NO. 14 PROSPECT (winter 2014): JOEY LALEGGIA

According to the Rob Vollman NHL equivalencies, Joey Laleggia might be good enough offensively to play in the NHL as a power-play quarterback. That’s a distant bell for Laleggia but the season he’s posting in Denver is high octane and impossible to ignore. He ranks No. 14 overall on merit. How soon can he get here?

PREVIOUSLY NUMBER FOURTEEN ON THE LIST

  • December 2004: R Zack Stortini (257)
  • December 2005: D Taylor Chorney (61)
  • December 2006: C Kyle Brodziak (570)
  • December 2007: D Cody Wild (0)
  • December 2008: L Bryan Lerg (0)
  • December 2009: R Ryan Stone (35)
  • December 2010: C Chris VandeVelde (67)
  • December 2011: D Jeremie Blain (0)
  • December 2012: G Olivier Roy (0)
  • December 2013: D David Musil (0)

In the early part of the century, a couple of 2003 draft picks (Brodziak and Stortini) found their way to the NHL, with Brodziak an absolute home run pick from the bowels of the draft. In recent times the club has not produced anything as impressive but we are getting down to the lower end of the prospect pool—and Edmonton’s prospect pool isn’t hammering at 2010 levels at this point. The 2010 prospect list was so deep the posters here at the blog forcibly removed Colin McDonald from the list! I doubt we see that happen again.

 laleggia7WHAT THEY SAID ON DRAFT DAY

  • Corey Pronman: Laleggia enters his third draft-eligible season after a very successful first WCHA season where he was named the conference’s Rookie of the Year. He’s a good skater with a great offensive mind who would be a nice shot in the dark pick in the mid-rounds due to his notable offensive upside. He flashes high-end hockey sense with his quick game processing and he’s really effective moving the puck out of his own end and controlling the blue line on the power play. Laleggia has solid puck skills as well, at times showing above average, but he is a much better passer than he is an individual creator. He skates well, moving fluidly in all four directions. His main weakness is his physical game, which is below replacement level. I’ve seen him listed at 5’10″, which is generous in my opinion as he looks pretty small on the ice, and he is not effective at all when he’s engaging. Despite his hockey smarts, I don’t see him as being effective defensively to any notable degree at the pro level.
  • Stu MacGregor:Joey Laleggia is not a big guy, but he skates well, moves the puck intelligently. Quick-pass guy. He gets the puck up ice. Real good hockey sense.”
  • Jonathan Willis:“This is another nice late-round pick. Because Laleggia is a college player, he’ll have more time to fill out and develop his game than a drafted defenseman typically does. This is a long-term pick, a player that might significantly outperform his draft number down the line. It’s a very similar selection to the Zharkov pick in that he’s a boom-or-bust guy who if he does turn out can turn out in a big way. Realistically, a Marc-Andre Bergeron-type career would be a very good return on this pick.”
  • ISS: Lots of heart, Undersized D but effective. Good Skater with Mobility, shows offensive flare. Excellent on PP, patient and poised on the point.
  • Lowetide blog: Math tells us he’s too small in one column and says ‘sacrebleu’ in the offensive column. His offensive numbers at Denver (43, 11-27-38) were exceptional, but his size (5.10, 180) is on the wrong side of Taylor Chorney. You don’t get 6.05 defenders with this skill in the 5th round, and Lalaggia turned 20 at the draft so he wasn’t exactly at the top of his class as a 17 or 18-year old. It also took a weak draft and 122 spent bullets for him to land.

 BY DISCIPLINE, JOEY LALEGGIA

PLAYER EV PP PK TOTAL
LALEGGIA 2011-12 43, 8-15-23 .535 43, 3-12-15 .349 43, 1-0-1 43, 11-27-38 .884
LALEGGIA 2012-13 39, 5-8-13 .333 39, 6-10-16 .410 39, 0-0-0 39, 11-18-29 .744
LALEGGIA 2013-14 37, 7-6-13 .351 37, 5-7-12 .324 37, 0-0-0 37, 12-13-25 .676
LALEGGIA 2014-15 14, 5-3-8 .571 14, 1-2-3 .214 14, 0-1-1 14, 6-6-12 .857

These are really good offensive numbers for a defender and the NCHC is a tough division of the NCAA. Laleggia’s even-strength performance all four seasons is solid but this season (and his first) are out of this world. This is an exciting hockey card, Oilers have a legit NHL prospect with Laleggia.

