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I've seen most of Fischer's game and there's an article I wrote about him on my site. He's been solid in his own end, he's bulked up a little so he's been able to handle players along the boards. His best asset may be his passing game, he really moves the puck well. He seems to be a smart player, plays his position well but the problem has been offensively he hasn't done much of anything. He plays it very safe often dumping the puck in or passing, rarely does he shoot the puck. He never gets PP time, which effects his numbers but he did just get 2 games on the PP since Eric Johnson has been with Team USA.

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yeah, and they'er dominating the league! Haha... I wonder about Fischer's stats though... I can't help but feel a little concerned...

He's been good. His ice-time is lacking because of the stacked team.

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I talked to Trevor Timmins about this guy and he loves him! He's excited about the progress he's already shown since being drafted. I think he'll definitely make the big club in the future and be a good player.

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I talked to Trevor Timmins about this guy and he loves him!  He's excited about the progress he's already shown since being drafted.  I think he'll definitely make the big club in the future and be a good player.

If hes a first round pick id hope he makes the NHL haha

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If hes a first round pick id hope he makes the NHL haha

You'd be surprised how many first round picks don't make it to the big leagues or aren't too successful when they do.

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Fischer seems like a fairly safe pick in terms of playing in the NHL. Similar to Kyle Chipchura who the Habs drafted at around the same spot a couple of years earlier. He has all the tools, size, puck skill, toughness, and is very smart, and mature for his age. But like Chipchura, he won't provide much offense by the look of it. Fischer reminds me of former Hab Jacques Laperriere in build and looks, and will probably turn out to be that type of defenseman, although I doubt he has the skills or intensity to reach Laperriere's All Star level of play.

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I trust Bob Gainey's decision with the rookies he takes. Brendan Morrow in Dallas alone proves he knows potential. Hopefully he can be this decades version of John Leclair (except for being a defenceman). By the way, I love that Gary Bettman signature, except you're missing his signature lipstick he uses to kiss the American market's butt. You could also add some money signs in his eyes.

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Gainey had an atrocious record with his draft choices in Dallas. He traded away Jerome Iginla while he was still a junior, traded away many of their first round picks during his years there, and drafted turkeys like Richard Jackman (5th overall), Mike Ryan, Martin Vagner (horrible, horrible pick), with the few first round picks he did retain. Probably the worst drafting record of any GM in the past 20 years or so.

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Gainey had an atrocious record with his draft choices in Dallas. He traded away Jerome Iginla while he was still a junior

Didn't Gainey move Igninla in the deal for Joe Neiwendyk, who was a huge part of the Stars cup run? I was under the impression that Dallas knew what they were giving up when they let go of Iginla, but felt that Neiwendyk was the necessary piece for the cup.

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Here's an article from hockeysfuture.com on Fischer

David Fischer, D, (1st round, 2006)  

Fischer has made the jump from Apple Valley High School to the high-profile, high-pressure environment of the defending champion University of Minnesota. And the reigning Minnesota Mr. Hockey has made a smooth transition to the collegiate ranks, and made the most of his opportunities to impress the Montreal brass.

Fischer has played a significant role in the Golden Gophers' continued dominance of the WCHA, propelling the squad to a 20-2-3 record overall (12-1-3 in the WCHA). Fischer's Gophers are riding the crest of a 21-game home unbeaten streak and the club has spent a solid 10 weeks at the top of the NCAA rankings.  

He's made a smooth transition to the league, from high school standout to NCAA freshman, with his presence, positioning, and measured play. As a rookie entering the league on a powerful squad, Fischer hasn't been looked upon to provide an offensive spark (and has three points - all assists - in 24 games), nor has he been required to be The Man on the blueline (another player by the name of Erik Johnson has that honor).  

In the end, he's been allowed to develop at his own rate, showing adequate defensive awareness (+3 plus/minus rating), and working on filling out that lanky frame of his. Despite being the Habs' first-round selection, he's actually the least-heralded of the Gophers' three freshmen additions, behind Johnson (STL) and Kyle Okposo (NYI). It's a situation that probably works out best for him as he's allowed to develop in relative anonymity.  

