Guest 77Bourque77 Posted March 4, 2008 Report Share Posted March 4, 2008 Hey guys and gals, I just thought this would be a good topic nearing the end of the season, where we can talk about which habs players have improved their play or have not from the beginning of the season. I think the talk shouldn't just be about point production, but they way the players have progressed or have stalled. To me the players that have improved are: -Tomas Plekanec- Not only has he shown he can produce but he can play in all situations of the game. -Alex Kovalev- It has been night and day with Kovy, and he has really shown this year that players can bounce back after a bad year and contribute to his team not only on offence but defence as well. -Andrei Kostitsyn- If only he had played the full season with Pleks and Kovy, would we really know what this kid is capable of, and for him, the future is really bright. -Roman Hamrlik- What a great deal is he to our team, and it has shown without the Hammer in the line up our team struggles. Good thing Bob picked him up or I don't know what we would be looking like on D right now. -Sergei Kostitsyn- Just like his brother he shows he has a really bright future. With only 37 games he has 29 points, and for a rookie seeing PP time is rare if your name was not Ovechkin, Crosby or Kane. He also brings an edge to his game that some players who should be bringing it don't. This kid is fearless and skilled. -Kyle Chipchura- Even though he is not playing with the habs now, he has shown that he is NHL ready, other then his face-off game. Can't wait to see him with us next year. -Tom Kostopoulos- He isn't the biggest guy on the ice sometimes, but he does bring energy and lots of it. Is a big team player and that's what I like most about him. -Josh Gorges- Who would of thought by this time last year he would have a regular spot in the line up. We know he wont put up big numbers but his positional game is awesome, and has improved greatly since the beginning of the season. -Francis Bouillion- I am even surprised I am putting him in here but he has really shown he can step up his game when needed. Also not the biggest guy but he's not shy of throwing hits or getting his nose dirty. Him and Gorges have shown awesome improvement from their time playing together. -Mark Streit- Is an awesome jack of all trades players and I'm glad we can throw him into any position. Has shown he can run the power play on the back end and shows we don't just need Souray's shot to be successful on the PP. -Carey Price- At 20 years old he has been given the #1 goalie duties and he has shown he can handle it(other then last night, but things happen). I am so happy we have him in our organization and I think he can be that goaltender that we have been missing for many years. The In-between guys are: -Andrei Markov- Now I'm not saying that he has not improved because he has defiantly took the spot of Souray. He has been awesome but then again he has disappeared as well. -Saku Koivu- We all know how great he is and what not, has shown greatness and times and has also been invisible. I would just wish he could find his game and get back to what we know he is capable of. -Christopher Higgins- Now this is hard for me because he is one of my favourite players on the habs. But he was awesome at the beginning of the season, and as of late it looks like his game has lost a step or something. Like Koivu and Markov, I just would like to see consistently out of them. -Mike Komisarek- Man I love this guy, he hits everything and plays with his heart. He has show by example what it means to win games by blocking shots but he has also show that when he is off his game he is a none factor. -Steve Begin-Love the energy he has had all season, but han't played a lot since coming back from his injury. -Patrice Brisebois-I think he was just brought in to mentor the younger D, OB and Gorges, just like most of the other has shown some good signs but has failed petty bad too. Least Improved/Non-existent: -Bryan Smolinski- Bob thought he would bring in a shutdown centre to mentor Chips but it turned our that Chips was better then him already. Have not been impressed with him at all this year. -Guillaume Latendresse- I don't know but you guys, but didn't it say on the website that he worked on his speed during the offseason? I haven't seen anything that shows that he has improved. Has looked lost from the beginning of the season, has also show some brightness but hides under a rock for weeks. He needs to start using his big frame to his advantage and start hitting the net when he has the chance, I don't mean scoring but I just mean getting a shot on net and not fanning, or passing it away. - Michael Ryder- I am depressed, as some are on here that Ryder has had a rough season. It is just sad to see a back-to-back 30 goal score have such a hard time scoring. -Mathieu Dandenault- Its not his play on the ice that bothers me this season, but his office attitude. To come out and say he is mad about sitting is sad, and he should have kept it to himself and Carbs. To early to tell guys: -Maxim Lapierre- I like that he is always trying to agravate the other team, but one of these days someone is going to get him good. would like him to play his game and use his speed more. -Ryan O' Byrne- I like the size he brings to the table but like others has had his ups and downs, but has been steady as of late. -Mikhail Grabovski- When he played early on in the season he was a non-factor in most games, but since being called up again he has been playing great. I think that is pretty much everyone, and I would love to hear what others have to say about the players too. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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