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PREVIOUS TOP 20 RANKING

  • Summer 2012: 20
  • Winter 2012: 15
  • Summer 2013: 23
  • Winter 2013: 29
  • Summer 2014: 35
  • Winter 2014: 14

Laleggia has been all over the map on this list, mostly because his skill set is one dimensional and this blog likes wide-range-of-skills prospects. That said, the appeal of Laleggia’s offense is undeniable and he’s really good at creating offense.

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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING THIS SEASON

  • Lowetide Blog: I’m really tempted to get excited about this guy, but there’s not an organizational buzz and that must mean he’s a defensive nightmare. He’s a very skilled hockey player, one wonders if Edmonton has plans to sign him.
  • Chris Dilks, SB Nation: He turned down an opportunity to sign with the Edmonton Oilers last summer to return to Denver for his senior season. After this season, it’s fish-or-cut-bait who will have to sign LaLeggia to a contract, or he will become an unrestricted free agent. Source
  • More Dilks: Two years ago, I pegged LaLeggia as a high-risk, high-reward power play specialist if he made it to the NHL. There’s no doubt that he’s become a much more mature, well-rounded defenseman over the past two years. He’ll still likely be an offensive specialist at the pro level, and he’ll still likely be a bit of a liability in his own end, but he’s shown enough positive development in his own end over the course of his career at Denver that he should manage to be a decent NHL player. Source
  • DU Coach Jim Montgomery: “Joey is dynamic. He’s a one-man breakout. He also does things at high-speed that most people aren’t used to defending. Opponents key on him, but they also know they can’t come out at him out of control because his feet will get around them.” Source

THE FUTURE

Joey Laleggia is an undersized defender with impressive offensive ability. He plays in a strong college conference and has been successful during his four years in Denver. The Oilers would certainly have interest (Dilks mentioned Laleggia turned down a contract in the summer) and Laleggia might fast track his way to the NHL. However, as a lefty defender, he must also realize that the presence of Darnell Nurse, Oscar Klefbom, Martin Marincin and Dillon Simpson makes his job a tough one. The biggest positive? His skill set is unique in that group and may be the key to his success. If he doesn’t sign in Edmonton, Laleggia should have no trouble finding a good landing place.

2012 NHL DRAFT

  • Nail Yakupov, No. 1 overall. Young Russian winger has been a disappointment so far in his career, but possesses tremendous talent and is making progress. He’s one of the most naturally talented players in the organization. Graduated to the NHL.
  • Mitch Moroz, No. 32 overall. Big winger with some skill just turned pro. Not playing a lot so far. Inside the Top 20.
  • Jujhar Khaira, No. 63 overall. If he can improve his speed, he’ll have a career. If he can improve his offense, he’ll have a long one. No. 7 overall prospect.
  • Daniil Zharkov, No. 91 overall. Big Russian winger has been lost in the hinterlands back home. Outside the Top 20.
  • Erik Gustafsson, No. 93 overall. Productive defender in Europe, Oilers passed on opportunity to sign him. No longer in the organization.
  • Joey Laleggia, No. 123 overall. Undersized but splendid puck-moving defender. No. 14 overall prospect.
  • John McCarron, No. 153 overall. Big winger playing his final college season. Candidate for winter 20.

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36 Responses to "NO. 14 PROSPECT (winter 2014): JOEY LALEGGIA"

  1. Mr DeBakey says:

    Man, that Colin McDonald fiasco still burns my biscuits.

    Will this kid go to the front of the net?
    If so, the media guys need him stat!

  2. Woodguy says:

    Joey Legs!

    I’m going to go get the papers, get the papers.

  3. SwedishPoster says:

    Such a mobster name. He should get a spot on the roster just based on that. I mean the basis for hiring staff in this org is even less valid.

  4. KSC10032 says:

    Blunt truth time — he is probably too small to even get a look.

    Yes, MAB, and, more recently, Tory Krug, have beaten these steep odds, but its always a long shot.

    Perhaps his best path is to Try to hook up with a higher end team in Sweden, Finland or the Swiss league and build a resume there, a la Brian Rafalski.

  5. Lowetide says:

    KSC10032:
    Blunt truth time — he is probably too small to even get a look.

    Yes, MAB, and, more recently, Tory Krug, have beaten these steep odds, but its always a long shot.

    Perhaps his best path is to Try to hook up with a higher end team in Sweden, Finland or the Swiss league and build a resume there, a la Brian Rafalski.

    I think there was a time when that was the likely plan, but what I’m hearing about him suggests this is a legit NHL prospect. We’ll see!

