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  1. Saw this earlier today, it's honestly upsetting how off base this is. I'm as big of a Jack Quinn as you're going to find, but there's no way you could watch the Ottawa 67s the previous two seasons and think Quinn is a better prospect than Rossi.
  2. What are these actual facts and figures? And *please* don't tell me raw death totals; it's not a fair comparison considering way more people have been diagnosed with the flu than corona. From every estimate and figure I've seen, conoravirus is carrying a mortality rate of 2.5% to 3.5%, while the flu every year carries a mortality rate of less than 1%. More important than anything though, this is the most easily transmittable novel virus we've seen in North America, which is scary when you combine that with the fact it has absolutely no vaccine and is carrying a mortality rate of ~14% for the elderly. It's not trivial to take this seriously, we all know people that are more susceptible to succumbing to this virus than ourselves. Just because I'm a 25 year old dude who would probably be fine doesn't mean I can't fear for transmitting it to my fiance's father who has cancer or my 65 year old parents.
  3. This take is so bad I'm almost convinced you're doing a bit, Fitz.
  4. Smith I think is ready to jump into the NHL next season – I honestly thought he was ready this year, just had a rocky start in preseason but I think he would have stabilized. Bahl I'm inclined to believe could use a little more seasoning in the AHL. Give him a little time to get used to a quicker pace and stronger competition; he may even be ready for a midseason call-up next year but I think he needs a little AHL time. Okhotyuk I still think needs more time. His decisions aren't as sharp as Smith's or Bahl's so I think he would benefit from playing top minutes in the OHL next year and then could use a season or two in the AHL first. I love his mobility and physicality, but I think he needs a lot more time to marinate and work on his decision making.
  5. We do have a lot of depth/top 9 guys in the system, which you hope comes in handy down the road when you need to fill the bottom 6 with cheaper talent. However, part of the thought process when drafting players that have a good all-around base is hoping you can develop one or two additional tools to their game to bring them to that next level, kind of what we’ve seen happen this year with Tyce Thompson at Providence. Starting with a solid base and then trying to expand tools upon it is sometimes easier than picking up a one-dimensional player and trying to patch holes, that seems to be their thought process with some picks like Hoelscher.
  6. He’s not a long shot, but I just don’t see a ton there that’s high-end. He’s a smart player with really good two-way acumen, but I don’t think he has the offensive tools to be a consistent point contributor. He’s a guy I could see making it in the future as a depth piece that can play on special teams, but the offensive numbers have been bolstered a bit this season from playing with Jack Quinn, who he’s been a great complement to. EDIT: A think the phrase “jack of all trades, master of none” applies quite well to him. He does everything pretty good, but nothing great or spectacular. Swiss Army knife type player.
  7. Maltsev is a really interesting one, he's never lit it up at any level but he's a good "pro-tools" kind of guy. He's really big at 6'3", 220 and is strong on the puck and good down low, has a pretty well developed two-way game and from what I've seen thinks the game pretty well. Has some hands and has been able to score some fantastic goals between the preseason and shootout in Bingo, but I'm not sure he's ever going to be a meaningful offensive producer. He might be one of those guys that needs to marinate in the AHL for awhile the way Coleman did, but I think there's something there for a versatile bottom 6 forward. Zetterlund has done decently well for the role Bingo has had him in. He’s been mostly on the 4th line (same with Maltsev, actually), but I think his ceiling is a little higher than Maltsev in terms of how much offensive punch he could bring. Zetterlund is a bit quicker, has a better shot, and is a really sturdy player despite being sub-6’0”; he’s almost as heavy as Maltsev, even though Maltsev is 4 inches taller. Zetterlund’s game has always reminded me a bit of Patric Hornqvist, and though I don’t think Zetterlund is going to be as productive as Hornqvist, I could see him being a good 3rd liner with PP upside as a net front/buffer guy. Popugaev has the size and the shot, but he’s still got a long way to go to be an NHLer if it ever happens for him. He can move well when he gets going, but his stride is very, very clunky and in turn his acceleration leaves a lot to be desired, which makes it difficult for him to transition from offense to defense and vice versa. I also don’t find he wins enough puck battles for a player his size, which is a bit disappointing. I had really high hopes for him because he could have been a big time boom pick if everything fell into place properly, but I’m just skeptical at this point he’ll be able to be more than a depth minor league scorer. I feel like I say a lot of our guys have 3rd line/depth potential, which could be seen as a negative since not a lot of our system has high-end/elite potential, but I think we have a lot more guys with NHL outlooks than a lot of teams, even if their upside isn’t sky high. With the likes of Nico, Jack, Ty, and the players we select with our 1st’s this year, that should be where all of our top talent is coming from, and having this pool of 3rd line/depth guys is going to come in handy to fill out this roster with quality players.
  8. Graeme Clarke made his return this morning after being out for 46 games with a wrist injury, and he picked up right where he left off. Had a goal and two assists for the 67's in their 7-3 win over Kingston: All of our prospects in that game found the scoresheet as well: RW Graeme Clarke: 1G, 2A (1 on PP) D Nikita Okhotyuk: 2A D Kevin Bahl: 1A (PP) C Mitchell Hoelscher: 1A Also posted in the Draft thread a fantastic goal that Marco Rossi scored in that game. The 67's are a treat to watch this year, they're a wagon.
  9. I still like his compete level and shooting ability, but the hurdle for him has always been his skating ability and I think the knee injury last year has really inhibited his ability to improve in that area. Hopefully in the summer he can work with a good skating coach, but he's going to need to get better in that area to be an NHLer from what I've seen. If he does become a better skater, though, I think there's enough there to make a very strong 3rd line forward.
  10. Out of all of Charlotte's forwards, Kuokkanen would have been my pick out of that lot to get in a trade, so we got Carolina's best AHL forward prospect. Overall, I would have much rather had Patrik Puistola or Tuukka Tieksola, but very possible Carolina wasn't willing to give those guys up.
  11. He's been a really good AHL forward for a few years now and he's someone I was high on in his draft year, really smart attacker than can both finish and set up plays but I think he's more effective as a playmaker because of his smarts. Biggest obstacle is playing with more pace, I don't necessarily think he's a bad skater but it seems like he excels more when he's able to slow the play down, so the quicker pace of the NHL has been a bit more difficult of a transition for him. All-in-all, though, he's a good multi-tool player who I think could develop into a good 3rd line winger. I'd like to see him get a look to end the season, but at the very least he'll be a strong addition for Bingo for their playoff run if they decide to keep him in the AHL for the rest of the season.
  12. I honestly don’t read too much into the difference between the OHL, QMJHL, and WHL, as I find the difference in league quality is marginal if even noticeable at all. If anything, it fluctuates with age groups as they filter through, but the quality of competition across the CHL is pretty even I would say. I don’t hold this against Rossi, especially since I think he’s part of what makes that team special, but he does also play for the best team in the CHL this year, while some guys like Lafreniere and Byfield have had to carry their teams more. Just something to consider, but I do think if Rossi was closer to 6’0” he would be getting more top 3 buzz.
  13. I mentioned this on Twitter recently, but both Lafreniere (2.20) and Rossi (2.15) are working at over a 2.00 Pt/G pace right now. If they maintain that pace through the end of the season, they would be the first 1st-year eligible players to finish the season with a 2.00 Pt/G or better in the CHL since Connor McDavid (2.55) and Mitch Marner (2.00) did it in 2015.
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