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#41 MapleLeafpoker

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 07:48 PM

View PostDanielNegreanu, on 09 January 2018 - 07:32 PM, said:

Cheap Thieves Roster Keeper Assets in Order of Value:


1. F Jujhar Khaira, EDM.


wtf?
wow, your main roster is beyond awful as is if he's #1.
but, the way AHL is going, your strat is prob a good one

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 08:01 PM

Thieves future looks bright:

$32.75 above the cap over the next few years
9 extra draft picks including 4 additional 1st round picks

The hardest part of managing all this is making room for all the picks and the players coming in! Looks like I will be forced to make some deals at some point packaging assets for a superstar or two. Great time to be a Cheap Thieves fan!
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Posted 09 January 2018 - 08:03 PM

View PostMapleLeafpoker, on 09 January 2018 - 07:48 PM, said:

wtf?
wow, your main roster is beyond awful as is if he's #1.
but, the way AHL is going, your strat is prob a good one

I think these .25 Aho eligible players will help team depth and allow cap space to fill the top spots with high priced free agents. A 40 point .25 player is more valuable than a 60 point $12 player IMO, not like I have any of those! Plus, look at the farm, most of my top assets can be found there.
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Posted 09 January 2018 - 08:09 PM

Wait... there is MORE! Cheap Thieves will have TWO top 6 lottery balls in the 2018 draft. I could seriously end up with two of the three:

Rasmus Dahlin
Andrei Svechnikov
Filip Zadina

That would be bonkers.
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Posted 09 January 2018 - 08:54 PM

View PostDanielNegreanu, on 09 January 2018 - 08:03 PM, said:

I think these .25 Aho eligible players will help team depth and allow cap space to fill the top spots with high priced free agents. A 40 point .25 player is more valuable than a 60 point $12 player IMO, not like I have any of those! Plus, look at the farm, most of my top assets can be found there.

i agree for the most part, but i dont think 60pt will go for that much anymore.

if you pick the right depth guys, and your farm develops as it should, you'll be set up well for the auction.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 09:29 PM

Damn if only I had gotten Aho 2.0 I could've gotten a 1st rounder for him a la Jayce Hawryluk
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 11:27 AM

View PostMapleLeafs, on 09 January 2018 - 09:29 PM, said:

Damn if only I had gotten Aho 2.0 I could've gotten a 1st rounder for him a la Jayce Hawryluk

Ha! Not quite! As I said, I could have used a 4th round pick on him this off season but chose Connor Hobbs instead. Aho has been a ton better, but not 1st pick better. I
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:22 AM

Defenseman Sebastian Aho of the Islanders will get his first start of many hopefully for the Cheap Thieves tonight. Next season, expect to see both Aho's in the lineup consistently.
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 10:45 AM

Can we expect a renaming of the franchise? Dickcheese Ahos?
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 04:52 PM

View Postdigitalmonkey, on 13 January 2018 - 10:45 AM, said:

Can we expect a renaming of the franchise? Dickcheese Ahos?

This is actually quite good and we will take the suggestion into consideration.
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Posted 14 January 2018 - 09:24 AM

Rumors around the team that Nolan Patrick will be signed to an entry level contract this week and be Aho'd. It has been a rough start for the #2 overall pick having abdominal surgery in the off season as well as missing 9 games to a concussion, but experts say the talent is there and he will develop into a strong forward in the NHL. Reminiscent of Joe Thorton who in his rookie campaign scored just 3 goals and 4 assists in 55 games, but by his third season, he had 11 straight 20+ goal seasons in the NHL.

With the $3.00 price tag it looks like the team may cut ties with some of the older players that won't be a part of this team's future. We are looking at you Jussi Jokinen and Travis Hamonic. The team cap currently sits at $31.25, adding Nolan Patrick will help keep the team above the $30 floor. There are still a few more weeks for potential waiver wire pickups to fill out the roster, but one player we won't see called up for the stretch run is Sebastian Aho who is already at 9 games played on the season and will be a Toewes rule call up next season. Aho, will of course be available to take part in the Reject Cup.
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Posted 14 January 2018 - 04:38 PM

Jan 14th

Waiver Wire Pick Up: D Erik Gustafsson

Release F Jussi Jokinen, LAK.


AHO Call-up: F Nolan Patrick, PHI.