  6. Ben says:

    In some strange way, I prefer a puck-moving college D who’s too small to break up the cycle over a puck-moving college D who rather chooses not to.

  7. Raider Jesse says:

    If Schultz plays himself into value again I’d be willing to bet they move him and let Hunt/Joey be the chaotic guys in the pipeline with Nurse taking the chaos spot on the roster next year.

  8. TheOtherJohn says:

    Mitch Moroz has played in 20/26 OKC Baron games. He has 1 assist. Not sure that he hasn’t played much, he certainly hasn’t done anything with the 20 games he has played. That’s in draft +3

  9. Lowetide says:

    Kyle Platzer 1-1-2 tonight, now 31GP, 16-26-42. Nice.

  10. Ryan says:

    These are interesting times. LT was on fire with material this fall…

    With Mact sort of behind the bench, we’re seeing with clarity who’s the shot caller on the Hunt-Jultz experience…

    I agree with WG that Mact is just to stubborn to be an effective GM. He just doesn’t seem to adapt to new information on a player.

    For all the verbal about improving drafting, we have the 2013 oilers NHL draft… Overage bchl’ers under a ppg and goalies with no hope…. Even if we can blame some of the drafting mess on Tambo’s Lucic fetish, we have enough material to indict the magnificent bastard.

    I haven’t heard from my insider in bloody forever, but I’ll keep you posted when I do.

    Lately I feel like Nostradamus…

    I was alone on the you don’t trade Gagner and replace him with Arcobello hill this past summer…

    I was almost alone on the trade Yakupov before everyone else finds out he’s a draft bust hill last season.

    I was almost alone with the exception of Vanoil… On the Oilers should have traded Perron for a centre hill last sumner…

    Here we are. Who could have imagined that a GM employing one NHL centre with offensive ability has devalued all of his tradedable assets (wingers).

  11. leadfarmer says:

    This is one of those drafts that gives us a window into why our team is soo bad.
    Yakupov – Really struggling but you pretty much had to pick him. i think he’ll pull through but not exactly what you hope you are getting for a #1 in his third year
    Moroz – There’s goalies that produce more offense. Wasted pick
    Jarjar – long shot. I like him but not enough offense there. Might end up on the fourth line and killing penalties.
    Zharkov – only 2 years out. Hard to even consider him a prospect
    Gustaffson – only 2 years out and gone already. You really want better for a top 100 pick
    La Legs – Why isnt he paired with Schultz already. Hard for a guy that size to play defense in the NHL.
    McCarron – At that point in the draft your are going to miss, a lot.

  12. Melman says:

    Here’s a question: How does his offensive compare to Jultz? I ask that because Jultz is all offence and the fact that he is 4 inches and however many pounds bigger is irrelevant since he doesn’t use any of it. If a team is dumb enough to put up with the chaos D for O from the back, could Joey Legs give you Jultz O from the point and save you $3M. For that matter keep Hunt or bring back Larson and cut bait with surfer dude.

  13. stevezie says:

    Ryan: Lately I feel like Nostradamus…

    Allow me to divest you of your burden, or at least the idea that you are alone in bearing it,

    I think there were a lot of people who were pretty open to trading Yak this summer. I was up for moving him last summer, when his value was high. Among this group of prognosticating elites was MacT (apparently), who was said to have shopped Yak quite aggressively but didn’t get offered anything good in return. Unless you think Yak is so hopeless we should have taken anything for him, in which case you continue to stand alone.

    I think most people did not want to see Arcobello as the de facto 2nd line center, but I will admit we had much graver concerns, such an 18 year-old centering your third scoring line. Everyone in the world (minus MacT) thought this was a horrible idea. We just didn’t think trading our only greasy winger who also provided ample offense was the best way to remedy it.

    Hindsight, by the way, is still against your “trade Perron” plan, as Legwand and Perreault are both fine 2nd line centers who signed in Ottawa and Winnipeg. If you’re willing to go to Ottawa or Winnipeg, you’re probably willing to come to Edmonton for an extra million dollars. For nothing but money we could have had Perrault AND Perron and been well on our way to a fine French Connection.

    (Of course, if Perron would have netted us Johanssen or something it is a different story, but you were not alone in a roomful of NHL GMs who thought last year might have been Perron’s career high rather than his new normal.)

    *I grant trading Perron for a center was a better Omega plan than “nothing”.

