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#61 nessus

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 04:39 PM

I really think Zharkov needs to be with the NHL team at this point. 2/3 of both the 3rd and 4th line don't even try to score, it seems. While Carter has been decent so far, he was nearly invisible this past game, in my opinion. At least Zharkov can skate well and create some type of offensive threat.

Until Zajac is back, though, it's hard to expect too much from the Devils. As long as they keep up a record like their current one until Zajac returns, I'll be happy.
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Posted 26 November 2011 - 04:41 PM

I think Henrique and Kovy should be together, and Zajac and Parise. I think the other way around is a horrible mistake.
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Posted 26 November 2011 - 05:21 PM

I don't see how some fans still think Zharkov has this "untapped potential" or something.

Now, I'm not trying to ruffle feathers here, but could someone explain to me their reasoning? He literally has 0 finishing ability.

But back OT, he needs to get back. This team needs its centers, holy hell.
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Posted 26 November 2011 - 05:46 PM

I don't see how some fans still think Zharkov has this "untapped potential" or something.

Now, I'm not trying to ruffle feathers here, but could someone explain to me their reasoning? He literally has 0 finishing ability.


He leads the AHL team in points per game
He's scored well in the AHL the past seasons
He plays strong defense
He wins board battles
He creates turnovers
He seems to draw more penalties than he takes
He's 21
and when he is on the ice the Devils as a team get more shots than the other team does.

Edited by Devils731, 26 November 2011 - 05:46 PM.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 07:15 PM

He leads the AHL team in points per game
He's scored well in the AHL the past seasons
He plays strong defense
He wins board battles
He creates turnovers
He seems to draw more penalties than he takes
He's 21
and when he is on the ice the Devils as a team get more shots than the other team does.

That sums it up nicely (though he's 23 going on 24). As far as I'm concerned, even if he can't translate his AHL offensive success to the NHL, his overall game should be enough to be a solid bottom 6 winger. I really hope he gets another shot soon.
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Posted 26 November 2011 - 07:39 PM

That sums it up nicely (though he's 23 going on 24). As far as I'm concerned, even if he can't translate his AHL offensive success to the NHL, his overall game should be enough to be a solid bottom 6 winger. I really hope he gets another shot soon.


You know, I took a year off for it being 2011 instead of adding 1. :lol:
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Posted 27 November 2011 - 04:51 AM

He leads the AHL team in points per game
He's scored well in the AHL the past seasons
He plays strong defense
He wins board battles
He creates turnovers
He seems to draw more penalties than he takes
He's 21
and when he is on the ice the Devils as a team get more shots than the other team does.


12 GP, 1 G, 7 A. It's not like he's head-and-shoulders above his Albany teammates in that regard.

26 G and 56 A in 135 GP for the Lowell/Albany Devils...wouldn't call that scoring well, really.

Fiesty already pointed out the age discrepancy. He's approaching his mid-20s and is struggling to keep his job at the NHL level.

I do agree w/fiesty that he could possibly be a decent 4th liner, but yeah, expecting more than that (especially offensively) would be a mistake.
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Posted 27 November 2011 - 08:53 AM

He's already a better than decent 4th liner. He's head and shoulders above what the Devils currently put out there. I think they would struggle, at a much greater age, to average about 50 points a year, and they don't bring the puck possession that Zharkov gives you.
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Posted 27 November 2011 - 10:17 AM

Zharkov should be up here with his speed and defense alone. Much better than Sestito, Janssen, Mills, whoever is on the 4th line. The kid draws penalties and is great on the forecheck.
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 02:53 PM

Zajac back in practice today and Josefson was suppose to start skating today. Josefon's progress is really encouraging, I expect him to be be back late January at this rate.
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 03:02 PM

Zajac back in practice today and Josefson was suppose to start skating today. Josefon's progress is really encouraging, I expect him to be be back late January at this rate.

Great news on both fronts!
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 03:02 PM

Zharkov should be up here with his speed and defense alone. Much better than Sestito, Janssen, Mills, whoever is on the 4th line. The kid draws penalties and is great on the forecheck.

agree we could use a shot of speed on the 4th.
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 03:10 PM

Sestito isn't a terrible skater for the 4th line, I much prefer him over Mills or Pelley at the moment.
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 03:32 PM

Sestito isn't a terrible skater for the 4th line, I much prefer him over Mills or Pelley at the moment.

Wait what? He's been drawing penalties the last two games, but I don't think this will continue. Id rather have mills or zharkov
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 04:18 PM

Id like to see our fourth line be sestito, palmaeri, zharkov
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 06:16 PM

ahhhhh yeahhhhh lets go Zajac, time to do work buddy!!
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 11:08 PM

Id like to see our fourth line be sestito, palmaeri, zharkov

Agreed. And switch out palmeiri for janssen for tougher opponents. Then when josefson comes back to be third line center, carter can move to 4th and sestito can get sent back down or stay a scratch
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 11:53 PM

With Josefson only shortly behind Zajac in his recovery, at least there won't be a long period of Zajac switching between centering Parise and Kovalchuk (or both). We can hope so, at least.
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 11:57 PM

Parise - Zajac - Zubrus
Tedenby - Elias - Sykora
Kovalchuk - Henrique - Palmieri
Boulton - Carter - Clarkson

That's is what I want to see.
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Posted 08 December 2011 - 12:02 AM

kovy on the third line? i dunno about that one
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