Questions for Poulin

Questions for Poulin

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The MLHS summertime interview series will continue with Vice President of Hockey Operations Dave Poulin on Monday afternoon. As always, I will incorporate a few of the best questions submitted by members of the MLHS community. Try to pick your single juiciest question rather than listing off a whole buffet. Submit it in the comments below.

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hockeynightinbelfast
hockeynightinbelfast

James Reimer did as much as anyone could have to prove his doubters wrong last year & was the go-to guy, even throughout the playoffs. So, why the vote of no-confidence in him & give up a 2nd rounder, Ben Scrivens & Matt Frattin for Jonathan Bernier when we could have signed a veteran backup for w/out giving up those assets? Surely if you are saying if this is not a vote of no-confidence in Reims then that's a massive overpayment for a backup goalie? 

VaiveOClockSomewhere
VaiveOClockSomewhere

OK, my question for Poulin: If we can agree that Detroit has had the best model for success over the last 20 years ( i.e. development and loyalty), is that the model MLSE is after (please say yes)?

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Sorry Gus, slow day in H-town. Special shout out for 4evrblue. You da man. Best wishes to you both. Hope you get to control the remote, not going to be much else! :)

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

I really liked Nikhil's awards question. Would really be interested in the same from Poulin, for both Leafs and Marlies, with underling rationale, or examples.

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

I'd like to know what the current vision for the team is. Speed will beat most teams in the east if the skill is there to back it up. Size is getting bigger, which while important on its own, is to compete more effectively with Boston. Burkie wanted a western style game, and appeared to want nothing of a trap style. Does the same view hold, and does re-alignment have any consideration. Are we physical enough yet? Much was made of certain players like Fratts needing to be physical to keep his game up? Do we have enough elite skills to exploit our size, speed and determination?

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

I'd really like to know when MLSE will start granting some form of press credentials to "approved" blog sites.

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

I'd like to know how exposed the Leafs playoff chances are if Phil goes down with a season ending injury. Phil the scorer and assist man is irreplaceable, but I fear there would be a brush off response. I'd also like to know his view on resigning Phil, but then I'm sure that would be waived off too as no-one really knows? Finally on the Phil theme, how good could he be with an elite center?

MLHS_Luke
MLHS_Luke

I really want to hear BB's question answered (re: Leaf's view on Advance Stats).

However, what about also asking about his take on the game seven loss?  Cronin's answer made for some pretty good discussion - I wonder what was going through Poulin's mind?

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

Wow didn't realize that Ranger got a NTC. Makes sense I guess given that stability seems to be his main priority.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

Hey there's my for MR. Poulin

 As we see players start early, of their own volition, has there been talk of Optional Try out, where the PA cant complain as they are not Mandatory, like the NFL

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Edit Guys. Am having real problem with loading and typos. Must be the heat and the disappointment in the Blow Jays. Peace.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Waiting4LSC 

i also don't want to become slower just to be tougher.  i want more speed, more grit and more skill.  Komarov was smart speed.  always quick to get to the right spot.  Frattin had speed that could back up a defender and allow him to land a big hit.

Clarkson is as fast as MacAruther was.  Colbourne, Brennan or Ranger won't hurt us and of course more Gardiner is good for team speed.  not sure we lost a step or not even though i'd lean towards yes we did.  could use one more fast, saavy, checking banger imo.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Waiting4LSC 

what did the Leafs do when Sundin couldn't play in the playoffs?  he was thought to be irreplaceable at the time as well.

what happened, is that all the other players picked it up, or rather, they paid more attention to the details.

there are still players on the roster who can score goals, so the key will be generating chances for us while limitting the opposition.

win faceoffs, puck battles, races to loose pucks.  grind out wins.  play physical.  play for each other.  stick to the game plan.  get good goaltending.

Kessel's integral, but not the only reason we win.

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@MLHS_Luke I'm leary of asking about the advanced stat question because their answer will be picked up apart, made fun of, corrected for grammar and generally ridiculed by those who have already made up their mind.  .  

That said, I'm curious of what stats (advanced or other) are important at the management level (opposed to the coaching level which Cronin already talked about).   And generally how and if they account for luck in a past shortened season.


Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Strong questions I would like proposed too.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Burtonboy 

So with Leivo, Biggs, Broll, Carrick, Crescenzi, Percy, Granberg, MacWilliam and Sparks all coming in new and then you have guys who are still just getting established like Mckegg, Ross, and Ryan, thats 12 very young players. Even the teams vets like Abbott, Ashton, D'Amigo, Colborne, Blacker, and Devane are still pretty young and inexperienced. Colborne and D'Amigo are likely with the Leafs. Very young group.

Big line up though with Biggs, Broll, Devane, Crescenzie, Ashton, Granberg, MacWilliam, and maybe Holzer or Colborne...huge actually.

Optimustic
Optimustic

@Burtonboy All the guys that have left, just leaves a spot open for young kids who are trying to gain valuable experience for a position on the big club.  The Marlies may not finish as high as last year, but they'll be entertaining and still make the playoffs IMO.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Burtonboy  That is actually very positive as we weed out the older vets and prospects who will never make or plan to be on the Leafs big club.  