  14. Lowetide says:

    Melman:
    Here’s a question:How does his offensive compare to Jultz?I ask that because Jultz is all offence and the fact that he is 4 inches and however many pounds bigger is irrelevant since he doesn’t use any of it.If a team is dumb enough to put up with the chaos D for O from the back, could Joey Legs give you Jultz O from the point and save you $3M.For that matter keep Hunt or bring back Larson and cut bait with surfer dude.

    The best season for Schultz (he played three) in college was 1.18 points-per-game
    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=113177

    Laleggia was .883 in his first season, has not passed that number
    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=122191

  15. stevezie says:

    leadfarmer,

    Lots of armchair GMs (like me) were begging them to trade the Yak pick. You’re bang on that Yak had to go first, but scoring winger was not our greatest need. It wasn’t even our second or third greatest need.

    That said, maybe they tried and no one was too desperate to move up? It’s hard to say. In hindsight you take whatever Winnipeg offers and take Trouba, or make it part of a package to pry Subban out of Montreal. Considering the bitterness of the contrac dispute between PK and Montreal, and the fact that Yak and Galchenyuk played together in junior and both spoke Russian, I think that second one would have worked. Could have been their attempt at a “Burke gets the Sedins” type deal.

  16. haters says:

    Ryan:
    These are interesting times. LT was on fire with material this fall…

    With Mact sort of behind the bench, we’re seeing with clarity who’s the shot caller on the Hunt-Jultz experience…

    I agree with WG that Mact is just to stubborn to be an effective GM.He just doesn’t seem to adapt to new information on a player.

    For all the verbal about improving drafting, we have the 2013 oilers NHL draft…Overage bchl’ers under a ppg and goalies with no hope….Even if we can blame some of the drafting mess on Tambo’s Lucic fetish, we have enough material to indict the magnificent bastard.

    I haven’t heard from my insider in bloody forever, but I’ll keep you posted when I do.

    Lately I feel like Nostradamus…

    I was alone on the you don’t trade Gagner and replace him with Arcobello hill this past summer…

    I was almost alone on the trade Yakupov before everyone else finds out he’s a draft bust hill last season.

    I was almost alone with the exception of Vanoil… On the Oilers should have traded Perron for a centre hill last sumner…

    Here we are.Who could have imagined that a GM employing one NHL centre with offensive ability has devalued all of his tradedable assets (wingers).

    Hindsight makes anyone look smart right ? …
    Trading Yak when he’s still learning to play smart 2 way hockey ? GTFO

  17. Lowetide says:

    I think trading Yakupov in summer OR now is crazy. Try to sign him to a bridge deal, one or two years, and get the next coach to have a lash. I make that investment without hesitation. I’d invest another year or two in Schultz as well.

  18. linkfromhyrule says:

    We lose the yakupov trade ten times out of ten. He wont bring back the value of a 1OV pick, and he may flourish elsewhere. This is the oilers mess and they need to fix him. If they could just make him remember how to hit the net…

  19. Dee Dee says:

    Secret to trading is to Sell High, buy Low. Trading Yak now would be the complete opposite.

    Once upon a time this team was LOADED with centers. Then Lowe/Tambo/MactT traded them all away.

  20. stevezie says:

    For the record I do not support trading Yak now, for the obvious reasons. That said, I think moving either the pick that was used to take him or the player himself after his productive rookie campaign made a lot of sense, both at the time or in hindsight.

    I love the guy and am proud to cheer for someone with his enthusiasm, but this team would be further ahead with Trouba or Hamilton.

  21. oliveoilers says:

    Ryan:
    These are interesting times. LT was on fire with material this fall…

    With Mact sort of behind the bench, we’re seeing with clarity who’s the shot caller on the Hunt-Jultz experience…

    I agree with WG that Mact is just to stubborn to be an effective GM.He just doesn’t seem to adapt to new information on a player.

    For all the verbal about improving drafting, we have the 2013 oilers NHL draft…Overage bchl’ers under a ppg and goalies with no hope….Even if we can blame some of the drafting mess on Tambo’s Lucic fetish, we have enough material to indict the magnificent bastard.

    I haven’t heard from my insider in bloody forever, but I’ll keep you posted when I do.

    Lately I feel like Nostradamus…

    I was alone on the you don’t trade Gagner and replace him with Arcobello hill this past summer…

    I was almost alone on the trade Yakupov before everyone else finds out he’s a draft bust hill last season.

