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Johnson confirmed today that he'll play in Sweden for another season:

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Kasperi Kapanen, is he any good?
« on: Yesterday at 04:25:18 PM »
I've been eagerly awaiting some reading material on Kapanen ever since the trade. I've mentioned before that he was a prospect that I really liked at the draft last year and while the Kessel trade as a whole wasn't great Kapanen was a really good prospect to get in return. Others have disagreed, both here and elsewhere. A main criticism on Kapanen has been on his poor WJC where he only recorded 1 point in 5 games for Finland. Judging a player on 5 games is ludicrous on its own, but someone recently re-watched all his games in that tournament and his conclusion was that he was actually pretty good:

This chart shows the numbers that he tracked:

And here's a few short clips of some nice players that he felt stood out:

NHL Transactions / Re: Blues sign Tarasenko (8 yrs, 60M. 7.5AAV)
« on: Yesterday at 01:12:35 PM »
5th in goals, 10th in points last season. Had 6 goals in 6 playoff games. The Blues run their forward lines very evenly too so he did that in less minutes than what a lot of the other top scorers did.

General NHL News & Views / Re: KHL news
« on: Yesterday at 11:27:02 AM »

The KHL, everybody!

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Sign Shawn Matthias
« on: Yesterday at 11:22:58 AM »
Kind of crazy, Matthias ranks 24th out of 218 forwards who have played at least 2000 5v5 minutes in goals/60 from 2012-2015.

Even if you just want to look at the raw totals the guys in Matthias' games/ES-goals territory are: Lucic, Kopitar, Hossa, Parise, Kadri, Ryan, Voracek, Kunitz, Vanek, Skinner, Laad, Saad.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2015 Development Camp
« on: Yesterday at 11:18:06 AM »


Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2015 NHL Entry Draft - Draft Day!
« on: Yesterday at 10:39:36 AM »
Ladies and Gentleman, Connor McDavid:

Man, McDavid made those players look like a bunch of amateur prospects playing shinny hockey.

I hope Kadri improves his faceoff percentage. Not because I necessarily think that it would make a world of difference, I'm just sick of hearing people complain about it.

I mean, yeah you want Kadri to improve defensively but coming off a season where he didn't even crack 40 points I think he needs to focus on finding his offensive game and so I don't think you really want to pile additional responsibilities on his plate right now.

I'm not sure I'd worry too much about Kadri's offensive stats last season. At even-strength he produced at virtually the same rate as 13/14 where he put up 50 points. It was just his powerplay scoring that went into the toilet, but for whatever reason the entire 2nd unit just couldn't get anything done last season. I'm sure he won't repeat his 6-PP-point season again.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Official Music Thread
« on: July 06, 2015, 04:02:46 PM »
I haven't actually used them, but I do know that most services allow you to add a whole bunch of songs to some type of "offline listening" section so you don't need to be connected to the internet to access them.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kessel traded to Penguins
« on: July 06, 2015, 03:08:07 PM »
It's really going to be a while before we see someone this talented on the Leafs again, isn't it?

I don't know if they'll ever have 3-straight top-10 scoring finishes like Phil did, but hopefully Marner and Nylander will get us out of our seats on more than a few occasions soon.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Sign Shawn Matthias
« on: July 06, 2015, 11:49:42 AM »
I suggest a different colour, perhaps with some blinking text.

Speaking of blinking, how much do you think Matthias should get fined for an improper lane change?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Sign Shawn Matthias
« on: July 06, 2015, 11:18:12 AM »
I think you have to keep Kadri as a centre.

I said this before about JVR, but I think that the only way Kadri moves is in a trade to bring in a bigger name player who another team can't afford/keep. They're good potential trade chips in those Hamilton/Saad type moves. They won't be flipped for picks.

edit: And now I realize I misunderstood your point just as you misunderstood hermans!

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Jeremy Bracco
« on: July 06, 2015, 10:33:30 AM »
1) The Hockey News is actually not a great publication
2) He didn't fawn over the media/excel at random weird questions during the interviews

Also, small, good offensively, bad defensively? Well he MUST have some sort of attitude problem!

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