Not yet 19 - Fischer celebrates his birthday on Feb. 19th - and only 187 pounds, the lean blueliner has plenty of room to pack on the muscle mass, measuring in at 6'4. However, one of the things that attracted the Habs to him was his leadership ability - something that he's continued to show on the ice even as a freshman.

And while Fischer's collegiate career has been notable for its lack of dynamism, his performance at summer camps amongst prospects had scouts literally beaming with joy. He was able to keep up with the play and showed the requisite adjustments leading the club to believe that he could be a top-flight blueliner with a few more years' seasoning.  

The Habs have the luxury of time with their young prospect and he was selected with the knowledge that he is a long-term project with tremendous upside. With the fact that Fischer is filling a depth defenseman role on a stacked Minnesota squad that's dominating the WCHA, this season marks a transitional period in the blueliner's career. One would expect better things as he enters his sophomore and junior seasons.

Sounds like he's developing fine. It will be a while before this guy cracks the big leagues but Montreal knew this when they picked him up.

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I wouldn't put a lot of faith in what that HF writer has to say. His articles are always riddled with errors and his judgements are not good. For instance, the Gophers have 9 freshmen this year, and Fischer is probably the slowest developer of all of them. Even walk on Brian Schack is outperforming him. David had a brutal game against NoDak, he was -3 in the 5-3 loss. He has to show something soon, or he is going to be on the bench.

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I wouldn't put a lot of faith in what that HF writer has to say. His articles are always riddled with errors and his judgements are not good. For instance, the Gophers have 9 freshmen this year, and Fischer is probably the slowest developer of all of them. Even walk on Brian Schack is outperforming him. David had a brutal game against NoDak, he was -3 in the 5-3 loss. He has to show something soon, or he is going to be on the bench.

Schack is not outperforming him, how do you come up with this? Schack isn't even a regular on defense, he got R J Anderson's spot when he was injured. Schack who I like as an '07, is a good physical presence, they have moved him to forward on the 4th line as he takes the body.

I saw some of the game last night and will watch the rest of it later on but he didn't stand out as being that bad. I did see Goligoski with a bad play defensively on the SH goal where it was a 2 on 1 and he took the shot instead of blocking the pass leaving a wide open net for Bina late in the 1st to make it 2-1.

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He had a good weekend against CC, almost scored as he took the puck from the side of the net and tried to tuck it in. It was his best chance of the year to score but he had a couple big plays in his own end.

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Sounds like he is doing fairly well. Anyone heard anything alittle more indepth?? or watched him play? i was really excited when we drafted him, haven't heard a single word since. If anyone knows anything let me know how he is doing! thanks guys!

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Guest 1970 Habs
Sounds like he is doing fairly well. Anyone heard anything alittle more indepth?? or watched him play? i was really excited when we drafted him, haven't heard a single word since. If anyone knows anything let me know how he is doing! thanks guys!

I haven't seen him play but I have read that he saw limited ice time this year. With the expected departure of Johnson on the D it is expected that he will be given more of an opportunity next year. We will have to wait and see how he does at the World Juniors (hopefully he makes the team) and next season in the NCAA.

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Sounds like he is doing fairly well. Anyone heard anything alittle more indepth?? or watched him play? i was really excited when we drafted him, haven't heard a single word since. If anyone knows anything let me know how he is doing! thanks guys!

I saw almost all of his games. The best parts about his game, he's a very good skater, real nice stride with good speed, really good puck mover a nice first pass, his passes are crisp. In his own end he was impressive. A smart player, positionally sound and a very good stick checker. I was surprised at how well he handled players against the boards, wasn't overly physical. The problem was his offensive game, he seemed to lack confidence early on, would just dump the puck in or look to pass it, but as the season wore on he started to carry the puck into the O zone more and even started to shoot the puck. He saw very very little PP time but did see time on the PK. Next year he should see time on the PP so I expect him to produce a lot more.

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