    I was almost alone with the exception of Vanoil… On the Oilers should have traded Perron for a centre hill last sumner…

    Here we are.Who could have imagined that a GM employing one NHL centre with offensive ability has devalued all of his tradedable assets (wingers).

    That’s very impressive. Be sure to forward this to Katz with your resume when MacT is fired.

  22. spoiler says:

    Would Hunt be up here if Nelson didn’t believe in him?

  23. "Frank The Dog" says:

    spoiler:
    Would Hunt be up here if Nelson didn’t believe in him?

    We wont know until 5 games after MacT steps away from the bench and then we still may never know.

    Edit: Is there anyone who prefers Hunt to Schultz on this team?

  24. sliderule says:

    When you see all the centers that probably would have signed with us for an extra million you have to shake your head.
    The oilers are not a cap team but like some other teams in NHL perhaps there is an internal cap.

  25. Bad Seed says:

    sliderule,

    We’re not a cap team? And who exactly are all these centres who were going to sign with us former money?

  26. "Frank The Dog" says:

    The problem is that we are all making the wrong assumptions. Look at what Eakinshadto say in his last presser, and look at what FREEDOMISAMYTH said in his comment. If that wasn’t MacT it sure looked like someone who was inside MacT’s head. Add to that a couple of salient comments that correlate with Katz’s relentless competitiveness and you have quite a different narrative to the one we all have reasonably assumed.
    Katz knows that playoff runs are hard to come by and come in bunches punctuated by droughts.
    Katz wants as many playoff runs as possible because playoff runs are wildly profitable. More so in the new Arena. #DarylSaysThanksEdmonton.
    No love lost between Katz and Northlands. Katz has no interest in gifting Northlands a playoff run.
    The emphasis of this team is to build a solid foundation that will produce a perennial contender starting with the opening of the new arena.
    There shall be no mortgaging the future for short term success until they are heading for a Stanley Cup run in the new arena.
    No trade shall be made that does not produce a long term benefit for this team.
    With a few obvious exceptions, players will be given time to develop.
    Marincin is one of those, there are others. Rather lose today than bring Marincin back prematurely, before he has developed confidence, aka grit/crustiness.
    Eakins was not given a mandate to exponentially develop the team. His mandate was to have the team ready for the arena. Eakins was considered to be on track until those stupid Tier 1 Fans stopped using their season tickets, and Katz saw his potential season ticket sales for his new arena decline.
    Being a good company man, Eakins took the axe like a Mayan sacrifice. Eakins behaviour is that of a person who may not be moving on from the Oilers organization. He has been handily parked off to the side for the audit and could well turn up in an other part of the organization. How secure is Bob Stauffer?
    Nelson will be kept on a tight leash not because they don’t trust him but because Katz does not want to gift Northlands with a playoff run. That would also thwart his ambition to swoop in and buy Northlands for pennies on the dollar. (I just made that up),
    Nelson will be allowed to improve the team just to the point where the fans are appeased enough to fill the stadium for the next 2 years.

    That’s the game they’re playing. Eakins had another 2 years to stop the lapses, improve the defensive game across the board, and at the very end, improve the sh% and go on the first playoff run in 10? years to open the new arena.

    Is that not as stupid as we thought or is it more stupid than we thought?

  27. shiraz says:

    Re previous dyslexic post
    shiraz:
    Is DK willing to spend enough without salary cap consequences to immediately improve the team?
    ieCraig Babcock … @ $4.500,000 US >>> more valuable than Nikita N ??
    Possible or dreaming in Technicolor ??
    Thoughts

    Oops !! Haste makes waste
    But of course ….. LOL cabbiesmacker: Who the hell is Craig Babcock?
    He’s the available one. Oilers would not be able to attract his brother Mike.

    And let’s not forget Mike MacTavish as the next Gm !!

    Sorry … will promise to proof before posting Thanks for the laugh!

  28. "Steve Smith" says:

    The 2010 list was so deep the posters here at the blog forcibly removed Colin McDonald from the list!

    I passed my conflicts exam – thanks for asking.

  29. Woodguy says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    The 2010 list was so deep the posters here at the blog forcibly removed Colin McDonald from the list!

    I passed my conflicts exam – thanks for asking.

    I find it probable that you would be good at conflicts.

  30. GCW_69 says:

    This guy seems to be Brad Hunt 2.0. Pass.

  31. PhrankLee says:

    I can’t help but worry about this pick. The narrative on procurement since MacT swooped in on his rose coloured reputation has been bigger, stronger. So I see it as a conflict.

