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#421 SMantzas

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 06:08 PM

Let's cut zilicky some slack here. He came here with almost no sleep and had to play back to back. For gods sake he hasnt even had a practice yet. So obviously he has no idea what our system is
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Posted 28 February 2012 - 07:02 PM

So much armchair analysis for a guy who has been on the team for 20 minutes. Its going to take time for him to gel. I'd be more concerned with Larsson right now coming off the injury.
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 12:23 PM

Devils731's analysis I would say is the most accurate IMO.

Personally I have liked what I have seen so far out of Zidlicky. He has definatly had some defensive zone issues along the boards here and there, but in front of the net he is very attentive to players crashing the net or driving to it and does a very good job of lifting sticks to neutralize players which is extremely important from a goalie's perspective.

His breakout passing has been the most impressive thing about him for sure. He has a real knack for long breakout passes (I can definatly see why Lemaire liked him so much with the long breakout pass being a jaques specialty). As Devils731 said also he definatly has a very good sense for when to jump in the rush which is something the devils haven't had since Neidermayer (im not comparing the two only saying that we haven't had this type of offensive defenseman since him).

No dman is going to be perfect, but I think once Zid gets some practices in and learns how we play defense here he will be a really good player for us and I hope he (and the poni express) re-signs with us this offseason.
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 12:57 PM

Devils731's analysis I would say is the most accurate IMO.

Personally I have liked what I have seen so far out of Zidlicky. He has definatly had some defensive zone issues along the boards here and there, but in front of the net he is very attentive to players crashing the net or driving to it and does a very good job of lifting sticks to neutralize players which is extremely important from a goalie's perspective.

His breakout passing has been the most impressive thing about him for sure. He has a real knack for long breakout passes (I can definatly see why Lemaire liked him so much with the long breakout pass being a jaques specialty). As Devils731 said also he definatly has a very good sense for when to jump in the rush which is something the devils haven't had since Neidermayer (im not comparing the two only saying that we haven't had this type of offensive defenseman since him).

No dman is going to be perfect, but I think once Zid gets some practices in and learns how we play defense here he will be a really good player for us and I hope he (and the poni express) re-signs with us this offseason.


doesnt he have another year
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 06:21 PM

doesnt he have another year


Yea, Zidlicky is locked up through 12-13.
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 07:20 PM

I missed his two games away with work. An unbiased opinion, how did he looks and where did he look weak.

A little bit shaky.. He looked strong and got off a few hard shots. The problem was at time he may have seem lost and the puck jumped over his stick at the point at times
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 10:43 PM

Ever since the Rangers game, Zids appears to be coming into his own. Figured I'd dig this thread up.

I know some people were on the fence about the trade (and most in the hockey community thought we overpaid, I know most of us didn't think so.)

But early on, here's how it stands for the Wild:
Nick Palmieri - 7GP, 0 points, 11 SOG, -2 rating.
Kurtis Foster - 6GP, 0 points, 5 SOG, -2 rating.
Stephane Vellieux - 8 GP, 1 assist, 4 SOG, even rating.

Zidlicky has 9GP, 1G, 4A, 5PTS, 1 GWG, 8 SOG, +2 rating.

I hope he can continue to improve and play as he has since last Tuesday.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:20 AM

Ever since the Rangers game, Zids appears to be coming into his own. Figured I'd dig this thread up.

I know some people were on the fence about the trade (and most in the hockey community thought we overpaid, I know most of us didn't think so.)

But early on, here's how it stands for the Wild:
Nick Palmieri - 7GP, 0 points, 11 SOG, -2 rating.
Kurtis Foster - 6GP, 0 points, 5 SOG, -2 rating.
Stephane Vellieux - 8 GP, 1 assist, 4 SOG, even rating.

Zidlicky has 9GP, 1G, 4A, 5PTS, 1 GWG, 8 SOG, +2 rating.

I hope he can continue to improve and play as he has since last Tuesday.


I'm not sure why people thought the Devils overpaid on that one...Vellieux was never fitting into the Devils' plans, Zidlicky clearly made Foster expendable (and Foster was clearly scary to watch at times), and Palmieri wasn't anything special either. Have the Devils missed any of those guys since they were moved? The $4 million for next season is a little bit of a concern, but Lou decided to go for it, and with the team playing pretty well and Zach's situation being up in the air, I can see why...I think was very a much a "go with the gut" feeling for Lou on that one.

Anyway, he's showing why fans shouldn't immediately write off a deal as being bad because the guy doesn't produce in his first few games. Nine games is still a very small sample size, but at least Zids is showing positives. At any rate, the idea was to get an upgrade over Foster, and it definitely looks like he'll be that for sure.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:17 AM

I think it was Tri who, once he found his groove in NJ, compared Zidlicky's game to Rafalski's. It's a pretty fitting comparison, though Zid doesn't seem to have Rafalski's penchant for giving away a handful of defensive zone turnovers per game. Knock on wood.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 11:50 AM

Since Zidlicky got his first two practices in, here are some possession numbers.

Devils - 0.526
Devils (tied) - 0.568

Tied:

Parise .578 - Henrique .545 - Kovalchuk .473
Sykora .571 - Elias .522 - Zubrus .628
Ponikarovsky .769 - Josefson .674 - Clarkson .757
Boulton .313 - Carter .500 - Bernier .391 / Janssen .333

Zidlicky .661 - Volchenkov .717
Greene .541 - Fayne .500
Salvador .488 - Larsson .447
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 01:50 PM

Palmieri was sent down to the AHL today, i guess they couldnt try to make it look like a good trade on their side anymore, they gave him a 2nd star at his first game eventho he had no points or anything... but you cant trick the fans for that long i guess haha
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 02:40 PM

Palmieri was sent down to the AHL today, i guess they couldnt try to make it look like a good trade on their side anymore, they gave him a 2nd star at his first game eventho he had no points or anything... but you cant trick the fans for that long i guess haha

Haha wow there's not much to say other than there is no way we didn't make out on that trade
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:53 AM

Haha wow there's not much to say other than there is no way we didn't make out on that trade


absolutely... at first i didnt want to act like them and try to convince myself and blindly say that Zids was a god sent like everyone does when there's a trade (that their team got the best of it)... he isnt a god sent of course, but he's been really good once he got used to the system. He's really bringing a LOT more than Foster and he's also bringing some creativity at the blueline which we were lacking of

the price is still stiff a bit but its not a problem for this year since were not having his full cap hit, so we'll see next season
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