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#21 Revan

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 04:19 AM

This guy is a MONSTER.

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Sarnia made the playoffs but will be a lower seed in the OHL's Western Conference. I could see them winning the 1st round but not advancing further than the 2nd round. Going off of last year's schedule he could potentially end up in Albany anywhere from the end of March to mid-April.

Well, we were a low seed last year. So were the Kings. Anything can happen.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 12:45 PM

Lose the BANGS KID!!!  go get a hot looking hair stylist now


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#23 Uncle Albert

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:37 PM

Good Luck Mr Boucher !


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#24 Vic Rattlehead18

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 07:56 AM

Boooooo(urns)

 

Thank you for this.


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 08:36 AM

Would it be fair to compare Boucher to Neal ? Neal played in the junior til 19 and was putting inferior stats than Boucher... both a relying heavily on their shot and are putting up most of their numbers on the PP ?

 

so if things go well Boucher could be our future "Neal" on the PP. We would have Boucher to snipe from the right side as he's a left side shooter and have Kovy snipping on the left side shooting right.


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 10:18 AM

Boooooo(urns)

 

 

Good Luck Mr Boucher !

Hey man, I know you're new, but we kinda have a thing about giant sigs. Can you make that a bit smaller or something? Your post takes up almost the entire screen just for one line of text.


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#27 Jerzey Devil

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 11:16 AM

So maybe in a couple of years (2015) our line up might look like this?

 

Kovy-Loktionov-Boucher

Elias-Henrique-Clarkson

Matteau-Zajac-Zubs

Carter-Josefson-Bernier

 

Greene-Larsson

Merrill-Fayne

Slavodor-Volchenkov

Gelinas-Urbom

Scarlett-Burlon

 

Kinkaid

Wedgewood

Clermont

 

That's assuming we re-sign Clarkson, Elias, Bernier, and Zubs. Moves need to be made on defense either via trade or amnesty buyouts. Sal, Volch, and Green are all signed through 2015. Volch til 2017. Really only one more roster spot opens up on defense by 2015 plus an extra for injuries. Hopefully these kids stay patient. Or we can try to move some of the young defenders for scoring depth. Who knows how effective Zubs will be when he gets back, none the less 2 years from now. 


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#28 ATLL765

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 11:28 AM

So maybe in a couple of years (2015) our line up might look like this?

 

Kovy-Loktionov-Boucher

Elias-Henrique-Clarkson

Matteau-Zajac-Zubs

Carter-Josefson-Bernier

 

Greene-Larsson

Merrill-Fayne

Slavodor-Volchenkov

Gelinas-Urbom

Scarlett-Burlon

 

Kinkaid

Wedgewood

Clermont

 

That's assuming we re-sign Clarkson, Elias, Bernier, and Zubs. Moves need to be made on defense either via trade or amnesty buyouts. Sal, Volch, and Green are all signed through 2015. Volch til 2017. Really only one more roster spot opens up on defense by 2015 plus an extra for injuries. Hopefully these kids stay patient. Or we can try to move some of the young defenders for scoring depth. Who knows how effective Zubs will be when he gets back, none the less 2 years from now. 

Signed Boucher today, tomorrow he's our top RW, lol. C'mon man. It's nice to dream and what not, but you're making a lot of leaps and basically assuming Merrill is going to hit the AHL next year, dominate and jump over Urbom and Gelinas on the depth chart. Lets not talk the future, lets just enjoy the now. Planning too much is how you ruin a good relationship. lol.

Also, I cannot imagine Sal and Volch are both still here in 2015. No way that happens with the young guys we have on D in the AHL.


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#29 Jerzey Devil

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 11:36 AM

Signed Boucher today, tomorrow he's our top RW, lol. C'mon man. It's nice to dream and what not, but you're making a lot of leaps and basically assuming Merrill is going to hit the AHL next year, dominate and jump over Urbom and Gelinas on the depth chart. Lets not talk the future, lets just enjoy the now. Planning too much is how you ruin a good relationship. lol.

Also, I cannot imagine Sal and Volch are both still here in 2015. No way that happens with the young guys we have on D in the AHL.

There's no reason to think Boucher won't be on the top line by 2015. That's 2 years from now and who else do we really have unless they keep Kovy on the right?

 

Fair point about Merrill though. He'll probably play his last year at Michigan and play at least one year or part of it in Albany. Still a huge logjam on defense. I think Lou seriously considers buying out Volch with one of his amnesty buyouts. If he agrees to waive his NTC that would be great. Still think another move has to be made on defense though.

 

I also see nothing wrong with discussing the future. Hell this thread is about signing someone for our future. I guess it's more of an off season topic but nothing wrong with speculating.


