month subscription to McKeen, used to be the only magazine I bought for my fantasy hockey pool, but they do limited print edition now. Anyway, here's their top ten (keep in mind, that's a projection of their fantasy value): Goaltender 1 Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay 2 Kari Lehtonen, Dallas 3 Tuukka Rask, Boston 4 Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles 5 Corey Crawford, Chicago 6 Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus 7 Semyon Varlamov, Colorado 8 Carey Price, Montreal 9 Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh 10 Pekka Rinne, Nashville Defencemen: 1 Erik Karlsson, Ott 2 P.K. Subban, Mtl 3 Victor Hedman, TB 4 Niklas Kronwall, Det 5 Alex Pietrangelo, StL 6 Keith Yandle, Ari 7 Duncan Keith, Chi 8 Shea Weber, Nsh 9 Mark Streit, Phi 10 Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Ari Left Wingers 1 Taylor Hall, Edm 2 Jamie Benn, Dal 3 Henrik Zetterberg, Det 4 Gabriel Landeskog, Col 5 Max Pacioretty, Mtl 6 Patrick Sharp, Chi 7 Zach Parise, Min 8 Patrick Marleau, SJ 9 Ryan O'Reilly, Col 10 James van Riemsdyk, Tor Right Wingers 1 Patrick Kane, Chi 2 Alexander Ovechkin, Wsh 3 Corey Perry, Ana 4 Phil Kessel, Tor 5 Jordan Eberle, Edm 6 Blake Wheeler, Wpg 7 Kyle Okposo, NYI 8 Jakub Voracek, Phi 9 Martin St. Louis, NYR 10 David Backes, StL First Canadiens: PA Parenteau #28 Centers 1 Steven Stamkos, TB 2 Tyler Seguin, Dal 3 Sidney Crosby, Pit 4 Claude Giroux, Phi 5 John Tavares, NYI 6 Ryan Getzlaf, Ana 7 Matt Duchene, Col 8 Evgeni Malkin, Pit 9 Nicklas Backstrom, Wsh 10 Anze Kopitar, LA First Canadiens: Tomas Plekanec #38
  • Comment on Let’s get physical: Habs open training camp (2014-09-19 16:05:13)
    I had no idea who he was: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fYhY0Ga_pk&feature=youtu.be