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Posted by u/GDT_Bot 1 second
The strides he’s made in his defensive game in a year are remarkable. He’s obviously not a physical player but he anticipates and closes on passing lanes and loose pucks so well.
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Shot attempts with Hughes on the ice in the first: NJD- 12. NYR- 0. oof it feels brutal that this is a 2-0 game right now
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Hughes is tracking down every loose puck right now.
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Posted by u/MentalCorruption 1 second
That’s a bad hit.
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Posted by u/Jeffmister 10 hours
I’d be pretty surprised if a bubble happens again. From what I read the owners won’t want to do it again outside of an absolute last resort because bubbles are crazy expensive. Would bet they’re going to quietly rush to get all the players vaccinated somehow.
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Posted by u/doihavetowearabra 10 hours
Calder is looking like it might actually be a close race after Kaprizov flew out to a huge lead. Robertson has been gaining on him ever since he got promoted to the top line.
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Posted by u/GDT_Bot 18 hours
First devils game I’ve watched in a while- thought Hughes had an impressive performance in both ends. So I looked up his possession numbers this year and... they’re actually really good? Wow, did not realize he’d made that big of strides in that area.
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Posted by u/Matt_McT 1 day
Richards is right footed, he’s just good enough with his left that he’s been playing there because he’s still Hoffenheim’s best option there even on his off side.
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Posted by u/homicidal_penguin 1 day
Insane to me that he didn’t start playing competitive hockey until he was 15, and 5 years later he’s making his NHL debut. 99% of the guys that make the league now have been in a hockey factory since they were like 6.
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Posted by u/ghostofmarss 6 days
Yeah, it’s heavily market dependent. Matthews and Seguin are the two examples that come to mind. Matthews has admitted that going virtually anywhere he wears a hat with a hoodie up over his head. Seguin enjoys playing in Dallas because he can mostly go about his day without being hassled, and if he does get recognized it’s usually just as “the hockey guy with the tattoos.”
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Posted by u/TMBmiles 6 days
That’s completely irrelevant. The only thing that matters is what he had done before the signing, not after. Of course Debrincat is relevant. Player comparisons are used in negotiations all the time.
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Posted by u/TMBmiles 6 days
Because no team is giving Laine big money + term after this season, and he’s not signing a long term deal anywhere unless he was getting paid handsomely. Debrincat was coming directly off a 41 goal 76 point season when he signed his extension. If anything thats a generous comp for current Laine.
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Posted by u/TMBmiles 6 days
Barzal, Debrincat, and Point all just got deals of 7 or less on short term in recent years. Do you really think Laine is worth more than that at the moment?
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Posted by u/TMBmiles 6 days
I think you may be underestimating how much his value has dropped since 2018. Laine hasn’t scored more 30 goals since in 3 seasons at this point. (He probably hits over 30 last year if not for covid, but not by much) And he’s coming off his worst season by far. Even if he hasn’t been in a good situation for him, whoever gets him is taking on a bit of a reclamation project. And Columbus may be better off starting over rather than keeping a winger that’s a bit of a passenger with no one at the wheel.
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Posted by u/GDT_Bot 1 week
Yeah, I’m not even a stars fan either but I love Hintz. such a slick passer.
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Posted by u/GDT_Bot 1 week
Man it’s really fun to see when two players start playing together and just click instantly. That’s how I feel about Hintz and Robertson. They both see the game so fast.
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Posted by u/TMBmiles 1 week
Gotcha. I’ve been so impressed with his poise his first 2 games. He’s stonewalled 2 free breakaways by just staying home and not over committing. Most young goalies I feel like would feel the pressure to try to make a play on those chances and sprawl. Kid looks remarkably cool and collected on the ice and in interviews.
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Posted by u/Clarkson23 1 week
I think he’s going to explode whenever the Devils find him a finisher. I’m not saying he’ll be as good, but I think he’s in a similar situation that Mackinnon was in during his first couple years, where he doesn’t have anyone who can benefit from the thing that he’s best at.
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Posted by u/knz0 1 week
The comparison is obvious because he plays for the Rangers, but I really think they’re pretty different as players. Leetch was one of the best skaters to ever walk the blue line. That’s not really Fox’s forte. He’s not bad at it, but he’s not really elite at it either. Fox is kind of hard to find a comparison for, because he’s one of those rare defensemen that doesn’t dominate with skating or physicality. He dominates with smarts, guile, and positioning.
