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  • Comment on Cournoyer speaks about vacant Habs captaincy (2014-08-28 12:34:38)
    Good post. There are a tonne of great things out there for kids to do. And despite all the hand-wringing, hockey is one of them. Yeah, it's a physical sport where people can get injured. I've have my leg put on backwards and taken some pretty heavy hits, but it is one of the most high intensity and rewarding sports a kid can play. And up until around age 14-15, the hitting is not that severe. It is at about that time that the kids who are gonna take a bit further (i.e. major junior or college) start to separate themselves. Bottom line, please don't discourage your kids from playing hockey. Just don't force them to play at a level or pace they themselves are not comfortable with. Even if they only ever play house league, they will develop good skills and an appreciation of teamwork. The best hockey of my life will probably always be the imaginary Cups my brother and I won on the frozen ponds and fields of our hometown....
  • Comment on Cournoyer speaks about vacant Habs captaincy (2014-08-28 12:25:41)
    Don't want to jump into your discussion with Shiram, but how about: Pacioretty-DD-Parenteau Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher Sekac-Plekanec-Bourque Prust-Malhotra-Weise Moen/Bournival
  • Comment on Cournoyer speaks about vacant Habs captaincy (2014-08-28 11:18:02)
    I'd think it would be Bournival who would get bumped. Not Bourque. Maybe: Sekac-Plekanec-Bourque Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher or some such combination.
  • Comment on Cournoyer speaks about vacant Habs captaincy (2014-08-28 08:31:11)
    I agree with most of what you write here, but I also think that Plekanec is not a creative playmaker, regardless of his defensive responsibilities. I can't tell you how many times I've seen Plekanec toss a pass to the middle of the ice from the sidewall, only to have the opposing team pick it up and turn it back the other way. Often this is when he is under physical pressure. Plekanec does not play in the dirty areas of the ice. Almost all of his offense is created in transition. He is not a possession player, and does not hold the puck well in the offensive zone. Everything is little touches here and there. When he plays with linemates that are great possession players (like Kovalev or Jagr), or gets 1st line PP minutes, he can put up some points. But otherwise he is a slightly above average centre with good wheels and a decent hockey IQ. Offensive vision/creativity and tenacity/grit are not his strong suits. That said, I don't have a problem with him centering Galchenyuk, as long as they let the offense run through the latter. If they can get a line where Galchenyuk and his opposite winger create down low, they can probably be a good offensive line. Plekanec is a great complimentary player. But Galchenyuk will need someone who can cycle down low and get to the net in order to grow offensively, since that is what will help his quick hands and creative, precise passing come to the fore.
  • Comment on Cournoyer speaks about vacant Habs captaincy (2014-08-26 09:12:39)
    Lot of talk the last couple of days about Habs depth and where guys fit. Got me digging a bit deeper into Sekac's stats and I was a bit surprised by his production against his peer group. He flamed out in NA early on, but his production as a U18-U20, both in the Czech and at the International level was pretty good. http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=41014 2007-2008 (as a 15 year old in the Kladno U18 program) Regular Season = 45 games, 15 points (6g, 9a) Playoffs = 3 games, 3 points (2g, 1a) 2008-2009 (as a 16 year old in the Kladno U18 program) Regular Season = 46 games, 87 points (38g, 49a) Playoffs = 5 games, 6 points (3g, 3a) Between 2009-2013 (as a 17-20 year old) he tried his luck first in NA (the OHL's Petes and the USHL), and then against men in the KHL and Czech SL. His only real success was as an 18 year old in the USHL. Internationally against his peer group however he put up the following numbers: 34 games, 20 points (12g, 8a) He also had a short stint in the MHL (Russian Junior League) where he scored 8 goals (10 points) in 6 games as a 19 year old, before jumping up to the KHL for the first time. All meaningless when it comes to NHL translation, but it shows that he has played just about everywhere, and has usually ended up succeeding on some level. And against his own age group he has shown he can be top player. That Kladno season as a 16 year old is very impressive..... Here's hoping he can force his way into the lineup.
  • Comment on Cournoyer speaks about vacant Habs captaincy (2014-08-25 14:25:38)
    Doesn't shed a tonne of light on things, but is does speak the emergence of a new, younger leadership group. We don't know what MTL's social structure is like, but if Pacioretty or Subban are unifying forces within it, then they would make a great choice for captain. While I think Markov has the veteran presence and saavy to be a good captain on the ice, he may be a bit too aloof to be a great one off of it.
  • Comment on Cournoyer speaks about vacant Habs captaincy (2014-08-25 14:15:38)
    lol - too bad eh? Honestly, I don't think Moen is a huge liability at $1.85M. If he be restricted to 4th line duty, he can still be effective in a part-time role, spelling any of Bournival, Prust or Weise.
  • Comment on Cournoyer speaks about vacant Habs captaincy (2014-08-25 13:45:46)
    Barring some monumental upset, Weaver and Gilbert are likely to get regular minutes, and I'm betting that Beaulieu gets the most time of the rookies. Pateryn and Tinordi will probably get tastes here and there, but it won't surprise me if they ride the bus for a good part of this season. Next season is when they will have full-time spots to compete for. Or be traded. Guys who are almost NHL ready command good value on the trade market, and MTL still lacks a bit up front.
  • Comment on Cournoyer speaks about vacant Habs captaincy (2014-08-25 13:39:42)
    MTL has 10 forwards with one way contracts. Moen and Prust are two of them. The guys most likely to not stick with the big club will be Sekac and Bournival, though I'd be shocked if the latter was sent down to Hamilton. If they go with 13 forwards (which they almost certainly will, it'll be something like: Pacioretty - Desharnais - Parenteau Galchenyuk - Plekanec - Gallagher Bourque - Eller - Weise Bournival - Malhotra - Prust Moen $1.8M on the bench ain't great, but it's not so bad either. If Sekac manages to stick (which would be ideal since it would bump Weise down to the 4th line), they can always send Bournival down, or try and find a way to trade Moen out. Be tough to trade him, but then again there might be some takers. Hopefully his head is right.....
  • Comment on Cournoyer speaks about vacant Habs captaincy (2014-08-25 13:05:56)
    I'm with Cournoyer's comments on this issue, especially the idea that the players themselves need to decide. If they can hold a vote before the season and have in place by October, great. If not, no biggie. And his point on the role of the captain off the ice is absolute true. You need someone who engages with everyone and tries to bring everyone into the fold. I think that is the toughest thing for MTL right now. Their best on-ice players don't necessarily have those qualities.