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Started by herman, April 09, 2023, 03:12:33 PM

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herman

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Zee

I could have told him what's next lol

herman

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Britishbulldog

Not sure if it best for him to join the Leafs this late in the year and go to the playoffs against Tampa
All The Best
Dan

Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate

I'm impressed by this guy Drain — his writing and analysis.  No rose-colored glasses.

Effective spot-duty seems to be the likely short-term upside for this kid.  Which would be good enough.

herman

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herman

Quote from: Britishbulldog on April 09, 2023, 09:36:15 PMNot sure if it best for him to join the Leafs this late in the year and go to the playoffs against Tampa

I see it this way: the bench is deeper now

Is Knies in the top 12? Maybe. We can find out more by having him (still in playoff mode) play out the regular season string basically risk-free, aside from health. He can give key bodies some extra rest down the stretch regardless of how effective he ends up playing.

Armed with that knowledge, the depth chart is deepened either way. If he slots top-6 (miraculously), then a Kerfoot/Jarnkrok makes the bottom 6 more effective. Knies-Acciari/Kerfoot-Jarnkrok could actually be a fun third line. If he slots bottom 6, then we have another legit NHLer in the press box in case of injury (Lafferty, Aston-Reese, Simmonds, Holmberg, etc).
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CarltonTheBear

I thought there was a decent chance he might have pushed ZAR out of the line-up since I think all 4 of ZAR, Kampf, Acciari, and Lafferty are all probably best off playing on the 4th line and ZAR a few weeks ago would have seemed like the most expendable player of that bunch. But with his recent burst of offence he's probably solidified a spot for game 1.

So yeah barring injury I doubt we'll see Knies early in a playoff series, which is fine obviously. Still excited to see what he can do in his short late season audition.

Kaberle15

My expectations are low, it is another Matthew, 6 foot 3 centre from Arizona, so I am expecting a 4 goal debut, at least.

Go Leafs Go!!!

herman

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Rob

Quote from: Kaberle15 on April 10, 2023, 10:31:20 AMMy expectations are low, it is another Matthew, 6 foot 3 centre from Arizona, so I am expecting a 4 goal debut, at least.



Anything less and total



OldTimeHockey

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I'm all for giving him a look in the last couple games but I'm not confident that having him replace Aston-Reese or to a lesser extent, Lafferty would be the right move for the team. Aston-Reese has been a play driver for the last month. Lafferty looks to finally be figuring it out. I think it would be extremely difficult for Knies to adjust to the team dynamics, the game's speed, or the systems being implemented after 3 games. I still see it in O'Rielly and the other additions who have been in the NHL for years. They are often caught out of position simply because they're not sure where to be. A college kid will be even more lost IMO.

I'm all for him proving me wrong. But I don't have very high hopes of that happening.

Frank E

Quote from: Kaberle15 on April 10, 2023, 10:31:20 AMMy expectations are low, it is another Matthew, 6 foot 3 centre from Arizona, so I am expecting a 4 goal debut, at least.



Like Matthews, he grew up dreaming of one day playing in the vaunted Mullett Arena...scoring and hearing the crowd of many dozens of people cheering him on.  It used to be a dream, but soon it'll be a dream no more.

cw

I'm intrigued by this situation. It is tough to expect a lot. But there is some sort of a chance he could help.

Height and weight stats are not the most reliable. He's tied for 2nd among the Leafs skaters in height at 6'3". He is tied for 3rd among the forwards at 209lbs. No question he is big enough. A lot of young players are not. So that enhances his chances. It will be a heck of a lot different playing against NHL players.

He skates pretty well. Doesn't mind the puck battles. Has some vision. Offensively, he could probably help. We'll find out soon enough. He doesn't have much time to fit in.

Wing in the NHL is the shortest learning curve. That is where he'd play.
He's a left winger which is the Leafs weakest forward position. That helps his chances.

Some of it depends on how they configure the lines. If O'Reilly or Tavares play left wing, it is hard to see where he would fit in. If Matthews, Tavares, O'Reilly & Kampf are the centers, he probably has a better chance.

It will likely be his defensive game that concerns Keefe. He'll be on a very short leash.

No question that he helps provide depth to their weakest position.

It's going to be fun to watch.

Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate

Quote from: Frank E on April 10, 2023, 04:04:00 PM
Quote from: Kaberle15 on April 10, 2023, 10:31:20 AMMy expectations are low, it is another Matthew, 6 foot 3 centre from Arizona, so I am expecting a 4 goal debut, at least.



Like Matthews, he grew up dreaming of one day playing in the vaunted Mullett Arena...scoring and hearing the crowd of many dozens of people cheering him on.  It used to be a dream, but soon it'll be a dream no more.



Many  dozens LOL