14 juin 2019
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Xspyrit</b></div><div>1- Sanderson
Kastelic is more like 15th-18th OA, he was a potential bottom-6 forward, not more
Pinto could be a perennial Selke candidate and JBD "should" be a Top-4 defensive D-man. These 3 guys are in very different tiers.
Kastelic has shown he can play in the NHL and actually be impactful. However, I don't see him be more than a 4th line Center. But you still need these guys. I think a comparable for him is Nate Thompson. Great on faceoffs, good defensively, can even provide a bit of offense
Look at some analysis I did on him a while ago :
<em>Small sample size (16 GP with 9:11 average) but look at this, among skaters who played at least 15 games :
Hits/60 : Kastelic is 5th behind Michael Pezzetta, Ryan Reaves, Liam O'Brien and Reese Johnson
BkS/60 (forwards only) : Kastelic is 8th behind Austin Watson, Nick Bonino, Carter Rowney, Brett Howden, Tyler Motte, Alexei Toropchenko and Parker Kelly
TkA/60 : Kastelic is 3rd behind Mark Stone and Logan Shaw</em></div></div>
Fantastic analysis! Thank you!!
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>IcemanJoe</b></div><div>Russo has speculated they don’t like Addison playing when Dumba and Spurgeon are both playing. That leaves our D core on the small side. If Dumba is gone, Addison slides into that spot (if he earns it of course).
Russo listed off about 4-5 names yesterday, O’Rourke being one of those names. Along with J Pert, Addison, C Lambos, D Hunt, and maybe M Warren. If they sign Middleton to a 3 year extension, that leaves Dumba’s spot as the only top 4 spot available for about
6 D prospects coming up. Middleton maybe be able to play off hand. Or they address that spot later, but we’ve got lots of good D prospects coming and only 1 top 4 spot for them to play, on the right side. That assumes everyone stays healthy too.</div></div>
I don't like guys playing on their off-hand at D and I don't know if Middleton has ever done it before. I like him with Spurgeon alot better.
Also, I think all of those guys are lefties with the exception of Addison. So if he's not the guy at RD, you're forcing a rookie to play off side when they start in the NHL. That's a big ask.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Caerii</b></div><div>Not going to try to convince you Fiala has been good, just gonna add a little extra context.
In 2019-20, Fiala was our best playoff player on a line with Eric Staal.
In 2020-21, Fiala played with Hartman and Johansson, so is it any wonder he didn't produce?
In 2021-22, Fiala played with Boldy and Gaudreau. Gaudreau disappeared even harder than Fiala did, and Boldy LOOKED like a rookie out there.
So we didn't learn anything new that we didn't already know. The only difference is in the playoffs we seem to shift the blame from Guerin and Evason not putting him in a position to succeed, to Fiala. Despite the fact that nothing really changed.
Looking at those seasons statistically from a team perspective, the only guys in the last three years that have outscored Fiala in the playoffs are Spurgeon and Kaprizov. Notably, Zuccarello has one single goal in his three playoff runs here, and less points than Fiala does. And he's the one attached to Kaprizov.
Fiala needs to be better going forward in the playoffs, but we as a fanbase need to stop pretending Fiala is exceedingly bad. He is constantly used as a scapegoat by media (namely Russo) and fans (especially on Twitter, yes I realize it's a cesspool). It's tired and played out.
It is not a tale of two different seasons or players. It is the same player with the same flaws we already knew about. It's not the reason we're losing. If you're looking for the reason we're losing, look at the GM who constructed this roster and the coach who's in charge of deploying it every game.
Fiala will get traded, most likely to a team that recognizes that in order to get the best out of your players, you need to give them something to work with. And he'll continue scoring in the regular season, and he'll produce in the playoffs too with a competent GM and coach.</div></div>
Fiala is a streaky scorer like Nino. He'll get his goals in the regular season because it's a long time, so his streak eventually shows up. But over any one 6 game period he could be either a 0 pts player or a 6 pts player and there's no way to tell which Fiala will show up. But, in the postseason, it's been low scoring Fiala who shows up.
With regard to last year with Hartman and Johannsen. Hartman has scored alot of goals this year with KK on his line. So he's not worthless. To say that Fiala couldn't score last postseason because he was paired with Hartman is just short sighted. Also, Fiala thought he should be paid more than 6.5M this year, so he must think he's worth 8M now. 8M dollar players make their linemates better.
I just don't see that future for him. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong.
But my main concern was how negative GMBG is about him. That points to a Nino style trade rather than a Zucker style trade (or better) which was my concern