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About ChitownHabby

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  • Birthday 08/06/1982
  1. I think JM just wanted to get Darche some action.
  2. Maxim Lapierre is a necessary evil. Like Scott Gomez said, every team has one and Max happens to be one of the best at being the worst. He also has more skill than he is given credit for. He's a good 3rd line player and hopefully will continue to show the willingness to occasionally drop the gloves, while perpetually irritating the opposition. You hate to love him but love that everyone hates him!
  3. Would like to see him develop a quicker release by watching Cammy in practice. He has a deceptively hard shot and excellent reach, with Gomez on his line, an element he can add to his game that would help him and the line tremendously would be the backdoor one-timer. He possesses the requisite tools, the biggest one missing right now is confidence. You can see it in the way he handles the puck and even when he gets a good look, there's a 0.5 second delay, which is enough to disturb the flow of his play. What Benoit Pouliot really needs is a nice individual goal, followed by 'attaboy' ice-time. With confidence and a dedicated plan to help him improve, this kid still has a very high ceiling.
  4. He's sitting in favor of Hamrlik next game, Picard is a better skater and puck handler.
  5. I think Picard will surpass him by mid-season on the depth chart, the main thing Ryan has going for him besides being big is that he is right handed. If Alex Henry were right handed, OB would be in hamilton, because he's essentially the same player but left handed and a touch more confident.
  6. I didn't say we would get a star in return but with AK due to be a free agent and Ryan not developping, packaging them may yield you a veteran from a bottom feeder at the deadline.
  7. On the bench. Henry and Picard are both big AND more reliable with the puck. At this point, the Ryan O'Byrne experiment appears to be entering its final stages with the Habs, if he doesn't manage to become a regular by the trade deadline, he should be shipped out of town as part of a package with Andrei Kostitsyn.
  8. Thanks, was wondering what happened to him.
  9. Haven't heard much about him at camp, is he even there? He's listed as our best prospect behind Subban and Eller on hockey prospects, is he really only a year or so away?
  10. Another youngster nipping at the veterans heels. This is what the Habs organization has been lacking for a long time, a bunch of hungry kids that actually seem to want to overthrow the veterans in a HEALTHY man's man competition. I am anxious to follow the progress of a lot of these kids in camp and extremely curious to see how many of them come up for a cup of coffee this year and push harder to make the jump next year.
  11. I would take a Chris Neil-type player on my team anyday. He should make the 2011-2012 Habs as a 4th liner, let him add muscle and a better skating stride in the AHL this year. He should take Moen's spot when his contract expires.
  12. If he puts up Brock Trotter numbers he will be in the NHL by the trade deadline but let's be realistic, he needs at least a season in the AHL and then maybe he will crack the lineup as a depth player.
  13. What's so stunning? The margin between a good season and average season often comes down to a couple of players. Look at the post-conference title season, Higgins, the PP and Kovalev took a nose dive and the rest of the team went with it. The habs have many stable parts, one would assume that the core millionaires are going to bring it, as are the veteran d-men. The 3 biggest variables at this time are: 1 - Carey Price: Does the fresh out of AHL or fresh out of buffet kid show up? Nobody knows but he plays the most important position. So, he's the biggest key. 2 - PK Subban: Will he continue his brilliance or will his risky style of play become a hazard? Can he do it for a full year at the NHL level, especially since Markov will be out at the beginning? Nobody knows, but he's likely going to be slotted in as our PP QB and top 3 d-man, so he is a huge key, almost as big as Price. 3 - Benoit Pouliot: Why him? Because with his skill set and linemates if he elevates his play, he can make his line dangerous every shift, which has a domino effect on the Plekanec line because some nights the Chara's would have to cover the Gomez line instead of just shadowing Cammy and Pleks. So, I stand by my statement. Benny having a solid season solidifies the Top 6 and makes our forward corps as a whole more functional, which is why he's the 3rd biggest key to the season.
  14. This player is the 3rd key to the 2010-2011 season behind : 1 - Carey Price and 2 - PK Subban. IF BP gives us a 25 goal campaign without any prolonged slumps, the Habs will be top 6 in the conference MMW.
  15. I guess this is why you have posted 20, 000 make sense. The 2nd round pick was high, but I am not a hypocrite I initially failed to see how he'd be adding anything other than 2 faceoff wins per game (maybe) but now I realize he has a fair amount of skill and tons of will, a solid 3rd liner. I'm eating crow because I thought it was a waste of a draft pick for a job that could have been filled internally but the intangibles he brings were not accounted for and truly what has made him a good move.