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And how were his numbers the previous year? The guy has proven he can be elite so for anyone to claim he won’t be is asinine.
Hi mate, don't be mad at others, because they have different opinions, than you. Just chill.
Believe it or not, some Tampa fans thinking on this site:
Stamkos = worst player on the rooster, they want to trade him asap and i can't convince them otherwise ever...
Even though i've just seen coupkle hours ago an "All-Star team" of the decade list on a popular hockey site: Stamkos was in "Top 5 Centers of 2010-2020 era" there... with Crosby,McDavid and others... So what can you do about these forum posters...
So anyways, believe me, i analyzed this guy and watched him a couple of times and for me this was the hardest offseason signing to evaluate by far. I still can't really decide, but i tried my best.
I tried to check every advanced stat on countless of sites, and basically all of them showed the same results: Provorov = not an elite player.
In fact the results showed in last 2 years = really far from elite player. I would say mediocre, if i don't see his name, i would think i'm just checking some random 2-3 mill $ D stats from the NHL...
However, after thinking a lot about this player in general and looked up other players with similar age and results, also some russian defenders.
I arrived at the conclusion as rebecca did with his analysis = not elite yet, and have huge risk in this signing.
However for some reason, i feel like a twist is coming in this case in the next 3 years
and he will put up a lot of points and learns to defend well. So even though at this point it looks like it's not worth the money:
I would say it's worth it in the long run.
I based my prediction on this season:
Brandon Wheat Kings-WHL: 62gm---21goals---52assists---73 points
And the best thing: +64 on the plus-minus chart! Also in the playoffs that year he played pretty good as well.
However, if he didn't improved drastically in the first 3 years of this contract, i wouldn't say anymore any positive things about him and this contract, and just consider him an alright defender.
And a bad contract then...
I wouldn't bet too much money for improvements on year 4-6 of this contract, if the first 3 years shows no huge improvements. But that's probably not happening, so drop this narrative.
So i'm not saying he will become the next Hedman, or come close to winning the Norris... but i think he would be one day a top20-25 D in the NHL.
So not the best of the elites, but still pretty damn good = really good value for
with this signing overall.
And the question will be: How much will he get with his next contract on UFA market after the 6 years expired?
And teams will probably overpay a lot of money for him... (10 mill $ +).
So i voted yes on this poll afterall... We'll see soon, who were right...
Also i have a question for you, do you think your team makes the playoffs in the 2019/2020 season or not?
In my preseason predictions: i put philly into top5 in metro = playoffs--->i have them go to round2 of the playoffs---> then lose there.
I wonder what's your expectations for the upcoming season?
I expect your last RFA signed before season starts ofc...
One of my favourite matchups of the last season was:
We had 2 crazy games vs philly, they were sooo much fun:
We are leading 5-1 in philly and only !!! 10 minutes left in the game, then you guys comeback to 5-5, then we win in overtime 6-5. We got lucky haha...
Next game in tampa, like 1 month later:
We are leading 5-2 in this match, im telling myself: okay we learned from the mistakes last time, easy win... We are at home, what can go wrong...?
...Then you guys comeback again
to 5-5, then we win again 6-5 in overtime.
In handsight those 2 matches were a sign for the postseason failure:
3-0 1st period, then lose the game AT HOME... then lose the next 3 games as well... 0-4 RIP dreams, RIP historic season