Chris

Member since November 21, 2007

Guelph, Ontario

Habs fan since: 1984
Favorite current player: Andrei Markov, Lars Eller, Chris Higgins
All-time favorite player: Mats Naslund, Eric Desjardins, Stephan Lebeau, Kirk Muller, Saku Koivu

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  • Comment on Eller, Weaver, Allen take part in Habs’ practice (2014-12-15 15:58:52)
    Probably still Crosby for me, but Stamkos is catching up fast.
  • Comment on Rookies Sekac, Andrighetto fitting in well with Canadiens (2014-12-15 09:46:31)
    Specialists have been around since at least the 1970's. I don't think this is a recent idea. Bob Gainey and Doug Jarvis were obviously excellent hockey players, but they were shutdown players for much of their NHL career. The 1980's were the decade of the "shadow", with players like Carbonneau, Esa Tikkanen and Rick Meagher earning a living by hounding the top offensive players of that era. Teams had enforcers. They had offensive specialists (guys like Zarley Zalapski come to mind). The big difference between today's hockey and that of the 1980's is that a lot of 1980's hockey players were simply clueless when it came to positioning. Watching a game from the mid-1980's is exhilarating because of the pace, but it is cringe-worthy when you see how many guys out there would never get a sniff of today's NHL because of horrid skating and no defensive responsibility. There were a lot of forwards that used to hang around at the blue-line instead of coming back into their zone in the 80's too. A joke I always heard about Gretzky was that his idea of back-checking was looking back at the guy he was supposed to be checking while waiting for a breakaway pass. I honestly don't believe for a second that forwards are any less fluid or creative today. Instead, they are facing opponents that are far more skilled and better coached than previous generations faced. Watch these kids in junior and they have creativity in spades...but when they get to the NHL, that stuff simply doesn't work anymore because their opponents have scouted them so well that they know all the moves inside out. You still see the odd flash of genius, and often from unlikely sources. The skill and creativity is there, it is just harder to show.
  • Comment on Rookies Sekac, Andrighetto fitting in well with Canadiens (2014-12-15 09:36:52)
    The problem for guys like Hensick or previous AHL leading luminaries like Martin St. Pierre or Corey Locke is that they need top-6 linemates and PP time to produce. Unfortunately, they just aren't quite good enough to crack the top-6 for most NHL teams, so they end up tearing up the AHL.
  • Comment on Rookies Sekac, Andrighetto fitting in well with Canadiens (2014-12-15 09:29:37)
    I wonder how much of that is due to learning the game on bigger international ice surfaces. With so much real estate in the defensive zone, it seem reasonable that the forwards would need to be help the centers out a little more.
  • Comment on Rookies Sekac, Andrighetto fitting in well with Canadiens (2014-12-15 09:16:04)
    Guy Carbonneau was being drilled on the defensive side of his game during his entire AHL stint, so it is incorrect to say that he only developed his defensive side after a few years in the NHL. He finished 28th in Selke Trophy voting in his 2nd NHL season, so he was already on the radar as a defensive forward by age 23. At 24, he finished 5th, and he followed that with 3rd, 2nd, 1st. I don't know many hockey players that are slowing down at ages 25-27.
  • Comment on Rookies Sekac, Andrighetto fitting in well with Canadiens (2014-12-15 09:10:58)
    He's missed a couple of weeks with a swollen hand after blocking a shot. He should be back soon.
  • Comment on Rookies Sekac, Andrighetto fitting in well with Canadiens (2014-12-15 09:02:20)
    I was quite honestly floored at the number of draft profiles I saw last summer that were a little dismissive of Ekblad. The kid was as close to can't miss as you can get...you only had to watch him play live a couple of times to see that he has everything: mobility, size, physicality when necessary, offence, defensive awareness...I simply haven't seen any OHL defencemen with his combination in the past decade. Florida got a very special hockey player in Ekblad.
  • Comment on Galchenyuk at centre as Habs prepare to face Canucks; Beaulieu called up from Hamilton (2014-12-09 00:27:14)
    I find it disappointing to see that Tim0 was banned. He is certainly guilty of being annoyingly repetitive some times, but that goes for the majority of posters. It is the nature of chat sites. The idea that it was foul language is a bit odd, because I've seen some real doozies dropped in the game blogs when the Habs lose, most often without penalty. Still, the rules are there, and it isn't my circus. I just hope they are consistent. That being said, I will take 100 Tim0 rants over some of the snidely veiled (and often thinly, at that) attack posts that proliferated to the point that being a regular poster here became more irksome than entertaining.
  • Comment on Galchenyuk at centre as Habs prepare to face Canucks; Beaulieu called up from Hamilton (2014-12-09 00:24:59)
    I find it disappointing to see that Timo was banned. He is certainly guilty of being annoyingly repetitive some times, but that goes for the majority of posters. It is the nature of chat sites. The idea that it was foul language is a bit odd, because I've seen some real doozies dropped in the game blogs when the Habs lose, most often without penalty. Still, the rules are there, and it isn't my circus. I just hope they are consistent. That being said, I will take 100 Timo rants over some of the snidely veiled (and often thinly, at that) attack posts that proliferated to the point that being a regular poster here became more irksome than entertaining.
  • Comment on Galchenyuk at centre as Habs prepare to face Canucks; Beaulieu called up from Hamilton (2014-12-08 15:49:30)
    We of course need to see what they can do on the ice, but that line-up looks very shallow by NHL standards on paper. Yikes. Regarding the discussions of Bournival, the player he most reminds me of thus far is Darren Helm: a bit undersized for a gritty forward, but plenty of speed and defensive acumen. Both have somewhat limited offensive potential at the NHL level, despite decent numbers in junior and the AHL. Like Helm, I would be happy if Bournival could contribute 10-15 goals and ~30 points per season over the short-term, and can see him peaking at 20 goals and 40 points if his role expands. I don't really see him as anything above a third-line player in the NHL. Regarding Weaver, I like the guy. He has a lot of heart. But I never really supported the decision to re-sign him this summer. At some point, Pateryn and Tinordi need to play. I would have preferred to see one of those two given that role on the third pairing. So while I feel bad for Weaver getting injured, I'm desperately hoping that one of the kids grabs the bull by the horns with the opportunity that now presents itself. Allen was signed as a 7th defenceman, and he should stay in that role. Bring up a kid and let him play.