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#1 SMantzas

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 08:08 AM

He's had a great start, great offensively but could still use some polishing up in his own end. But is he the real deal?
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 08:14 AM

He's the real deal with Bill McNeal.

*Srsly tho--let's wait a while before we answer that. Don't forget that so many players can go for extended streaks where they look brilliant, only to later fade into obscurity, like Jim Carey (G), Lalime (G), or even our once-own Sean Brown (who had a great 10-20 game streak for us in another life).

Taormina looks good offensively, but at the NHL level, you need to be able to do that night in night out over the length of an entire season, that is, if you want to be considered a really good player.
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 08:30 AM

He was last night.
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:28 AM

I think right now Taormina is my favorite new devil. I hope he becomes the next Rafalski
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:34 AM

He's playing some good hockey & has been a nice surprise.
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:43 AM

Hasn't been a surprise at all to me. Last night he got off to a rough start in his own end but played better as the game went on. Offensively I haven't seen him come close to maxing out his potential. This kid has a very accurate shot and should be able to get more pucks towards the net.
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:45 AM

I have noticed he takes a lot of shots. I am not sure what everyone's opinion is on that
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:57 AM

I have noticed he takes a lot of shots. I am not sure what everyone's opinion is on that


Considering we struggle offensively as long as they are getting thorugh, then it can't be too bad of a thing. The main reason he is successful---he can skate. He's only gonna get better.
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 10:03 AM

I'm officially on the Taormina bandwagon. I hope his success continues throughout the season. :cheers:
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 10:04 AM

Considering we struggle offensively as long as they are getting thorugh, then it can't be too bad of a thing. The main reason he is successful---he can skate. He's only gonna get better.


i remember him vaguely when he played for providence
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 10:06 AM

Considering we struggle offensively as long as they are getting thorugh, then it can't be too bad of a thing. The main reason he is successful---he can skate. He's only gonna get better.


Shots from the point creates offense. If we had two players well over 100 shots we would have offense regardless of our forwards.
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 10:07 AM

I'm officially on the Taormina bandwagon. I hope his success continues throughout the season. :cheers:


+1

So did I. I ended up putting a down payment on his game worn jersey and passing on the Zajac
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 10:20 AM

He seems to be pretty smart as well. He obviously was patient enough to wait for traffic to screen Carey Price before firing a shot and getting it blocked which happened alot whenever a Devs player fired from the point.
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 10:20 AM

Not a bad move Gabe, I hope it turns out that his success is gonig to flourish. I have faith in him.
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 10:21 AM

Not a bad move Gabe, I hope it turns out that his success is gonig to flourish. I have faith in him.


I wanted the Josefson but it was more than 1500K :argh:
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 10:42 AM

I wanted the Josefson but it was more than 1500K :argh:


Serious!!!???? Meigray is insane sometimes. They want 995 for Matt Corrente and I think Giontas are like 750. Their pricing is all over the place.
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 11:01 AM

I could go for an offensive defensemen. Whether he is offense minded or defense minded I don't care because honestly the rookies are playing with house money right now.
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 11:05 AM

NO

He cant pass to save his life. His goal last nite was a floater that Price mistimed. His assist to Kovy in Buffalo was a result of a fortunate bounce his way. His breakouts and reads are horrible. He has been the worst defenseman on a terrible defense so far. I dont know why hes even in the NHL.

He seems to be pretty smart as well. He obviously was patient enough to wait for traffic to screen Carey Price before firing a shot and getting it blocked which happened alot whenever a Devs player fired from the point.


Thats cuz he didnt know what else to do.

Edited by devlman, 22 October 2010 - 11:06 AM.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 11:11 AM

i think he brings some good things that the devils haven't had - reliable hard shot that hits the net and gets through from the point. he's a bit of an adventure in his own zone right now and his breakout passes are slightly above average in my opinion.

right now, he's riding the same wave andy greene rode last year so let's not go crazy just yet.
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 11:17 AM

NO

He cant pass to save his life. His goal last nite was a floater that Price mistimed. His assist to Kovy in Buffalo was a result of a fortunate bounce his way. His breakouts and reads are horrible. He has been the worst defenseman on a terrible defense so far. I dont know why hes even in the NHL.


Wow. It's one thing to be skeptical of the kid, but you are way off base, if you ask me. I won't believe this kid is for real until we see the same performance for the next 20-30 games, but to deny the fact that he has been very good for an NHL rookie defenseman playing 20+ minutes a night, you have to be blind.
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