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Old 10-15-2018, 10:53 AM   #2821
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Small sample size but Lindholm is a monster. Seems like Monahan fused with Backlund.

If he keeps this level of play, we don't even need Hanifin to score as much as Hamilton to get a good return on this trade
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:56 AM   #2822
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He's playing top pairing minutes with Slavin at ES but he isn't their top PP option for RH shot (Faulk), and he isn't used at all on the PK (Pesce gets most of the RH minutes).

Just seems so rare to have a top pairing d-man that isn't really being utilized heavily on special teams. Guess that is part of Carolina having such a stacked blue line this season though.
Hamilton was barely used on the PK in Calgary. The guy is not a good player without the puck. He wasn't good without the puck when he broke into the league, and he's not much better 6 seasons later. Hamilton is an offensive specialist and not the all-around stud that so many fans hoped he would become, or that the stats nerds believe he is. He's not a Hedman or a Chara, he's a Mike Green.

People often forget Hamilton wasn't picked for Team North America. It's pretty clear that coaches don't trust his defensive game.
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:58 AM   #2823
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I think a lot of people (me included) looked at Hamilton's size and reach and hoped/expected that he'd develop defensive and physical play as he progressed. I don't think it's going to happen. I never thought he was as bad as some did but it certainly wasn't a strength.

BTW, wasn't he always listed at 6'5" here? He's apparently grown an inch.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:04 AM   #2824
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It's definitely not one-sided, but I think it's been going considerably better for Carolina so far... they may have (finally) lost a game last night thanks to Laurent Brossoit of all people standing on his head, but they just put up a hundred shots on goal in back to back road games against playoff teams.

As always, everything depends on goaltending holding up, but whether it was the trade or replacing their coach, they're already a noticeably better team than last year from the net out. And neither answer is particularly great news for the Flames.
The best kind of trade is one that benefits both teams. It makes it easier to do trades in the future, than when one team clearly comes out ahead.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:12 AM   #2825
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And goaltending cannot be discounted for how it helps to contribute to other individual players performances. When your goalie cannot stop a beach ball, it puts a tonne of pressure on you and your mates to score. When that pressure is on I believe it is collectively a lot harder for players to play.
Carolina has great underlying numbers this year, and it looks sustainable in that they don't have any one stat that is carrying them. They are out playing and out chancing the opposition but they don't have insane shooting or save percentage stats. Their PDO is 1.00 flat.

And yeah Calgary is different.

They are out playing the opposition by all measures, especially in shot and chance generation. They give up too much, not in shot attempts but in high danger chances against which they have to clean up. Their execution numbers are way below average so far too ... their save percentage (overall, and on high danger chances) is brutal, and their shooting percentages are less than league average both overall and in high danger chances. This puts their PDO at 0.98 which is bottom third of the league.

To be 3-2-0 with 4 road games, stops in Nashville, St. Louis and Colorado and a PDO in the bottom third of the league is a pretty good sign.
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:48 PM   #2826
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I am not quite ready to say Carolina’s start is sustainable. All teams will go through a stretch of 5 games where they play great and shooting and save percentages are going to change radically for many teams. Now obviously that is a team that will benefit greatly from improved goaltending compared to last year. But not sure the 3 guys they have will be able to provide that.
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:37 AM   #2827
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Probably already somewhere in this, or another Lindholm thread, but according to this athletic.com article, Lindholm is the youngest Swede to have ever scored in the NHL.

That's a pretty crazy accomplishment.
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