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Old 10-20-2019, 05:24 PM   #41
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Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead on the Hitmen today, and I was thinking about how the Tigers have been playing unreal and may be better than I initially thought. Then the Hitmen took control of the game completely, and have just dummied the Tigers ever since.

6-3 with time winding down.
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Old 10-22-2019, 01:09 PM   #42
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I was worried in the first that they were still suffering the turkey hangover like they were in the Thanksgiving day game vs Edmonton.Then they came back and were playing more like they're capable of. Peters was incredible in his relief duties.

If this team keeps their feet moving and stops taking lazy penalties, they can play with any team in the league.

On a side note, Carl Stankowski isn't with the team right now, though the Hitmen still retain his WHL rights. I suspect it has to do with the fact that he has ab autoimmune disorder called ankylosing spondylitis, which presents like
Rheumatoid Arthritis but in the spine. Article
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Old 11-02-2019, 02:24 PM   #43
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Bret Hart night tonight at the 'Dome! I've got my Mankind costume ready!


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Bret Hart night tonight at the 'Dome! I've got my Mankind costume ready!


Would be hilarious if you had two other friends dress up as dude love and cactus jack
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Old 11-02-2019, 10:15 PM   #45
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Oliver Okuliar looking like a heck of a pick up for the Canes.

Goals in 7 straight now, including back to back hatricks. He leads the WHL in goals now.

Canes are 8-0-0-2 in their last ten, although mostly games vs weaker teams.

Still impressed by them so far.
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Old 11-03-2019, 01:09 AM   #46
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Congrats on the jersey win!
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Bah. Canes just had a 10-0-0-2 streak come to an end where they out shot TC 49 to 16.

Listened to a podcast where they said the Canes are the 2nd youngest team in the WHL and have the lowest amount of collective WHL game experience on their roster. Pretty impressive to be sitting where they are a quarter of the way into the season.

Also, despite being the 2nd youngest, they are the tallest and heaviest team in the league. Just thought that was interesting.

Around the league Kelowna is getting worked tonight by Spokane. They do not look like a legit Memorial Cup contender so far this year. Barely above .500 and 7 of their 9 wins have come against 500 or lower teams. Going to be interesting to see if they can turn it around and not have to back into the memorial cup as a super weak host team.
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Around the league Kelowna is getting worked tonight by Spokane. They do not look like a legit Memorial Cup contender so far this year. Barely above .500 and 7 of their 9 wins have come against 500 or lower teams. Going to be interesting to see if they can turn it around and not have to back into the memorial cup as a super weak host team.
The Rockets actually had a nice start to the season and looked pretty decent but the wheels have fallen off recently and it hasn't been one thing.

-Lack of true top-six centres is now an issue as an already-thin group lost overager Kyle Topping to injury and had to replace him with a 20 who was playing junior A

-Rookie of the year candidate (and great 2020 draft prospect) Pavel Novak just got an 8-game suspension for a nasty hit and will sit for a bit now

-Going through a stretch of poor defensive play right now. Carson Sass isn't a good enough 20 in this league and none of the blueline has taken a step forward as one would have anticipated this year. Kaedan Korczak is a fine shut-down player but hasn't developed offensively as hoped and isn't physical. Sean Comrie has been a huge disappointment since coming over from NCAA - he's still adjusting to the WHL game so perhaps there's more there but early returns aren't good. Jake Lee has bite to his game but doesn't move the puck that great. Elias Carmichael is 16. And Devin Steffler and Cayde Augustine just aren't that good at hockey - none of them have any traits that they do exceptionally well. Part of good defensive hockey though is desire and compete level and this is lacking big-time and it shows on the penalty kill as well

-The aforementioned issues with the D is that none are truly elite gamebreakers and struggle to move the puck up to the forwards. It's resulted in a very pedestrian 5v5 systems play that pretty much relies on the powerplay to score goals. Thank goodness the PP looks good

-Adam Foote isn't a very good coach. He has the team playing a very conservative style and they don't have the puck much. They give up the blueline easily and chip pucks out rather than make good outlet passes. It's almost like he's trying to recreate the 2004 Rockets team that won the Memorial Cup without a player scoring more than 48 points all season. But he doesn't have the same kind of players to achieve that

-Tensions between him and Bruce are pretty high right now. He thinks he doesn't have the personnel to play a more skilled game (partly true) and Bruce thinks Foote isn't maximizing the players he has (also true). The players don't seem to be playing with any heart and tend to fold up shop quickly on nights where it's not going their way. They don't elevate their game against division rivals and in big situations. Foote looks out of ideas

To summarize, there's a lot of uncertainty. Bruce's plan was to evaluate the first 20 games before making any moves, so in a way it's good that the adversity came early so nobody's in denial about what this team is. They need one if not two 20-year old upgrades. They need a top-line centre who can distribute the puck. They need an elite puck-moving defenseman who can lead and play in all situations. That's at minimum. Problem is there's very few teams who are out of the playoff race and willing to sell at this point, and some of the teams who were thought to be potential sellers have started hot so there's not many upgrade options just yet. They've already dealt the 2022 1st so perhaps need to convince some of their top prospects to waive the NTC (which isn't likely) to facilitate deals.

This team looks to be much better in 2021 and probably will have another golden generation in 2022-24 with the amazing crop of 16s and 15s they've drafted so you don't want to jeopardize that either by chasing it this year at all costs. Looks like they just are on a bit of a rare down cycle last year and this one, and picked a bad time to host the tournament. It happens.

Tonight's game is pretty much a must-win or heads will begin to roll.
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