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Forum: Armchair-GM22 hours ago
Forum: Armchair-GMSat at 2:07 am
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Alfie11</b></div><div>I think this is being pretty critical. I think Paul had a great game, and Watson did exactly what was expected of him and then some. Batherson looked great and Norris had his moments all around, can't expect him to be perfect right away but he was definitely better than I was expecting. I'd at least have Norris/Watson neutral, and Batherson/Paul positive, maybe Watson too. I also think Tkachuk was great obviously. At the end of the day we stuck around and won a game that looked like it shoulda been over in the first. I wouldn't expect a great result tomorrow, but we took 2 points from a favourite to win the division, and proved that we're a pesky, physical team that won't go down without a fight, with some talented young kids that will use this as a good development year.</div></div>

You’re saying a lot of the same things I did.

Paul is a good shutdown forward. He’s not great, but he does his job well and is reliable. That’s what he did tonight. Paul played the way he was expected to. That’s not a negative, but it also isn’t a positive. He did his job as expected. When you do your job at work, do you expect a bonus for doing your job, as expected? Maybe a, well done you did what you we’re supposed to do? I’m not trying to be mean, I’m just putting it into perspective.

Watson did okay too. You want to throw flower wreaths around his neck for doing the job of a 4th line winger, as expected? He had his moments, just like any other 4th line winger does. The leafs playing poorly doesn’t make Watson a better player. He didn’t play well enough to be moved to the 3rd line, imo.

Batherson wasn’t great, that’s confirmation bias. He only had 23 NHL games last season, and he’s still young, and getting better, but he wasn’t great. I didn’t make any negative comments about Batherson, and he made a nice pass through the home plate that was pretty good, but he’s supposed to be able to do that. That’s his skill set. We’re going to see a lot more of those in the years to come.

Norris was dominated in the face off circle, losing 9 of 12 face offs, but he’s still young, and will get better, guaranteed. He was pushed around but he kept battling. He was never really able to use his speed, but that will come as he gets more acclimated.

I saw both Norris and Batherson looking around in the D zone at times, but I also saw Norris man to man checking a forward away from the puck really well in one sequence. He was with him like glue, not interfering, and not giving him any space to get open. It was the younger winger, I think he’s a winger, Mikheyev, iirc. So it’s not all negative, but he was out muscled enough throughout the game to tip the scales that way.

I really hope Norris becomes an above average 2C, and I think he’s on his way. Remember this was just his 4th NHL game.

Sure it’s nice to win the game, especially against Toronto, but it was more them losing than Ottawa winning, but I’ll take it, of course.
Forum: Armchair-GMFri at 11:15 pm
I saw more negatives than positives, but at least the leafs were worse.

Positives
Stuetzle will be good sooner than later. He wasn’t great, but he wasn’t bad either. Nice first game. He’ll improve quickly.
Murray was okay. One unlucky high goal, one bad goal.

Not positive or negative
Batherson, Tierney, CBrown, Paul, Tkachuk, Chabot, Zaitsev, Gudbranson as expected, mostly.
Coburn and JBrown were as expected, and played minutes reflective of that

Negatives
Stepan was slow, and didn’t show top6 skill, imo.
Dadonov was held back by Stuetzle’s inexperience and Stepan’s decline. He’ll be better though.
Norris looked overmatched, but he never gave up, which is kinda good, but not positive
4th line - Anisimov was okay, and Watson had some good moments, but Paquette was replaceable.
Wolanin looked overmatched as well

The PP was frustrating, but it’s been frustrating for years now
PK was as expected, maybe a little better than expected

It’s one game, but I would swap White in for Paquette, not sure if Reilly would be better than Wolanin.

We all see different things, because we’re all watching different things during the game.

Watson on pace for 112 goals, I say he gets it. This basically means, ignore who got goals and assists the first game, it’s the first game.