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Burtonboy Dam Thats some turn over, I wonder if there Focus has shifted, Will the Marlies try to compete, or are they running with Kids. This years marlies will have no Kadri, No Frattin, No Gardiner, and Now your Captian most of the Vets Zigo your draw man, etc

Will be interesting who makes it

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Dlb: That will always be the case, in any sport. We can list off so many examples. The intent of the question was first and foremost to get confirmation/affirmation of Management's view of Phil, and then how to realign. At the beginning of last season, Burkie (?) spoke about pairings as opposed to lines. If the key pairings were Bozie-Phil, Luups-Naz etc who becomes the successor and how dmthe lines change. I'm getting int big time hypotheticals but really wanting to get a feel for how Management ranks our forwards. I would think Luups would be looked at to become more of the creator, Naz has the vision but not the experience. Without Phil does Naz go to 1C on a line with Luups and??? Is Clarkson the protector for Naz? I know Poulin isn't going to answer this question the way I like, but I am intrigued in Management's view of the offensive pairings and rankings. Sorry, way too long winded.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@wendelsfist @MLHS_Luke 

i heard Scott Bowman on radio a few months ago talking about Lidstrom, and he was talking about a stat they used to track.

it was "what happens after a player makes a pass" in regards to team possession stats

- the player receiving the pass maintains possession and is able to get something going

- the player receiving the pass and loses it (because they suck or are under pressure, or it was a bad pass, or whatever)

Bowman said that Lidstrom was never flashy when they first saw him, but when they kept going back to look at their defensemen, he always had a great rating in that area.

Stats are useful.  Just not really on their own.  the only one that really matters, is once you hit the playoffs, you have to win 16 games before the season ends, or you lose.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Burtonboy 

For the Marlies to be competitive they would pretty much need Colborne and D'Amigo to play big minutes...maybe not the worst idea to let them have one more run in the AHL as the key guys. Better than sitting in the press box at the ACC.

Ashton Colborne Abbott

Ross McKegg Leivo

Biggs Crescenzie D'Amigo

Broll Carrick Ryan

Devane, Bodie

Blacker Granberg

Percy Holzer

MacWilliam Marshall

Brennan

McIntyre

Sparks

That is one monster of a team...half the team is 6'5 225...OK maybe just a slight exageration, but not too far off.


Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Mind Bomb @Burtonboy From the sounds of what I heard and read the focus has shifted to more of a development team. I believe it was Poulin who said we will see 15 -18 ELC'S on that team this yr. Not to slag Eakins in any way because he did a good job but it is a major departure from how he was handling that team from the looks of it .

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Mind Bomb @Burtonboy 

One has to wonder if they will be any good but on the positive for a young team I really doubt they get pushed around.

Results aside it should be good for development and allow management to see what they have.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Cameron19 Interesting that T.J. Brennan no longer shows on the Leafs roster on cap geek. As soon a Ranger was signed he was listed as a non-roster player 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@B_Leaf @Cameron19 @Mind Bomb @Burtonboy Trevor Smith will be waived and should clear.  I doubt anyone wants to risk having to pay him 600K should they need to later waive him themselves. I'm pretty sure the idea was for Smith to replace the veteran presence lost in Zigomanis and Hamilton. 

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Cameron19 @B_Leaf @Mind Bomb @Burtonboy 

So yes Colborne has his spot as the 13th forward, or third line LW, or fourth C. 

Maybe Trevor Smith clears waivers and plays on Marlies. 

Either way this group of Marlies is very young.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Mind Bomb @B_Leaf @Burtonboy 

He certainly will be up at times, maybe not the whole season, maybe not even to start, but probably more than he is down.

To a degree it will depend on how he plays.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@B_Leaf @Burtonboy  At a 600 K contract I really cant see Colburne on the Marlies, we wil see how it shakes down with our RFA"s but I bet Colburne is up, making our Center very weak at the Marlies


Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Mind Bomb @Burtonboy @CanuckUKinToronto Looks to be a different approach now. Also we are starting to see all the hard work in the draft start to show progress which we didn't have before. It nice to have that many youngsters that we can now go in that direction.

Leafbites
Leafbites

@Burtonboy @CanuckUKinToronto @Mind Bomb Also, I believe the organization saw some benefit to having a competitive Marlies team, ie. winning culture, while the Leafs were still turning the corner.(not that they are anywhere, yet) As the Leafs improve, it makes sense that the Marlies get younger and focus on development. 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@CanuckUKinToronto @Burtonboy @Mind Bomb Morning Nuck, I slightly dis-agree here, winning is a culture, sure the odd man is tough enough to learn getting your ass handed to you every night, but the majority of kids will burn out, We need a good balance, so that our kids can learn how to win, not just how to play. Now having said that, we have a lot of Firsts and second picks coming up. Ross Biggs Percy, amd pair that with Aston Blacker, Mckegg etc, maybe there is enough talent there

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@CanuckUKinToronto @Burtonboy @Mind Bomb To be honest I was disappointed the Marlies didn't use Percy,MacWilliam ,Broll,and Biggs more during the playoffs . They hardly played at all. My guess is Eakins was more focused on winning which I fully understand as it was rather obvious he was headed to an NHL job this yr. 

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Burtonboy @Mind Bomb  I prefer development and having our prospects become well rounded NHlers irrepective of where they finish in the standings.  Of course great to get playoff experience but really nothing beats NHL playoff experience.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Burtonboy @Mind Bomb Thats what I was thinking, Maybe now you will actually see our High picks, play higher minutes, IE Brad Ross, Biggs, Percy, Leivo  I admit, I am very curious as to their roster this year.