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Devils Pride 26

Member Since 22 Aug 2007
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In Topic: NFC/AFC Championship Weekend and NFL Awards!

Yesterday, 08:50 AM

..not me. The league's pissed and this game will be where the Patriots stand-trial. I'm not suggesting the game will be fixed or rigged, but those officials will have marching orders to call the game generously towards Seattle.. and you can take that to the bank.

The Patriots continue to insult the league. First with those ridiculous press conferences from TB & BB.. and then with Kraft yesterday saying he wants an apology. The officials will know how to handle this game, and it will be obvious enough to go unsaid. I'm expected the flags to fly against New England, with a 20:1 penalty differential.

Yeah this is pretty much the absolute worst thing that could happen

In Topic: The Transformation of Adam Larsson

21 January 2015 - 07:02 PM

This almost sounds like it's working off information from 2 months ago. No, Larsson isn't going to become an elite, both ends of the rink defender, PP/PK elite player, but a ton of D drafted high don't become that. A ton of forwards drafted high don't become that for forwards either. Larsson's shots are up - considerably. He's getting nearly 5 shots/60 minutes at ES, instead of the slightly less than 3 he was getting. And that's with lots of D zone starts. It's not just his shots on goal, either - he's attempting more shots on goal per 60 minutes as well. I think it's entirely possible that Larsson will become a near-elite shot suppressor with some offensive ability (if he isn't already) - a top-pairing guy who puts up 20-30 points a year and plays very solid defense, especially on the PK.

Might make sense, I haven't seen a ton of games lately. In the occasions I have seen, he still looks like he's thinking too much in the defensive zone. To take a stab at the reason for the increased shot rate, I would speculate Stevens has tried to get him to simplify his game by shooting more. Not a bad idea, but this takes away his biggest strength, his passing. From what I've seen, he still doesn't look confident with the puck.

In Topic: The Transformation of Adam Larsson

21 January 2015 - 05:27 PM

Yeah, and if we know one thing -- all 22 year old defenseman are perfect, well-rounded and smart defenseman.

I'm shocked at how low of a ceiling some people on this forum give Larsson. It makes me ridiculously glad many of you aren't our GM.

Larsson can still be a good player for a long time. I don't think he's ever going to be as great as player as we all hoped for picking #4 overall.

There are deficiencies in his game that have not improved and might never improve.

Perception is part of the problem. There are two states of mind when talking about Larsson. People who have predilections towards Larsson because of his draft position and wanting him to live up to that potential. On the other hand, there are a group of people very hard on him - unfairly - because they were expecting someone elite to walk through the door. I like to think of myself as someone in the middle. As is, I think he is a good player. Ideally a #3-4 defensemen. I don't think he's going to morph into anything much better than he is now, but time will tell.

In Topic: The Transformation of Adam Larsson

21 January 2015 - 08:56 AM

He's alright, probably a mid pairing defensemen. Takes too long to think about things

In Topic: 2014-2015 Around the league thread

19 January 2015 - 04:08 PM

Need to change it from News Years. College football really crushed it this year, I caught maybe five minutes. Especially with the College Football Playoff taking the day over now