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The Mother-fucking goddamn Off-season Thread

and that's fine, but that's definitely a bit more aligned with what I'm worried about than what his biggest supporters here are projecting.

At this point though, I'll take any cheap addition capable of playing in the top 6 and not disappearing in the playoffs.
The thing is , he is perfectly slotted and insulated

Star vets ahead of him and with Domi and Bertuzzi a great fit on the top 9

Let him develop and carve out his role

Huge advantage over shit teams where he maybe rushed or asked to do too much right away

A second round steal IMO
 
Hopefully he doesn't flop and for once once of our kids can just follow a normal development progression. Because if he's at all what he looked like last year it's a big offensive upgrade to the engvall/acciari slot in the lineup. And he didnt look like a defensive liability either.
 
and that's fine, but that's definitely a bit more aligned with what I'm worried about than what his biggest supporters here are projecting.

At this point though, I'll take any cheap addition capable of playing in the top 6 and not disappearing in the playoffs.
I guess I’d count among his biggest supporters here but I think every single post I’ve said about him is looking pretty good so far.
 
I still say a 20+ goal scoring Engvall is an incredible compliment.


Granted, I don't really see the comparison stylistically at all. And hey, I may be the only person on earth (other than LOF) that felt that was an optimistic projection.
 
I don’t really get the comparison at all with Engvall. There’s nothing really that reminds me of Engvall when I watch him except… tall?

I think Knies is ideally suited to be a complementary offensive piece on our top two lines and that’s been my stance since Year 1 Gophers. He just has the skills/tendencies to really work well with elite players. Every single play since college is get the puck off the boards or from the perimeter and take it right to the net, it’s relentless.
 
I don’t really get the comparison at all with Engvall. There’s nothing really that reminds me of Engvall when I watch him except… tall?

I think Knies is ideally suited to be a complementary offensive piece on our top two lines and that’s been my stance since Year 1 Gophers. He just has the skills/tendencies to really work well with elite players. Every single play since college is get the puck off the boards, funnel it to the net, it’s relentless.
I just get excited thinking about that sexy, smooth gazelle with a six pack being a legitimate offensive force in addition to a defensive monster.

But yeah, I don't get that at all from Knies so it's not registering with me as a real comp.
 
I just get excited thinking about that sexy, smooth gazelle with a six pack being a legitimate offensive force in addition to a defensive monster.

But yeah, I don't get that at all from Knies so it's not registering with me as a real comp.
Mrs Presto have anything to worry about here?
 
I wasn't comparing him to engvall just saying that the engvall/acciari slot is likely what he was stepping into this year

Top 9 slots getting replaced:

Bunting 82gms ---> Bertuzzi
Kerfoot 82gms ----> Domi
Engvall 58/Acciari 23 ---> Knies
Holmberg 37/Malgin 23/RoR 13 --> Holmberg/Robertson
 
I don’t really get the comparison at all with Engvall.

Big, not particularly physical, impactful on both sides of the puck.

There are obvious differences, but I figured that baked into to the whole "20+ goal" bit that people keep wanting to ignore that I said. Engvall wouldn't be "Engvall" if he was good enough to regularly score 20+. Knies is obviously much better with the puck on his stick in the offensive zone and doesn't just skate it in circles around the offensive zone and look to fire a turnaround wrister on net as his primary weapon.

Fwiw, it was meant as comp regarding level of impact, not specifically stylistic.

But if the kid turns into a ~25/55 type two way winger, that's not the "stud!!!!!!" that his biggest supporters here keep suggesting (which to me suggests 30+/70+ or better at current league scoring rates) and would be more in line with what I've been saying.
 


Cowen getting a look at C ahead of both Hirvonen and Tverberg, both of whom i thought had a chance to play some C for the marlies this year.

Voit going right up top to start alongside the other top prospects. I like it.

Niemela jumping up to top pair over Vielleneuve.
 
pretty young roster too. the 2 23yr olds Ellis and Tychonick are only depth guys. With Kokkonen and the two goalies being the only 22yr olds.
 
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