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  1. EbonyRaptor

    Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    It isn't about whether you or me or anyone on a message board is right - I meant that if I'm right, meaning he will be a solid NHL player, it will be good for the Hawks and therefore you would prefer I'm right about him going to be an NHL player instead of you being right that he isn't going to be an NHL player..
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    Alex Fortin

    It's easy to say we shoulda done this and we shoulda done that, but what exactly would you have done given the circumstances that Stan had this summer - including uncertainty of Crawford coming back and even if he did would he return to form? - Toews sub-par play the last 2 years - is that the new norm? - Is Keith on the downhill slide based on his "un-Keith" like play last year? What can he expect out of the d-men under contract - Seabrook, Rutta, Murphy, Gustafsson and a slew of kids in Rockford? Is Schmaltz going to develop into an NHL center? What kind of bottom-6 depth lines can be assembled. And you got $8M to spend but you have to get a goalie capable of starting in case CC is done, and you don't actually have $8M because at least $2M of that is going to go for ELC bonuses so you don't have to dip into the 2019/20 cap to pay for them. Go ahead and tell me your plan - and you can't say you would have done things differently except for the moves Stan made this summer (no claiming Seabrook's idiotic contract or other pre-summer/2018 moves).
  3. EbonyRaptor

    Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    We'll see. I hope I'm right and I know you do too.
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    Alex Fortin

    I don't mean they should purposely lose or not care about winning - players should always play to win. I meant that even if things go as good as possible - such as CC come back at 100%, Toews continues to play as well as he has in the first 5 games, etc. - I don't think it's realistic the Hawks are good enough to beat the top teams in the league in (4) 7-game series. Therefore I think the best plan is to play the Kahun's, Fortin's Sikura's and hope they can help the Hawks win now while they're getting sorted out and gaining experience for when the Hawks will be in a better position to compete for the Cup, probably in a year or two.
  5. EbonyRaptor

    Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    I understand your opinion on CHL versus NCAA being better developmentally and I don't disagree with that. I do disagree that Sikura is like Leblanc and that he's still only 158. To me, Sikura reminds me of Teuvo - both in size and the way they play with the skill they have. Granted, Sikura is 4 years older than Teuvo was when he broke in with the Hawks but I think he has the ability to have the same kind of game at the NHL level that Teuvo does. We'll see.
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    Alex Fortin

    Letting Fortin play is supposed to be what this season is all about. Same with Kahun and Sikura. Same with Joki, and maybe some others. The "One Goal" slogan used to mean winning the Cup - it's doesn't this year, or at least it shouldn't The Hawks aren't good enough to be in the Cup conversation, but maybe they will be next season or the season after. The main objective this season is to solidify, as much as possible, the roster for next season by playing the prospects to establish the "keepers" and get them experience to find their comfort level in the NHL.
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    Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    Hey what's this jingling sound in my pocket? Ah, two pennies - might as well throw them into the mix ... John Hayden has some good qualities - plays physical, has a nifty offensive move now and then. but, his skating agility is sub par and at least so far has not shown he is top-6 quality. I think he's a serviceable bottom-6 guy that is effective with 10 minutes but is less so the more ice time he gets. He's not agile/quick enough to play the PK but maybe he could be a screen the goalie guy on the PP ala Anisimov? Fortin is a guy I've been excited about since he burst on the scene a couple years ago and he is "in the play" a lot during the game. However, he needs to be able to score - not just come close if he's playing with Kane. Only 1 game so finger crossed. T, I know you're down on NCAA players and the stats are on your side, but do you really think Sikura isn't going to make it as a top-9 guy?
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    Alex Fortin

    I thought he played pretty well. He was engaged in a lot of plays - not only in the o-zone but also the d-zone. Allen made a nice stop on him right at the doorstep in the 1st. He made quite a few nice plays including some long range tape to tape passes. He goes to the net and came close a few times tonight. I think he thought Kane was going to pass it to him on that 2 on 1 so he was too far in to get the big fat rebound off Kane's shot. He probably should have shot instead of trying to pass to Schmaltz in the 3rd. But the main takeaway is the Fortin was "in the play" all game long. Hopefully Q keeps him with Schmaltz and Kane for at least a couple more games to see if he can't pop the lid off and build some confidence.
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    Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    Now Powers reports Q said Fortin will play tomorrow: Quenneville said Forsberg was fine. Fortin is expected to play tomorrow. Jokiharju will travel to Minnesota. Oct. 18 is still the target date for Crawford. Blackhawks lines at practice today: DeBrincat-Toews-Kahun Saad-Schmaltz-Kane Kunitz-Anisimov-Fortin Hayden-Kruger-Kampf
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    Opening Night Lineup

