posted at 9/16/2010 12:55 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Kabanov
[QUOTE]Did anyone esle see the play last night when Kabanov basicly had one of our players (Donald?) down in a headlock next to our goal and then sprinted off the ice when he let go? What a pewke!! Someone needs to really put this punk in his place tonight.
Posted by bridgemanusa[/QUOTE]
I didn't realize that was Kabanov, I was right behind the Isles bench. He was mouthing off fierce after that. Then his countryman Turskie (something like that) started going at it, and that's when the gloves dropped, but he didn't and then we had a fight after that.
So it was basically started by Kabanov.
Kabanov is a project, he has a long way to go. I have an entirely different impression of him after seeing him live. If the discipline problems were to disappear overnight, you can see he has a LONG way to go with the right mental attitude on the ice. As I said in another post, his defenseman lost his stick and started to look for Kabanov's, the play turned toward Kabanov and he got the puck (so obviously he didn't give up his stick), but I could just see the wheels turning in his head - he didn't care, he wasn't going to give up his stick.
Plus, he's listed at 177, but I bet dollars to donuts he's 167. I don't know how much he can bulk up, that's another part of the project.
This whole business about him being the #1 pick in the draft was totally bogus. Even with his head together - ALL aspects, no. All aspects of his mental game and attitude together, plus another 30 lbs., now we're talking. HUGE question mark if that will happen or not.