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Big Blue Huddle / Re: The Tangible Value of NFL Sacks
« Last post by bamagiantfan on Today at 10:29:31 PM »
The Giants got sacks against Aaron Rodgers in the first half of the playoff game and got hurries and pressures in the second half. Anyone who can't see the difference isn't looking very hard.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: NFT - PJ Don'T Trade KP
« Last post by Hadron on Today at 09:17:49 PM »
I also read that the Knicks were trying to dump Noah's salary as well (a terrible acquisition).

As for Phil Jackson/KP? KP is buddies with Melo. Jackson has been antagonizing Melo since he arrived at MSG. Add in the meddling of the front office with the coaching staff? Let's not forget that Jester Dolan who is fighting with former Knicks while skipping the draft to perform in a concert. Man, I don't know why KP is aggravated with this organization. That's even before you get to the other terrible draft picks/FAs/trades.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: NGT- NY RANGERS 2016-2017 SEASON PART 2
« Last post by Section 101 Steve on Today at 08:57:02 PM »
CHICAGO - The Rangers wrapped up the 2017 NHL Entry Draft Saturday in Chicago with five selections to go along with two first-round selections Friday night.

New York flipped the 102nd overall pick to San Jose for picks 123 and 174, and used the first choice on defenseman Brandon Crawley. The 20-year-old blueliner had 27 points in 61 games with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League last season.

"He's been a very important player for London on defense playing against the best players," Rangers Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark told "They've gone deep three years in a row. They won the Memorial Cup two years ago and then when deep again this year. This guy is playing against the best players in major, and he clearly deserved to be drafted."

The Rangers used their 145th pick to grab Swedish defenseman Calle Sjalin. The 17-year-old had five goals and added 10 helpers last season with Ostersunds IK in Sweden's Division 1, which is the country's third-tier hockey league. He was ranked 44th among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Clark said Sajlan missed a significant amount of time with an injury that limited his effectiveness this past season, but that he turned it on as the season progressed.

"He's got a beautiful pair of hands and a head with his thinking process," he said. "He needs to get thicker, but he's a real competitor and he has an edge to his game. We think once he catches up - especially with his skating from not playing for a year - it'll be really good to get him at that spot."

Sajlan - who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 179 pounds - won't turn 18 until September, making him - as well as first-round pick Filip Chytil - one of the youngest players in the draft.

Forward Dominik Lakatos was added to the organization at No. 157. The Czech registered 10 goals and 12 assists in 41 games for Bili Tygri Liberec this past season and added eight goals and 13 points in 16 playoff games.

Clark called the 20-year-old a late bloomer and said his work ethic is one of his biggest strengths. That, and Lakatos' tenacity on the ice that separates him from others in Czech's top league.

"He's a very different player for that Czech league, which is all skill and speed," Clark stated. "Not a whole lot of hitting. When I first saw him, I said he's like a Tasmanian devil. He was all over the ice just going for the puck, going for the body."

Clark said the 6-foot Lakatos will play another season in the Czech Republic.

poses for a portrait during the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
poses for a portrait during the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Jeff Vinnick

New York used the additional pick provided by San Jose to select their lone Canadian, Morgan Barron, at 174.

"I'm a big, two-way centerman," Barron told reporters in a press conference. "I try and play a 200-foot game. I like to chip in defensively and offensively, so I think I just want to be a prototypical NHL centerman who plays both ends of the ice."

After spending the last two season at St. Andrew's College in Canada, the Halifax, Nova Scotia-native is committed to Cornell University for next season, a spot Clark said will benefit his all-around game prior to him hopefully becoming a Ranger someday.

"We like where he's going to Cornell where he'll grow," Clark said of Barron. "They teach a real good defensive game up there. He's been more offensive in St. Andrew's because he's basically their best player. Now he'll learn the other side of the game of defense and by the time he comes to us, he'll have a good idea of how to play on both sides of the puck."

Barron, who stands 6-foot-2 and weights 200 pounds, said he looks to mimic Chris Kreider's playing style.

"He's a powerful two-way play who skates really well, which is something I try and do," he said. "So he's definitely I model my game after."

poses for a portrait during the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
poses for a portrait during the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Jeff Vinnick

The Rangers used their final pick to take forward Finnish forward Patrik Virta 207th overall.

While the Rangers went young earlier in the year, Virta is one of the older players in the draft. At 21 years old, he's spent the last few seasons playing in Liiga, most recently posting 14 goals and 12 assists in 49 games with TPS a season ago.

Virta described himself as an offensive forward who is good at making plays. He said his experience - both his age and playing pro hockey overseas - makes him more ready for North America than younger Europeans.

Clark said Virta reminds him of Jesper Fast when he and his staff were scouting the Swede before the 2010 draft.

