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#281 Devils731

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:22 AM

I was mostly watching UFC, so I caught most of the first and parts of the rest of the game.

Black was definitely quick and energetic. With his legs and his speed, and being an older player in the league, I'm wondering why he hasn't found a way to put more points on the board.

I'm not sure how to tell a defenseman's actual game from on TV and with a team I don't know. I don't know where the coaches want him or how their system works. I did like that Scarlett seemed composed, kept his head up and looking around, and had really nice footwork with his skating when changing directions.
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:50 AM

Thanks for the reports triumph and Devils731! Black is going to turn 20 in a few weeks so I guess he is a guy we will see in Albany next year along with Scarlett.

I asked Michigan beat writer @MattSlovin about Merrill's ETA and this is what he said:
"@onepasthunter Will be evaluated on Jan 2. Could return shortly after if cleared."

Saturday 12/29
OHL
Windsor lost to Saginaw 8-3 (Saginaw scored 5 times in 7:41 in the 2nd)
Ben Johnson LW: Goal, -2

Kitchener lost to Belleville 3-2
Ben Thomson LW: E, 4 PIM (Hooking, Roughing)

WHL
Swift Current lost to Medicine Hat 4-1
Reece Scarlett D: -1, 2 PIM (Unsportsmanlike)
Graham Black C: -2

NCAA
Minnesota defeated Air Force 4-0
Seth Helgeson D: E, 6 PIM (Roughing x2, Spraying the Goalie), 4 Shots, 1 Block

Ohio State lost to Penn State 5-4
Curtis Gedig D: Assist, E, 3 Shots, 3 Blocks

Miami lost to Robert Morris 1-0
Blake Coleman C: E, 4 PIM (Tripping, Interference), 7 Shots, 8/18 Faceoffs
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:17 AM

2 minutes for spraying the goalie? :giggle:
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:08 PM

I was mostly watching UFC, so I caught most of the first and parts of the rest of the game.

Black was definitely quick and energetic. With his legs and his speed, and being an older player in the league, I'm wondering why he hasn't found a way to put more points on the board.


I mean, if he did, he'd be a first round pick. Clearly his legs are faster than his hands. Plus they're using him either on the 2nd PP unit or not at all on the power play, that never helps. I wish we had shot data from the WHL but they're stuck in the 1960s - we could see if maybe the percentages aren't working in his favor.
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:52 PM

2 minutes for spraying the goalie? :giggle:

I hope he sent a blizzard of snow at the goalie since it sounds like a ridiculous call. :P

I mean, if he did, he'd be a first round pick. Clearly his legs are faster than his hands. Plus they're using him either on the 2nd PP unit or not at all on the power play, that never helps. I wish we had shot data from the WHL but they're stuck in the 1960s - we could see if maybe the percentages aren't working in his favor.

I don't understand why shot and faceoff data is available for the QMJHL and not for the OHL or WHL. I hope this changes soon.
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:48 PM

Sunday 12/30
WJC
USA lost to Canada 2-1
Blake Pietila LW: E, 1 Shot, 4/4 Faceoffs
NCAA: 17 GP 10-2-12 -4 28 PIM 20.00 SH% 2.94 SH/GP 56.95 FO%
WJC: 3 GP 0-2-2 +3 0 PIM 1.33 SH/GP 69.23 FO%

QMJHL
Blainville-Boisbriand lost to Gatineau 6-5 (SO) (BLB outshot GAT 40-14)
Stefan Matteau LW: 2 Goals (1 PP), +3, 8 Shots, 0/2 Faceoffs, Stopped in SO* 3rd Star
Season: 30 GP 17-10-27 +18 61 PIM 16.83 SH% 3.37 SH/GP 35 Hits 50.00 FO%

WHL
Kelowna defeated Everett 5-1
Damon Severson D: Assist (PP), E
December: 11 GP 2-14-16 +9 12 PIM
Season: 37 GP 5-21-26 +13 44 PIM

NCAA
Minnesota defeated Boston College 8-1
Seth Helgeson D: +1, 1 Shot
Season: 19 GP 0-3-3 E 28 PIM 0.95 SH/GP
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:29 AM

Good to see Matteau had a good game after getting cut
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:15 PM

Monday 12/31
WJC
USA defeated Slovakia 9-3
Blake Pietila LW: +1, 2 Shots, 2/3 Faceoffs
WJC: 4 GP 0-2-2 +4 0 PIM 1.50 SH/GP 68.75 FO%

OHL
Sarnia lost to London 3-2 (London now has a 24 game winning streak)
Reid Boucher LW: Goal, Assist, +2
Season: 36 GP 27-17-44 +14 32 PIM

Windsor lost to Plymouth 5-2
Ben Johnson LW: Assist (PP), -2
December: 10 GP 3-3-6 -8
Season: 38 GP 7-8-15 -8 16 PIM
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:43 AM

What (NHL) player has Pietela been compared too? Hopefully I can catch some of the games
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:26 AM

What (NHL) player has Pietela been compared too? Hopefully I can catch some of the games

I haven't seen any comparisons but I'd have to imagine his upside would be a solid 3rd line winger.

Tuesday 1/1
OHL
Sarnia defeated London 6-5 (OT) (London's win streak stops at 24)
Reid Boucher LW: 2 Assists, +1, 2 PIM (Delay of Game)
Season: 37 GP 27-19-46 +15 34 PIM

Just 13 of Boucher's points are from the PP (9-4). Great to see him scoring more at even strength this year.

