CJ - (C.J. Casselman)Member since December 30, 2013
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- Comment on Habs’ Pacioretty growing into leadership role both on and off the ice (2014-12-21 22:27:15)
Quick report from the Sweden Canada game tonight; Duclair was the best player on the ice. If not for character based concerns, he's not only a first rounder, but likely a top 10 pick. Skill, compete, the whole package. Also has the benefit of having played against men. Domi was very good, but he can get sideways sometimes. He lost his composure on a few occasions and will need more discipline going forward. Not big, but tenacious. He yelled the F word and it rung throughout the building. Arena was about half full and quite, so it was amplified. The Leafs' pick Nylander had lots of skill, but away from the puck he's a disaster. You can generally tell the 18 year olds vs the 19 year olds in this tournament and this is a perfect example. He won't have the time and space he had on the big ice. Overall, high end talent, but very raw. Comrie was decent in the Canadian net, but he was never really tested. I don't know all the names, but a couple of defencemen looked really good for Canada. Great skaters and able to jump into the play. Lastly, but most importantly, Jacob de la Rose. You can instantly tell that he's played against men. He protects himself and the puck better than anyone on the ice. There were other players with more talent, but he was the most complete player I saw on team Sweden. He was the captain, first unit PK and first unit PP. He defended himself against Domi and didn't back down against Morin (likely the Bulldog mentality rubbing off). On the PP he is in font of the net, but never stationary. Like Gregoire (prior to his injury), I believe he is one of our most ready prospects to take that next step. If people are judging performance based on point totals, you will be dissappointed. But, if you are basing it on wins and losses, this is your guy. I can't recall a 19 year old being so heady in all three zones. He reads the ice so well. He's a big man, but his stride is fluid and effortless. Never seems to expend a ton of energy, but he's everywhere. Very efficient. Last year he played a different role with Forsberg, this year I believe he's being asked to contribute differently. His line was the only unit capable of extending play and possession in the offensive zone. He drew the first penalty of the night and his vision and passing set up two good scoring chances. He had one good look in the second, but his shot from the slot was blocked. Watching him skate, he changes angles and really protects the puck. I hate projecting because at 19 anything is possible, but I don't think its a stretch to say he's a third line winger next year. If there are injuries, he's going to be brought up sooner. Again, I don't think he rewrites the offensive record book, but he's exactly the kind of player who will help settle games in the playoffs. I was very impressed. PS, more Habs jerseys in the stands than Sens sweaters....
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Sekac looking good in bleu-blanc-rouge (2014-12-21 16:30:07)
Dogs up 2-1 midway through the second. Dietz and Connor Crisp are your goal scorers. Nygren, who was out originally with a "cold" has had his status changed to an upper body injury. I don't know what's going on, but something doesn't add up. I hate to speculate so I won't comment further. de La Rose should be worth watching tonight. Provided I can lift myself off the couch, I'll report back following the game.
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Sekac looking good in bleu-blanc-rouge (2014-12-21 11:44:38)
I think that's awesome!
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Sekac looking good in bleu-blanc-rouge (2014-12-21 11:23:31)
Awesome. Thank you for sharing. We are lucky to have him.
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Sekac looking good in bleu-blanc-rouge (2014-12-21 11:21:53)
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Sekac looking good in bleu-blanc-rouge (2014-12-21 11:21:03)
All great points. Might I add, as silly as it sounds, the boys look happy on and off the ice. That first line actually looks like they are having fun out there. The comments after the game seem to reflect that. It was reported last night that the guy between the benches (Marc Denis?) said during the broadcast that during the TV timeout following the Sens only goal, Price skated to the bench, turned to the Sens bench and said, "Merry Christmas." I saw a few people on Twitter sharing it. I watched the English broadcast and missed it. Not sure if anyone can confirm, but I think that's funny as heck.
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Sekac looking good in bleu-blanc-rouge (2014-12-21 11:15:06)
The sad reality of the salary cap is not everyone can stay. Do you think Chicago wanted to get rid of Andrew Ladd or Big Buff? Nick Leddy? Of course not. But you can't sign everyone. There is no reason to think Pleks will take less than $6 million. Heck, he probably even wants a five year term. I don't think it's fair to ask him to sign the kind of deal that works for the team (2-3 years at $4-$5 million per year). Nobody wants to do it, but it might become inevitable that Pleks is moved. It might not be this season, but if the choice is retaining Pleks or Chucky, then it's pretty apparanent which direction the team will go in. Don't get me wrong, I hope Bergevin can work his magic and keep everyone, but that's not reality. We need to add pieces to get to the next level. A distance that is not so far away. When we start talking about a top six winger or top four defenceman, we are going to have to pay.
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Sekac looking good in bleu-blanc-rouge (2014-12-21 11:05:36)
I think you will see a further injection of youth up front on entry level deals to help provide salary cap relief. The one guy who I still think has that potential to find a role on the third line, even with the injury this season potentially slowing his development, is Jeremy Gregoire. Think Gally, but a bit bigger. Former teammate of Charles Hudon in Baie Comeau. Current teammate of Imama (sorry, had to throw that in). The injury is really too bad. I was hoping he was going to be a member of team Canada at the WJC. He had a roster spot at the summer camp. I've seen him live twice and he's hard not to like.
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Sekac looking good in bleu-blanc-rouge (2014-12-21 10:57:59)
Great feeling having the luxury of discussing possible line up changes, trades, adjustments following a 4-1 win, while sitting first in the Atlantic division. Wonder what our friends in Boston are thinking?...... Possibly thoughts are on Christmas dinner; Mike's Pastry, Chart House, maybe who the Red Sox can acquire next? Certainly not the Bruins.
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Sekac looking good in bleu-blanc-rouge (2014-12-21 10:50:27)
Fair enough. How about the preceding game against the Ducks? Was he not the third line centre on Thursday?