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Posts posted by Habberwacky

  1. 13 hours ago, caperns61 said:


    Here is the is the thing, and i heard the same excuses for Galchenyk, he never gets to play center, he gets crap wingers, he plays on the fourth line, he doesn't get enough icetime. Maybe, just ,maybe its the player, or the scouting its rarely the delevopment. If a player is good enough and has the desire and committment, once they are drafted and playing in the NHL they find a way to make it happen, good players make other players better not the other way around :)


    The difference for me isn't the skill, although different Galchenyuk probably has moe skill than Evans but where he loses big time is hokey smarts. Evans knows what he is doing on the ice and Danault appears to have that on defense but his offense has been lacking. Evan's speed and playmaking are still gttin better and his line with Lehkonen and Byron did well against McDavid and scoriing on top of that. It has been one of the few psoitives heading into the playoffs.

  2. It appears we will have close to a week off after Wednesday and this poor play has to be connected to fatigue or we are in big trouble.Jake Allen is making me miss Price terribly the las few games with the bad positioning big rebounds and the inability to catch puck in his catching glove.We have quite a few players (Tatar, Staal,Anderson, and much of the D core that have simply disappeared. This was anothe awful game, but fortunately for us the Oilers looked almost as bad. Teams looks tired and they need to be rested for the playoffs. Otherwise the playoffs are going to be really ugly for the fans.

  3. After watching most of our forwards pass the puck around when we get in the offensive zone it is nice to see someone who shoots the puck. On of the reasons we cannot score is we refuse to shoot and attack the net for rebounds. If the kid keeps shooting his linemates will need to attack the net for the rebounds. What a revelation. Tatar was invisible last night and so was Danault so good on the kid. he was shooting from some tough angles and will stop a lot of goalies from trying to cheat with him on the ice.

  4. 1 hour ago, habsisme said:

    does anyone else kind of hope we don't make the playoffs? It's going to take a miracle to beat the leafs in a series and I just don't think I can stomach it. On the other hand, beating them in a 7 game series would be as close to winning the cup as I've ever felt. 

    It sounds like a case of shellshock. I was beginning to wonder if we would win another game. The giveaways in our own zone have been beyond belief and seeing Merrill out there last night late I thought was playing with disaster. It takes way too much time and effort to clear our zone. Having said that the players we have are good enough to beat any team in our division come playoff time. We just have to get there.

    I' m not sure how the call ups work for the remainder of the season but being in fourth I only see us with a slight chance of passing the injury riddled Jets as we are 6 points back and play them again. Once we clinch we need to give some big names a rest, so it looks like there will be some good competition for positiions come play off time and some bodies around to give some guys a chance to rest.  Gustafsson has looked good so far, but I am not as convinced about Merrill. I like the fact we  have kept our defence out on the PP the last game or two as the forwards are just not getting it done. Caulfield looked very good and Evans was out for some big faceoffs at the end of the game. Petry appears to be really stuggling lately so hopefully we can clinch and give hime a rest.

  5. We are clealry struggling with our zone clearing and no matter the situation cannot simply flip a puck out of our end to relieve pressure. I guess that is why we lead the league in giveaways by quite a bit. In contrast with the same score and situation Ottawa easily flicks the puck out to center three or four times in the last 2 minutes, whereas Chiarot and others give unnecessary faceoffs in our own zone late. Luckily we seemed to win some draws tonight. I thought Caufield looked really good (someone is actually putting shots on net) and Evans with his speed and smart play continues to be a good fit. Suzuki  Although we held Calgary to one goal our defence still scares me in our own zone and Petry scares me the most. Well I  wasn't sure we'd win another this year now if they can just win two in a row.....???

  6. 8 hours ago, campabee82 said:

    It is the stretch run to the playoffs, this is the point in the season where most wins are ugly wins. That being said you still have to play well and gut it out. I didn't see the game but I will take your word for it that we didn't play well and didn't deserve the win.

