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  1. Based on donwake's prospects post, i fully expect the Hurricanes to end up with Puljujarvi. Just a gut feeling. Would be typical Canes positioning at that - #5...
  2. Here's what the ISS has to say about it currently - Top 30 prospects... http://www.isshockey.com/iss-top-30/ 1 MATTHEWS, Auston C 9/17/1997 L 6.01.5 194 Zurich ZSC SuiA 2 CHYCHRUN, Jakob LD 3/31/1998 L 6.02 215 Sarnia OHL 3 JONES, Max LW 2/17/1998 L 6.03 205 London OHL 4 TKACHUK, Matthew LW 12/11/1997 L 6.01.25 195 London OHL 5 PULJUJARVI, Jesse RW 5/7/1998 R 6.03 203 Karpat FinE 6 MCLEOD, Michael C 4/19/1998 R 6.02.25 188 Mississauga OHL 7 NYLANDER, Alexander C 10/15/1997 R 6.00.5 179 Mississauga OHL 8 BROWN, Logan C 6/20/1998 L 6.06 222 Windsor OHL 9 LAINE, Patrik RW 2/3/1998 R 6.04 209 Tappara FinE 10 GAUTHIER, Julien RW 3/5/1998 R 6.03.5 225 Val-d'Or QMJHL 11 DUBOIS, Pierre-Luc LW 3/2/1998 L 6.02.5 202 Cape Breton QMJHL 12 SERGACHEV, Mikhail RD 6/25/1998 L 6.02.5 206 Windsor OHL 13 FABBRO, Dante RD 6/24/1998 R 6.00.25 189 Penticton BCHL 14 JUOLEVI, Olli LD 4/14/1998 L 6.02.5 179 London OHL 15 CLAGUE, Kale LD 5/5/1998 L 5.11.75 177 Brandon WHL 16 BENSON, Tyler LW 6/5/1998 L 5.11.75 201 Vancouver WHL 17 JOST, Tyson C 3/15/1998 L 5.11 191 Penticton BCHL 18 BELLOWS, Kieffer LW 3/14/1998 L 6.00 196 NTDP USA Under-18 USHL 19 STEEL, Sam C 6/10/1998 L 5.11 177 Regina WHL 20 BEAN, Jake LD 2/3/1998 L 5.11.75 173 Calgary WHL 21 KELLER, Clayton C 7/29/1998 L 5.09.5 168 NTDP USA Under-18 USHL 22 KNIERIM, William RW 1/22/1998 R 6.02.5 207 Dubuque USHL 23 MAKINEN, Otto C 5/8/1998 L 6.00.5 178 Tappara FinJrA 24 KRYS, Chad LD 5/21/1998 L 5.11 185 NTDP USA Under-18 USHL 25 HOWDEN, Brett C 4/10/1998 L 6.02.25 193 Moose Jaw WHL 26 KUNIN, Luke RW 3/29/1998 R 5.11.75 193 Wisconsin BigTen 27 ASPLUND, Rasmus C 12/4/1997 L 5.10.5 176 Farjestad SweJE 28 ABRAMOV, Vitalii LW 12/3/1997 L 5.08.75 172 Gatineau QMJHL 29 MATTSON, Mitchell C 2/4/1998 L 6.04 186 Bloomington USHL 30 HAJEK, Libor LD 2/4/1998 L 6.02 185 Saskatoon WHL
  3. Sorry, i had to go grab a towel to wipe the drool from my chin there...
  4. I suppose he could actually be a better mentor for Pesce than Liles or Hainsey - i actually kind of compare Pesce's game to Gleason's when he was in his prime. Of course if the thought is to sign an extra guy so they fill an extra spot in Charlotte, that doesn't compute. They aren't going to send Liles, Hainsey, or Faulk to Charlotte. Jordan's on a 1-way in Raleigh. Murphy's out for who-knows-how-long with a concussion. Who would they send down? Pesce or Hanifin. Or Gleason does the LaRose thing and goes to Charlotte. Either way, unless they send Hanifin down - which i guess is a possibility since he's been a healthy scratch in Raleigh multiple times... but i still find it unlikely - Pesce and Gleason don't hit the same ice anyway.
  5. Gleason to Practice With Canes http://hurricanes.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=788495 Eek. I'd rather Slavin get a shot in Raleigh. At least Gleason will stand up to people now and then, i guess.
  6. I'm not defending much on this team at this point, but i will point out that it wasn't much later in that game that Liles did take a run at that player and that player (White) is now out 2-4 because of it.
