ChrisMember since November 21, 2007
Habs fan since: 1984
Favorite current player: Andrei Markov...who will now be traded because I listed him. Still love Koivu and Higgins as well.
All-time favorite player: Mats Naslund, but also Eric Desjardins, Stephan Lebeau, Kirk Muller
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 66 – Brutal road trip ends with shutout loss (2014-03-08 21:05:03)
In case anybody missed the Sergey Tolchinsky goal in the OHL last night, check this bad boy out. If Connor McDavid or Nathan MacKinnon are the next Crosby, Tolchinsky might be the next Datsyuk. Phenomenal stick-handler if the games I've seen him play.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 14:27:50)
No, they've definitely had some financial difficulties of late. Their ownership group has been a mess. Still, Lou Lamoriello is one of the more skilled GM's, and the degree to which he is plugged into the NHL meant that there was exactly 0 chance of that first round pick penalty ever actually coming to fruition. I wasn't even remotely surprised at the news that the pick was returned, albeit as a 30th overall pick.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 14:25:35)
The similarities between Gorges and Girardi (another Guelph Storm fave, by the way!) were not lost on me. It has been a little disappointing to see the piling on of Josh Gorges this season on HI/O. He is a valuable contributor to the team. The big difference between Girardi and Gorges is that Girardi piles up a lot more hits each season. I understand that Habs fans would like to see a more physical defence corps, but that will never really be Gorges' game. Instead, he is very adept (and fearless) at blocking shots and he is a good positional defender.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 14:03:46)
Having watched Drew Doughty through his four years in Guelph, I can assure you that he is absolutely capable of some pretty astounding footwork as well. He used to resort to it a fair bit in his first couple of seasons, but he's greatly simplified his game the past two years. Like many of the Storm players, Doughty received some coaching from a fairly famous figure skater (Barbara Underhill's husband is a part-owner with the Storm, and she's since been hired by the Leafs after they saw how much her tutelage was helping the Storm players).
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 14:00:53)
To be fair, the Devils have been one of the more successful franchises over the past two decades, perhaps second only to the Detroit Red Wings.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 13:54:27)
I've never watched 24CH...I can think of few things that interest me less than watching a bunch of athletes talk. Well, listening to teenagers on the bus is slightly worse: "And I was like _______, and the she was like _______, and like we totally like hit it off." I was amusing myself this morning counting the likes in a conversation between the two female university students sitting next to me this morning....I gave up when it surpassed 100 in the < 5 minute bus ride.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 13:50:09)
CJ: I agree. I think Lehkonen and Andrighetto made Collberg expendable, so I have no problem at all with that trade. Crisp, De La Rose, McCarron, Gregoire, Nattinen, and Vail are all guys that can play on any line, which gives them a much higher chance of making the NHL than the smaller guys on the list you mentioned, who all (with the exception of Hudon) probably project as either top-6 NHL forwards or career AHL players. I think Collberg will get that top-6 chance because he's got the requisite skills and he's going to a team that can use him.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 13:38:32)
For all the dismissal of Josh Gorges' game on this site throughout the year, I think it is fair to give him his due. He played last night's game with a broken hand, and he played relatively well. I can pretty much guarantee that he broke that hand on Saturday night against the Leafs when he took that slap shot off the hand that had him bleeding on the bench. He proceeded to finish the game, and then he played against the Kings and the Ducks last night. I was surprised and impressed that he didn't leave the game on Saturday night, as that looked bad. The fact that he played two more games shows what a trooper the guy is. People may not like his form of leadership, but the guy has heart in spades.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 13:33:14)
Vanek-Plekanec-Galchenyuk doesn't make a lot of sense because Vanek and Galchenyuk are both LW. I know that people say that he can play RW, but Vanek has established himself as a top NHL sniper playing on the left side. Why change up something that has clearly worked for a decade?
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 13:24:35)
I still think that when their careers are stacked side-by-side, that of Sebastian Collberg will surpass that of Connor Crisp. But time will tell. Crisp is a good OHL player. But I wanted to see more than a PPG pace from a 19 year old with Crisp's body. He doesn't have the excuse of McCarron, who is still growing into his lanky frame. At 6'4" and 225 pounds, Crisp had already reached his playing weight back in 2012. Crisp has impressed me with his leadership this season. I think he can be another Travis Moen like player in the NHL. That is already higher than what I thought he could achieve when he was drafted, but it is hard to see him as a top-6 forward in the NHL.