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15 hours ago, LGR4GM said:

But why is everyone suddenly putting Thompson at left wing even though he's a right wing? Did he play left in Rochester?

I believe he's played a lot on the left in the past. As far as I know he can definitely play either the left or right side. 

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7 hours ago, DarthEbriate said:

Two years ago Eakin had a career year in points at age 27 with an unsustainable 18% shoot percentage (22-19-41). If he gets third line minutes with Girgs and Okposo he could once again get to 35-40 points (if Okposo stays healthy) in 15 minutes/game. He's got a better offensive upside than did Angry Larry, who never broke 20 points in a season (although the season he mangled his wrist Larry was on pace for 25 points or so).

However, all the fancy stats show he's nowhere near as effective defensively, so the overall impact is likely a wash unless our 2nd line takes flight.

Cozens had better learn center at the NHL level quickly (even starting on the wing) because Staal is a one-year rental in my estimation and we don't have any depth to handle any injuries to the center spine (currently at Eichel - Staal - Eakin - Lazar/Asplund).

Agreed Eakin is not a top line guy, but Eakin has speed, is pretty good on the forecheck and brings some nasty... and has some scoring touch.  He is an opportunist.  If Rakru can coach him up on the D zone I am betting people will like him more.  Looks like the Sabres are looking for speed and power based one recent signings and picks.

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Could've been Larsson for half the price, and twice the quality. 

 

The Hall sugar-high doesn't change my mind that this was a Pouliot-level signing.

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9 hours ago, North Buffalo said:

Agreed Eakin is not a top line guy, but Eakin has speed, is pretty good on the forecheck and brings some nasty... and has some scoring touch.  He is an opportunist.  If Rakru can coach him up on the D zone I am betting people will like him more.  Looks like the Sabres are looking for speed and power based one recent signings and picks.

This is why the Deal-That-Must-Not-Be-Named was so atrocious. It brought back Thompson with some straight line speed. And two players arguably slower than the player removed, and when factoring in hockey IQ, way slower. It was counter to the fast forechecking team JBot was also building.

We're continuing to up the speed. We're going in. We're going in full throttle.

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3 hours ago, dudacek said:

It certainly could be. By all accounts Eakin was bad last year.

Some things to consider on the other side of the coin that Sabres Twitter didn't tell you:

  • Eakin has scored at least 27 points in 6 of the past 8 years (counting his 40-point pace in the lockout). Johan Larsson's best season is 18 points.
  • Eakin has 16 or more goals 4 times. Larsson's best season is 10.
  • Larsson is pretty slow. Eakin is pretty fast with a puck hound mentality.
  • Last year was the first time Eakin failed to register 100 shots on goal. Larsson has never hit 100.
  • Larsson was a 14-minute per game player on a bad Buffalo team. Eakin averaged 15 on a good Vegas team and 17 on a good Dallas team.
  • Eakin is a 49.5 career Corsi on 50.8 D-zone starts. Larsson is a 46.2 Corsi on 66.8 D-Zone starts.
  • Eakin has played in 50 playoff games, including a Stanley Cup final. He topped 17 minutes a game in 4 of his 5 playoff runs. Larsson has not seen the playoffs.

Historically, Larsson is a very good defensive centre who plays a strong shot suppression game, brings nothing on offence and has spent his career trapped on bad teams. Historically, Eakin is a textbook two-way 3C who plays a puck pressure game and has spent his career playing in big games with good teams.

I didn't really watch Eakin last year. I liked him on Vegas when they went to the finals and in my viewings a few years earlier on Dallas. He approached the game like Girgensons and had better hands.

I like Larry despite his limitations in skating and offence, and thought he was superb in his role.

The Sabres clearly wanted a different package from their 3C. I don't think what Krueger asked of Larry last year will be asked of anyone this year.

Fingers crossed Eakin can bounce back and deliver what they're looking for.

Nice breakdown.

 

Someone made the argument to me that Thompson-Eakin-Reinhart could re-create Tuch-Eakin-Pactioretty, and I buy that.

 

Unlike a lot of Sabres twitter, I will buy into non-analytical reasons to sign a guy (good leader, experience, will punch someone) at the right price, and while high, Eakin's deal isn't back-breaking.

 

I would still like someone on the roster who can punch Cernak in the face if he elbows Dahlin again, but we're basically out of forward spots. (LD is an option though)

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5 hours ago, dudacek said:

It certainly could be. By all accounts Eakin was bad last year.

Some things to consider on the other side of the coin that Sabres Twitter didn't tell you:

  • Eakin has scored at least 27 points in 6 of the past 8 years (counting his 40-point pace in the lockout). Johan Larsson's best season is 18 points.
  • Eakin has 16 or more goals 4 times. Larsson's best season is 10.
  • Larsson is pretty slow. Eakin is pretty fast with a puck hound mentality.
  • Last year was the first time Eakin failed to register 100 shots on goal. Larsson has never hit 100.
  • Larsson was a 14-minute per game player on a bad Buffalo team. Eakin averaged 15 on a good Vegas team and 17 on a good Dallas team.
  • Eakin is a 49.5 career Corsi on 50.8 D-zone starts. Larsson is a 46.2 Corsi on 66.8 D-Zone starts.
  • Eakin has played in 50 playoff games, including a Stanley Cup final. He topped 17 minutes a game in 4 of his 5 playoff runs. Larsson has not seen the playoffs.

