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@Builder Lego For sure ,he's AHL bound . He's a bit of a nasty piece of work but has considerable skill to go with it . Unfortunately I haven't watched very much of him but from what I've read he's the go to guy on the Kootnay blueline 

51 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: 3rd overall within reach, Cameranesi with 2-pt game in UMD regional semifinal win

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@MaxwellHowe @Burtonboy I noticed last night when the game is on the line Freddie really bears down on the face offs and he pretty much wins them all. 

56 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: 3rd overall within reach, Cameranesi with 2-pt game in UMD regional semifinal win

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@Builder Lego I've watched probably 8 or 9 games since late January that Freddie has played in . He may not have that deft scoring touch but believe me he is by far the best player on the ice on most nights. Down low in the Ozone he is excellent . His possession numbers have to be through the roof. 

58 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: 3rd overall within reach, Cameranesi with 2-pt game in UMD regional semifinal win

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2 assists and 23 / 35 in the FO circle for Freddie last night in an OT win over Victoriaville. I watched a lot of this game and again Gauthier is a dominate player whenever he is on the ice . He's so big and its so hard to get him off the puck 

1 hour, 6 minutes ago on Saturday Mashup: 3rd overall within reach, Cameranesi with 2-pt game in UMD regional semifinal win

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@JWaterdrager @Dogger I want the Leafs to draft McDavid :)

11 hours, 45 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@Dogger Playing as an over ager for the Knights 

11 hours, 56 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@Luke_R @Burtonboy @Pent_House I'm not a big fan of drafting long term projects from the NCAA for those very reasons . My feeling is we have far too many of them right now 

12 hours, 34 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@Pent_House One of the  big problems with the NCAA is the Leafs and their development people can have very little if any contact with those players . Toninato could have benefited greatly from some extended time with Barb Underhill . 

12 hours, 43 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@LoovTrain @Burtonboy I've watched SSM play a couple of times . That's a dam good hockey team they built there

13 hours, 13 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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Still think this guy winds up as a coach in the Leafs organization before too long 

13 hours, 23 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@PepTalk @Burtonboy @DeclanK Gibby's been better 

16 hours, 44 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@DeclanK I'm beginning to like Gibson (Marlies) more then I do Bernier 

16 hours, 49 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@DeclanK Wouldn't surprise me at all . 

16 hours, 59 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@FRyan @Burtonboy Load up on these AHL contracts as much as they can . No limit . Just look at how Byron Froese has turned out and he was playing in the ECHL 

18 hours, 15 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@wiski Interesting lol

20 hours, 22 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@HHT I doubt it matches 2005 

21 hours, 30 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@Hollandaise  @MLHS_Luke @Burtonboy I'm not insinuating any kind of fix because I don't believe there is . More pointing out the reality of the situation . It would be better for the NHL as a whole if McDavid was playing in a major market like Toronto 

21 hours, 33 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@Hollandaise  @Burtonboy The mere fact that a player like McDavid will take this team to the playoffs in very short order will mean significant  increases in HRR for the NHL . Far more then anything the Yotes or Sabres could ever generate 

21 hours, 41 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@Hollandaise  @Burtonboy If it boost's Toronto it automatically boost's the NHL's

22 hours ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@MaxwellHowe @Burtonboy I get sick just thinking about that 

22 hours, 5 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@Komas Taberle @Burtonboy From a business perspective its a no brainer 

22 hours, 12 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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McDavid in Toronto would generate massive revenues for the NHL that they could never ever come close to realizing if he is buried in the desert or in Buffalo Edit (in 1 minute)

22 hours, 14 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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The sustained losing phenomenon I find as fascinating as sustained winning. I meant to post this when TOR81 was embattled with the Toronto media with respect to challenges to his/and the teams collective perception of a lack of effort/work ethic.


As sustained losing elongates through the season the effect on your top players is most fascinating. If you take a player like TOR81, who is among the elite snipers of his class and has made a living scoring goals because of perfect reads of the timing of the pass and when to engage his blistering speed down the right side and snapping a rocket instride ... what happens to him when the team struggles is fascinating.

The fascinating part is his compensations to get the puck. When you are in sustained losing, your team has the puck significantly less than when you are winning, same with chains of successful passes and sustained individual possession times. A skilled scorer like TOR81 goes shift after shift defending in his own end and not getting the puck at all. The coaches are exploring him to play with more structure, the fans want to see him chase down loose pucks or force turnovers, but his instinct is manufacture a chance in direct alignment with his instinct and asset base. He reads the game from a different perspective. However, when the team is in prolonged losing, the collective trust and confidence of the group bottoms out and the game all of a sudden feels faster and the plays are now rushed, the checking feels suffocating and the little passes that came so easy are now nearly impossible.

What does TOR81 do? Rather what should he do? Should he play with more structure and patiently await a chance to occur from a defensive posture? Does he chase some pucks down and look to force a turnover? Does he default to his instincts?

TOR81 tries desperately to default to his instincts, so he reads the game for chances to time a rush, but the collective group isn't capable - so pucks go off the glass, passes get lost & pucks get turned over. So now as he defaults to his instinct he misses chances to jump because he loses trust the puck is coming, so he hesitates and the chance is lost.

When the shift is over, he realizes that all he did was defend in his own end - or worse stand around waiting for a chance to jump that never came, and the chances he did have, he missed because he doesn't trust that the puck will get to him. In the back of his mind he hears whispers of staying instide the team structure, so now he worries if he jumps and doesn't get the puck he has blown the zone early.

What does he do? He must stay disciplined to executing the right play regardless of result. To feel the game from his instintual perspective. If he doesn't do that, he falls out of habit, loses his timing and further detaches himself from his habit base. 

The inner conflict is fascinating as these players navigate their way through sustained losing, their character is actually revealed in their stubborness of their habit base. Therein lies the disconnect and why he is exacerbated when his work ethic is called into question. From the press box all you see is a player floating around ... from the bench, you see a guy distracted from his defensive responsibilities, but from the eyes of the player, you see over concentration and hesitations that manifests into frustration.

This is why players like TOR81 are at odds, he isn't the type of player who drives offense on his own, he specializes in timing which is dependent on certain recurring reads ... that have all of a sudden become less recurring.

For players lower on the depth chart, none of this really applies, they don't have to adjust their game in any way, but for an elite goal scorer - who relies on reading off others, this is one of the more fascinating studies of mental toughness and the number of variations that toughness is interpreted... depending on perspective and understanding.

For TOR81, I'm certain he can articulate all of this much more eloquently and with greater detail than I, but his willingness ... well that comes back to trust.

22 hours, 40 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@zombie27 @Burtonboy I find it OK for my purposes which was to watch Jr. and AHL games . Sometimes the quality is excellent and sometimes like in the case of the AHL feed its not so good . I would never consider using it over my satellite feed . 

22 hours, 41 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@Mind Bomb Vince Dunn scored 4 goals in a losing effort for Niagara last night . I'd keep an eye on this guy for a later 1st rd pick 

23 hours, 54 minutes ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@peterbleafs @Burtonboy Pay close attention to this guy when I post his stuff. He's arguably the the best Hockey skills coach in the world and he now works for the Leafs on a consulting basis .

1 day ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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belfryhockey ‏@belfryhockey  46s47 seconds ago

..."effort" problem is not absence of, its that their movement gets paralyzed with indecision or they outwork themselves. The game speeds up

1 day ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@totalrebuild There is a reason why he remains working in the media and can't seem to land an NHL job again lol.

1 day ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@peterbleafs Even if you are very wrong lol. Dam the torpedoes full speed ahead 

1 day ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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