cerios wrote:Our D are old and slow and it killed us in the playoffs.
Scoring two or less goals 10 times and being shutout three times in the playoffs killed us.
That ain't a problem with the defence.
cerios wrote: As for lukas, hes a never will be, extremely limited talent, only average speed and a reletively poor decision maker. He may be a journeymen some day but anyone expecting more then that from him is going to be very disapointed.
Well, he's played for two seasons now in the NHL. Which is more than can be said for Koltsov.
cerios wrote: I could really care less how they rate him, my evaluating skills have beat those orginizations into the dirt in the past with regularity.
Wow, thanks for participating Mr. Bowman.
cerios wrote: Not that I think there really are any orginizations that would rate that list ahead of Koltsov, in potential sure, but right now? highly unlikely.
Well, Hockey's Futures rated him a an 8.0D as of March 22, which puts him behind Edler and Bourdon. And that took me all of 20 seconds to look up . . .
So, wrong again.
cerios wrote: Obviously you haven't been paying attention to Koltsov's development.
What he grew??? He's no longer 5' 11" in skates?
The guy's a midget. Leave him out for a couple of shifts with Getzlaf, Penner and Perry and he'll wind up in the hospital. Size matters in the NHL. Especially on defence. And this boy just doesn't have it.
He's also undisciplined as hell. That hasn't changed either.
cerios wrote: Hes far better then average on the defensive end of the puck now
That sure as hell ain't what his own Russian coaches think.
Head coach Vyacheslav Bykov announced that Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks) has been released from Russiaâ€™s training camp. The primarily reason sited for the talented blulinerâ€™s release was his lack of concentration on his own end of the ice. In an interview with Vladislav Dormachev of Soviet Sport, Bykov clarified that Koltsov has been told repeatedly throughout the EuroTour competitions that he needed to improve defensively and that the team could not risk a lapse at such as high level of competition. He further clarified:
Kiril â€“ a good player and a great guy. But the fate of the World Championships lies in three playoff games in which we have to play very reliably. Unfortunately we had doubts in regards to this with Koltsov. And we canâ€™t risk it now. So, the decision to part with Koltsov was very difficult â€“ we couldnâ€™t make it until the very last moment. On Monday we met until midnight and in the end made the conclusion that the other candidates were more reliable.
http://www.russianprospects.com/public/ ... yer_id=220
Sorta says it all right there. Don't it?
cerios wrote: AV's system is no better then Crows was and may even be worse.
Are you seriously suggesting that this year's squad would have been successful playing Crow's shinny-style chance-swapping hockey???
I'm sorry. Crow's style is only successful with a WCE in its prime or a Forsberg/Sakic combo.
Look at the King's record this season for how it fairs when played by mere mortals.
cerios wrote: Obviously you have no idea how highly DN rates Koltsov because his opinion of him is about on par with my own.
Well, it has been almost 11 months since I last publicly asked Dave a question about Kirill, so his views may have evolved over that time. But, for the record, as of last summer DN's verbatim response was:
"Koltsov creates a chance every time heâ€™s on the ice, whether itâ€™s for you or against you is the only question."
At that time, in Dave's view, Krajicek, Bieska and Bourdon were all vastly ahead of Koltsov in terms of NHL readiness.
cerios wrote: Will DN pay him 3 mill? I wouldn't imagine, we are largely painted into a corner financially. But that doesn't change his value.
I agree with you there. His only value to this club is as a throw-in in a trade.
I can only hope that there is at least one GM out there that shares your assessment of Koltsov's talent.