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Post by aussiehabit » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:36 am

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Disappointment doesn't begin to describe the team's performance this season. Our young defensive core was awful and our goaltending wasn't any better. We did fairly well at the start with Darling in net but then he went down with a long-term injury. That started our descend to the bottom of the league. 

The only bright spot was the emergence of Hischier as our top C. His performance was nothing short of elite this season, the down side of this will be the new contract that he will want at the end of the season. Currently, the negotiation is ongoing and we are still at an impasse. There's a strong possibility that the RFA will be heading for arbitration.

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Record: 13th in Western Conference 
24W – 53L – 5 O/SL - 53pts


Team MVP: Nico Hischier 100 pts
Best Dman: Chris Tanev  39 pts
Best Forward: Nico Hischier 100 pts
Best Rookie: Tim Soderlund 29 pts
Most Improved: Sebastien Olsson 67 pts


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Players looking to make the big club:
1. Danny Gal  LD/RD ***
2. Owen Grant  RD ***
3. Jake Wise  C  ***
4. Jakub Chladek RD ***

Top 5 Prospects in Juniors:
1. Matthias Wietsche RW  *****
2. Cavin Lacombe G *****
3. Seth Brausen RW ****
4. Taryn Beck C (aka Aussiehabit) ***
5. Olivier Coulombe C ***

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Down in Utica: 
Our farm team has been very consistent this season. Steady goaltending by Sawchenko and many solid 2way prospects helped the team to 1st overall in the league. The run for the Calder Cup was a long one with the team experiencing a few injuries along the way but the team depth kept the dream alive as they march their way to the Finals. Goalie prospect Sawchenko backstopped the team to a Calder trophy with a 4-1 series win over the Manitoba Moose.

Outlook for next season: 
Our young lineup will have another year under their belt so we should be able to improve. Some of our vets like Darling, Neal and Edler will be their last season with us. Look for this team to continue to improve with skilled young guns in the next few seasons.

Projection: 
We will try to bounce back from the poor performance and reach a PO spot.

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Post by aussiehabit » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:15 pm

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A brand new season is upon us and hope springs eternal in Nucks land. Our team is inching closer to an all Nucks drafted team so this season will be a pivotal benchmark for the future. Will this team be even competitive enough to battle for a PO position? If we fall way short, then it will be a rude awakening for their GM. 

The only remaining non-drafted players on the team this year would have been Darling and Neal. Having Darling as our starter did not boost our confidence coming into the season so we went out and landed Varlamov solidify our goaltending situation. The Defense corp will remain largely the same as the under performing group from last season. Hopefully a year of experience will prove positive for them. The forward group will be young and dynamic with a blend of speed and grit added to all 4 lines. Former 2nd OA selection Matthias Weistche will be given a chance to shine on the 1st line. We hope that he will gel right away with Nico Hischier, along with 4th rounder Soderlund on the other wing. Overall this team should have a better chance to compete than last year's edition.


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Players looking to make the big club:
1. Matthias Wietsche RW *****
2. Owen Grant  RD ***
3. Jake Wise  C  ***
4. Jakub Chladek RD ***
5. Danny Gal  LD/RD ***

Top 5 Prospects in Juniors:
1. Cavin Lacombe G *****
2. Brendon Welch ****
3. Seth Brausen RW ****
4. Taryn Beck C (aka Aussiehabit) ****
5. Olivier Coulombe C ***


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What is Taryn Beck up to? (aka Aussiehabit): 
The kid had a solid training camp and our staff was pleasantly impressed with his overall skills. He did not look out of place in a few exhibition matches that he participated in, the skills are there but they will need more development. Hopefully the experience gained here will really help him excel this coming season with Red Deer. An invitation to the WJC U20 would be a huge boost to his development. 

We are confident that given time, he will turn out to be a solid 2nd line forward for us in the future.