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 11:49 AM

Boucher has massive bust potential..especially with NJ. If he is weak along the boards and poor defensively I doubt he fits on the wing for deboer.
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 11:54 AM

Then trade him while perceived value is high. They waited too long on Tedenby to get a return.


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:22 PM

There's no reason to think Boucher won't be on the top line by 2015. That's 2 years from now and who else do we really have unless they keep Kovy on the right?

 

Fair point about Merrill though. He'll probably play his last year at Michigan and play at least one year or part of it in Albany. Still a huge logjam on defense. I think Lou seriously considers buying out Volch with one of his amnesty buyouts. If he agrees to waive his NTC that would be great. Still think another move has to be made on defense though.

 

I also see nothing wrong with discussing the future. Hell this thread is about signing someone for our future. I guess it's more of an off season topic but nothing wrong with speculating.

I know you're just speculating and that's all fine and good, but to speculate that Boucher only needs 2 years to make it as a 1st line winger is wild speculation at best. I'd be happy if he was getting 12 mins a game, 4 of which on the PP, in two years.


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#33 Jerzey Devil

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:36 PM

I know you're just speculating and that's all fine and good, but to speculate that Boucher only needs 2 years to make it as a 1st line winger is wild speculation at best. I'd be happy if he was getting 12 mins a game, 4 of which on the PP, in two years.

I guess it has more to do with our lack of RW depth than anything else. Someone with the potential to score some goals should be with Kovy on the top line.


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#34 Daniel

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:44 PM

Boucher has massive bust potential..especially with NJ. If he is weak along the boards and poor defensively I doubt he fits on the wing for deboer.

 

Could he not fill a role like Sykora did last year?  I know Sykora ultimately got benched during the playoffs, but the guy served a useful role up till then.


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:04 PM

Could he not fill a role like Sykora did last year?  I know Sykora ultimately got benched during the playoffs, but the guy served a useful role up till then.

If he becomes a Sykora type player, that would be great, anything beyond that is gravy.


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#36 Vic Rattlehead18

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:13 PM

Signed Boucher today, tomorrow he's our top RW, lol. C'mon man.

 

 

I agree with this, but lets not forget Napalm two years ago playing 1R, henrique last year playing 1C, and now loktinov playing 1C, even Larsson playing 1/2D. It happens.

 

Edit, Napalm sucked and he flourished in that role.


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:16 PM

I know you're just speculating and that's all fine and good, but to speculate that Boucher only needs 2 years to make it as a 1st line winger is wild speculation at best. I'd be happy if he was getting 12 mins a game, 4 of which on the PP, in two years.

 

well we've seen Palmieri on our top line who was absolute trash and we've seen Butler who couldnt keep a role in Ottawa and cleared waivers a few time on our first line too and we saw a guy stuck in the minor traded for a 5th round pick centering our top line, Lokti is 23 and has never put up numbers like Boucher and Boucher will be around his age in 2 years...

 

basically you never know, not saying it could  happen or it could not, but we'll see. Its not very hard to get a top role on the RW in NJ if you put back kovy on the LW we have absolutely no depth on the RW


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 02:22 PM

well we've seen Palmieri on our top line who was absolute trash and we've seen Butler who couldnt keep a role in Ottawa and cleared waivers a few time on our first line too and we saw a guy stuck in the minor traded for a 5th round pick centering our top line, Lokti is 23 and has never put up numbers like Boucher and Boucher will be around his age in 2 years...

 

basically you never know, not saying it could  happen or it could not, but we'll see. Its not very hard to get a top role on the RW in NJ if you put back kovy on the LW we have absolutely no depth on the RW

This is all true, I'm just saying, those guys, didn't look good here either. NaPalm did for a minute, but the whole team looked great then. I'm saying that it's unlikely he becomes top RW in 2 years. Even he is top RW in 2015, we know he wouldn't be that on a team with a real RW. It's also very likely he becomes a LW when he turns pro.


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:47 PM

I know it won't happen, and I'm guilty of it too, but I'd like for the convention to not be that whatever line Kovalchuk is on to be called the top line.  

 

That said, Boucher has one great junior season and one sub-par one - let's let him get a pro season before we start tossing around James Neal comparisons.  It's almost impossible that he didn't get a significant dose of luck in addition to being real good - let's see what happens when the luck runs out.


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:36 PM

I know it won't happen, and I'm guilty of it too, but I'd like for the convention to not be that whatever line Kovalchuk is on to be called the top line.


Well when a player logs between 25 and 30 minutes of ice time a night for the foreseeable future, it's pretty reasonable to say his is the top line.

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