FW Penney - (Fred Penney)Member since September 13, 2008
Port Perry, Ontario
Habs fan since: 1964
Favorite current player: Mike Camaralli
All-time favorite player: Guy Lafleur
The Fred Factor
- Comment on Audio: Gauthier loads up on the blue line at NHL draft (2011-06-25 19:12:25)
Sullivan is an outstanding skater. I mean, really good. I talked to one Eastern Conference NHL scout who was staying at my hotel in Buffalo about him and the first thing he mentioned about Sullivan was the skating. His stride is fluid and he has a quick burst out of the starting blocks. His footwork/pivots/turns are very good and he maintains good balance on his feet when changing direction. He's currently leading the Winged Beavers in scoring among defenders with three goals and nine points in 13 games thus far, and those stats are nothing to write home about. But to focus on the numbers is to take a diminished view of Sullivan's potential at the next level. First of all, he's getting outstanding coaching from prep legend John Gardner. He's already matched his entire '09-10 output of nine points and only found the back of the net once last season. He essentially played it safe when I watched him, which is fine, but he has the mobility and potential to spread his wings and carry the offense a bit more. He's a bright kid who will be joining Keith Allain at Yale in 2012. Where he plays for 2011-12 is yet to be determined, but he'll try to take his team all the way again this season. The Milford, Connecticut native is a winner-- his solid play helped Avon to the championship last spring, and while he doesn't have outstanding size (listed at 6-0, 200), his skating chops and potential to be more than the sum of his parts are going to attract some NHL suitors in the spring for sure. He's very good in his own end at the prep level at least and with those wheels, someone will take a chance on him come June. The Fred Factor
- Comment on Audio: Gauthier loads up on the blue line at NHL draft (2011-06-25 19:08:53)
Daniel Pribyl, LW/C Sparta Praha Jr. (CZE- Jr.)- Red Line Report gets credit for being on Pribyl's bandwagon for some time, but Central is onto something with the big and skilled forward. At 6-3, 190 he's lean and needs to get stronger, but has some interesting potential and upside. The December '92 birthdate scored 25 goals and 54 points in just 39 games with his junior club and even got some time with his senior team in the Exraliga, so his development is on the right track. He's a long-strider but isn't a dynamic skater and could stand to pick up an extra step. However, his creativity is high-end, and he has nice hands to set up plays along with a quick, accurate shot to make him a dual threat as a finisher and set-up man. This is one player who wouldn't surprise us in the least to see go off the board early as a bit of a surprise pick because of his strong blend of tools and intangibles. He's a hard worker, and we'd love to see him come over and play in the CHL next season. Daniel Pribyl, LW Sparta Prahia (CZE)- Beanpole (6-3, 190) winger is developing into a player worth keeping an eye on. With 25 goals and 54 points in 39 games with Sparta's top junior team this season, he saw a little bit of time with the Extraliga club. He's got a long stride even if he lacks explosive speed, has soft hands and the offensive instincts to cash in. He's got a lot to learn about the game and his defense is suspect at this point, but in time, after he gets stronger on his skates and gains more experience at a high level, Pribyl has some potential to compete for an NHL spot. Red Line Report has been all over Pribyl since December, and if he pans out, it will be another feather in the cap for their Eastern European scout. Then there is the revelation of this season, tall and lanky scoring winger Daniel Pribyl. Has quick and soft hands, beats D regularly 1 on 1 with nifty moves and dekes off the rush and creates separation in tight with strong puck control and finesse stick skills. Smart and quick release of wrist shot. Not developed physically yet and doesn´t use his size enough, okay in puck pursuit and not afraid to play in traffic but rarely finishes checks and doesn´t win many battles for puck. Next, undersized winger Tomas Hyka who is smart, skilled, instinctive but physically very weak, and doesn´t like to take hit/avoids contact at times. Soft touch on his passes, quick soft hands, slick with puck, anticipates very well. Very good wheels, quick burst of speed and first steps, agile. Smooth handling the puck in top speed, has vision finishing touch , makes creative sets-up through traffic. The Fred Factor
- Comment on Audio: Gauthier loads up on the blue line at NHL draft (2011-06-25 19:03:50)
Magnus Nygren Birthyear: 1990-06-07 Birthplace: Karlstad, SWE Age: 21 Nation: Sweden Position: D Shoots: R Height: 185 cm / 6'1" Weight: 87 kg / 192 lbs Drafted: 2011 round 4 #113 overall by Montréal Canadiens A skilled and mobile defenseman that shoots right. Is a power play specialist with a very good release, good passing game and above average hockey sense. Handles the puck with confidence and usually puts up good numbers. Is fairly good defensively, although there is some room for improvement. The Fred Factor
- Comment on Audio: Gauthier loads up on the blue line at NHL draft (2011-06-25 18:59:26)
Josiah Didier is a likeable athlete. How likeable? His Midget Minor coach compared him to former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow. On the ice, Didier was a standout defender for the Colorado Thunderbirds and is a recent USHL Entry Draft selection ? Didier went to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the second round during Wednesday's portion of the draft. The 6-3, 195-pounder is 17 years old and could make the jump to the United States Hockey League next season. "He legitimately could make that team," Thunderbirds head coach Angelo Ricci said. "I love this kid. He was our captain, our leader. He's polite, doesn't swear, says 'Yes sir' and 'No sir' - he's just a special young man. "He's a big kid and he's learning how to slow his feet down, but he thinks the game. His hockey IQ is off the charts. He's one of our top scoring defensemen and has a presence around the net offensively and defensively. The kid has serious NHL potential." In 85 games with the Midget Minor team, Didier contributed 17 goals and 51 assists and was plus-77 in helping lead the Thunderbirds to the Under-16 Tier 1 National Championship. While teams from the Western Hockey League - a major juniors outfit - are hot on his trail, Didier wants to play college hockey. He's in contact with Denver, Colorado College and Yale. "I've visited the two Colorado schools," he said. "They're both close to home, they're great hockey programs and have terrific facilities. But I'd like to visit Yale and any other school that shows interest." Though his age would dictate he is a member of the Class of 2011, it doesn't always work like that in college hockey. He could sign in 2012 or even later so he has plenty of time to reach a decision. "I think he really wants to play at Denver and is hoping for an offer," Ricci said. "But I guarantee someone will recognize his talent and give him an opportunity." Didier can attend tryout camp June 3-5 in an attempt to make the RoughRiders next year. "I can't wait," he said. "It will be fun. I will work as hard as I can and play my game and see where that takes me. "I consider myself both an offensive and defensive defenseman. I hit when I need to and contribute offensively when it's the right chance to take." The Fred Factor
- Comment on One more until the break (2011-01-24 09:58:31)
The Fred Factor... Philly will be toast...every Habs fan should get one of these iconic toasters!
- Comment on Round 2, Game 2: Canadiens pull even vs. Pens (2010-05-02 21:49:43)
the game was awesome...goal no. 3 was sweet...
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- Comment on Round 2, Game 2: Canadiens pull even vs. Pens (2010-05-02 21:45:53)
I have a Habs centennial Loonie. It was sitting in my desk for about a year. I put it in my pocket for game 7 against Ovie...
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