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Nigel Dawes

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HEIGHT: 5' 9"

WEIGHT: 200

Shoots: Left

BIRTHDATE: Feb 9, 1985 (AGE 26)

BIRTHPLACE: Winnipeg, MB, Canada

DRAFTED: NYR / 2003 NHL Entry Draft

ROUND: 5th (149th overall)

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Dawes may be short (5'10), but at 200lbs, he's probably built like a tank. I honestly would like to see him on the ice instead of Pyatt or even White. Dawes does bring NHL experience. This guy would help take some of the eight off of Moen's shoulders.

Not only is Moen expected to be our only tough guy (with no back up), he's also expected to score-why else would he play so many minutes on the top lines.

I honestly felt bad for Moen, there's no way he could do what he did in the west, without some help. Dawes just might be what Moen needs, another tough gritty player for our lower lines.

Let's face it, as good as darche, Pouliot have been on the lower lines, they're not tough guys. They're not your typical 3rd/4th liners, not when you compare them to Philly's or Boston's 4rd/4th line guys.

Look around the east, even the Pens have picked up a lil extra size and grit.

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Dawes may be short (5'10), but at 200lbs, he's probably built like a tank. I honestly would like to see him on the ice instead of Pyatt or even White. Dawes does bring NHL experience. This guy would help take some of the eight off of Moen's shoulders.

Not only is Moen expected to be our only tough guy (with no back up), he's also expected to score-why else would he play so many minutes on the top lines.

I honestly felt bad for Moen, there's no way he could do what he did in the west, without some help. Dawes just might be what Moen needs, another tough gritty player for our lower lines.

Let's face it, as good as darche, Pouliot have been on the lower lines, they're not tough guys. They're not your typical 3rd/4th liners, not when you compare them to Philly's or Boston's 4rd/4th line guys.

Look around the east, even the Pens have picked up a lil extra size and grit.

Dawes is a little more solid than Pyatt, but I'd still take White or Darche over Dawes for now. Dawes is another guy who wants to be a scorer, not a scrapper, so don't expect him to come up here and start brawling and such. I think right now, Dawes is probably the closest thing we have in Hamilton to being a top 9 replacement if a guy like Benny or Max goes down, but I don't think he's a guy who fits in as a scrapper.

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He scored again for the Dogs.thats 2 goals in 2 games since being acquired.I think we should take him over White,or send Pyatt down.But one things for sure:If one forward gets injured he is getting called up.

No way I'd take Dawes over White at this point. 200+ lbs or not, he's yet another smallish forward and IMO there's absolutely no need to add more of the same to our current roster. White on the other hand brings less scoring potential but added grit and toughness, which we'll need for the rest of the season as well as the playoffs IMO. I don't think Dawes will ever strive in the NHL unless he's playing on a scoring line and we can't give him that job right now, nor do I think it's a good idea.

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No way I'd take Dawes over White at this point. 200+ lbs or not, he's yet another smallish forward and IMO there's absolutely no need to add more of the same to our current roster. White on the other hand brings less scoring potential but added grit and toughness, which we'll need for the rest of the season as well as the playoffs IMO. I don't think Dawes will ever strive in the NHL unless he's playing on a scoring line and we can't give him that job right now, nor do I think it's a good idea.

I agree White adds toughness and grit,but Dawes has the numbers.White can be as tough as he wants,but he will need to put up some numbers which I don't see him doing.He on ly has 1 assist because his linemates basically did the job,all he did was a pass to DD.

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I agree White adds toughness and grit,but Dawes has the numbers.White can be as tough as he wants,but he will need to put up some numbers which I don't see him doing.He only has 1 assist because his linemates basically did the job,all he did was a pass to DD.

White has played 10 games with the big club. And when Dawes played for 9 games with the Thrashers, he too only collected 1 assist. Yes, he may have two goals in two games with the Bulldogs, but at the moment, I feel White has his spot. And like AK mentioned, he'll get his chance. I suppose I just don't like that it seems you've diminished White's time with the Habs.

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I agree White adds toughness and grit,but Dawes has the numbers.White can be as tough as he wants,but he will need to put up some numbers which I don't see him doing.He on ly has 1 assist because his linemates basically did the job,all he did was a pass to DD.

White wasn't called up to provide scoring, that's not his role. Dawes will be brought up to provide scoring though because that's what he does best. He's not a scrapper or a tough guy you can easily use on the third or fourth line, he'll be out of his element IMO. He'd need to be used on scoring lines to maximize his value but it don't really see it happening unless injuries strike again.

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White has played 10 games with the big club. And when Dawes played for 9 games with the Thrashers, he too only collected 1 assist. Yes, he may have two goals in two games with the Bulldogs, but at the moment, I feel White has his spot. And like AK mentioned, he'll get his chance. I suppose I just don't like that it seems you've diminished White's time with the Habs.

Well,I'm not saying White should go,all I'm trying to say is Dawes seems almost ready to be in the NHL.I too would keep White here and see what he can do.I was just thinking about what would happen when Dawes develops into NHL form.Right now I agree to see White's abilities.

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Hat trick for Nigel Dawes tonight; he has all three goals for the Bulldogs so far.

Anyone else think he might get a shot somewhere down the line in a few days/weeks?

Sure seems to have the hot hand. I'm not against bringing up a guy thats hot like that for a tryout. His confidance has to be at a high ( similar to what Max's was when he got the call) and its certainly worth the look.

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You always get a variety of listings but I haven't seen him below 190 anywhere. He's build really solid for a guy his hight.

That's like a pitbull for his height ... 5'9 and 200LBS my lord he can probably handle his own in the corners too I suspect ... He should be able to with that weight on him

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Maybe he should replace Halpern as a top six winger. For a team that desperately needs goals I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to try.

Or, well... I'm sure he would be at least worth considering ahead of Pyatt, who hasn't done much for us this season. I guess an important question for Martin is, how is Dawes' defensive game? Clearly he can score at the AHL level, and he has some minor success in the NHL to date. I wonder why he hasn't be able to stick with it. Especially in Atlanta.

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Maybe he should replace Halpern as a top six winger. For a team that desperately needs goals I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to try.

Our combos are going fine for now. We've won 5 in a row, we've scored 4 in the last 3 games, and 3 or more in each of the last 6-7 games at least. The offence is running fine right now and we'll just have to see if that keeps up with Max out now. But I agree that Dawes is the first call-up if we need another bit of scoring punch, there's not too much else in Hamilton anyways.

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