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  1. Top 4 looks like a pipe dream right now. Two ties (Maine and UMass) and a tough loss to Merrimack sandwiched around a win over UMass puts them in perfect shape for 6th and a trip to Merrimack or bu. But that's a ways off.

    Cronin is definitely doing a great job. Lots of praise for his ability to prepare guys for the pros (see some of the articles about 18 year old defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, who may be a first rounder in 2011) and it's doing volumes for the program. Former Captain Joe Vitale just got called up for the Pens. He was a 7th round pick back in 2005 and he's flown through the Pens system, getting to the NHL after a little over a season and a half in the minors.

    Quailer looks to be coming on. he was quite good in January, and he tallied an assist on the Huskies first goal against Harvard in the Beanpot (the GWG in the 4-0 win) with a nice pass in the neutral zone to set up a rush. The season as a whole may be a lost cause, his numbers aren't going to look good given his struggles in Oct-November, but the coaches are really noticing his improvement. I'm wondering if the Habs won't leave him in the NCAAs one more season, but he's only going to get better as his knee gets back to form.

    Quailer always had that explosive quality in his skating,I hope he still has it or regains it.

  2. In interviews I've seen that is clearly not his intention - he seems to still want another shot at the NHL, albeit as a backup - he is comfortable with his role in the AHL but would be happy at one more shot in the Bigs. I think he is certainly capable of it based on his performance here - only doubt might be he has had a few bouts of injuries.

    Sanford is a better goalie than Auld in my opinion,it's good to know the Habs can always call him up if there are injuries.Knock on Wood!

  3. NU is now 7-10-4, 6-3-2 in their last 11. Top 8 of 10 in the conference make the conference tournament, with the first round being a best of 3 at the 4 highest seed's arenas. NU is 6-7-3 in conference play, currently good enough for 6th place. A top-4 seed is the goal right now, and if they stay hot they could do some damage in the playoffs.

    Also, the famed Beanpot tournament starts in 2 weeks (2/7). The four Boston-area schools play a two-round tournament at the Garden for bragging rights. These are some of the most intense NCAA games anywhere. NU plays Harvard on the 7th, with the winner facing the Boston University-Boston College winner in the Finals on the 14th. We're hoping this is our year (it's been 23 years!)

    I hope they are one of the top four also would like to see them in the Final Four.Cronin has built quite a team for Northeastern good for College Hockey all around.

  4. Exactly how good a prospect do you project him to be?

    He was good enough for the Habs to sign him a year before he came over,that's not a customary signing.My guess is they signed him before his contract ran out with Djurgarden,while other teams were waiting for his contract to expire.He could become a regular on the Habs checking line and be a fill-in for the second line center if there are injuries,for the present time he's getting his feet wet with a little icetime in the NHL.

  5. The two major things he needs to work on is his decision making with the puck as he's been prone to giving it away quite easily and using his size more effectively to his advantage. So far he's made some nice improvements in his defensive game since the beginning of the season which is nice to see.

    When next season comes around I fully believe that he'll be the major piece for the Bulldogs defence.

    The Hamilton defence is going to be pretty solid as Nash gets experience and Stejskal joins him.Both these defencemen Nash 23 /6'3 218lbs and Stejskal 22 /6'3 210lbs are the same size and play hard hitting hockey with ability to play the PP and PK.They just need to get used to the long schedule in the pro ranks and learn the faster pace of the AHL and the NHL.When that happens the Habs will have homegrown defence;Markov,Subban,Nash,Stejskal,Bennett, Tinordi and possibly Klubertanz they will need lots of work (2years in Hamilton first)But it is conceivable that all the Habs defencemen could be homegrown talent in three years.

  6. Mac Bennett scored his 1st NCAA goal against Michigan State Spartan's,the 2nd time this season they shutout the Spartan's and 1st time ever in one season.Bennett's game is looking really good,skating,passing shooting and positional play are all good.The Habs picked a good quarterback and defensive defenceman in this youngster.

    Michigan suspended two players yesterday Tristan Llewellyn defenceman and Jacob Fallon forward.The importance of this to Hab fans is that Mac Bennett an offensive defenceman with growing defensive prowess will now get more icetime in his freshman year.The Habs drafted Mac from Hotchkiss High School after an injury kept him out of the game for most of his draft year.This of course let him fall to the Habs in the 3rd round at the 79th pick,Mac is a really talented player whose bloodlines in the NHL go through three generations.I watched his uncles play and they were hardnosed don't screw with me types and good players.His grandfather was the goalie that had Maurice Richard score his 50th goal in 50 games and a very good goalie in that era.Bobby Orr is his agent and represents his interests with the Habs organization,he is going to turn some heads when he makes the NHL(Drafted in 2009)

  7. Really nice to have the huge shot from the point. Several goals have been the result of the big shot.

    Defensive play is not as good as I hoped. Not terrible. Just not as good as I hoped.

    Playing for the NYI's certainly gives him some insight about carrying big expectations,and Pierre brought him to the Habs for his two-way game.When the Habs are healthy his game will improve in a hurry and its pretty good right now for the picks we gave up to get him.

  8. Mac Bennett scored his 1st NCAA goal against Michigan State Spartan's,the 2nd time this season they shutout the Spartan's and 1st time ever in one season.Bennett's game is looking really good,skating,passing shooting and positional play are all good.The Habs picked a good quarterback and defensive defenceman in this youngster.

