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  2. Sophomore Slumps

    Fair argument, but I remember him being injured. Regardless; if Nico follows a similar trajectory to MacK I think we'll be pretty okay
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    MacKinnon was pretty brutal in his second season.
  4. Sophomore Slumps

    Agreed. Also this thread is a total jinx and should be immediately deleted.
  5. Brian Boyle should win the Masterton Trophy

    It's not; its about who has overcome the most, generally speaking. At least that's been how they have been passing it out most of the time. per·se·ver·ance ˌpərsəˈvirəns/ noun steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
  6. Sophomore Slumps

    Yeah I’m not as worried about Nick as I am the rest. I just hope they put him in the gym all summer to work on his strength and conditioning. I think that will play a huge factor in his season next year.
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    I can't name a single 1OA pick that had a sophomore slump. Literally I can not name a single one. Yakupov, I guess, but he wasn't lights out in his rookie year either. Nico's going to get bigger, stronger, more confident. He'll get more mustard on his shot, he'll develop more chemistry with Hall, and he will fvcking tear the NHL up next year. If he plays 75+ games, I would bet my house that he surpasses his point total from this year.
  8. 2018 NHL Draft Thread

    Not saying he's NHL ready right now, but comparing him to his peers is absolutely relevant. This group of players in theory is who is going to follow him through his career as he and his peers graduate to pro hockey, he continues to develop above those in his age group then he should have a leg up on most when he turns pro. Futhermore however, it's not just his stats that make him look so good, it's his skating, vision with the puck, and offensive intelligence that makes him stand out so much, those are going to be skills that should eventually make him a very good offensive defenseman in the NHL.
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    In Ray we Trust. Hopefully he’s very active this summer. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. 2018 NHL Draft Thread

    being special against 16 years old kids might not be that special against men tho
  11. Sophomore Slumps

    I feel like Severson is still in a sophomore slump. The good news is we finally have some good young trade bait so I expect some significant offseason moves.
  12. Sophomore Slumps

    The sophomore slump is a myth. Just another made up thing to worry about. Just let the offseason play out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Sophomore Slumps

    Assuming there is some truth behind the Sophomore Slump theory, we might be in for another long season next year. I hate to pessimistic after such a great and surprising season but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little worried about next year. We got incredible seasons out of Hischier, Butcher, Bratt, and Coleman. All but Bratt continued their exceptional play pretty much all season. Can they all keep up their pace from this season? On top of that I’m guessing we’ll be adding a couple of more rookies to the line up next year. McLeod should be NHL ready, Joey Anderson might make the team, Blake Speers is a long shot to make it. Adding in more youth to a pretty young team that potentially could be struggling might make things worse. Trades will probably be made, hopefully a UFA signing or two also happen, but the sophomore slump scares me.
  14. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    Well that didn't take long.
  15. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    Bill Peters to be named the new head coach in Calgary: http://www.thehockeynews.com/news/article/flames-set-to-welcome-peters-as-new-coach-days-after-resignation-from-hurricanes Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Perhaps. And they get the good fortune of avoiding Winnipeg and Nashville in Round 2.
  18. Brian Boyle should win the Masterton Trophy

    "The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey" Its not about who is the biggest victim
  19. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

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  20. GDT: Devils @ Tampa Game 5 4/21/2018 3:00 PM NBC, NBCSN

    In a world where buying out one means not buying out the other, I'm buying out Andy Greene all day long. And I will go as far as to say that nobody should have the opposite opinion.
  21. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    It's a joke an expansion team is rolling thru this league. Think maybe they got to poach a little too much talent?
  22. 2018 NHL Draft Thread

    That is a fair argument regarding his defensive ability, which is why as a full package I have Merkley ranked below Dahlin (obviously), Hughes, Boqvist, and Bouchard in terms of defensemen in this draft. But, I think from a pure skill standpoint, I think Merkley is the most skilled defenseman in this draft, what he can do on the offensive side of the puck is special among his peers.
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    yeah read the same thing and that he'd always have to be sheltered
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    I've also read that Merkley is not very good defensively, which is another factor contributing to him being a risky pick. You don't want a David Rundblad situation, who coincidentally was also selected 17th overall (2009).
  26. 2018 NHL Draft Thread

    It's such a tricky line to walk with Merkley, yeah he has the attitude issues but he's easily one of the most skilled players in this draft, for my money the most purely skilled defenseman in the draft as well. For a team to pick him they need to be sure they can iron this kid out, but if they sort him out they're going to have a superstar on their hands, he's that good. It's just evaluating how much of a gamble you're willing to take, for some to not even have him ranked though is pure lunacy. The intention of the draft should be to find your future stars, if you're passing on a kid with star potential for a guy you see as a future 3rd liner, you're doing the draft wrong. It is tricky though, I'm curious to see where he goes.
  27. 2018 NHL Draft Thread

    Merkley apparently wasn't even in the Central Scouting top 50. I know people mock the "attitude problems" or "poor interviews" that result in some guys slipping. But apparently, they're more often than not a lot worse than some guys needing to grow up a little. My guess though is that the Rangers loaded up on those second a low first rounders so they could take at least one big gamble.
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