Mats NaslundMember since August 2, 2009
Habs fan since: '81
Favorite current player: Andrei Markov
All-time favorite player: Wayne Gretzky
- Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-22 15:22:49)
If you're going to suggest that Tinordi & Beaulieu has some tie in with the advanced stats vs intangibles debate your next sentence should not contain the words: "Without actually checking the numbers". Especially if you are going to make an assumption about who might be better or worse in terms of puck possession. Because giving data to those who simply "eye-ball" it is exactly why advanced stats have been developed.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-10 09:22:08)
You're also spot on about Parenteau. He's a second chance / rebound guy who finds the puck when everyone is looking at their feet and buries it before they have a chance to figure it out. He's never been a huge goal scorer though so people should expect him to help to create rather than snipe. Eller and Bourque could work though I thought at times he was starting to find it with DD and Max. Its really early on and a lot of guys still look out of sync.
- Comment on About last night …. (2014-10-09 12:26:21)
The Habs are most successful when they are causing turnovers in the neutral zone and making good first passes to start the rush. Tom Gilbert is perfect for that. The system is the thing boys. He's mobile and makes solid passes. Every once in a while you'll think he's soft but he's perfect for this system.
- Comment on Liveblog: The kids were alright in 3-1 win (2014-10-02 09:22:34)
I remember Tinordi's first year in London. People were screaming bust from the rooftops because the game seemed too fast for him. It was true. He showed flashes of promise early but struggled at times to pick up his game and by Christmas there were people in both Montreal and London who were wondering aloud if MTL had wasted a pick. After Christmas Tinordi really started to click. He took over PK duties and started playing a tonne more minutes and by the end of the year people were disappointed still - mainly based upon the fact that he didn't rack up points - but he was quietly adjusting to the pace of the CHL. By the end of the next season Tinordi had blown me away with how professional his game looked. He'll never be a PP guy, but his stick-work, positioning, first pass all reminded me of the classic 90s-2000s big NHL D men who've had wonderful careers: Pronger, Foote, Murphy, Blake.. Not that he matches each of those guys ver batim, but his ability to use his size effectively, handle the puck and create possession with a good first pass is going to be what makes him an NHLer. It might take a bit for him to get comfortable and adjust again - but this is exactly how he started in junior and by the time he left he was the best defensemen on a Memorial Cup finalist team. He played like half of the final game too.
- Comment on Lines taking shape as Habs prepare to face Blackhawks (with video) (2014-10-01 10:42:05)
The Hammer isn't the most beautiful place on earth but you're in a city with 600k and a short trip to the biggest city in the country. Look at the rest of the cities in the AHL. Not leaving the east - Would you prefer to play in Manchester NH, St.John's NF, Portland ME, Springfield or Worcester Mass, Albany, Binghamton or Syracuse NY, Wilks-Barre, Hershey or Allentown PA, Norfolk VA? I mean I've been to Providence and though it has Brown its also mighty towny for my tastes. Hartford has its charms but its main selling feature is proximity to NY City. All those places are small-town dumps (no offense to anyone who lives there lol).
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens edge Bruins 3-2 to open preseason (2014-09-24 10:02:31)
"what little she saw" - ouch that one hit close to home.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens edge Bruins 3-2 to open preseason (2014-09-24 10:01:34)
It was kinda weird the first time I heard the announcers call "Tir blocker par Subban" with PK sitting in a suit upstairs (its been a while excuse my anglo mangling).. I wondered if the crowd would cheer for baby bro or try to get on him.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens edge Bruins 3-2 to open preseason (2014-09-24 09:53:53)
A gentle reminder that any conclusion derived from watching last night's game is unfounded. Good or bad. We hardly got our pants off. Though I will say it was nice to see a talented young player wearing #26 last night.
- Comment on Parenteau scores again in Habs scrimmage (2014-09-22 09:48:14)
With injuries and the rotation of bodies on defense as a reaction to play on the ice I bet you see all those guys for a significant amount of the season anyway. I agree though there is a lot to like about our D situation.
- Comment on Parenteau scores again in Habs scrimmage (2014-09-22 09:46:26)
Just a friendly neighborhood preemptive reminder for everyone to "Chill Out" in advance of the start of the pre-season. Can't wait for the puck to drop!