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Posted by u/EarthWarping 1 week
Hughes is in a pretty strong bargaining position tbh. He’s a big work in progress defensively, but that’s not really what salary comparables are based on in negotiations. Ice time and points are mainly what gets players paid, and he has a whole bunch of points and plays the most minutes of any Canuck blueliner.
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Posted by u/GDT_Bot 2 weeks
Most impressive thing about Robertson right now is that despite the high point totals this year he’s not really riding some hot streak on ice shooting percentage. He and Hintz are just generating a shitload of shots. Good sign for his potential to keep it up long term.
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Posted by u/SpottedDoodleFuss 3 weeks
12 more goals than anyone else to this point. Remains to be seen how his game translates but he dominated the college game as much as anyone could have hoped this season.
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Posted by u/JiveTurkey688 3 weeks
Yeah, if there’s 2 no-brainers for the US blue line right now it’s McAvoy and Fox. Put one on each of the top 2 pairs and fit in everyone else around them.
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Posted by u/LoneIyGuy 3 weeks
Looks like Jeff Carter 2.0. 60 point, excellent 2 way #2 C IMO
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Posted by u/nick_nick_907 3 weeks
I didn’t, but people will likely downvote it because if his coaches think he’s ready to be a consistent starter for a solid Bundesliga team that plays against the likes of Bayern and Dortmund, it’s kinda silly to think he isn’t ready to play CONCACAF competition. Berhalter may not start him, but not thinking he’s ready won’t be the reason if he doesn’t.
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Posted by u/STLBooze3 4 weeks
And one of the others was Josh Norris, who looks like an excellent 200 foot 2 way C going forward.
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Posted by u/STLBooze3 4 weeks
This is basically the reason for the shift in recent years for RFA players getting more and more money. You just can’t give money and term to multiple players over 30 anymore. The age curve is too steep.
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Posted by u/TMBmiles 4 weeks
The goal he scored against the devils recently was my favorite. Not often you see a wrist shot from the circle sail past a goaltender before he can even react.
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Posted by u/TMBmiles 4 weeks
I forgot Zegras and Drysdale lmao
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Posted by u/hockeydiscussionbot 1 month
I can’t get over how beautiful Wahlstrom’s shot is. Completely effortless looking and yet every one is a rocket.
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Posted by u/hamar123 1 month
I’ve mentioned this before on here, but he completely revamped his conditioning program right before that 2018 season when he exploded for 110 points. He was coming off a down year of 76 points and just felt beat up, physically. His new trainer Ian Mack has become something of a hockey training guru after he worked with Kane. (Matthews, a bunch of the blackhawks, and a handful of other guys also work with him now after Kane lauded him) Mack had some really interesting things to say about the way he goes about work with different players. Basically, old school hockey workouts for small players would be to kill them in the weight room to try to make up for their smaller stature. Mack’s attitude for Kane was- “why would we ever do that?” Kane’s never been a physical player, so why should he train like one? Let’s focus on his strengths- his agility, his reaction time, and elusiveness- and sharpen those even more, while hammering conditioning and flexibility so he can play even more minutes.
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Posted by u/GDT_Bot 1 month
Wahlstrom has been remarkably productive given his ice time.
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Posted by u/Mapleyy 1 month
Dude has never skipped leg day in his life. Quadzilla.
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Posted by u/seakucumber 1 month
Because they could afford him this year but not next. They have like 18 million coming off the books next year to re-sign Hughes, Pettersson, and Demko. The choice wasn’t really Hoglander or Toffoli, it was Schmidt or Toffoli. And Toffoli wasn’t taking a 1 year deal for obvious reasons. Now, the argument can certainly be made that trading for Toffoli in the first place was stupid.
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Posted by u/LoneIyGuy 1 month
Farabee is a great shout. Cirelli I think would already have exploded on a less deep team where he got more PP time.
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Posted by u/8888JLT8888 1 month
Love his game. Such a great skater and not many guys with that complete a toolkit at his age.
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Posted by u/8888JLT8888 1 month
The last couple months most all the big draft guys have him somewhere between 1-4.
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Posted by u/KingKapwn 1 month
I believe the leafs, with deep pockets, front load the hell out of their contacts with signing bonuses.
