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  1. CommonDreads

    2018-19 Around the League Thread

    Tampa should honestly try to find 8-10 games for Domingue to start in the final 22 games, their only real problem last year was that Vasilevskiy got burnt out at the end of the season and his play dipped, if they have a peak performance Vasilevskiy in goal with that core in front of him I'm not sure how anyone beats them in a 7 game series this year. They're so good. Kucherov also got his 99th point last night. He's on pace for 135. Just absolutely insane.
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    2018-19 Prospects Thread

    Something I hadn't really thought of as well until recently when I was listening to 31 Thoughts, a lot of goalies say it's actually a bit easier in some respects playing in the NHL than the AHL in terms of having the game be more predictable. When you have a blue line full of NHLers in front of you you can generally predict where most of your shots are gonna come from and there's less randomness to some of the plays in comparison to how some plays develop in the minors. As long as Blackwood still has his technical abilities like his positioning and athleticism I wouldn't be massively concerned about him.
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    2019 NHL Draft Thread

    The Russian leagues are more low scoring than most, so I always find it hard to gauge players just based on scoring pace alone. However, the player I see when I watch Podkolzin play is Nikita Kucherov – skilled, quick, competitive, good shot, Podkolzin shares all those traits with Kucherov and based off numbers their draft year numbers aren’t too far off from one another. Podkolzin in particular has been the best player at just about every international tournament he’s played at in the past year with the exception of the WJC, but even there I thought he was good despite being in a lesser role. I’m actually a big fan of this draft class personally, particularly the top 11 or 12. Last year was a great year for defense and this year I think is a great year for centers. Alongside Hughes obviously being a stud, I think Cozens, Dach, and maybe Zegras have the potential to be top line centers with others like Newhook and Krebs knocking on the door to be considered in that vein as well. You’re right about Byram though, I think he’s hands down the best defenseman in this draft and he reminds me a lot of Pietrangelo in the way he can really play any brand you want from the backend, I think he’ll be a top pair guy someday
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    2019 NHL Draft Thread

    Just posted my Midterm Rankings for this year's Draft. I talk about the top of the draft briefly which looks like it's going to be of interest to us. Also go over who's currently trending up and down for me, check it out if you'd like https://ridingpinehockey.com/2019/02/14/2019-nhl-draft-rankings-midterms/
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    GDT: Kings @ Devils 7:00 PM MSG+ Boo Kovy Editon

    Fvcking mother fvcker. Well that's the icing on the sh!t cake
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    GDT: Kings @ Devils 7:00 PM MSG+ Boo Kovy Editon

    I keep telling myself Kinkaid will be gone by the deadline, but at this point who's even giving anything up for that guy? God he sucks
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    GDT: Rags @ Devils (Finally) - 31 Jan @ 7pm Eastern

    I’m pretty done with Santini at this point, I don’t like giving up on young defensemen but what’s the best we can hope for out of this guy at this point? A low end bottom pair defensemen? His hands are nonexistent and his decisions with the puck suck, keep him in for the tank sure but I don’t want this guy anywhere near my team after this season. He’s been so bad lately, especially tonight
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    GDT: Rags @ Devils (Finally) - 31 Jan @ 7pm Eastern

    Tank or not, fvck the Rangers. LGD.
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    2018-19 Around the League Thread

    To be honest, Puck Soup is the only place I can hear Wysh still be Wysh nowadays. Think the podcast is much better now too with Ryan Lambert and Down Goes Brown as his co-hosts instead of Dave Lozo, I got kind of tired of Lozo's hate everything shtick.
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    The Pavel Zacha Thread

    Well then I guess I’d have to ask you then: who in Binghamton do you think would contribute more in Zacha’s role? I don’t think there’s a proper argument to say that Zacha has no business being on this team, we saw a small stretch of this season where Zacha was in Binghamton and it’s not like their results were any better.
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    The Pavel Zacha Thread

    That’s the thing though, he can and is contributing here already. He’s one of the best penalty killers on the 2nd best penalty kill in the NHL, and I’m not sure which games he’s really costed us this season. If people are claiming that Zacha lost us the Vegas game because of one turnover, I think that’s a red herring to distract from the fact that Kinkaid gift wrapped two goals for the Knights and the Devils spent at least 30 minutes of that game playing prevent defense for no reason.
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    The Pavel Zacha Thread

    This is why I brought up the same thing about Sean Couturier, it's frustrating drafting a guy in the top 10 and watching him go through growing pains early in his career, but there's a reason why these guys were drafted so high and proclaiming at the age of 21 that "he's always going to suck" is downright foolish. Guys like Bo Horvat, Sean Couturier, and Brayden Schenn were roughly what Zacha is now at the same age, who wouldn't want one of those guys on the Devils right now? Zacha has the tools to be a good player - he can skate, I think he's a pretty good passer with good vision in the offensive zone, he has a good shot when he uses it, and he's excellent defensively. If there was nothing there and he looked like fvcking Tim Sestito out there every night I'd be singing a different tune, but there's a skill set there that I can see that gives me hope he's still going to find his way, I really think the thing he has to figure out is all mental in terms of playing with confidence every night and engaging himself physically more to make use of his 6'3" frame. You can't say he hasn't made any progress since he entered the league as a 19 year old, that would be ignorant. All I'm saying is, I know it's frustrating watching other guys from the 2015 Draft succeed right now, but I think as long as he's wearing a Devils crest on the front of his uniform lets have some patience and root for the fvckin' guy. As long as he's wearing red and black I want this guy to succeed.
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    The Pavel Zacha Thread

    I think Zacha has actually been really good lately save for the two turnovers against Arizona and Vegas, like you said he's only 21 right now and it's not like he looks like some useless plug out there. You can make the argument he's one of the best defensive forwards on this team already and his production I think has looked pretty serviceable since his call-up. I liken him a little bit to Sean Couturier who the Flyers drafted 8th Overall back in 2011 - great defensive forward throughout his career and as he's matured he has developed into a legitimate top line center. Couturier didn't break the 40 point threshold until his 7th NHL season, and that was last year, how stupid would the Flyers look if they gave up on him when he was still a raw 21 year old? I know it's frustrating watching guys like Barzal and Rantanen producing like stars at the same age, but ffs I wish this fan base would give the guy a chance. I think he gets WAY more hate than he deserves and it doesn't seem like it'll stop until he becomes Barzal as early as tomorrow.
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    John Hynes Signs Extension - Star Ledger

    I'm happy with this, I really feel as though if we fired Hynes we could kiss Taylor Hall goodbye as well. The players love him, and having a consistent guy at the helm helps us build an identity for the team. Also don't think the team has been as bad as they're made out to be, funny thing that we start to win some games now that we have a goalie that's actually making some saves.
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    2018-19 Prospects Thread

    I'm kind of a Boqvist fan girl, think he's probably our most skilled prospect at forward and I think he could develop into a real good top 6 forward for us. What he's doing over in the SHL is impressive at his age and I hope he gets a legitimate look next season.
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