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Checkers come back from a 4-1 deficit to beat W-B Scranton 6-5 in OT last night.

 

Necas with a goal,  Saarela with 2,  including the OT winner. 

 

Ned pulled after giving up 3 goals on 10 shots in the first 14 minutes :(

 

Cliff Pu with his first professional goal last night.  Could this be the start of a snowball that will make Canes fans forget they ever heard the name "Skinner"?  :rofl:

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24 minutes ago, OBXer said:

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Here's Vellucci from this morning on moving Martin Necas to the wing. The rookie scored twice in his first game there Wednesday #Checkers

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My one thought from Necas' point of view is..."duh". I can't believe a 19 year old kid with 1 NHL game and zero points would show up in camp and say, "I'm a center or I'm nothing." THAT said, it does make a lot of sense to put him on the wing for a while. Aho, perhaps the most cerebral hockey IQ, talent laiden guy we have, and a natural center his entire previous career, played wing for a couple of years too. Even Eric Staal moved over there for a while when he was a big deal. 

 

My other thought, is that if I'm on the Committee, and we're looking to call up a center, I'm calling up Kuokannen, and I'm one of the biggest Necas-o-philes there is. But the idea of Necas flying down the wing, with less defensive responsibilities gives me goosebumps. If we need offense at wing, Necas has his Niche-as. It makes so much sense.

 

Eventually, I see Necas at center because he can effortlessly cover so much ground, but let him get the NHL game down and score some points first.

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1 minute ago, remkin said:

My one thought from Necas' point of view is..."duh". I can't believe a 19 year old kid with 1 NHL game and zero points would show up in camp and say, "I'm a center or I'm nothing." THAT said, it does make a lot of sense to put him on the wing for a while

 

As I alluded to earlier the plan appeared to be to have Necas skate on Rask's wing. When Rask's Master Chef impersonation went badly it forced Necas to center. I doubt any player on a Roddy team is going to dictate any terms or conditions. Only Dundon and the committee reserve the my way dictatorial option.

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23 minutes ago, OBXer said:

 

As I alluded to earlier the plan appeared to be to have Necas skate on Rask's wing. When Rask's Master Chef impersonation went badly it forced Necas to center. I doubt any player on a Roddy team is going to dictate any terms or conditions. Only Dundon and the committee reserve the my way dictatorial option.

 

Yeah, it was more about the quote. I think it was more about trying to psyche Necas up about the idea of playing wing when he wants to play center than actually convincing him. Somehow it seemed like the quote was trying to convince him to do it, but I think it was more about selling him on what a smart move it would be. "Hey, it's great that you're playing wing even though it's not your natural position, but you know, this really could be a great move..."

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1 minute ago, remkin said:

 

Yeah, it was more about the quote. I think it was more about trying to psyche Necas up about the idea of playing wing when he wants to play center than actually convincing him. Somehow it seemed like the quote was trying to convince him to do it, but I think it was more about selling him on what a smart move it would be. 

 

That could well be. If I'm Necas I would tell coach I would play goalie if it got me back to the NHL. Easy for me to say,  I will never be mistaken for a talent like Necas or even a peewee hockey talent. 🤔

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Actually now that I look at it the first line was "I explained it to him... and he agrees." So all is and has been good! I do think Necas will fly down the wing and find his way to the NHL much faster from that position. I really think Kuok has earned the first call up at center too. He is flying under the radar compared to last year's camp, but he is putting it together and was making plays in the NHL at least in pre-season, last year. He has 21 points in 19 games and 8 goals, plus 4. I think he could make some plays in the NHL and hold down the 3C if we needed him.

 

However, with Rask back, and Aho currently at C, and Wallmark coming on, there is less demand at center at the moment, but Kuokkanen is likely at least an NHL 3C IMO. It is probably ideal for him to keep up mostly a full year of AHL dominance at center, but he's even more reason for Necas to try and find his initial NHL path through the wing.

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Further to Rem's question about Gauthier and Kuok - tonight anyway, Gaut was utterly invisible.  Kuok, meanwhile, took over Zykov's old role of floating around in the neutral zone when Laval had the puck while his teammates were back playing defense.  Didn't do a thing that impressed me.

 

Zykov, on the other hand, was backchecking and was the one who scored.  Pu, tonight at least, looked to be a solid if unspectacular career AHLer, but who knows.  Saarela, McKegg, and Brown looked good, while Bishop was probably Charlotte's best forward.  Wesley, in his first game with the Checkers this season, was easily the team's best defensive defensemen.  Bean looked decent both offensively and defensively.  McKeown looked good on his two assists but didn't impress at all defensively.  Nedel looked solid if unspectacular... no highlight reel saves, stopped the ones he should stop but no superhero moves to steal a game.  Adam Plant for Laval... looks to be about 2 feet tall and weigh a good 40-45 pounds, and can fly.  Solid defense, easily the opponent who impressed me the most.

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Checkers win again.

 

Saarela scores on the PP. 5 straight games with a goal I believe.

 

Necas scores again. His confidence has to be growing.  

 

McKeown scored the empty netter.

 

Booth stopped 26 of 27.

