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Obviously I'm very familiar with those two players. I think the Oilers are screwed until told otherwise though. They have three exciting offensive skill players, but no defense and mediocre goaltending. I'm still in a "wait and see" mode on Yakupov. Galchenyuk indeed had a solid year though.
And no toughness either.

There was a rumour around draft time that Byfuglien was going to be dealt for Yakopov. That still wouldn't have addressed the Oilers toughness or D issues.

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As a youngster myself, I'm an avid fan of the Ontario Hockey League. Here's a little run through of the "kids" that once dominated that league who have since been drafted up to the NHL that you should look out for:

Yakupov for the Oilers had an awesome rookie year, but such is to be expected from the #1 draft pick in 2012!

Alex Galchenyuk was really awesome for the Habs last season. I remember in my Eastside Hockey Manager game (that had been patched and updated) I used to always have him in my OHL team until he got too old to play in the league! He'll be a star player by 2017 I reckon.

I'm really excited to see if Nathan MacKinnon, who was the first overall draft pick this year, gets much ice time with Colorado. I've only seen a few videos of him on Youtube and he seems pretty decent, but then again, everyone looks pretty good when you're watching their highlight reel... But he's reported to be the next Sydney Crosby, though I think part of that is because he's from Nova Scotia.

I'm expecting a decent season from Ryan Strome. He was a top player in the OHL with Niagra for like three years, but I didn't catch much of him last season with the Islanders' AHL affiliate (simply because I couldn't give a shit about the AHL). I absolutely love how skillful he is. The up and coming Cristiano Ronaldo of ice hockey.

There's also a few pretty decent keepers coming up. One in particular for the Belleville Bulls in the Ontario Hockey League called Malcom Subban could turn out to be a big name in the future. The Mississauga Steeleheads keeper Spencer Martin looks like he'll also have a bright future ahead of him.

The city I'm in won the Memorial Cup back to back years, and we saw quite the flurry of talent come through here.

Taylor Hall was amazing to watch and scored virtually every game it seemed. Cam Fowler is a terrific DMan in Anaheim. Jack Campbell has the ability to be the next great American goalie. Ryan Ellis might be too small to make it in the NHL but was great in the OHL/with Canada at the juniors.
 

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And no toughness either.

There was a rumour around draft time that Byfuglien was going to be dealt for Yakopov. That still wouldn't have addressed the Oilers toughness or D issues.

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Would've bee a sideways move for both teams. Winnipeg doesn't need to get younger necessarily.....
 

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Would've bee a sideways move for both teams. Winnipeg doesn't need to get younger necessarily.....
What do you think about their Setogouchi pick up?

I could have envisioned that move because the Jets have a lot of Defensemen in their org. Apparently Buffy trimmed down quite a bit this summer for the US Oly camp. I immediately thought the pics of him must have been photoshopped.

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What do you think about their Setogouchi pick up?

I could have envisioned that move because the Jets have a lot of Defensemen in their org. Apparently Buffy trimmed down quite a bit this summer for the US Oly camp. I immediately thought the pics of him must have been photoshopped.

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He probably just increased his Marijuana intake. That stuff slims you down like crazy
 

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hahah imagine if me & Pajo had watched sports together as small children :lol:

I imagine it with you having a barca jersey on, and him with an inter one

and him pranking while you scream........something like what i have below :D



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Pajo :troll: "dumb barca fan"
 

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1 week 1 week 1 weeeeeeek :D i'm excited for hockey
 

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Almost here... GO SHARKS!
 

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Meh ESPN, TSN, CBS all have the sharks top 10 in their first power rankings..........espn even has the sharks top 5.

I don't really agree with that at all lol! I don't think we're that good and I feel like we're being overrated this year.
 

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I think this is what Łukasz Fabiański would be like if he was a hockey goalie and not a goalkeeper. :lol:

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Hard to believe someone as young as Hertl is leading the NHL in goals. You Sharks fans have a gem of a player for the future. But then again, its another case of AV's second period self-destruction. At least he didn't keep Lundqvist in for all 9 goals. :eek:blivious:

On another note, good stuff from the Nucks' so far. Our bottom six forwards like Santorelli and Richardson are really getting the job done with their immense work ethic and energy they bring to the team. Torts has instilled some grinta in the team, but it has usually showed when we're behind though...Other than that, there could be more room for improvement in our defensive game.
 

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Lets take it easy on the Hertl hype train. I'm totally ecstatic about this kid as well, but Sharks have these kinds of starts out the gate like every season it seems. Hopefully we can keep this for 82 games haha. I'm actually super glad most of these goals are coming on 5v5 play.


I must say, our scouting and drafting continually impresses me.
 

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Sharks are looking like the Canucks' achilles heel. Was that their 9th consecutive loss against loss against them?
Also, Ovie is such a beast in my hockey pool. Racking up all the goals, points, hits and shots on goal. :awyeah:
 

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Sharks are looking like the Canucks' achilles heel. Was that their 9th consecutive loss against loss against them?
Also, Ovie is such a beast in my hockey pool. Racking up all the goals, points, hits and shots on goal. :awyeah:

If we count the postseason, then yes.
 

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About 8 games into the season, Sharks first on all the power rankings for 2 weeks now............just about the time we start losing steam and stumble, here's to hoping we change that this year.
 

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I'd rather win and make the highlight reel than lose and make the highlight reel. I remember witnessing Pavel Datsyuk "cross over dribbling" on Logan Couture.... now this.

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One of the best shootout saves I've ever seen. So clean. Also I should mention, I was at the game where we received our only loss this season god damn curse lol!
 
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