Player Discussion Joel Eriksson Ek: The 2nd Act

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    Probably an add with Monahan, but I don't know about significant.
     
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    We aren't really expecting anything. Just trying to make better sense of the season he just had.
     
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    Dumba for Monahan is largely fair if you ignore team needs. Maybe a small plus from Minnesota. If Calgary values Dumba as a 30 point defenseman like you do, they're not trading Monahan for him in the first place. Adding Ek is overkill.

    Cirelli has become entirely overrated. He requires a bigger plus than Monahan does.
     
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    Only issue with Monahan is Calgary needs a top line center as well.
     
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    I've seen their fans move Lindholm into the top line spot.
     
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    I've seen otherwise that Lindholm is a top guy. He has the numbers, but they keep mention that if they send off Monahan they need a top 6 center back or a better center back.
     
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    Lindholm is a capable top 6 center for them, but the problem is their RW is weaker than their C. Lindholm is one of the few right handed forwards they have, and the only top 6 one. Thus they keep him at RW.
     
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    To be honest, I never fully understood all of the Monahan smoke, but it did/does appear to be there in some way. Though probably most of it was just frustration about how they bowed out to Dallas.
     
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    I think they are kicking the tires on a bunch of centers.
     
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    Hey guys, what kind of player is Ek projecting now?
     
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    Most likely projects as a lower end 2C that should probably be playing 3C. Could still be an average 2C. He improved by leaps and bounds this season, so I don't really want to put a cap on where he is now.

    There's some pretty good reason to believe he could be a Danault level player in the next couple years. Defensively not as good, but probably a better goal scorer too.
     
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    If I’m being totally honest, I have no idea what Calgary management is thinking around Monahan. I think he could be available in the right deal, but I don’t think he’s being actively shopped but I’m sure Calgary is listening.

    Dumba would fit our needs on the backend great. But then we have a huge hole for a 1C. Signing someone like Hall won’t fix that and then we would likely move Hanifin to fill the hole of Monahan but I also don’t know what that looks like.

    I like Ek, but I’m not sure he’s the piece that would make the Flames bite on doing Monahan for Dumba. Value is all close though IMO.
     
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    It wouldn't be Dumba+Ek for Monahan unless a fairly significant piece were coming back with him.

    Dumba for Monahan makes sense for us, Ek+ for Monahan makes sense for us, but both for Monahan doesn't.

    That would basically be the inverse equivalent of Monahan+Andersson, to us.
     
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    I don't see any chance that Monahan gets both Dumba and Ek
     
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    That’s totally fair guys. Like I said I think the value is close but I’m not sure the Flames pull the trigger on it. I think it depends how much our management likes Dumba.
     
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    We'll see what EK can do with better opportunities this year, but there have been no signs of offensive brilliance from him so far. I am hoping he develops some more in that area, but so far he has been used as a shutdown C, with almost no PP TOI. He's more of a dogged crasher and banger than a finesse player. If CAL have no plan B for a #1C after they trade Monahan, then I would question why they would do it.
     
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    Question for you. Why is it Monahan in all of the talks and not Lindholm?
     
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    Lindholm won’t be moved. He’s a near elite defensive player, he’s versatile and extremely smart. Monahan is an elite finisher, average skater, average playmaker, average defensively, when he’s not scoring sometimes you don’t notice him much. But his production makes him a 1C.

    Lindholm isn’t ideal to play at C, but he can do it. Overall he’s a more complete player and management loves him. I like Monahan a lot as well, you can tell he really cares but his style of play makes it seem like he’s not engaged at times even though I feel he is. He’s got an amazing knack for finding the soft spots on the ice and scoring goals.
     
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    That is one reason I want him. He may not be the speedster but he can finish and we don’t have many finishers.
     
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    Yeah honestly I think Monahan is better than prime Ryan Johanson, he’s a fantastic finisher. He’s not bad defensively, he’s gotten much better in this area but he does not touch the game in many ways if he’s not scoring. IMO that’s the only reason he’s not viewed as an elite player because he doesn’t really drive the play. He has pretty soft hands in that makes really underrated dishes in the offensive zone but he’s not known for playmaking ability.

    I kinda only want to deal him for an upgrade at C but I’m not sure that’s possible.

    What’s the scouting report on Dumba?
     
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    I kind of skipped over this post, but I was looking through some of Eriksson-Ek's 5v5 numbers on NaturalStatTrick and they're better than I had expected. Numbers are all 5v5; ranks are all league-wide vs centers (or whoever NST has listed as a "C" anyway) with 500+ minutes played.

    Individual
    26 points
    - tied for 66th with Getzlaf, Trocheck, Dvorak
    - a point better than Bergeron, Seguin, Kadri, Monahan
    11 first assists
    - tied for 47th with Matthews, Zibanejad, Tavares, Domi
    - a point better than Couturier, Dubois
    92 shots
    - tied for 91st with Duchene
    7 goals
    - tied for 117th with Trocheck, Suzuki, Marner, O'Reilly
    - one better than Horvat

    On Ice
    54.06 xGF%
    - 35th in the league
    - slightly better than Nicklas Backstrom and Sebastian Aho
    23.26 xGA
    - 28th in the league
    57.81 HDCF%
    - 6th in the league
    - Better than Cirelli

    So very good possession stats, especially considering his usage, which is about what I expected. But his 5v5 production already seems to be there for a top-6 center. The goal-scoring and shooting isn't great, but when I look at some of the names around him it doesn't seem like such a big deal.

    It's hard not to see a player that looks like a top-6 center if he's given powerplay time. I'm not sure that his tool set really justifies giving him that time.... but I'm not sure it doesn't, either. If he can improve his faceoffs enough, does he justify his spot on one of those units? I am increasingly curious to see what the guy does with the opportunities he's likely to get next year.
     
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    given proper top 6 usage and at least pp2 time he should get to 50 points and still be shutting people down. i dont know of any trick he has that makes him elite for the pp but i have said before and ill say it again, he could be able to do parises job of net front plus since he is bigger he should be able to battle better than parise can at this point. hand eye may be worse i dont really know as he doesnt get highlighted for it.
     
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    scouting report? better known for his offensive ability and cannon of a one timer on the pp but his defensive play has improved each year. he wont carry his partner defensively but he is not a complete liability either. he is the only defenseman we have that plays physical and is willing to fight. i see him as an offensive dman that can be an energizer bunny and if not traded a future C for us. this past year he was not connecting on the pp as he did in the past with his shot but he will bounce back and i dont see 40 points as too far off for him moving forward with the potential of 20+ goals. i dont know that he will reach 30 goals but he was pacing to hit get close to 30 before tearing his pectoral muscle.
     
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    You're talking about the guy that went to the front of the net with his stick upside down, right?
     
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    i wasnt able to watch the play so i dont know what all happened there for that to happen but seems rather irrelevant to hand eye coordination, funny to joke about though.
     

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