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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:03 pm 
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Four goal performance in his first NHL game and 1st overall pick. If ever there was a good time for a wood thread now is the time for this Leaf fan.

he did lose his man in the game winner though.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:43 pm 
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Thankfully he's too young to have heard Joe Thornton's 4-goal game quote.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:14 am 
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Holy hell what a debut.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:50 am 
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He even drove me to a twitter post! That's impressive!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:13 pm 
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They broke down the video where he pretty much made Karlsson and the rest of the Sens look like fools...yikes.

Methinks that "third" line ain't gonna be a third line for long.


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Between size, being older in his draft year, and playing last year as Pro guess it kinda would make sense that he would be more NHL ready than most post draft.


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Hounsy wrote:
Between size, being older in his draft year, and playing last year as Pro guess it kinda would make sense that he would be more NHL ready than most post draft.


4 goals is more NHL ready than most legit superstars.

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Man, how bored must he have been starting out playing hockey in Scottsdale, Arizona?


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Hounsy wrote:
Four goal performance in his first NHL game and 1st overall pick. If ever there was a good time for a wood thread now is the time for this Leaf fan.

he did lose his man in the game winner though.


I just saw the OT for this and turned off the game as soon as Ottawa scored. It looked like Matthews got caught cherry picking. Was that the case?


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I can't find the link at the moment but some other NHLers were tweeting some funny shit to Matthews. Letang said "welcome to the beer league." :lol:

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Farang, He was not cherry picking but Turris blew past him in the neutral zone skating back when Mathews was puck watching instead of Turris watching for a couple of seconds.

Some player tweets in this article,

https://www.nhl.com/news/twitter-reacts ... -282601984

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Strombone ‏@strombone1 Oct 12
I've just decided that Reims will play ALL of the games versus the leafs this year...... #Matthews

Tom Sestito ✔ @TomSestito23
Austin Matthews might have more career NHL goals than me before the night is over .....
7:50 PM - 12 Oct 2016

Kristopher Letang ✔ @Letang_58
Wow !!! @AM34 welcome to our beer league !!!' Lolll #congrats #easygame

Kristopher Letang ✔ @Letang_58
@AM34 492 goals nothing less !!!
9:14 PM - 12 Oct 2016

Garret SparksVerified account
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I feel like I'm watching one of the 99 overall created player's I used to make in NHL 2002

My fav just cause he ended up having a surprising opening night hat trick himself.

Joe Colborne ✔ @Joe_Colborne
Cmon @AM34 it's not supposed to be this easy...
8:29 PM - 12 Oct 2016


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Six games into his season and he leads the league in points and goals.

doesn't mean an awful lot this early but it is still a good start.

Nylander and him make for a hell of a duo right now.


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Not to put a negative spin on it but watching how well Nylander has been as a setup guy I can't help but wonder again what could have been if Quinn had just gotten a playmaking winger for Mats Sundin.


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Not to put a negative spin on it but watching how well Nylander has been as a setup guy I can't help but wonder again what could have been if Quinn had just gotten a playmaking winger for Mats Sundin.


Does everyone forget this guy?

http://www.hockey-reference.com/players ... lal01.html

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Nylander named rookie of the month. Just an incredible talent. Lottery-calibre player who probably dropped a few points because his dad was considered contact-shy.

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Nylander named rookie of the month. Just an incredible talent. Lottery-calibre player who probably dropped a few points because his dad was considered contact-shy.


Geez...did that really play a part? You'd think given Michael Nylander's body of work that it'd only help his stock.

Seriously, Nylander was underrated virtually his entire career. Involved in some of the most awful/lopsided trades of the 90s and early 2000s. Just look up his transaction history. Zarley Zalapski (the guy the Whalers got for Ronnie Franchise) is somehow involved. I still remember that Nikolishin deal between the Caps and Hawks...absolutely terrible. And I still rant and rave at how much fun the Straka-Nylander-Jagr line for the Rangers was to watch. Just wonderful to see them slowly, but skillfully, move the puck up the ice.

Makes me wonder how good his little bro is, Alex was drafted higher, was he not?

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Yeah, I always keep thinking he was a sniper-type guy, don't know why. That was a brief time Sundin got a winger worthy of his talents, even though Mogilny was near the end of the line by that time. The rest of the time it was guys like Tucker, Domi, Hoglund, and a broken down Mikael Renberg.


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Makes me wonder how good his little bro is, Alex was drafted higher, was he not?


They where both 8th overall picks. Given how well Willam has progressed post draft it would be hard for Alex to reach his brothers levels as he progresses. Far from impossible just less likely i would say.


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Considering the type of backwater brutes that steer NHL franchises, I absolutely believe Nylander dropped a few spots because of his pops and size. Michael may have been the Swedish Gretzky, but he's always had the rep of being soft.

You telling me good Canadian boys Michael Dal Colle and Jake Virtanen are more talented than this kid? Not a chance. Nylander might even be better than the two Sams by the time this 2014 draft class fully graduates.

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Av-merican wrote:
E.L. wrote:
Nylander named rookie of the month. Just an incredible talent. Lottery-calibre player who probably dropped a few points because his dad was considered contact-shy.


Geez...did that really play a part? You'd think given Michael Nylander's body of work that it'd only help his stock.

Seriously, Nylander was underrated virtually his entire career. Involved in some of the most awful/lopsided trades of the 90s and early 2000s. Just look up his transaction history. Zarley Zalapski (the guy the Whalers got for Ronnie Franchise) is somehow involved. I still remember that Nikolishin deal between the Caps and Hawks...absolutely terrible. And I still rant and rave at how much fun the Straka-Nylander-Jagr line for the Rangers was to watch. Just wonderful to see them slowly, but skillfully, move the puck up the ice.

Makes me wonder how good his little bro is, Alex was drafted higher, was he not?

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Yeah, I always keep thinking he was a sniper-type guy, don't know why. That was a brief time Sundin got a winger worthy of his talents, even though Mogilny was near the end of the line by that time. The rest of the time it was guys like Tucker, Domi, Hoglund, and a broken down Mikael Renberg.


Stumpy Thomas and Berezin could score goals at a great clip, but weren't exactly elite setup men. People love to harp on this about Sundin but honestly, how many elite wingers are playmakers first? Mike Johnson was decent too. Dmitri Khristich was a big acquisition but absolutely bombed in Toronto. So it's not like he was just stuck with Domi all the time, he did play with some good to very good wingers, just not guys like Tkachuk, Kariya, Selanne, Bure, Shanahan, Hull...

The best besides Mogilny would have been the guy that they let go of on waivers...

http://www.hockey-reference.com/players ... ist01.html

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http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2017/1/3/14 ... tals-calde

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