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    Yeah, I wanted Hughes or KK. I think we made the right choice.

    Centres are a little slower develop in the NHL. Wingers have a lot less responsibility and are a little more free to just play offense. I would not trade KK for BT right now.
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    Jesperi has been good. Very happy with him.

    I wasn't expecting him to light it up this year and he hasn't, but he is what this team needs. It was the right pick.

    I think the issue with Jesperi is that he wasn't advertised at all. Some people are still just getting to know him, and those people are seeing him with a low point total and it is making them worried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GEEMAN View Post
    BT is a year older and built like a truck . He was clearly ahead of the development curve than KK .

    I am surprised by both so far .

    KK that he hasn't hit the wall yet and BT that he has better offensive ability than I thought

    BT looks the modern day PF like his brother who bring the complete package to the table with skill and speed

    My picks were Hughes or KK at 3 ....no complaints with KK so far .

    With some tank luck we can draft another stud in the top 7 this year
    No such luck this season.

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    Brown: The little details that make Jesperi Kotkaniemi one of the NHL's best rookies https://theathletic.com/740121/2018/...-best-rookies/

    Just as it can be tricky to measure defensive impact with statistics, it can be tricky to evaluate it in a more traditional way. The mistake that one player makes is often a product of other players’ errors. Corsica Hockey’s Defensive Wins Above Replacement (DWAR) is a measure of defensive value from shot rates (Corsi), shot quality (expected goals), penalty differential (drawn versus taken), and zonal transitions.

    Kotkaniemi’s DWAR is 0.57, the highest on the Canadiens and second in the entire NHL. The impressive result is largely driven by Kotkaniemi’s shot suppression (Corsi against per 60 minutes of ice time), which is 47.5, the best on the Canadiens and top-30 in the NHL. His shot suppression is matched with impressive shot generation, giving him a teammate-relative shot share of 8.34 percent. Which essentially shows that in Kotkaniemi’s limited role, he has been one of the team’s best players at limiting shots against while racking up shots for.

    Kotkaniemi doesn’t just contain the opposition, he makes plays. He breaks up the opposition’s attack, prevents shots, and returns possession to his team.


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    does anybody know where I can find an autographed KK rookie card? Been looking and no luck.

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    Let me grab a pen, I’ll get you one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sal_Butera View Post
    Brown: The little details that make Jesperi Kotkaniemi one of the NHL's best rookies https://theathletic.com/740121/2018/...-best-rookies/
    Excellent stuff.

    So hard to believe that anyone here has been disappointed in him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sal_Butera View Post
    Brown: The little details that make Jesperi Kotkaniemi one of the NHL's best rookies https://theathletic.com/740121/2018/...-best-rookies/
    Excellent stuff.

    So hard to believe that anyone here has been disappointed in him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elliotlaker View Post
    does anybody know where I can find an autographed KK rookie card? Been looking and no luck.
    please let me know if you are aware of a trustworthy card dealer's web site, I would appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Habspatrol View Post
    Excellent stuff.

    So hard to believe that anyone here has been disappointed in him.
    Agree. He’s been great and remember he just turned 18...the kid is practically still 17. He’s going to be special it’s pretty obvious.

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    Nice comment from Scotty

    Legendary Scotty Bowman about @CanadiensMTL’s Jesperi Kotkaniemi: “I saw Jean Béliveau with Victoriaville juniors at age 16. No one compares to Jean but Kotkaniemi, at 18, has a lot of Jean’s characteristics in his game. When he’s about 22, he’ll be a No. 1 centre for Montreal.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandWazoo View Post
    Nice comment from Scotty
    That's what is exciting, at just 18 he does not look remotely out of place in the NHL.

    It's exciting to see what he will be like at 21-22
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    JK has more points in the NHL than Zadina does in the AHL


    (Zadina did miss some games...but still funny)


    also has more points than Svechnikov


    less than Dahlin though
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    so much for the argument he needed to go back to Finland and we would ruin him by keeping him with us
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    Apparently his grandmother saved him. She can’t leave until the summer now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCountofMonteCristo View Post
    so much for the argument he needed to go back to Finland and we would ruin him by keeping him with us
    next year will be the big test

    needs to keep improving
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    Quote Originally Posted by worm View Post
    next year will be the big test

    needs to keep improving
    and if he passes next year, then year 3 will be the test,,,,
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    reading the first few pages is funny

    GGpX sorta nailed it
    "Unless the player is supremely skilled and/or supremely intelligent so that their on ice awareness can make up for their lack of physical immaturity, see Patrice Bergeron & Ryan O'Reilly, 18 year old players should not be in the NHL."

    he is that smart
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCountofMonteCristo View Post
    and if he passes next year, then year 3 will be the test,,,,
    agreed

    then the playoff performance becomes the test
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