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  1. On 8/11/2022 at 11:26 PM, DarthEbriate said:

    Errrr, uh, errrrm... you know, Kubalikahun. Kahun. My mistake, it was sunny and beery and I couldn't remember his name. Kahun was immediately in the top 6 and then we didn't even tender his RFA. 

    That same 2019-2020 season, Sobotka and Vesey spent a lot of time on the 2nd line with Skinner-Johansson as well.

    grace helbig no GIF by This Might Get

  2. 4 hours ago, North Buffalo said:

    Just turned 58 yesterday... another year... still above ground

    Today's my 38th wedding anniversary.  We're not doing anything much for it; my wife is still feeling too much pain from the knee replacement.

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  3. 4 minutes ago, GASabresIUFAN said:

    It all sounds great for scoring forwards, but what about preventing goals?  

    I'm guessing they are looking at that one of two ways:

    • Draft for point production, understanding that some players who fail to produce at higher levels can be salvaged as defensive role players.  I'm always surprised to hear that people of the John Scott/Brad May/Rob Ray mold were often top scorers at lower levels.
    • There is a second set of metrics that they have for defensive players and don't talk about it much/people don't ask about it much/it's just not as sexy.  If it exists this set of metrics is probably applied to later round picks (no higher than 3rd round).

    Back to goalies:  I wonder if they have goalie metrics that set Leinonen uniquely apart from the rest of the goalies in this year's class and simply didn't want to settle for second best. 

    Given where Kevyn's record on goaltending right now, he may have decided to spend high-ish picks over the next draft or two toward making sure there are great goalies in the pipeline for either future Sabres use or to get a blue chip skater at the deadline during a playoff run (like the Panthers did with Reino).  Get a bunch solid goalie prospects, harvest the best for use by the team, use the rest (which may still be very good) as trade bait.

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  4. On 8/6/2022 at 6:17 PM, Thorny said:

    VO also played the *FULL* season 2 seasons ago. 56 game season, 56 games played. 

    That was also the worst production of his career.  I did the math:  In 4 NHL seasons, VO has had PPG numbers of 0.67, 0.78, 0.57, 0.68, for an overall average of 0.68.  Face it, he peaked under Ralph Krueger and is a bust now.  😉



    Seriously though:  A 7th rounder at well over 0.50 PPG EVERY year?  I'll take a few more of those, please.

  5. On 8/5/2022 at 4:54 PM, Hank said:

    If only he would forecheck. I don't need him to hit people, just apply a little pressure. 

    Although he *does* backcheck.

    On 8/5/2022 at 5:59 PM, Taro T said:

    Choose Mitts as most likely to breakout, but it easily could be Vic; and the rationale for both is they were both playing very good hockey at the end of Granato's 1st year and both were playing very well until breaking last year.  Had they not broken, both likely would've already broken out.

    Hq Both Is Good GIF

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  6. On 8/5/2022 at 1:24 PM, Thorny said:

    I’ve been on the “VO is an all around player” bandwagon

    I've said it before:  When he was first injured (which was before TNT really kicked in if you recall), I lamented the loss because it was my feeling he was our best forward at that point.

    On 8/5/2022 at 2:19 PM, dudacek said:

    I actually thought Victor’s October, prior to the injury was the best - most complete - he’d played to that point in the NHL

    Or.... what he said.

  7. On 8/5/2022 at 11:28 AM, Crusader1969 said:

    I don't mind imagining but I don't think i want to be in a spot to draft Bedard because of the new Move-Up Limitation. 

    Though, i still think the Sabres will finish out of the playoffs, I HOPE they are competing for a spot right till the end of the season.  Finishing with the 14,15 or 16th worst record in the league.

    They would have to finish 11th or worse to have a shot at Bedard.   Michkov might drop but not to where the Sabres will likely (IMHO) be drafting.

    You never know what Kevyn might trade for (or who he might trade with).

  8. One thought I had after posting was Lindy Ruff (and other coaches viewed as dinosaurs) and how his discernment seems to have decreased over the years.  I wonder if putting him in a position of learning (like in the video, when experienced doctors are retrained on complex diagnoses) would restore his discernment and intuition and make him a better coach again?  Or has the game quite literally passed him by?

  9. Are Don Granato and Kevyn Adams experts?  Is anyone in hockey?

    I watched this video and started thinking about hockey.  In the act of hockey itself, there are a lot of situations that meet the definition of expertise.  A player can practice to increase their probability of clearing the puck, scoring the goal, blocking the shot.  Well organized practices, at the edge of a player's ability, are essential in developing expertise.

    But for coaching, for team building, becoming an expert is more difficult:  Environments are not consistent; feedback can be delayed by years after a decision is made.  I think this is where fancy stats come in.... sure you can use the so-called "expertise" of your scouts, but as in the video below, you're more likely to succeed with a simplified formula.



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