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Posted by u/GDT_Bot 1 month
Zegras looks EXACTLY the same playing for the ducks as he did for BU or the US.
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Posted by u/LoneIyGuy 1 month
Yep. Ian Mack is the trainer’s name. Focused on flexibility and body weight training over deadlifts and squats. Had guys beating down his door after what he did for Kane at 30.
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Posted by u/ChefCurrySauce 1 month
Literally nobody says that. The dumb debate is whether Matthews is even on McDavid’s level, which no one is.
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Posted by u/filthypervertdude 1 month
It was so dumb hearing people saying the Oilers should trade him at the time. They had next to nothing to gain by trading him and a lot to gain by hanging onto him and hoping he panned out.
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Posted by u/bravooscarvictor 1 month
Yeah, Buffalo isn’t going to want a (very good) winger, a 3rd line C, and a pretty low value pick for a franchise C. If they trade Eichel they are full on blowing it up and starting over. They’re going to want a pile of picks and prospects to jump start another rebuild, not players that make them worse now AND don’t help them in the future.
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Posted by u/xDunceCapp 2 months
Auston himself scores: I sleep. Literally any other Leaf scores: “WOOOOO”
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Posted by u/kurtios 2 months
Dude was promoting tweets calling Black Lives Matter a terrorist organization.
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Posted by u/kurtios 2 months
“Guys, I know I fucked up the first 17 times, but all I need is an 18th chance.”
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Posted by u/box-art 2 months
I’m really happy to see him doing well. He was a bit inconsistent in Winnipeg, but he always had a ton of skill and could never get consistent minutes on scoring lines because Winnipeg was the deepest team in the league at winger
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Posted by u/[deleted] 2 months
This was the final play with Laine on the ice in the second period [https://twitter.com/\_jcmyers/status/1358955434560913411](https://twitter.com/_jcmyers/status/1358955434560913411)
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Posted by u/BernieSexDoll 2 months
That’s not really how these models work. The basic formula is something like- how many shots have they taken, where are the shots coming from (how good of chances were they?), how good of a shooter have they historically been. Add that up and you get a number of goals that player would have been expected to score to this point. A post is just a missed shot, it doesn’t count any more or any less than missing by 2 feet.
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Posted by u/EarthWarping 2 months
Yeah, that’s why I said 2-3. Canucks can make it work bridging their young stars for next year, but with none left over to make other improvements. Gonna take longer to do that.
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Posted by u/EarthWarping 2 months
Agreed. Reality is though, the Canucks have 35 million tied up in players that should be making half that at best, and another 10 million in straight up dead money. They don’t have to rebuild in terms of selling assets or anything, but I don’t see a solution until their books start to open up in 2-3 years. They shouldn’t be this bad, but they’re paying the price for trying to short their original rebuild a bit, IMO.
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Posted by u/xDunceCapp 2 months
“I have placed the puck in the net. Hug me, you Plebes.”
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Posted by u/Shadeslayer268 2 months
It was probably accidental but Chiarot has already had a few bad crosschecks this year. Probably needs to cool it a bit with that.
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Posted by u/[deleted] 2 months
Sky’s the limit for Miller. You might be able to count on one hand the guys in the league his size that can skate like that.
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Posted by u/[deleted] 2 months
LMAO yep
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Posted by u/[deleted] 2 months
The comment that Wheeler was worried that Laine might get more popular than Selanne is hilarious
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Posted by u/mauno_420 2 months
I’m not sure what his offensive upside is yet, (I legitimately don’t know) but he looks like he’s going to be a problem for other teams defensively at the very least with his length and skating.
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Posted by u/mauno_420 2 months
Jesus. He took like a half swing at it and it was a bomb
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Posted by u/septimus29 2 months
“Happy learned how to putt. Uh-ohhh.” -Jack Hughes
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Posted by u/eh_toque 2 months
Seriously though, am I taking crazy pills for not understanding why so many people think it’s outrageous that Laine wasn’t playing on the top line for most of his tenure in Winnipeg? The guy playing in front of him had 247 points in 234 games the last 3 seasons and was better defensively.
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Posted by u/alexinup 2 months
16 makes it seem less productive than he was tbh. He played 330 minutes. Not amazing per minute production but it seemed like schalke’s youth and reserve teams didn’t rate him. Gross did, and moved him up ASAP when he got there.