WHL
Swift Current lost to Lethbridge 6-4 (SC allowed 5 goals in the 3rd)
Reece Scarlett D: Assist, -2
Season: 36 GP 5-15-20 -1 24 PIM

Graham Black C: Assist (PP), -2
Season: 39 GP 16-14-30 -1 12 PIM
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:46 AM

1/2
OHL
Kitchener defeated Owen Sound 3-1
Ben Thomson LW: Assist (PP), E
Season: 36 GP 7-7-14 -7 62 PIM

WHL
Kelowna defeated Victoria 4-2 (15th straight win at home)
Damon Severson D: Assist (PP), -1
Season: 38 GP 5-22-27 +12 44 PIM
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:36 AM

I haven't seen any comparisons but I'd have to imagine his upside would be a solid 3rd line winger.

Tuesday 1/1
OHL
Sarnia defeated London 6-5 (OT) (London's win streak stops at 24)
Reid Boucher LW: 2 Assists, +1, 2 PIM (Delay of Game)
Season: 37 GP 27-19-46 +15 34 PIM

Just 13 of Boucher's points are from the PP (9-4). Great to see him scoring more at even strength this year.

WHL
Swift Current lost to Lethbridge 6-4 (SC allowed 5 goals in the 3rd)
Reece Scarlett D: Assist, -2
Season: 36 GP 5-15-20 -1 24 PIM

Graham Black C: Assist (PP), -2
Season: 39 GP 16-14-30 -1 12 PIM


If I would compare him to a Devils player(past or present), it'd probably be Pando. Kid's got wheels, doesn't have great hands, but his speed will cause turnovers(breakaway in the QF#1 against the Czechs) and he'll score points here and there. If I recall, early in Pando's career, he was more of a scorer than thought of later in his career. I could see Pietela as a 3rd line checking line guy who can put up 20-30 points on the top end, but his speed and defensive skills will make life easier for his linemates.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:44 AM

If I would compare him to a Devils player(past or present), it'd probably be Pando. Kid's got wheels, doesn't have great hands, but his speed will cause turnovers(breakaway in the QF#1 against the Czechs) and he'll score points here and there. If I recall, early in Pando's career, he was more of a scorer than thought of later in his career. I could see Pietela as a 3rd line checking line guy who can put up 20-30 points on the top end, but his speed and defensive skills will make life easier for his linemates.


Pando was a big time collegiate scorer, scored at a point a game or better pace all 4 years in school. Pietila isn't scoring at that high a clip, but he's been putting up some points, so it seems like he has a chance to put up some offense in the pros and not be a black hole to offense.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:43 AM

Pando was a big time collegiate scorer, scored at a point a game or better pace all 4 years in school. Pietila isn't scoring at that high a clip, but he's been putting up some points, so it seems like he has a chance to put up some offense in the pros and not be a black hole to offense.


Two things to consider -

A: Pandolfo played at a big time school, Pietila does not

B: I imagine the level of play in college hockey has gotten exponentially better since Pandolfo's days at BU. It would be a route less frequently traveled by players who wanted to play in the NHL.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:15 PM

Tomorrow is a big day for Jon Merrill: http://www.annarbor....z8FXGE8.twitter

The Michigan hockey team expects to receive an update on defenseman Jon Merrill’s status Friday, as the team hopes to receive a jolt to a defensive corps that has thinned considerably in the last two weeks.


Thursday 1/3
WJC
USA defeated Canada 5-1
Blake Pietila LW: E, 4/7 Faceoffs
WJC: 6 GP 0-2-2 +5 0 PIM 1.67 SH/GP 64.00 FO%

QMJHL
Blainville-Boisbriand defeated Sherbrooke 3-2
Stefan Matteau LW: Goal (SH), +1, 6 Shots, 2/4 Faceoffs, 3 Hits
Season: 31 GP 18-10-28 +19 61 PIM 16.82 SH% 3.45 SH/GP 50.00 FO% 38 Hits
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:35 PM

GOOD NEWS !

Per TG
Devils' prospect Jon Merrill will dress tonight for U. Michigan for first time this season after recovering from fractured vertebrae in neck
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:43 PM

Hopefully it doesn't take Merrill too much time to get back to the level he can play at. Michigan has to be thrilled to be getting him and Trouba back within a few days of each other.
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:30 PM

https://twitter.com/...368933999247361

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A glimpse of Merrill's first shift tonight courtesy of @MIHockeyNowpic.twitter.com/e6wGa8Ba


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Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:34 AM

Friday 1/4
OHL
Sarnia defeated Windsor 8-5
Reid Boucher LW: Goal, 2 Assists, +3 (Leads OHL with 28 goals)
Ben Johnson LW: 2 Goals (1 PP), -3* 3rd Star

Kitchener defeated Peterborough 4-3 (SO)
Ben Thomson LW: Goal, Assist (PP), E

WHL
Swift Current lost to Kootenay 4-1
Reece Scarlett D: -1, 2 PIM (Holding)
Graham Black C: -2

Kelowna defeated Prince George 4-2
Damon Severson D: Assist, +2
6 assists in past 5 games, 2 goals and 15 assists in past 11 games.

NCAA
Michigan lost to USNTDP U-18 5-3 (exh)
Jon Merrill D: E, 2 PIM (Tripping)

Wisconsin defeated Alaska-Anchorage 5-3
Joe Faust D: E

North Dakota defeated Holy Cross 5-2
Derek Rodwell RW: DNP (Out 2-3 weeks after a cut to his thigh by a skate)

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:04 AM

Good to see boucher still producing without galcheniuk
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