I've always though Ferland's downside would be Chris Neil and upside like Wendel Clark.
I think he's going to be more effective than Tim Jackman. Jackman might be physical and willing to fight, but Ferland can do all that and bring an intimidating presence as well, something that both Neil and CLark bring. It's an intangible asset that can't really be measured with statistics. I don't think any player in the NHL fears Tim Jackman.
Ferland is just that type of guy though. Very feared in the WHL due to his ability to knock you out with one punch.
Calgary Flames, PLEASE GO TO THE NET! AND SHOOT THE PUCK! GENERATING OFFENSE IS NOT DIFFICULT! SKATE HARD, SHOOT HARD, CRASH THE NET HARD!
Ryan Howse accidentally ran into the end boards tonight and couldn't get himself off the ice. He was later taken to the Abby hospital nearby. Ward said in his post-game interview that it's a knee injury.
Leach and Reinhart last year, Gaudreau and Arnold this year, nice to see prospects getting taste of winning before they join organization which has lost it's winning touch. Gaudreau and Arnold both played well in both games. Arnold was very consistent doing his job defence-first and displaying desired work ethic every shift. First line center, first PP unit, first PK unit, he handled it all. Skating didn't look as bad as I remembered but it's a weakness and propably will be that way because of his thick and short legs that doesn't allow him much foot speed. Decision making is a work in progress. It was an issue in WJC and it didn't look convincing at times in Frozen Four. On the other hand he's got great results in both and especially during whole NCAA season. Good results, one of the top players in championship team as a sophomore and room to improve, that sounds better, even convincing. I'm not sold on his pro potential due to his inadequate decision making but these kids should be judged by what they have accomplished because no one knows what future brings. We can only guess, and admitting yourself you can only guess, not know, that's what scouting is all about. Arnold is doing great for a 4th round pick and his flaws are workable.
I think it's important Gaudreau already took big steps and stepped into a big role. You look at successful smallish skill players around NHL and notice most of them have stepped rather easily right into any league they have pursued. It comes down to talent to adjust. A 5'6, 5'7, 5'8 player can't play the same way bigger players do. They have to find their own way firstly to survive from hits and secondly to make themselves useful for team. Smallish skill players can only excel in offensive game in the NHL and pursuing for NHL career is what all prospects are supposed to work on. For Gaudreau step from USHL to NCAA was the first test if he has that kind of talent to adjust; to have smarts and desired attitude to firmly work on the right things to be successful right away from the start. He has done just that and has been able to concentrate to work on his primary weapons from the start in one of the best programs in North America.
Gaudreau will have lots of barriers on his road to NHL and for smallish guy barriers are always more difficult to go over. He has talent, he is on the right track now and he needs to continue working on the right things. Watching St.Louis, Ennis, Desharnais, learning how they play, what's their identity which makes them successful. In my opinion the main thing that prevents smallish players making it to the big league is that they don't find their own identity to be successful. Not the size factor. Of course lack of size makes it a lot harder, there's like 5 5'8 or smaller players in the league right now, but they all have certain playing style which has made them deserve their stay. If there's at least one small player in the league then size can't be the only factor why another small player couldn't make it. Hockey sense is the decisive factor in my opinion. Does Gaudreau have enought of it?
I can only hope.
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yeah, Ennis comes to mind. Buffalo in general has a history of small players - Ennis, Gerbe und Byron came through the system over the last few years, Roy has been there for a long time and Briere had his best season in Buffalo as well.
I used to think that Gaudreau's size would be a huge problem, but after seeing him play in the Frozen Four, I doesn't bother me that much any more ... he still has a long way to go, but his skill and hockey sense should get him there. Luckily, the modern NHL has a niche for small, skilled players - I think it's "easier" nowadays for guys under 6'0. Seeing how guys like Gionta, Briere, St Louis, Ennis, Gerbe, Desharnais and others have thrived in the league, there can be hope that Gaudreau can overcome the obstacles too ...
When we picked him up, I heard the opinions range from "best goalie in the KHL" to "total NHL bust".
His KHL club is in the finals right now, his stats are top of the crop, and his toe save is the top highlight on the front page of the KHL website right now.
He's 26 years old. Kiprusoff's NMC is toast on July 1... though the temptation to move him will be high, what kind of value do you put on the impact a veteran Finn like Kipper could have sharing the net with a young Finn like Ramo?
Ramo says he intends to finish out his KHL deal, that's another season after this one. Will Kiprusoff be around then to work with Ramo?
Is Ramo, like so many other prospect exchanges, a mere formality with no NHL potential?
Change is coming for this organization. Another should mention on the goalie front is Danny Taylor. He's matched Irving in his ability to win all season, and at times shown more consistency than Leland. Should we sign Taylor and bring him into the goaltending prospect fold?