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Posted by u/NotMeladroit 3 months
Well, he wasn’t so much “shite” as much as he barely played. 1 goal in just over 300 minutes.
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Posted by u/GDT_Bot 3 months
I’m not even an oilers fan but that looked like a bullshit hit by Petry
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Posted by u/STLBooze3 3 months
He’s a lot older and bigger now, but people forget that young Ovechkin could fucking FLY on the ice
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Posted by u/GDT_Bot 3 months
Good lord the Flyers are deep at F with 2nd year Farabee and healthy patrick
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Posted by u/8888JLT8888 3 months
And the funny thing is he looks like the older brother when standing next to jack and Quinn. Taller and more muscular than either of them are now.
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Posted by u/xDunceCapp 3 months
Problem is it happens soooo much less frequently in soccer. In hockey it’s just kind of part of the game. Just the nature of being in a much smaller, enclosed space and humans being way less agile on skates than their feet.
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Posted by u/TMBmiles 3 months
*Fathers, lol. Obviously they aren’t brothers.
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Posted by u/EarthWarping 3 months
They’re probably going to have to bridge both. They have like 18 million coming off the books to re-sign Pettersson, Hughes, and Demko next year.
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Posted by u/JFBambino 3 months
I’d probably have boeser over Atkinson, especially if we’re talking another year from now. Might bet on Jack Hughes over an aging Pavelski as well.
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Posted by u/JFBambino 3 months
Tkachuk is probably on the top line with Matthews tbh. Connor and Kane, good as they are, are two of the worst defensive wingers in the league. Can’t have them both on the same line. Tkachuk is one of the best.
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Posted by u/ieastass69 3 months
Laine seems kinda immature to me tbh. He basically complained his whole career about not getting to play with a top line center, and Wheeler, the team captain- willingly gave up his spot there to try to placate him, and now he still wants a trade.
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Posted by u/ieastass69 3 months
Wat https://hockeyviz.com/fixedImg/teamShotLocDefWi/1920/WPG/lainepa98/wrap
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Posted by u/ieastass69 3 months
Obviously it depends heavily on what they get in return, but tbh I don’t think trading Laine would be the WORST thing they could do. They still need to improve their defensive corps and between Connor, Scheif, and Ehlers they still have quite a bit of young offensive firepower. If you get a decent offer you listen, imo.
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Posted by u/TheHomie123 3 months
He’s been working with a trainer named Ian Mack this off-season. Mack made his name working with Patrick Kane a couple offseasons ago after a down year in which his body felt like shit afterward. Kane then had his best season ever at 30 the next year, swears by him now, and said he felt he was in the best shape of his life.
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Posted by u/Strattex 3 months
No agent is saying anything to the public about their client that their client isn’t fully onboard with. That’s like, rule #1.
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Posted by u/JCookk 3 months
There was a period of time where many thought Toews was the 2nd best C in the league behind Crosby. Now he’s playing the best offensive hockey of his career the last couple years, his defensive numbers have been about the same as always, and many think he’s kinda washed. People always tend to overrate good 2 way centers when their team is winning and underrate them when their team is losing. Ryan O’Reilly is another example. A couple years ago in Buffalo people would have lost their minds if you called him a top 10 C in the league. Did he really get better when he went to STL? Probably not, his teammates just did.
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Posted by u/hockeydiscussionbot 3 months
The hilarious thing about that narrative is he has like 2 non-primary points in 2 years in the tournament, too
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Posted by u/hockeydiscussionbot 3 months
Damn, Beniers can fuckin scoot better than I thought. Those crossovers were Barzal like
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Posted by u/chiasmatic 3 months
I see a lot of Cirelli in Beniers’ game. Absolutely relentless on the forecheck and sees the game really well.
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Posted by u/thatguythat456 4 months
Think they know they have a lot of competition for his signature if they’re offering that.
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Posted by u/hawkin5 4 months
Monetary value is only lost by TO’s if viewership of their tournaments isn’t there, and it absolutely still is, and always has been.
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Posted by u/hawkin5 4 months
So, a TI like event isn’t a good idea for CS because ONE specific player- who has been known for taking long breaks his whole career, and really doesn’t seem very interested in playing professionally at all any more- took long breaks in between them, and TI MAYBE had influence on his decisions? I’m just going to fundamentally disagree with you on that one.