Historically, Larsson is a very good defensive centre who plays a strong shot suppression game, brings nothing on offence and has spent his career trapped on bad teams. Historically, Eakin is a textbook two-way 3C who plays a puck pressure game and has spent his career playing in big games with good teams.

I didn't really watch Eakin last year. I liked him on Vegas when they went to the finals and in my viewings a few years earlier on Dallas. He approached the game like Girgensons and had better hands.

I like Larry despite his limitations in skating and offence, and thought he was superb in his role.

The Sabres clearly wanted a different package from their 3C. I don't think what Krueger asked of Larry last year will be asked of anyone this year.

Fingers crossed Eakin can bounce back and deliver what they're looking for.

This is a great post and everything there on the positive side leans offensive. He can't replace Larsson's defense, and like you said, I don't think they will ask him to.

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1 hour ago, Gabrielor said:

Nice breakdown.

 

Someone made the argument to me that Thompson-Eakin-Reinhart could re-create Tuch-Eakin-Pactioretty, and I buy that.

 

Unlike a lot of Sabres twitter, I will buy into non-analytical reasons to sign a guy (good leader, experience, will punch someone) at the right price, and while high, Eakin's deal isn't back-breaking.

 

 we're basically out of forward spots. (LD is an option though)

After seeing Dahlin's photo, I don't think there will be a re-occurance without justice.

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6 hours ago, dudacek said:

It certainly could be. By all accounts Eakin was bad last year.

Some things to consider on the other side of the coin that Sabres Twitter didn't tell you:

  • Eakin has scored at least 27 points in 6 of the past 8 years (counting his 40-point pace in the lockout). Johan Larsson's best season is 18 points.
  • Eakin has 16 or more goals 4 times. Larsson's best season is 10.
  • Larsson is pretty slow. Eakin is pretty fast with a puck hound mentality.
  • Last year was the first time Eakin failed to register 100 shots on goal. Larsson has never hit 100.
  • Larsson was a 14-minute per game player on a bad Buffalo team. Eakin averaged 15 on a good Vegas team and 17 on a good Dallas team.
  • Eakin is a 49.5 career Corsi on 50.8 D-zone starts. Larsson is a 46.2 Corsi on 66.8 D-Zone starts.
  • Eakin has played in 50 playoff games, including a Stanley Cup final. He topped 17 minutes a game in 4 of his 5 playoff runs. Larsson has not seen the playoffs.

Historically, Larsson is a very good defensive centre who plays a strong shot suppression game, brings nothing on offence and has spent his career trapped on bad teams. Historically, Eakin is a textbook two-way 3C who plays a puck pressure game and has spent his career playing in big games with good teams.

I didn't really watch Eakin last year. I liked him on Vegas when they went to the finals and in my viewings a few years earlier on Dallas. He approached the game like Girgensons and had better hands.

I like Larry despite his limitations in skating and offence, and thought he was superb in his role.

The Sabres clearly wanted a different package from their 3C. I don't think what Krueger asked of Larry last year will be asked of anyone this year.

Fingers crossed Eakin can bounce back and deliver what they're looking for.

Nice analysis.  Thank you.  Their moves here (sign Lazar and Eakin, dump Larry) certainly rely heavily on Lazar continuing to show like he did last year and Eakin rebounding, but what they were doing was not working, and Larry is what he is at this point.  No upside there  and no reason not to try a different approach.  

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27 minutes ago, MDFan said:

Nice analysis.  Thank you.  Their moves here (sign Lazar and Eakin, dump Larry) certainly rely heavily on Lazar continuing to show like he did last year and Eakin rebounding, but what they were doing was not working, and Larry is what he is at this point.  No upside there  and no reason not to try a different approach.  

They lost a lot with Larry. They can certainly lose without him too.

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1 hour ago, SDS said:

They lost a lot with Larry. They can certainly lose without him too.

Yeah, and that's my contention with the Eakin signing.

 

Unless there's some plan to make Lazar a 13th forward, Reider a 14th, and add a guy, Eakins' position and cap basically blocks an actual defensive center.

 

I guess the hope is what he brings to the team intangibly makes up for it. 

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1 hour ago, Gabrielor said:

Yeah, and that's my contention with the Eakin signing.

 

Unless there's some plan to make Lazar a 13th forward, Reider a 14th, and add a guy, Eakins' position and cap basically blocks an actual defensive center.

 

I guess the hope is what he brings to the team intangibly makes up for it. 

I think they can run out a checking line of Girgensons-Lazar-Okposo.  The top two lines should be able to handle neutral usage and often go head to head with the oppositions top lines.  Then maybe they can have an Thompson-Eakin-Cozens (or something like that) that gets sheltered.

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