    I agree - Formenton looked pretty good the couple times I saw him. Reminds me of Fortin with the great speed. Hopefully Fortin plays his a$$ off in Rockford and gets a shot with the Hawks sometime this season. That level of speed is such a disrupting force to use.
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    Opening Night Lineup

    oops - meant Ward/Forsberg
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    Opening Night Lineup

    First game of the 2018/19 season is almost upon us and fortuitously it is against one of the few teams we'll play this season that don't have a decided lineup advantage. Check out these lineups: Dzingel-Duchene-Ryan Tkachuk-Smith-Stone Formenton-Tierney-Boedker Paajarvi-White-Pyatt Chabot-Cici Borowiecki-Wideman Harpur-DeMelo Anderson/Condon DeBrincat-Toews-Kahun Saad-Schmaltz-Kane Kunitz-Anisimov-Kampf Kruger-Johnson-Martinsen Keith-Joikharju Gustafsson-Seabrook Manning-Rutta Forsberg/Delia Yikes! That's got to be 2 of the worst 5 lineups in the league.
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    Opening Night Lineup

    OOPS x 2 - forgot Saad DCat-Toews-Kahun Schmaltz-Anisimov-Kane Saad-Johnson-Kampf Martinsen-Kruger-Hayden However, if I got to construct the opening night roster, it would be: Saad-Toews-Fortin (forecheck speed to get the puck back) DCat-Anisimov-Kane (AA clear the middle while DCat/Kane play pitty pat ala Panarin/Kane) Kahun-Schmaltz-Kampf (Schmaltz on the job training for center) Martinsen-Kruger-Hayden (bang 'em)
  14. EbonyRaptor

    Opening Night Lineup

    Well after the stinker against Ottawa, expectations should be lowered, even if they were already low - lower them some more. Let's start with the positives: Toews, Kane and DeBrincat have looked good. Unfotunately Q insists on playing them on different lines which results in having no true #1 line. The 4th line of Martinsen-Kruger-Hayden looks serviceable so I'm including that in the positives category. Kahun is a positive, kinda, not sure where he fits though because I don't think he's a good fit with Toews and DCat Now, the not so good stuff: Kunitz taking a roster spot. Sikura showing he doesn't belong in the NHL, at least not yet..Joki showing he probably needs a season in Rockford. Little team speed and therefore not much forecheck. Porous team defense. A D-corps that is neither quick nor physical. A big question mark in goal - from CC's return to Ward's ability to play like a starter while CC is out to Forsberg potentially getting claimed on waivers. The three amigos of Kampf, Highmore and Johnson are all nice serviceable players but they shouldn't comprise 25% of the forwards iced for a game. And finally Saad and Schmaltz - two guys the Hawks are counting on in a big way if they are going to even be a competitive team. There are plenty of positives to Schmaltz' game but they are negated when he doesn't make a play that is there to be made because he is avoiding contact. There were at least two times in the game against Ottawa that he bailed on a play to avoid a hit and both times the Sens got control of the puck in our end. He's supposed to be a center and yet Q has him playing wing - memo to Q: this is a rebuilding year - let Schmaltz take his lumps and learn to play center. As for Saad - apparently he left his hands in Columbus. He never had what would be called good hands but now he has essentially no hands. At 3 more years @ $6M, maybe someone can have his hands FedEx'd over from Columbus - immediately. Other than that it should be a pretty good season. OOPS - forgot to post my opening night lineup DCat-Toews-Kahun Schmaltz-Anisimov-Kane Kunitz-Johnson-Kampf Martinsen-Kruger-Hayden Keith-Seabrook Gustafsson-Rutta Manning-Jokiharju Ward/Forsberg
  15. EbonyRaptor

    Opening Night Lineup

    Hopefully the demotion to the press box serves as proper motivation for Sikura. The more I see him play the more he reminds me of Teuvo in so far as having an NHL skill set but being physically over matched where he may be somewhat intimidated. The difference was Teuvo was only 19 when he tried to break in and Sikura is 23. The hope was Sikura would be more ready to play than Teuvo was because he is 4 years older. Just like Teuvo, Sikura makes nice little plays and you can see the potential but just like Teuvo he leaves you wanting more engagement and production. There are some extenuating circumstances though and that's that Teuvo played pro hockey in a men's league for 3 years before coming to the NHL whereas Sikura has played only college hockey. Remember that Teuvo got sent down and spent half a season playing in Rockford before coming back to the Hawks and it helped him. That might be the best approach with Sikura too.
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