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Posted by u/hawkin5 4 months
I misread that, but as I mentioned. Ana was taking breaks for burnout long before they won a TI, so that wasn’t the cause of it.
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Posted by u/hawkin5 4 months
They definitely never took a year long break. Only Ana did. And he was taking breaks because of burnout long before OG ever won a TI. He was replaced by Reso for a time after TI7. And OG only existed for TI6 and onward. They won the 3rd and 4th ones they played in.
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Posted by u/hawkin5 4 months
I mean What’s the difference between OG taking a break and the long Breaks Astralis has taken in the past?
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Posted by u/TMBmiles 4 months
What to take from this: Fans heavily overrate the value of picks outside the first round. Once you get outside the first 30 or so prospects, the draft tends to become a complete crapshoot.
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Posted by u/Gaouchos 4 months
They’ll always be compared to coL for obvious reasons, but they look to be gelling a lot faster than even coL did. Great sign going forward and they should keep getting better.
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Posted by u/Sanchise_9 4 months
This thread is kind of exhibit A about how the ancient hockey media frames the way people think about players. Mike Green was an offensive revelation in his heyday so people assumed he must have been terrible defensively to justify his snubs, when he wasn’t.
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Posted by u/[deleted] 4 months
He gets a lot of ribbing from fans, but Matthews seems like one of the most well-liked guys in the league by opposing players. (Enter, joke about how that’s because he can’t beat anyone in the playoffs) He was hanging out with Barzal last offseason and along with Kane was one of the driving forces in getting so many good players to the 88 summit the year before.
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Posted by u/nascar991134 4 months
Pronman just said from talking to scouts, Beniers has been so good at Michigan he may be inserting himself into the #1 conversation. Their freshman class is sheer absurdity.
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Posted by u/Moderator451 4 months
I don’t think there’s any chance we take 4 CFs tbh. Could see us taking 3, and then maybe a guy like Weah who is more of a winger at this point, that could also play CF in case of an emergency. If I had to hazard a guess, it ends up being Sargent, zardes, and Dike when the games start mattering.
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Posted by u/mojojojo1108 5 months
Maybe a little harsh on him but I 100% agree with the sentiment. I am by no means a Zardes truther, but I would absolutely have even him ahead of Jozy right now. I don’t know how anyone could have watched Jozy play this year and think he’s still the guy. Toronto genuinely looks better with Akinola on the pitch. There’s no shame in it, but he’s 31 and just isn’t the same guy he used to be. His production on a per minute basis is down heavily and he likely won’t be able to press the way we will need our CF to.
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Posted by u/MisterBadIdea2 5 months
Yes, Altidore took too much blame for the last cycle, but I don’t know how you can have watched him this season and in one breath, say Bradley was past his prime- and not say the same for Jozy right now. Athleticism and physicality have always been huge for him and he just doesn’t look like the same guy. Ideally, a young guy explodes in the next season and both our points are moot, but I’d rather have Gyasi than Jozy right now. At least he’s still producing and his team doesn’t genuinely look better with a different teammate on the pitch instead of him.
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Posted by u/MisterBadIdea2 5 months
We had a team chock full of proven internationals last window and they all ended up watching the WC at home. Pick the best players- that’s it.
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Posted by u/MisterBadIdea2 5 months
Jozy doesn’t even look like the best American striker on his own MLS team right now tbh.
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Posted by u/ByungMooKim 5 months
And it’s really not that far away from a first choice MNT tbh. All it’s really missing is Morris, (grumbles faintly) Zardes, and maybe a couple more experienced players for some of the young fringe guys like Otasowie in games that count.
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Posted by u/D2TournamentThreads 5 months
Insania might be more wholesome and likable than gh, which I thought was impossible
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Posted by u/Jonai1 5 months
I was hysterical when Gunnar walked right back into pit to become rosh again after the first toss
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Posted by u/[deleted] 5 months
I wish I had 10% of Dest’s confidence. When the US youth squad played Mexico when he was 18 and he hadn’t exploded as a prospect yet, he was asked by a reporter about the challenge of squaring up against Diego Lainez. His response was basically, “IDGAF, I’m gonna shut him down.” And then he pocketed him for 90 minutes.
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