  9. Again, let's not set our expectations too high. He's not Markov, but I certainly think he can do the job a guy like Souray or Streit did for us when they had good seasons. Wisniewski fits a need for our team and he's shwon already that he can do some things other guys haven't been able to. His break-outs are fairly clean, his shots are hard, and most importantly he gets the puck on net. He'll have his defensive difficulties too, but yes, thus far a nice start and a good acquisition. Would like to see him re-signed here for a multi-year deal.

    I am shocked that the Isles traded him,I figured he would be a career Isle.

    Man, was I excited when I heard that we picked this guy up. I didn't even know his name until the start of the season, but I noticed him the first time we played the Islanders this season. The first time I saw him play, I remember saying that I would love to have that guy on our team. I really like the way he plays and how he shoots hard AND accurately. I think he can do a lot helping PK pick his chances wisely. Hopefully he loves Montreal and re-signs for a multiple year deal. We can afford it with Hamrlik's astronomical 5.5 million dollar cap hit gone at the end of this season.

    The interview they had with him speaking in French made me think that he is overjoyed to be a Hab.

    I still can't believe what a good deal this trade was. We got the Wiz for David Fisher and a 5th round pick which we got back by trading Lapierre. Pierre Gauthier has not made a bad move in his time here in my opinion.


    And maybe also provide some support for Subban to get him out of his slump.

    Having James on our defence will give the opposition nightmares trying to figure out how to keep both of them in check,never mind keeping their heads up when they are on the ice.Great move by PG again our organization is quality throughout from management to the prospects in Hamilton,the Habs are starting to look like our teams in the 60's and 70's.Go Habs Go!

  10. Sanford played his first game of the season tonight beating the Manitoba Moose 3-1, it really should have been a shutout as his D hung him out to dry on the lone goal - considering he hadn't played in many months he looked sharp - good news for the Bulldogs AND the Habs! :D

    Well Sanford pretty much stole the game for Hamilton another shutout.If need be I'm sure he would make a great backup for Carey.

  11. Andreas will most certainly be up with Montreal and quite likely a starter next season.His two-way play is pretty good and has been noticed in Hamilton a young team but leading their Div.and defence being a big reason they are on top.Hard to say but 3rd line center should be his to lose next year.Go Habs Go,Go Dogs Go!

  12. It's Twelve days until Christmas,so we all know who's been naughty(Flyers),(Leafs)(Bruin)and Nice the Habs and far to nice in my books.Giving Edmonton,Detroit,and Toronto the same week Ugh! and double_ugh!!Points are due for the boys in Red,White and Blue! Go Habs Go!

  13. We've done good in this position in recent years.

    Radek Bonk, Brian Smolinski, Glen Metropolit, Dominic Moore, Jeff Halpern... we consistently have elite 4th line centers.

    Always an upgrade each year, Jeff Halpern being a player Bob Gainey has wanted for a few years.Finally he waited on hold for The Habs to resign Carey Price and he became a Hab.Great move and now we can see what the fuss over Jeff was all about.

  14. Not a good first weekend. Steve looked a little tentative in the opening loss at PC (one of the league's worst teams). They had him on the point during the PP, and he struggled there, and didn't do much to stand out.

    Better game against defending national champion bc on Saturday, but he didn't crack the scoresheet at all (nor did anyone else, the team lost 2-0).

    They play tonight at home against RPI. I have to miss this one, but I'll talk to people who attend to get a better feel for the evening.

    GoNu.tv broadcasts the games: <a href="http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/northeastern.portal#" target="_blank">http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/n...eastern.portal#</a>

    Thanks Fred Simon I'll be watching the game against Boston tonight that promises to be a good one.I want to see Oleksiak play as well he sounds like a promising Defenceman,Quailer must have his timing back so I'm looking forward to this game.

  15. Finally Steve Quailer gets his first goal of the season,the year off has left him a little rusty.Sounds like he's finally getting his timing back, with the way Northeastern is playing this year they are playoff bound and can use the offensive touch Quailer has again.Go Steve Go! This guy is going to look good in Hamilton next year,he probably will be on a line with Avtsin and Desharnais.

  16. Pyatt can never be accused of giving his all every time he's played as a matter of fact it seems to me each player who has sat out really brings their game when they get their next chance.The competition can only make the team better in the long run.

  17. After watching Mac's play yesterday,I was impressed the Habs have a good one in Bennett.The reason he has sat a couple of games is that the Wolverines have eight solid defencemen.Which is good considering their top forwards aren't as good as anticipated.That fact should increase Bennett's playing time later this season.

  18. IMO, this is the guy who should have been called up, not Webber. He has size, has good defensive numbers and is proving to be effective on the pp down in Hamilton. Seems like a better all round player to me.

    I believe he plays with Weber on the PP in Hamilton, as it's his first year in the pros, the Habs don't want to rush his learning process.He looks like he may join the Habs one day but probably a couple of years yet.

  19. Over at globe and mail, they're debating if Stamkos should be held in the same esteem as Crosby and Ovechkin, check out this dumb comment:

    Umm... wut?

    Wut? the___does that mean if it means anything at all?Stamkos is playing like he was billed a surefire star hockey player.He plays through all the same media attention all players of his ilk have had to.His image with the fans is just as high profile as any player that accomplishes the feats he has.

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