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#501 coldply123

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 10:19 PM

He only makes 2.75 million and he was good for 21 goals last season.
I was big on him and Mason Raymond last off season. I'm still high on both. Raymond put up 19 goals and 45 points last season. I would have preferred him over Brunner.


All these players are essentially one trick ponies. Boyes and Ryder are very similar. Raymond is a speedster but much like Brunner doesn't know much about defense.
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Posted 28 June 2014 - 10:27 PM

Pronman ranked us as having the second worst draft.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 10:53 PM

Pronman ranked us as having the second worst draft.


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The Devils picked 30th and only had 6 draft picks.  I'd be surprised if they were outside of the bottom 10.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 11:09 PM

Chere said Lou described free agent discussions as "distracting." Not a good sign.

 

I hope distracting means he's actually planning on doing something :P  If he wasn't planning on doing anything I doubt he'd care one way or the other about free agency.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 11:50 PM

I hope distracting means he's actually planning on doing something :P  If he wasn't planning on doing anything I doubt he'd care one way or the other about free agency.

 

Actually I misinterpreted what he meant. He was talking about the free agency talks occurring during the draft for the first time and how it was an issue.


All these players are essentially one trick ponies. Boyes and Ryder are very similar. Raymond is a speedster but much like Brunner doesn't know much about defense.

 

I completely disagree. Boyes doesn't float around waiting for something to happen like Ryder. Raymond has way more experience than Brunner.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 12:07 AM

Pronman ranked us as having the second worst draft.


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This draft was pathetic considering who we passed on. Lou and Conte could give two sh*ts what the fans think. They exist in a vacuum.
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Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:44 AM

This draft was pathetic considering who we passed on. Lou and Conte could give two sh*ts what the fans think. They exist in a vacuum.


You and carp need to get over yourselves. All the two of you have done for the past couple weeks is bitch about everything and insist that Lou will do nothing other than sign Brian Gionta during fa. You guys are a broken record. You could at least wait for Lou to not sign anyone to bolster the offense before you hang him for it.
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Posted 29 June 2014 - 07:59 AM

The same people complaining about passing on barbashev are the ones who complain about tedenby busting. It's not like skill is the end all be all. I've only seen a few highlights of the kid but let's be honest, 30 other teams passed on him- some of them twice, so it's not as if it was as much of a no brainer or as inexcusable as many are making it out to be.

I'll eat my words if he pans out in three years, but for now I'll trust the professional scouts that they took what was in their mind BPA.
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Posted 29 June 2014 - 08:12 AM

The same people complaining about passing on barbashev are the ones who complain about tedenby busting. It's not like skill is the end all be all. I've only seen a few highlights of the kid but let's be honest, 30 other teams passed on him- some of them twice, so it's not as if it was as much of a no brainer or as inexcusable as many are making it out to be.
I'll eat my words if he pans out in three years, but for now I'll trust the professional scouts that they took what was in their mind BPA.

Yeah well no need to wait 3 years... look at our draft track record in the last 10 years... Theres everything to see for you to not trust them at least a little

(At least for forwards)

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 08:21 AM

This draft was pathetic considering who we passed on. Lou and Conte could give two sh*ts what the fans think. They exist in a vacuum.

 

Lou and Conte are the experts not us!

 

Frankly, I do not want them to be pressured by our fan-base, so more power to them. 


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 08:50 AM

dmann422, on 29 Jun 2014 - 08:59 AM, said:dmann422, on 29 Jun 2014 - 08:59 AM, said:

It's not like skill is the end all be all.

 

I'm sure Lou and Conte would be in agreement with you.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:16 AM

Lou and Conte are the experts not us!

 

Frankly, I do not want them to be pressured by our fan-base, so more power to them. 

 

I'm not sure they could get any more power.  The problem is they literally have had unquestioned power in their respective areas up until recently.  Even so called experts or aces lose their edge so to speak.  I don't think they are by any means among the very worst in the league, but they certainly aren't batting a very good average over the last decade since the first lockout and it's reasonable to question given their ages/time here, that they've gone a bit cold/rusty.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:18 AM

I'm not sure they could get any more power.  The problem is they literally have had unquestioned power in their respective areas up until recently.  Even so called experts or aces lose their edge so to speak.  I don't think they are by any means among the very worst in the league, but they certainly aren't batting a very good average over the last decade since the first lockout and it's reasonable to question given their ages/time here, that they've gone a bit cold/rusty.

 

They've also had less chances than just about any team, as the Devils have usually been without even the requisite 7 draft picks, and have used only one selection in the top 5, and only two selections in the top 20.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:21 AM

The Devils picked 30th and only had 6 draft picks.  I'd be surprised if they were outside of the bottom 10.

 

Whatever the reason, drafting two and half goons doesn't help.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:32 AM

They've also had less chances than just about any team, as the Devils have usually been without even the requisite 7 draft picks, and have used only one selection in the top 5, and only two selections in the top 20.

 

No doubt.  But that's also (as a counterpoint) part of having to use some draft picks every year to fill holes because earlier draft picks didn't pan out.  I think they are largely average.  I think Conte has been burned a bit by his European scouts and his fetish for a team full of Zubruses and that style seems to show up in every draft now.  The guy has experience, I just wonder if much like a baseball hitter, if we're seeing the change in approach as more uncertain and average decline here.

 

I've been a broken record in stating that I'm pretty confident that ownership is going to start asking for a transition and freshening of the minds in the front office and scouting staff if we miss the playoffs again.  We'll see what happens.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:32 AM

coldply123, on 29 Jun 2014 - 11:16 AM, said:

I'm not sure they could get any more power.  The problem is they literally have had unquestioned power in their respective areas up until recently.  Even so called experts or aces lose their edge so to speak.  I don't think they are by any means among the very worst in the league, but they certainly aren't batting a very good average over the last decade since the first lockout and it's reasonable to question given their ages/time here, that they've gone a bit cold/rusty.

 

 

Lou built a team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals 5 times and won it 3 times yet you still complain about his expertise. Talk about ungrateful.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:38 AM

Lou built a team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals 5 times and won it 3 times yet you still complain about his expertise. Talk about ungrateful.

 

It's not his expertise, it's the idea that Lou appears to have not come to the realization that teams need offense in the new NHL.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:42 AM

Lou built a team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals 5 times and won it 3 times yet you still complain about his expertise. Talk about ungrateful.

 

Who says I'm not grateful?  I've long praised Lou for what he did for this organization.

 

Nice to know you suffer from limitation in your reading comprehension skills.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:48 AM

Reading through these threads has become unbearable. With all of the scouting experts on this board, the Devils should just fire their entire scouting department and hire right from here.
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Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:52 AM

Reading through these threads has become unbearable. With all of the scouting experts on this board, the Devils should just fire their entire scouting department and hire right from here.

 

Truer words have never been written.


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