"Same size, good skater, has an NHL shot," Clark said of Virta. "Jesper was a goal scorer when he was playing in juniors. He's been doing great stuff in the men's league. It's not junior. It's a pretty good level. It just took him a little more time."
Big Blue Huddle / Re: NFT - PJ Don'T Trade KP
« Last post by Section 101 Steve on Today at 08:37:27 PM »
The knicks as usual are a dumpster fire and will be contending for the top pick in the draft again next year. Contrary to popular opinion Jackson wasn't going to give away porzingas in a trade for "retreads". The deal he wanted from boston to make the deal was the 3rd pick in the draft, crowder and another good boston player and the nets 2018 first which since they will suck worse than the knicks next year is the odds on pick to be the first or at worst top 3 pick in the draft next year. Now if boston was dumb enough to do that I would have made that trade in a second. We would have added a top 3 pick, 2 good players, had our own top pick and one of the top couple of picks in the draft next year. After watching porzingas for a couple years I am starting to be down on the kid who is hurt a lot with that string bean body, refuses to go down low and either rebound and be dominant in the paint and just wants to stand outside shooting threes. His defense is nonexistent. As for the french player we picked up fran fraschilla who has a pretty good bead on the european players say the kid is not really a pg and doesn't shoot well enough for a 2, another words a tweener. Also, for everyones info he wasn't a starter but came off the bench. This kid if he is to be good is a couple of years project down the line.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: NGT- NY RANGERS 2016-2017 SEASON PART 2
« Last post by Section 101 Steve on Today at 08:16:28 PM »
Rangers Draft Haul.

1 (7) C/LW: Lias Andersson (SWE) (5'11"/198lbs., Shot: Left, HV71/SHL)
1 (21) C: Filip Chytil (CZR) (6'1"/192lbs., Shot: Left, Zlin/Czech)
4 (123) D: Brandon Crawley (USA) (6'1"/205lbs., Shot: Left, London/OHL) * Overager x2 *
5 (145) D: Calle Sjalin (SWE) (6'1"/176lbs., Shot: Left, Ostersunds/Division 1)
6 (157) C/LW: Dominik Lakatos (CZR) (5'11"/179lbs., Shot: Liberec/Czech) * Overager x2 *
6 (174) F: Morgan Barron (CAN) (6'2"/201lbs., Shot: Left, St. Andrews College/HS-CA) * Cornell commit 17/18 season *
7 (207) C/RW: Patrik Virta (FIN) (5'10"/181lbs., Shot: Right, TPS/SM-Liiga) * Overager x3 *
Big Blue Huddle / Re: June Birthdays
« Last post by Cid in Dupont on Today at 07:04:39 PM »
Happy Birthday to all!
Big Blue Huddle / Re: NGT- NY RANGERS 2016-2017 SEASON PART 2
« Last post by coggs on Today at 05:57:01 PM »
Holden protected ~X(

I was going to comment on that originally Jamie, but then the frustration of this  mess because of idiotic contracts just finally beat the resistance out of me.

I see 4 guys on the protected list that i wish we could switch out.  The haunting of Sather will hang over us at least another 5 years.

Which other DMan, did you want protected?  It was either 7 F and 3 D or 8 skaters. 
Big Blue Huddle / Re: NGT- NY RANGERS 2016-2017 SEASON PART 2
« Last post by Jaime on Today at 05:43:32 PM »
Good fall-back plan.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: NGT- NY RANGERS 2016-2017 SEASON PART 2
« Last post by EDjohnst1981 on Today at 04:31:22 PM »
Ratz!!! ~X(
Did Buke get canned, or did he leave for a better job?
Wasn't Lindy Ruff a former head coach? He's are terrific defensive hockey  mind. :yes:

Graves & Zubvorsky are poised to make our 3rd pair D.
We r six deep with Goalie Prospects. All playing well.  dah young Russian Igor is at the top of dah heap. A couple of young college guys are surprising our staff.
Boo Nieves is a good fit as our fourth line Center. But he had a bad year with a lot of nagging injuries that hampered his growth.

Buke has some scouting gig.

Yeah, Ruff was sabres and more recently Stars HC. He'll replace AV mid season if things are crap.

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Big Blue Huddle / Re: The Tangible Value of NFL Sacks
« Last post by Painter on Today at 04:13:02 PM »
I suppose it depends on who you read and when. If it is some hack in the NY Post early in the year who makes an impression, then what can we say. I think PFF has said it well in summarizing their assessment of the two guys most responsible for the Giants pass rush last season:

No edge rusher played as many snaps as Olivier Vernon in the 2016 season (1,041 during the regular season). If you include the playoffs, he was on the field for 1,112 snaps, or 88 more than the next player, and was one of just three edge rushers to see more than 1,000 snaps across regular and postseason play. Vernon recorded 10 sacks, but 86 total pressures, second in the league behind only Khalil Mack, and could possibly have done even better if the Giants had given him the kind of in-game breathers most other edge rushers get.

Like his teammate, Jason Pierre-Paul didn’t get much time off during games, and actually played more snaps than many 16-game starters, despite going down midway through his 12th game of the season against the Steelers. JPP amassed 54 total QB pressures in those 11.5 games over the season, and was also second in the league in batting passes down at the line when he couldn’t get pressure on the play—again, despite missing four and a half games due to injury.

Do that much in front of a solid (above average) secondary and your defense might rank near the top in the NFL. Oh, that's right, it did.

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