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Forum: Armchair-GM20 sep à 15 h 42
Sujet: Preseason
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>HatterTParty</b></div><div>Okay, I had to go back and make sure I watched the hit about 20 times before I responded to you.

First things first, no doubt agree with the part about getting hit when he was down, definitely out of line. Secondly, and this is just an opinion, I would argue it wouldn’t have been boarding if he fell straight down instead of hitting the boards (yes, I know it’s called “boarding” for a reason). That being said, here’s where i differ in opinion. Dach was not hit from behind, as he was passing he turned his body into the oncoming player. The player caught dach the chest/shoulder area. Sure dach wasn’t facing him head on, but it was a far cry from being hit from behind.

I don’t and definitely will not question whether or not he handles concussions differently. He’s a human being and it does mess with him like anyone else. However, What concerns me is how easily he was hit. In all honesty, he looked like a 150 lb. player getting launched into the boards. That was my concern and where I question him. Did dach really believe no one was back checking him??? Is he really that weak that a guy launched him like that into the boards??? The cross check while down is inexcusable, and yes, it probably a boarding call only because he did hit the boards. But he put himself in that position to be hit in such a manner. He was the inexperienced one who couldn’t take a hit. Not in the receiving the hit manner, but rather being strong on your feet and using your 200 lbs to brace yourself. Like I said, did he really think no one was following him?

That’s why I am deeply concerned with his ability to play the physical style he was drafted for. I know I’m being harsh, really I do, and I do apologize. But take away his hands and what is he? Cuz it isn’t a power forward apparently. I don’t have to like that we took him, but I do have to accept it, or pray to god he actually has some trade value down the road.</div></div>

I agree with you about being worried about the size difference, he was pushed down by one of the pilon brothers (Yes thats their name lol) Both Drake and Darien are listed at 5'10 which is pretty short. While it is a little worrying hes at the start of his professional career and will get bigger and stronger. i think its a little early to have thoughts of trading him now, at least wait a year and see what hes got.
Forum: Armchair-GM19 sep à 17 h 20
Sujet: Preseason
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>HatterTParty</b></div><div>I really like Kubalik and Saarela. Kubalik is a lock at this point for opening night, but Saarela is probably gonna get overlooked. I wish that weren't the case, but it does kinda highlight the downside of having the amount of players we do. Competition is a good thing granted, but the veterans are getting too much of the benefit of the doubt in my opinion. This is also the case with Boqvist, He absolutely should be on the opening night roster and beyond in my opinion, but there's just no room for him, and on this team the vets always get the tie. As for Dach, concussions are nothing to mess with and he absolutely needs to go back to Saskatoon. He doesn't belong in the NHL, at least not now. I don't care about the kind of hit that injured him, at his age, he needs to learn how to protect himself. Forget injury prone, he's 6'4'' and 200 lbs and got lit up, that's a bad look for a guy who was sold on being a big power forward type player. Not to mention he needs to be aware of the situations he puts himself in (I.e. if you drive the net your gonna get hit). If I were the coaches, I'd tell him to go to juniors, get consistent, more size aware, and learn to actually dominate. It isn't RIP Dach just yet, but this is definitely a very VERY bad look for Bowman and scouting department.</div></div>

Even though Dach is big and strong it doesnt mean hes any less or more able to protect himself from concussion, everyone has the same hardware to protect their brain. The hit happened behind the net where the kid smashed him into the boards from behind then cross checked him again while he was down. It wasnt a case of recklessness or driving the net on Dachs part it was someone boarding him which isnt allowed and for some reason, not called. Not his fault at all. I think it will look bad on Bowman but its something thats totally out of their control( I.e. some junior level plug doing something dangerous) and is totally unwarranted imo.