  7. +1 So MJordan in. I'm in the minority that thinks he isn't completely useless out there, but all the same i'd still rather use this as an opportunity to see what Slavin - currently running .5 pts/game and a +6 on a team whose next-best is a +3 - can bring to the table in the NHL.
  8. If i'm Versteeg - a 2-time Stanley Cup winner who will turn the ripe old age of 30 during the off-season - i'm not signing with a team that's going into a full-scale rebuild (which it most definitely will be if E, J, and Skinner are all moved) unless i just really like the area and want to retire there. And if i do that, i'm going to be looking for an NMC to do it - which we all know the Hurricanes don't need to be doing. Gut instinct says that unless this team turns it back around and is solidly in the hunt for the post-season, we should all just enjoy Versteeg from now until February and wish him well when he makes it clear he won't re-sign and we trade him away at the deadline.
  9. Agreed. Mind you i'm not convinced Malone or Nestrasil are going to make up the difference. Think there's another call-up in the near future? DiGiuseppe? Ryan? I certainly wouldn't mind seeing what Ryan brings to the table in an NHL game situation. He's another midget and won't do anything to improve the 'team toughness', but he's proven he can score.
  10. Wow, McGinn back to Charlotte. Not a bad move, though. Great first game and flashes here and there since, but he hasn't made a solid-enough case for himself and his +/- is abyssmal. http://www.gocheckers.com/articles/1370-carolina-reassigns-brock-mcginn-to-charlotte edit - well, i guess they're saying it's because Charlotte is having injury troubles, but he still hasn't made a solid-enough case if you ask me... edit II - not that any of you did...
  11. Fair enough, i can't remember for sure so i'll yield on that one. That said, while it's far from a 10-day break, he still hasn't played since the 6th. That's a pretty decent rest already, if there are truly no injury concerns.
  12. I seem to remember Forslund saying something about a 'nagging lower body concern' or something. Maybe, maybe not, but could have a role in it.
  13. And for the first time this season, the Hurricanes won a game where JStaal scored. Golly.
  14. Possibly, but he had a pretty good jump in production under the same system last season.
  15. Attendance is just over 12,000 - i'd say that pretty much equals the number of people who would care if the team moved. Given a population of ~2,000,000 in the triangle area, that's about 0.6%. I won't even take into account the percentage of those who are Hurricanes fans and not transplant fans going to see their favorite team when it visits Raleigh...
  16. Man i hate it for the kid, but reading that, you'd think someone's dog died. It does suck, however, that the Oilers are going to have to try to salvage this season with only 3 1st-overall picks on their roster. The humanity.
  17. Must admit that was my first thought as well.
  18. I think his +/- has as much to do with being paired against 3rd- and 4th-liners than it does anything else, but he has looked good for the most part. I made a point to keep an eye on him for a few shifts last night (as best i could watching on television) and his positioning was solid and his passes were crisp. I don't think he'll ever be top 4, but i think he's on pace to be a solid 3rd-pairing contributor. And i don't mind the cautiousness if it keeps him honest.
  19. You could have stopped right there and your point would have been loud and clear. 4 NHL games and only 7 further games at any professional level. I'm downright giddy about this kid. My new favorite Hurricane, to be sure.
  20. The off-setting difference, however, is that over an 82-game season a hockey team can easily overcome the occasional bad luck / bad call game. In football where they play a measly 16-game (14? not sure...), a couple bad call games and your season is shot. Likewise the 1-game 'winner take all' when they reach the playoffs. A bad luck goal or two in a best-of-4 series can be overcome... a bad call in a playoff football game and whoops - there go your hopes and dreams...
  21. It's a shame because there's so much potential. A bigger shame that because of JR's knee-jerk signings, the Hurricanes are still paying him millions of dollars a year to sit in the pressbox for another team.
  22. I think the Red Wings would say the same about this team.
  23. What was it Chantel asked that one time? "What did it mean to the team for you to score that goal in overtime?" or something like that? I don't remember who it was now, but the answer was something like "Well, we won...". Yeah, she was rough. My '0 times 100 is still 0' comment above was meant as dissatisfaction with Chantel, not Michelle. I like Michelle was well. She brings a professionalism to that role we haven't had since Bob Harwood.
  24. We've already exceeded mine by winning 3 games in October with potential, slim as it may be, for more. Actually it's not entirely slim, either - we've already beat one of our remaining October opponents once this month.
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