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Checkers Stats so far:

 

      Name Pos Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG SHG Pt/G PIMPG SH SOG SOA SOGW SO%
1     Janne Kuokkanen C CHA 24 9 14 23 3 8 6 0 0.96 0.33 58 0 0 0 0.0
2     Andrew Poturalski C CHA 24 8 14 22 1 16 2 0 0.92 0.67 58 0 0 0 0.0
3     Trevor Carrick D CHA 22 3 15 18 -4 45 2 0 0.82 2.05 48 0 0 0 0.0
4     Aleksi Saarela C CHA 24 7 9 16 3 4 3 0 0.67 0.17 64 0 0 0 0.0
5     Greg McKegg C CHA 20 2 13 15 -6 10 1 0 0.75 0.50 26 0 0 0 0.0
6 *   Martin Necas C CHA 20 6 7 13 2 6 0 0 0.65 0.30 30 1 1 0 100.0
7     Nicolas Roy C CHA 17 7 5 12 5 14 2 1 0.71 0.82 48 0 0 0 0.0
8     Julien Gauthier RW CHA 24 7 5 12 -1 35 2 0 0.50 1.46 49 0 0 0 0.0
9 *   Jake Bean D CHA 23 3 9 12 6 16 1 0 0.52 0.70 56 0 0 0 0.0
10     Roland McKeown D CHA 24 2 10 12 7 24 0 0 0.50 1.00 41 0 0 0 0.0
11     Saku Maenalanen F CHA 23 4 7 11 -7 6 1 2 0.48 0.26 32 0 0 0 0.0
12     Patrick Brown C CHA 18 6 4 10 4 4 0 1 0.56 0.22 22 0 0 0 0.0
13 *   Morgan Geekie C CHA 21 5 4 9 1 6 2 0 0.43 0.29 22 1 1 1 100.0
14     Dan Renouf D CHA 22 1 6 7 1 46 0 0 0.32 2.09 27 0 0 0 0.0
15 *   Spencer Smallman RW CHA 12 0 6 6 2 12 0 0 0.50 1.00 7 0 0 0 0.0
16   x Clark Bishop C CHA 12 3 2 5 1 20 1 0 0.42 1.67 19 0 0 0 0.0
17     Dennis Robertson D CHA 16 2 2 4 2 10 0 0 0.25 0.63 19 0 0 0 0.0
18     Nick Schilkey RW CHA 13 2 1 3 4 0 0 0 0.23 0.00 22 0 0 0 0.0
19     Michal Cajkovsky D CHA 15 1 2 3 4 10 0 1 0.20 0.67 23 0 0 0 0.0
20 *   Cliff Pu RW CHA 19 1 2 3 6 8 0 0 0.16 0.42 14 0 0 0 0.0
21   x Valentin Zykov RW CHA 6 2 0 2 -1 16 1 0 0.33 2.67 6 0 0 0 0.0
22     Josiah Didier D CHA 12 0 2 2 0 31 0 0 0.17 2.58 6 0 0 0 0.0
23   x Steven Lorentz LW CHA 3 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0.33 0.00 1 0 0 0 0.0
24   x Haydn Fleury D CHA 4 0 1 1 -1 4 0 0 0.25 1.00 4 0 0 0 0.0
25 * x Callum Booth G CHA 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.20 0.00 0 0 0 0 0.0
26     Josh Wesley D CHA 5 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0.20 0.40 9 0 0 0 0.0
27     Alex Nedeljkovic G CHA 18 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.06 0.00 0 0 0 0 0.0
28   x Michael Fora D CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1 0 0 0 0.0
29   x Phil Di Giuseppe LW CHA 2 0 0 0 -1 19 0 0 0.00 9.50 3 0 0 0 0.0
30     Scott Darling G CHA 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0.0
31     Zack Stortini RW CHA 6 0 0 0 0 18 0 0 0.00 3.00 0 0 0 0 0.0

 

 

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Necas with his recent 4 point night is coming on. After going 0 for his first 4 games, he's been a point per game, with 17 points in 17 games and 6 goals (29 goal pace). Kuok continues at a ppg (1.04 ppg) now tied for #6 in the AHL in points and #9 in goals.

 

At some point these two could both come up and bring some offense.

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Necas had 3 assists tonight to give him 20 points in 22 games, 20 points in his last 18 games, and 7 assists in his last 2.

 

Helvig saw his first AHL action in relief of Darling who started.

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Thanks for the video gocanes. I'd say nice pass from Necas! That was a highlight pass. Not only behind the back but right on the tape and in stride, and for the OT game winner. I need to get to Charlotte.

 

If you find yourself here reading this, do yourself a favor and click on gocanes link up there and watch that last pass by Necas.

 

I like letting Necas gain confidence and creativity in the AHL, but at some point we could use this guy in Raleigh. 

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27 minutes ago, remkin said:

Thanks for the video gocanes. I'd say nice pass from Necas! That was a highlight pass. Not only behind the back but right on the tape and in stride, and for the OT game winner. I need to get to Charlotte.

 

If you find yourself here reading this, do yourself a favor and click on gocanes link up there and watch that last pass by Necas.

 

I like letting Necas gain confidence and creativity in the AHL, but at some point we could use this guy in Raleigh. 

Pass was great but there were no other players of the opposite team there.

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