    After I wrote the comment you responded to I had to go check the game stats as I was sure we gave the puck away more than I may have ever seen before. The stats said 30, but it felt like 50. Any way you cut it it was ugly. We deserved the win as more often than not teams come in and play badly but still manage to beat us some how, so it was nice to see us get the ugly 2 points. We're due a few more wins like this although it would be nice to win because we're the better team on the ice, but that hasn't happened this month. Maybe the win against the OIlers fits that niche, but we are getting outplayed in our own end and it has been very ugly.

  7. 3 hours ago, BigTed3 said:

    Here are my 3/4 way grades:


    - Allen: A-... overall a stellar season. He's been our better goalie.

    - Price: C-... well short of expectations.


    - Petry: A-... some struggles off and on of late but still our best D man on the whole.

    - Kulak: B... solid most of the time in various roles.

    - Romanov: B-... there's been improvement. He skates well and he's a big hitter too. Next a bit of offence would bring his game to another level.

    - Edmundson: B-... keeps it simple and having a decent season, although we saw how much he struggled when not next to Petry. He's being carried.

    - Ouellet: D... he's a below-average 3rd pairing D man

    - Chiarot: D-... he's an average 3rd-pairing D man who has played poorly in the top 4. Bad penalties, bad decisions.

    - Weber: F... the single biggest reason for many of our failures this year. Way too many awful turnovers, bad penalties, and failures to mark his man. He's hurting the team right now, and he can't continue to play the minutes he's getting.


    - Toffoli: A... had some letdown in the middle of the year, but 20 goals in under 40 games is an over-40 goal pace.

    - Kotkaniemi: A-... impressed by his progression this season.

    - Anderson: A-... a unique skillset that he uses well.

    - Gallagher: A-... was having a decent season until he got hurt.

    - Tatar: B... seems to have turned his season around, much better in the past few weeks.

    - Danault: B... same as Tatar, has turned his year around.

    - Suzuki: B-... great start, lacklustre middle, now maybe picking up again, but feel off the learning curve a bit.

    - Drouin: C+... some flashes of brilliance and other games where he needs to get more involved.

    - Perry: C+... great on the PP, average at ES because his lack of footspeed doesn't quite compensate for his hands and effort.

    - Lehkonen: C+... strong defensively, but has regressed offensively over the years.

    - Armia: C... needs to find consistency.

    - Evans: C-... he's shown he's a rookie and needs some time to grow.

    - Byron: D... not worth his contract.

    - Staal: F... he looks done.


    As much as I do not want to, I agree with the evaluation of Ducharme and may even put him at a D. I wonder how much the fact we have so many veterans in the line-up is influencing his decisions. Staal was brutal last night (based on last night and the turnovers he had on one shift I would put him below F if possible) and has tailed off significantly, and while I still have some faith in Weber to turn it around, it may be too late. My problem with Weber is his biggest asset is his shot and he has gone to the wrister too much. Defensively he has also stopped hitting  Weber looked pretty effective in the playoffs just a few short months ago. I give Bergevin a little better grade B as the farm system is headed in the right direction and others need to be responsible for the product on the ice as well.

    As for the other players, I have a slight bias for Byron and believe he is one of the few players who is playing at a more consistent and reliable level  despite injuries. B. Evans is a smart players who needs to be in the lineup and getting Armia back is a huge improvement for the PK and the bottom 6 forwards. I like Perry's ability to stir things up and would give him a B. I am actually surprised he has been able to sustain a pretty consistent level of play. Having said that Ducharme needs to keep things fresh and give Staal and Perry some time off. He may be riding them until we clinch, but we need to keep the energy up.

    Defensively Kulak has been a nice surprise this year, Petry despite the hot start, has been the worst D man for at least 10 games (see the minus 5) and Edmundsen has also been up and down. As a group the passing over the last 15 games has not been good when trying to exit our own end. As I write this it seem Romanov and his partner have been the only pairing currently living up to expectations. It will be interesting to see Chiarot and Weber as they had some good chemistry before Chiarot went down.

    We have shown stretches of excellent play and the goals against is improving but we have a ways to go to be successful in the playoffs. Time for Ducharme to show us what he can do.

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