Apr. 13, 2019
New Jersey Devils
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Opie</b></div><div>Thanks, I really like this post, hope to see one again next month.
Hard to argue many of these points. That entire LW group has been an absolute pleasure to watch. Graves & Siegenthaler unsung heros, absolutely. Your take is perfect.
I have to defend Nico though. I get it, people want goals/points, but he continues to drive play (near team high CF rel%) & plays the most sound positional hockey of the entire forward group. Of his 10 assists, I don't have the stat, but Id hazard to guess 8 of them are primary. He makes the hard play on the cycle / against the wall / behind the net that sets up Zacha, Hamilton & Co with High Danger chances time & again. Could the production be better, sure, but he needs better finishers. Feels like guy is continually stuck with people who can't finish & hang him out to dry in defensive zone.
I think Kuokkanen is what he is ... youre right, not a strong follow up, but meh, it's about what I expected.
Sever is around because Walsh is still far away. Maybe like waaaay far away. Maybe like never gonna make it far away, imo. Butcher 2.0 with better wheels? (Hope I'm wrong)
Idk about using the word dominant with Zacha ... he's been meeting expectations, I agree with that, but being on Nico's wing certainly helps.
Thanks again, like format ... looking forward to next month.</div></div>
Love this take. 100% agree with you on Nico driving play. The points may not be there but he still is an absolute treat to watch. I agree with your take on Walsh as well, while we are all hoping he is going to be a contributor down the line I think its a bit farther away than any of us probably want or think. He also may not pan out just because he is great in the AHL does not mean it will translate to the NHL. Hope that I'm wrong too.