Edit: I swear I heard the broadcast team say Watson had his second. I wasn’t paying attention to who was scoring the goals, or assisting, I was focusing on specific players at specific times. As I mentioned earlier though, it doesn’t matter who scores in the first game. What matters is who’s consistently scoring or assisting.
Forum: Armchair-GMThu at 12:19 pm
Thread: Opening Day
Forum: Armchair-GMThu at 11:52 am
Thread: Opening Day
Forum: Armchair-GMThu at 11:09 am
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>sensibleguy</b></div><div>Some good comments so far, I'll add a few, more like predictions though

Stepan - resigns for cheaper, or TDL
Tierney - is possibly traded, depending on Stepan
White - will move to 3C after one of Stepan or Tierney is traded
Norris - is on the team instead of LBrown, because of his speed, but he needs to produce at least at a 0.5 clip, or he'll move down the lineup

Zaitsev - still think he's around until the 2022 TDL, and maybe longer depending on if Gudbranson signs, and for how long
Gudbranson - Wait and see, if he's good with Chabot he stays, if he isn't then he's the more likely to go before Zaitsev

Reilly - has a partner in Zaitsev, which is a leg up on Wolanin
Wolanin - too solid to keep off the roster, might get blocked by Coburn
Coburn - can play his way into a spot, but will get pulled quicker than a pro's knickers on payday
JBrown - the Sens new Wideman, plays while he's in Ottawa

Murray - I'm hoping he steals a few games, but the defence is going to make Murray look pretty bad on some goals, be prepared for the negativity fallout

Edit: Let me clarify the Zaitsev comment, if Gudbranson isn't signed, Zaitsev might be around longer than the 2022 TDL. The second part of the Gudbranson comment, "and for how long", had nothing to do with Zaitsev. It was just an add to if Gudbranson resigned. I didn't word the entire comment very well, sorry.

Zaitsev - still think he's around until the 2022 TDL, and maybe longer. His time with the team also depends on if Gudbranson resigns, and for how long</div></div>

As I'm typing this out, Brent Wallace posted this tweet

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Correction on the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sens?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">#sens</a> D-pairsChabot-GudbransonWolanin-ZaitsevCoburn-J.BrownZub-ReillyAspriot</p>— Brent Wallace (@tsn_wally) <a href="https://twitter.com/tsn_wally/status/1349745659692412929?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">January 14, 2021</a></blockquote>



So maybe Reilly doesn't have a D partner afterall.
Forum: Armchair-GMThu at 10:57 am
Some good comments so far, I'll add a few, more like predictions though

Stepan - resigns for cheaper, or TDL
Tierney - is possibly traded, depending on Stepan
White - will move to 3C after one of Stepan or Tierney is traded
Norris - is on the team instead of LBrown, because of his speed, but he needs to produce at least at a 0.5 clip, or he'll move down the lineup

Zaitsev - still think he's around until the 2022 TDL, and maybe longer depending on if Gudbranson signs, and for how long
Gudbranson - Wait and see, if he's good with Chabot he stays, if he isn't then he's the more likely to go before Zaitsev

Reilly - has a partner in Zaitsev, which is a leg up on Wolanin
Wolanin - too solid to keep off the roster, might get blocked by Coburn
Coburn - can play his way into a spot, but will get pulled quicker than a pro's knickers on payday
JBrown - the Sens new Wideman, plays while he's in Ottawa

Murray - I'm hoping he steals a few games, but the defence is going to make Murray look pretty bad on some goals, be prepared for the negativity fallout

Edit: Let me clarify the Zaitsev comment, if Gudbranson isn't signed, Zaitsev might be around longer than the 2022 TDL. The second part of the Gudbranson comment, "and for how long", had nothing to do with Zaitsev. It was just an add to if Gudbranson resigned. I didn't word the entire comment very well, sorry.

Zaitsev - still think he's around until the 2022 TDL, and maybe longer. His time with the team also depends on if Gudbranson resigns, and for how long