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#61 Raphael Diaz 2011-2012


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I would agree in principal, but I thought Weber was actually quite good last night. I thought he and Diaz were two of our most reliable defensemen last night.

Agreed.

It's good to see our young players step up. Definitely were not the culprits last night.

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this kid has blew me away i thought we would sign him and never see him again or at least see him in the nhl, it looks like he is our new swiss hope, much more complete then weber even though i have mad love for webs this kid has obv not taken things for granted

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Did you see his reaction after getting back to the bench? He couldn't help but smile from ear to ear :D ! It's nice to see him celebrate his goal, he seems so enthusiastic. It looks like he really loves what he does and has fun doing it. Great attitude! Way to go, Raphi, keep up the good work!

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Did you see his reaction after getting back to the bench? He couldn't help but smile from ear to ear :D ! It's nice to see him celebrate his goal, he seems so enthusiastic. It looks like he really loves what he does and has fun doing it. Great attitude! Way to go, Raphi, keep up the good work!

That's right - Raffi obviously managed to take full advantage of his heritage: Spanish (GALICIAN) enthusiam and having fun at work combined with Swiss hard-work-ethic and clock-work precision...

And good to see that he is showing already almost the same confidence after a few games as he had showed here over the past few years.

But as he stated correctly: his job is mainly to prevent goals and he knows that the way to get there is still long and tough...

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Super Raffi - Härzlichi Gratulation zu dim erschte und dezuä no sehr schöne NHL-Topf :D !

Or in other words: Congratulations also from my side for your first and pretty nice NHL-goal!

It was a great read on the play, to step up, into the open; great 'hold' too. Finesse.

I really enjoyed him enjoying his first NHL goal. Beaming away. Made you forget he was "a pro" hockey player.

He's wished a great Montreal career.

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He's going to be a good player,one that will be remembered for his style and talent.Gauthier really hit the jackpot with this signing.

+100 really like our new guys, working hard,noway do they look like they have just 9 NHL games between them,Yemlin taking a bit longer than Diaz to settle but not much,just a bit more experience and we will be laughing,they will make us one of the best defeces in the league along with our other guys.

GO HABS GO :lol: :lol:

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So the question all this brings up, what it his long term upside. He's done remarkably well for a 'rookie'. Where does he fit into our future?

Does he progress to a 3-4 defenseman based on his ability to move the puck and make solid defensive reads?

Or, does he maintain as a 5-6, PP specialist defenceman, based upon his offensive skill but lack of size?

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Even taking into account the fact that goalies playing in the European leagues are not well-renouned, he's got some great skill. Definitely makes me excited.

He's going from one great CH to another. B)

frsvl, do you think we'll get some more new Swiss fans that follow him over to our team? That'd be really cool.

I think you will get some new swissfans. For me, I'm a Fan of the Habs since Streit played for ur team. But i'm following the NHL and the Habs since 1995 with Damphousse, LeClair, Carbonneau, Daigneault, Brunet, Roy...

It's also great to have the Jets back. And i miss the Nordiques too.

Diaz is a great player and I think he's doing great so far.

Go Habs Go

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This kid just plays a solid game. He adjust quickly to play, he anticaptes really well. A nice nice find. He has a nice offensive game also that i am sure we will see develop as the year continues or if they give him any time. I just hope they don't get his number mixed up with Webers and he becomes stranded in the stands like Yemelin.

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Diaz has to be the biggest surprise of all the Habs this year and will get better with experience.Given three years he may become the future Andrei Markov and that's great news for the Habs.

Yikes. We over rate our players here something awful. Andrei Markov is a very, very high ceiling, and while I've been very impressed with Diaz, I think to call him the next Markov is a big stretch. Keep in mind that Markov was one of the top 10 defensemen in the league before his injury. He's also 25 years old, he's really nearing his ceiling, most players have their best years from around 27-32 and he's close to that point. I'm sure he'll improve over the next few years, but let's not get ahead of ourselves and say he's going to be the kind of superstar that Markov is/was.

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Yikes. We over rate our players here something awful. Andrei Markov is a very, very high ceiling, and while I've been very impressed with Diaz, I think to call him the next Markov is a big stretch. Keep in mind that Markov was one of the top 10 defensemen in the league before his injury. He's also 25 years old, he's really nearing his ceiling, most players have their best years from around 27-32 and he's close to that point. I'm sure he'll improve over the next few years, but let's not get ahead of ourselves and say he's going to be the kind of superstar that Markov is/was.

Try reading what was written instead of reading things into it,then it will be easier to understand.Thanks.

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