The reality is that Charlie is out there because he is probably the 2nd best defenseman right NOW. And he has the most potential of any of them.
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Best McAvoy has looked all year which kind of ticks me off. JFK not dressing with Krecji out shows how dumb that contract was.
Before we start ripping McAvoy or Quinn about his play at BU which was overall very good IMO, I'd add a couple of points that the NESN guys just made.
1) McAvoy was able to keep his game simple tonight where at BU he had to do too much at times.
2) His high hockey IQ suits him for NHL play and he has a better connection with his linemates which are on his mental level.
Of course, I was tempted to wonder where was this guy at times at BU too. However, I consider his play tonight to be a positive for the BU program. Being able to step right up as a 19 y/o and make an impact in a NHL playoff game debut speaks well for his development at BU.
2)His high hockey IQ was to much for JFK?.Keller?...Please
His ability to step up and make an impact tonight answers two questions..one he is clearly coachable and two he was allowed to do whatever he wanted at BU. At least I hope he was doing what he wanted and wasn't told to play pond hockey...didn't see him once join the rush tonight. Instead played defense and moved pucks quickly and only ended up down low when the cycle dictated. Hardly saw a shift at BU where he didn't rush to the front of the other teams net.
Last edited by BUtogether; 04-12-2017 at 09:37 PM.
McAvoy at BU was undisciplined and made a lot of mistakes. In loss to Notre Dame, for instance, he was directly or indirectly responsible for all of the Irish goals.
But, it was not a lack of coaching, attitude or lack of effort.
McAvoy is physically gifted. A real power skater. In college, he tried to do too much. So how do you harness a talent like that.
He could make a mistake, a gamble that she shouldn't have, and often was able to make up for it because of how well he moves. Sometimes that didn't work, and he was caught.
High hockey IQ? I'm not sold. I think it is more a lack of overall experience, especially defensively.
If he plays within himself, and doesn't try and too much, he could be a big success with the Bruins. I think he will do that.
My question will be how does he play once he establishes himself, and feels he can start taking chances again.
I wish him luck, and hope that he does play within himself. That will be the proof of whether he has a high Hockey IQ or not.
- If you read the actual quotes from Greenway, I wouldn't call it an absolute certainty that he comes back. I think that is his intention at this time, but apparently the Wild still have every intention of trying to sign him
- On JFK, I think it is clear that the Bruins wanted to sign him to avoid losing him in a couple years, but see him as needing some time in the AHL. He used leverage (burn a year of the ELC), since he seemed to be fine with coming back to BU. They signed him, gave him a game, and now he will likely not play in Boston until he has had some seasoning in Providence. Of course, if Krejci is out beyond last night, it is certainly possible that JFK could play, but I think they stick wit more veteran pros.
- McAvoy - he looked great, and I wan't surprised. He definitely kept things simple, but I also think he was more comfortable with the physical side, less worried that he might get called for hitting too hard. There is no doubt that he had a significant impact on the Bruins beating the trap. I think he has played his last AHL game.
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Agreed on JFK and McAvoy.
Krejci was a last minute scratch. JFK might have not even made the trip. I have no idea how many players travel.
Greenway is interesting because Minnesota seems to want to sign him, but has a deep forward group, so it would figure they want him in the AHL. Sam Anas, Alex Tuch, Mario Lucia, Adam Gilmour, Justin Kloos, and Luke Kunin are already on their AHL roster, unable to make the NHL team. If Greenway prefers one more year in Boston before beginning to bus around Iowa I'm not sure what the Wild could really give him to sweeten their offer, they couldn't give him an NHL spot over all 6 of those AHL players listed, right?
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