Release: D Travis Hamonic, CAL.
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Posted 14 January 2018 - 05:20 PM

Jason Pominville 35
David Backes 33
Casey Cizikas 26
Jordan Szwarz 26
Nick Lappin 25
Brett Connolly 25
Tomas Nosek 25
Kenny Agostino 25
Martin Frk 24
Nail Yakupov 24
Kalle Kossila 24
Mike Vecchione 24
David Kampf 23
Jujhar Khaira 23
Dominik Simon 23
Remi Elie 22
Jayce Hawryluk 22
Colin White 20
Nolan Patrick 19

Avg Age of Forwards: 24.6

Erik Gustafsson 25
Paul Ladue 25
Matt Grzelcyk 24
MacKenzie Weegar 24
Joakim Ryan 24
Damon Severson 23
Chris Bigras 22
Sebastian Aho 21
Alexander Carrier 21

Avg Age of Defense: 23.2
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Posted 17 January 2018 - 11:21 AM

Cory Pronman Top 50 Prospect Rankings see plenty of Cheap Thieves listed:

27. Logan Brown, C, Ottawa
Age: 19 | Height: 6-foot-6 | Weight: 220 pounds
Drafted: First round, 11th overall in 2016
2017-18 team: Windsor Spitfires
Brown is a frustrating prospect because of his immense potential. He’s a 6-foot-6 center with skill, he’s not slow and can make high-end plays. That is typically a top-five pick caliber prospect. However, he is incredibly inconsistent, particularly in how he battles game to game. I’ve seen games from him where he looks unstoppable and others where you need to recheck the lineup card. I still see so many flashes from him, particularly with his great vision, that you try to be realistic about his negatives and see the value he brings to a team. He’s getting better, and his experience in Ottawa showed him what he needs to do to be a pro.

29. Klim Kostin, LW, St. Louis
Age: 18 | Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 196 pounds
Drafted: First round, 31st overall in 2017
2017-18 team: San Antonio Rampage
Kostin’s draft season was derailed by injuries, but he’s looked quite good this season. He had an excellent training camp with the Blues, has been fine — albeit not great — in the AHL and had an excellent world juniors. The things to get excited about are obvious. He’s a big, strong winger with skill who not only can dangle but shows the quality offensive instincts to make plays around him at high speeds and score, too. I worry about his foot speed and his defensive play, and there’s a small question in my brain about how high-end his skill is, but overall I think he’s shown why there was such optimism for him at one point.

34. Vitaly Abramov, LW, Columbus
Age: 19 | Height: 5-foot-9 | Weight: 172 pounds
Drafted: Third round, 65th overall in 2016
2017-18 team: Gatineau Olympiques and Victoriaville Tigres
Abramov didn’t have a great world juniors, but I’ve watched him closely for a long time and know the highly talented player he is. The reigning QMJHL MVP has a ton of skill and can be a driver for a line. He makes highly skilled dekes seem effortless and his vision surprises me at times even when you know he’s looking to make a play. His warts are that he’s small; not a real speedster, which isn’t ideal at his height; and while he works to win pucks, defense will be a question for him at the top level.

40. Ian Mitchell, D, Chicago
Age: 18 | Height: 5-foot-11 | Weight: 174 pounds
Drafted: Second round, 57th overall in 2017
2017-18 team: Denver
Mitchell was a player who intrigued me last season as a draft-eligible player at various events, but this season he’s firmly established in my mind that he’s a top prospect. He’s been the top defenseman on one of the best college teams in the country as an 18-year-old. He brings a lot of components to the table in terms of his skating and skill, but his IQ stands out the most to me. Mitchell is very calm moving the puck and controls things well on the PP. He isn’t offense-only, as he plays tough minutes and kills penalties in Denver, and despite being small, he defends OK.

44. Sebastian Aho, D, New York Islanders
Age: 21 | Height: 5-foot-10 | Weight: 170 pounds
Drafted: Fifth round, 139th overall in 2017
2017-18 team: Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Longtime readers will likely chuckle at the older Sebastian Aho making yet another appearance on a prospect ranking for me, but damn if he’s not having a great season. Drafted in his fourth eligible season last summer, Aho quickly signed with the Islanders, has been an All-Star playing all situations in the AHL and earned a few games up in the NHL. He skates very well, and his hockey sense also gets a high grade. He moves the puck so well due to his IQ but has enough creativity and speed to skate it up if he needs to. Despite being small, he competes defensively and makes smarts reads there, but perfecting his D-zone work will be the area he’ll need to improve for the NHL.

49. Jeremy Bracco, RW, Toronto
Age: 20 | Height: 5-foot-9 | Weight: 181 pounds
Drafted: Second round, 61st overall in 2015
2017-18 team: Toronto Marlies
Bracco started the season with a focus on his off-ice conditioning and strength, and as a result, he didn't play a ton to start his first pro season. With notable progress in that area in the past month or so though since he’s been getting regular playing time, he’s looked very impressive. His brain stands out, as he’s a fantastic playmaker, and with his unique skating stride, he also stands out whenever he’s near the puck. Bracco needs to continue to be better off the puck and get stronger, and I’d like to see him score a bit more, but I really like his upside.

Honorable mentions:
Jonathan Dahlen,VAN.
Dillon Dube, CAL.
Colin White, OTT.
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Posted Today, 10:33 AM

Recent waiver wire pickup D Erik Gustafsson, CHI. has an NHL PPPG of 1.500
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Posted Today, 10:47 AM

I had him two years ago. He was useful. Like 14 assists in 40 games, but no goals, and then he doesn’t even play a game the next season. Lol
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