    His very lovely offensive uptick is in line with the kind of skill MacT seeks. But his defensive progress appears to be at zenith already. Personally I would have went with a more traditional pick.

    I know there are exceptions and they have been presented artfully above. But we need to channel a little NJ. We need to become the most boring thing to watch on the planet for the next 50 games.

    The season is not lost if they learn together how to play NHL team D. If they learn and get successful at stopping NHL players from scoring goals against us. This would be HUGE.

    What use do I have for a defenceman under 6′ under 200 lbs? I keep him in OKC forever. Teaching all the young guys with size and strength how to make the pass properly. I refuse to believe he can help this team under the bright lights. But as a developmentor, sure.

    Fayne said in an interview recently that the biggest difference between Oilers hockey and Devils hockey is that in NJ all 5 guys supported the puck in all areas. In Edmonton you just get the puck to wingers and let them fly.. (Ask an Oiler).

  32. Ca$h-Money! says:

    On the question of Hunt vs. Schultz, right now I honestly would rather have Hunt paired with a defensive D than Schultz, though that’s probably the lingering rage/disappointment talking.

    As far as Joey Legs is concerned, I’d love to see him in the AHL, and will reserve judgement on his potential until we see a 100 or so games from him there. Could be Krug, could be Hunt, will enjoy finding out.

  33. Adam Wu says:

    “Frank The Dog”:
    The problem is that we are all making the wrong assumptions. Look at what Eakinshadto say in his lastpresser, and look at what FREEDOMISAMYTH said in his comment. If that wasn’t MacT it sure looked like someone who was inside MacT’s head. Add to that a couple of salient comments that correlate with Katz’s relentless competitiveness and you have quite a different narrative to the one we all have reasonably assumed.
    Katzknows that playoff runs are hard to come by and come in bunches punctuated by droughts.
    Katz wants as many playoff runs as possible because playoff runs are wildly profitable. More so in the new Arena. #DarylSaysThanksEdmonton.
    No love lost between Katz and Northlands. Katz has no interest in gifting Northlands a playoff run.
    The emphasis of this team is to build a solid foundation that will produce a perennial contender starting with the opening of the new arena.
    There shall be no mortgaging the future for short term success until they are heading for a Stanley Cup run in the new arena.
    No trade shall be made that does not produce a long term benefit for thisteam.
    With a few obvious exceptions, players will be given time to develop.
    Marincin is one of those, there are others. Rather lose today than bring Marincin back prematurely, before he has developed confidence, aka grit/crustiness.
    Eakins was not given a mandate to exponentially develop the team. His mandate was to have the team ready for the arena. Eakins was considered to be on track until those stupid Tier 1 Fans stopped using their season tickets, and Katz saw his potential season ticket sales for his new arena decline.
    Being a good company man, Eakins took the axe like a Mayan sacrifice. Eakins behaviour is that of a person who may not be moving on from the Oilers organization. He has been handily parked off to the side for the audit and could well turn up in an other part of the organization. How secure is Bob Stauffer?
    Nelson will be kept on a tight leash not because they don’t trust him but because Katz does not want to gift Northlands with a playoff run. That would also thwart hisambition to swoop in and buy Northlands for pennies on the dollar. (I just made that up),
    Nelson will be allowed to improve the team just to the point where the fans are appeased enough to fill the stadium for the next 2 years.

    That’s the game they’re playing. Eakins had another 2 years to stop the lapses, improve the defensive game across the board, and at the very end, improve the sh% and go on the first playoff run in 10? years to open the new arena.

    Is that not as stupid as we thought or is it more stupid than we thought?

    So….

    What you’re saying is that the one move that will improve the team the fastest is a Kickstarter Project to get the arena finished one year early?

  34. sliderule says:

    Bad Seed,

    According to cap geek we are 3180000 under the cap with projected bonuses.
    You haven’t been reading this blog to not know the centers available but Ribeiro and Roy signed for 1 million.I know some say Ribeiro would not have signed here but a million is a lot even if you have lots.

  35. Woodguy says:

    GCW_69:
    This guy seems to be Brad Hunt 2.0.Pass.

    I love analysis like this.

    Well done, would read again.

    Solid reasoning.

    Excellent scouting reports.

    Solid foundation.

  36. FTO says:

    Woodguy: I love analysis like this.

    Well done, would read again.

    Solid reasoning.

    Excellent scouting reports.

    Solid foundation.

    Him cutting his teeth for 100 games in the AHL seems like too much commitment, never watched a game and hate the cut of his jib.

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