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Posts posted by Jas0nMacIsaac

  1. Either way, without the playoffs being cancelled NJ likely goes into the lottery at 6, 10 and 17. To think ten years ago we would be happy for 17th pick once in a while instead of mid 20's. 

    If NJ can avoid the reaches on Askarov and Sanderson, they may end up with 6.) Stutzle/Rossi 10.)Raymond/Holtz/Perfetti 17.) Cormier/Poirier/Quinn/Amirov. I know some don't believe we should keep all three but I think we have enough young players to move for instant help on defense. I also think UFA should be used.

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  2. 24 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

    Is it wrong to want Smith, Bahl and Hot Yuck to all be on the roster next year?

    I mean how much worse could Smith-Bahl-Hot Yuck-Severson-Subban-Butcher be as your six defensemen than what we have now?

    I'd even be flexible on Butcher, I'm not sure that Jacobs or Mermis isn't an improvement at this point. I'd be flexible on Subban too but I think there's 9 million reasons that probably won't happen. 

    It is completely wrong. Their confidence will be shot immediately. 

  3. 28 minutes ago, Aitchmack said:

    I really wanted Shattenkirk last season but now? No. We know what we've got in Vatanen and unless Shattenkirk is short term and cheap (he's going to have a point to prove and especially against NYR I guess) would he really be an upgrade?

    I would say he is an upgrade 5 on 5 over Vatanen, it would only be a 1 or 2 year contract. I'm not sure anyone has the space to add him long term anyway. Last, it allows NJ to move Vatanen for a forward, preferably the LW version of Vatanen on an expiring contract.

    You can't hold grudges for choosing one team over the other, NYC is a beautiful option for a professional and his family. This is all just a business.

  4. https://www.blueshirtbanter.com/2019/4/29/18512692/2019-report-card-kevin-shattenkirk-new-york-rangers-defenseman

    I would like to think NJ will be aggressive on Shattenkirk if NYR were stupid enough to buy him out. He was unlucky last season and actually one of NYR better 5 on 5 players despite playing injured since December. He still provides value on the 2nd PP unit. This leaves Vatanen as a trade option to beef up the forwards.

    Butcher - Subban

    Smith - Shattenkirk

    Greene - Severson

    There are a lot of play drivers and offensive weapons from the back end.



  5. http://devilsinthedetails.net/features/2019/7/24/the-kid-from-the-pizza-shop-nikola-pasics-journey-to-the-nhl-entry-draft

    Really solid article on Pasic, I didn't really notice him playing alongside Boqvist at camp but playing in the Allsvenskan, he should develop in a quality league, hopefully like Bratt who was in a similar position.

    Edit: Two thing that gets ignored quite a bit when a player get drafted is PIM and +- . Since 2016 he is a +45 and 14 PIM in 172 games. If he makes the NHL as a waterbug or as the next Bratt, he will probably draw many more PIM's than he takes. +- shows someone atleast attempting to be responsible or someone who possesses the puck.

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  6. On a different topic, I am very open to trading Vatanen. Given plethora of PP capable defensmen, Vatanen at 5 on 5 isn't worth much more than Carrick at 5 on 5 IMO, if at all. Carrick is quite good at creating offense. Subban will replace his minutes short handed. This is an opportunity to get some value for a guy who likely won't be back. I also wouldn't mind signing a PK specialist incase that is an area of concern after a month.

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  7. Scott Stevens in 1994. If metrics existed during this time I believe they may have been much more favorable to Stevens than Bourque. Ray had 39 ESP, 53 PPP and was a +26. Stevens had 52 ESP, 26 PPP and was a +53. His season was miles better than Bourques 5 on 5. Give Stevens Oates's 112 points or Neely's 50 goals in 49 games and see what Stevens new numbers would be. In today's game it is the equivilant of Ryan McDonaugh putting up 70 points next season with 2nd PP minutes.

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  8. From what I am reading rarely do you find a defensmen his size that has the hockey sense/offense matched with speed matched with defense. Ryan Ellis had 1 of the 3 and took time to develop. Ryan Murphy had 2 of the 3 and busted. Ty Smith has all three so I think chances he ends up outside the top 4 are slim. I would liken him to an elite skating butcher with better structural defense at the age of 18. If there is one thing he maybe missing it is one on one game breaking ability.

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  9. 58 minutes ago, aclc79 said:

    Who really cares what this deserter does, after all!  After all the organization did for him....

    Looking back at that contract 100 million over 15 years would be very manageable in todays NHL. I was still very happy he retired and got that contract off the cap.

  10. To continue on Joe Mullen, all he did over the course of 9 years running the Philadelphia power play...Averaged 20.5% over those years good for 3rd among all teams, Washington and San Jose were 1 / 2. Philadelphia was 13th in POINTS% so they didn't take advantage of this PP.

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  11. 1 minute ago, Devs3cups said:

    Does he lose a year of his ELC if he plays in a game this series? Is it worth it in your opinion? I’m not really familiar with rules regarding ELCs, any cues? 

    One year is gone already regardless if he plays now.

  12. Maybe Hynes tries to catch lightning in a bottle...plenty of pun intended. I just don't see why NJ does this without getting him in the lineup for at least one game. Either that or Anderson's agent just bent the Devils over.

  13. Everyone who plays with Moore plays terrible, so instead of choosing between Severson and Mueller how about we shift Mueller to his strong side and play Severson with him.

    Wood has to come out, he was simply terrible this game. Caused us a goal on a stupid penalty, turned the puck over numerous times and simply isn't ready to play against top teams. Gibbons just hasn't been effective on the PK or 5 on 5 lately. Sure he plays with the anchor that is Boyle but you have to do something with the puck when you have it and he simply isn't.


    Hall - Hischier - Palmieri

    Coleman - Zajac - Noesen

    Johansson - Zacha - Maroon

    Grabner - Boyle  - Bratt


    Also, how impressive is it that Butcher has carried his pair with Lovejoy all season. This kid should be given more responsibility next year.

    Out of everything I said, Miles Wood must come out for NJ to have a chance IMO.

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  14. He is a very weak finisher IMO, he gets a boatload of scoring chances for himself and his teammates. in terms of pure skills he is as fluid a skater as you will find in the Devils system, so effortless. His shot accuracy is quite poor. His stickhandling and hands are acceptable. For whatever reason the points don't follow him, based on the games I watched I would have expected a little over a PPG.

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