Well any comments on Zherdev's first game?

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  1. Reign Nateo

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    If not I will! I watched the game on Centre Ice and he looked pretty good. You have to understand the situation, but he did well. One thing I noticed is he is small. But he has the skills set.

    Almost 11 minutes of ice and a little PP time from the coach is nice to see. I look forward to following his NHL career.

    BTW Rick Nash is my new favourite player :bow:
     
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    He got nothing out of two 2-on-1's and a partial breakaway, but he looks like an exciting player.
     
  3. Supposedly, w/everything going on and the time change, Z has had little sleep in the last 36 hours. I was at the game, so I didn't have the advantage of replay, but he made a couple of nice moves on some rushes into the Duck's zone. Looked like he belonged.

    Glad he's finally here, and I'm looking forward to many years of watching him snipe from the wing off feeds from Fritsche, with Nasher in front to clean up the rebounds. :D
     
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    Look for defensemen to pinch against him. Ozo pinched all night long, and Zherdev barely noticed him, though it was his assignment (if MacLean gave him one). He could, of course, have had an assignment to stay up high and fake the outlet pass, though that's rare in today's NHL, and especially in Columbus, from what I've seen.

    ~Crazed.
     
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    You're right. But doesn't Ozo pinch against anybody and everybody, particularly with his team down a goal in the latter half of a game? I could be wrong (I don't see the Ducks a lot), but that's my perception.

    Z-dev did try a couple of time to get into the play in the defensive zone, and did look a bit lost. I think some confusion is to be expected and not a major issue as long as he's willing to make a real effort in the defensive end.

    He seems to have a knack for finding open ice and chances to use his speed. If he can do that consistantly he'll be a lot of fun to watch!
     
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    I remember a few times he backchecked in the neutral zone and stole the puck from the Duck player pretty cleanly.

    Also, he's not really "small". Chistov...Bouchard are small. Zherdev is listed at 6'2" 190 lbs., and looks like it. He got popped a few times by Salei and Burrent but he popped right back up and enjoyed the play, really didn't seem to mind the rough stuff.
     
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    Nash is a rock solid player...He's been amazing so far and looks like the real deal...

    As for Zherdev, I think he'll look good as long as they don't ask him to play more defensive and less offensive. He's good already backchecking so shouldn't be too much of a problem. Him and Nash should be fun to watch., And Malhotra looked not bad either...
     
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    Nice to see Columbus getting some results at forward from their drafts.
     
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    I didn't get to see the game but am glad to hear he did well. All of the Top 4 picks in the NHL this year, that's pretty good.

    Nash is such an exciting player and to think that he is still so young. I can honestly say that he is one of my favorite non-Panthers players in the league.
     
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    I think 6-2 is an exaggeration. I remember seeing him next to Malhotra who is 6-2 and Zherdev looked a lot smaller. I would guess that he is about 5-11/6-0 and 190 pounds. Not really "small" and maybe I should have used a better word, but size isn't really one of his assets.
     
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    Yea, the player I saw last night looked like a bigger version of Chistov with very similar attributes. Good vision, very good hands, quick feet, but not exceptionally fast. The extra inches will give him an opportunity to finish more plays and establish better position in the high-traffic areas.

    The BJ's asst. GM was saying Kovalev, but I would have to see his shot to judge the plausibility of that projection. And he could probably use a bit more strength in the lower body.
     
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    He looks to be at least 6 foot 1, IMO.
     
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    Are we gonna split hairs here? :p
     
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    Agreed on all accounts. Ozo has toned down his offensive forays, but is still a threat, and if he's got a rookie out on the ice with him, he'll exploit him. It's the nature of the beast. Zherdev won't be known for his D in the way, say, Michalek will be, but it was nice to see him make an effort last night. Even if he's not effective in the defensive zone, if a coach doesn't respect what he did out there, then he shouldn't be coaching. He did something that he's not accustomed to doing as best he could, and the team won. Case closed, problem solved.

    Columbus could have a gem on their hands, if they treat him well. Hopefully, the Jackets will do just that.

    ~Crazed.
     
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    Zherdev is basically fresh off the boat: just left his country, just met his new teammates, hasn't had any sleep, and hasn't had any practice time. I'd give him a month before we make any judgements on his game.
     
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    2nd game is live right now: Zherdev just scored a kickass goal, showcased some nice things.

    Good skills, poise and strength. He never gave up on this one.

    Unfortunately the goal was refused because of the stupid net moving.
     
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    Fixed your post... :(
     
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    Complete horsecrap call. The play wasn't affected by the net coming off, and besides, it was Zidlicky who knocked the friggin net off.
     
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    I wouldn't call it a kickass goal. I would call it a tough, scrapping, hard working goal where he outmuscled Zidlicky and beat Vokoun. Not the prettiest goal he'll score, but certainly loved the effort.

    That being said, the rule is a rule and I don't know why it wasn't altered at the end of last year. It should only be ruled a no-goal if the goal was scored as a result of the net being dislodged.

    Preds are playing the CBJ's stride for stride. Up until that Zherdev goal, we'd been playing very respectably for the previous 10 minutes or so.

    Ironically, the first ever Pred goal scored was into a dislodged net. The refs reviewed it and said if it hadn't been dislodged, we would have scored. Ironic, I know.
     
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    I guess all teams can have a defenseman back behind the net, and when things get dicy and a goal is about to be scored, just dislodge the net. No goal and no call.
     
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    If they aren't going to call it, I would just sit Jamie Allison back there and let him lift the net at the slightest hint of danger. He'd definitely be a better player.
     
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    Neither were his fault unless it was Zherdev whom Hall creamed into the net to score the second goal.
     
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    It's even now, Harts has a goal disallowed in extremely similar fashion. Hartnell has hit two posts and had a goal disallowed. He also has an assists.
     
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    Zherdev(19) also just missed a close in shot that went just wide...

    He was on the ice with Nash(19) and Aaron Johnson(20). Thats a a young group of kids to have out there.
     
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    Zherdev has had at least 5 scoring chances tonight including the dis-allowed goal..

    He just scored and a sweet snap shot.

    This kid has really shown some flashes of absolute brilliance tonight.

    :yo: :handclap: :yo: :handclap:
     
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