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Goals: 
Missing the playoffs last year was a huge blow to our objectives but with every set back there's something to learn from. This season our main objective is to further develop our players and compete for the 7-8th position in the West. Reduce our GA in a big way and that should allow us to win each game. Our rookie Weistche has set a goal for himself to push himself to win the Calder trophy at the end of the season. It will be a very exciting season coming up!!!!

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Post by aussiehabit » Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:41 am

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Approaching the 3rd quarter of the season, the team is facing another disappointing season where we will most likely miss the PO once again. Our defensive prospects have hit a wall in their development path. While our forwards are having a great season, Hischier is currently tied in the Richard race and Virtanen is also sniping his way to the top 10 from the 3rd line. Our key signing in the off-season Patty Kane is really enjoying his time with Nico on the #1 line.

Our rookies Brausen, Weistche and Vyatkin are having a solid season with Brausen leading the scoring out of the three. We don't expect Brausen to win the ROY but we will give him every opportunity to be one of the 3 finalists. Weistche should be performing better but he's not doing too bad, management is expecting more out of him in the future as we try to take the slow and steady approach.

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There are rumours coming out in the press that GM Vic's role as a mentor with a certain team is on shaky grounds. The source is said to have heard that a certain team is shopping for a new advisor, since his style of managing doesn't fit into that team's grand plans. Look for the official announcement to come out in the near future.

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***Future Star***

Cavin Lacombe -- G

Season Stats:
30GP - 17W - 11L - 1T - 61GA - 2.11GAA - .929SV% - 7.50AvR

Achievements:
- QMJHL Defensive Player of the Month Oct.
- WJC Best Goaltender 2023-24
- WJC MVP 2023-24
- WJC All-Star Team 2023-24
- WJC Winner 2023-24

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Winners:
Patty Kane
Nico Hischier
Jake Virtanen
Seth Brausen
Derek Stepan


Losers:
Brent Seabrook
Brendont Sutter
Petri (Caps GM)


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Post by aussiehabit » Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:23 am

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Have the Nucks landed their Shutdown C?

The first thing you notice about Doherty is his presence on the ice. Every draft has multiple "size" prospects, but simply having size doesn’t translate to a single play style. With Doherty, he uses his 6’7”, 202lbs body as an advantage going in transition, something that many other players of that build lack as prospects. Our scouting staff were very impressed at his ability to skate with the puck down ice instead of letting his team move it down and just get in front of the net.

This pairs well with his decent skating. When in straight transition, he uses a long, strong stride that, while not lightning speed, is still capable for professional leagues. What’s more impressive is his skating in tighter areas, where he can dip, dodge and dangle defenders as well as the small play-making forwards in his class. Add this trait into his size and willingness to crash the net, and its no wonder Doherty is a tantalising prospect.

While scoring touch will need to be worked on. Looking over some clips, he is a well rounded player that’s more effective from the circle -- and I didn't expect to see that from him. He shoots with decent speed and accuracy. His work in close and in front of the net may be among the best in the draft class, and that’s where he’s going to excel most making it into the SBHL. In transition, he always breaks full speed towards the net, making him dangerous every time he’s on the ice. With offensive zone possession, he’ll make a living between the circles and in the trapezoid, where he gobbles up rebounds and loose pucks with his long reach.

As a defender, he’s a willing back checker. He only had 46 penalty minutes on the year which makes me think he was more effective then not with that back checking. He also uses his size to take away lanes and block shots when needed.  He played on the penalty kill as well. He makes the effort and doesn’t take bad penalties, along with his reach and bravery. He will be an effective checking centerman that we have been looking for sometime now to compliment Nico.

GM comments:


I know Doherty is considered a “unknown prospect” at the draft He took a year off due to family issues but in our interview. We saw no issues and only glowing reports from our staff. I’m not really sure why this is, honestly. He plays a game that should transition into the pros effectively. I was never skeptical of him as a prospect, but if anything, a deeper dive into his game has made me like him even more. Many pundits have called him a prime candidate for the Busto Award. I’m excited to be having him at our prospect camp later this month and have a real look at his skills. Who knows, maybe he’ll surprise us all. Stay tuned.

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