It’s a perilous exercise, and even though everyone knows it’s dangerous to make comparisons, we all like to have this kind of information. I’m the first to do it, and I love to see it. So I can’t say you’re wrong, I’m just as guilty as you are.
My rational side tells me that I shouldn’t attach any importance to this kind of exercise, but I can’t help it. Even NHL teams, when interviewing available draft prospects, make it a point to ask them what kind of player they’re comparing themselves to. If it’s good enough for professional scouts, why not for me?
But I know that everyone makes mistakes in the end. It’s like the mock draft exercise. I like reading about it, but I know that everyone makes mistakes all the time.
So when I saw a post by a certain Habs Burner on Twitter, I thought I’d share it with you, even though it doesn’t really mean much in the end and the person behind the account has no real expertise. Habs Burner isn’t a Pierre LeBrun or a Kevin Weekes and he has no inside information. He just finds the exercise interesting, even if it comes from an illustrious stranger.
7. Owen Beck🇨🇦 ~ P. Danault
8. Adam Engstrom🇸🇪~ H. Lindholm
9. Oliver Kapanen🇫🇮 ~ JT. Compher
10. Sean Ferrell🇺🇸 ~ J. Bratt
– Habs Burner (@habs_burner) July 17, 2023
I don’t know if this list is the source of the discussion I’m about to tell you about, but let’s just say the timing is really good.
– Hadi Kalakeche (@HadiK_Scouting) July 17, 2023
In another tweet, he specifies that he likes Reinbacher and believes he will be a very good defender. It’s just that making this kind of comparison isn’t realistic or fair to the Canadiens’ new prospect. He even goes so far as to say that a fairer comparable, in his opinion, would be Chris Tanev with a better skating stroke.
For his part, former Habs content creator Marc Dumont simply states that comparisons suck… to put it politely.
How about this for a comp: comps suck. It’s unfair to both the prospect and the established NHLer. One doesn’t deserve the pressure, and the other deserves his own glory.
Sorry, I lied, that’s not a comp as much as it is an accurate opinion.
– Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) July 17, 2023
I don’t like doing it, but it gives a picture of player style, not potential. If your point of view is well explained, based on your observations and makes sense, why not? Nobody’s the same on the ice, so it’s not always accurate (2/3).
– Pascal Lapointe (@PascalLapointe_) July 17, 2023
It’s nuanced and a good reflection of what we should be trying to find in a fair and equitable comparison for the hopefuls.
Getting back to the comparables Habs Burner mentioned, I think the comparisons between Joshua Roy and Ondrej Palat and between Owen Beck and Phillip Danault are pretty fair. As for the others, I have major reservations. For example, I don’t see Matthew Tkachuk’s dog at all in Juraj Slafkovsky’s game. Could he develop it, perhaps. But at that point, it’s no longer a comparison we’re making, but magical thinking. It’s not the same thing at all.
In the end, I urge you to always take this kind of exercise with a grain of salt. It’s always better than dreaming that a hopeful from our favorite club could become something he’s not, and ending up disappointed by the gap between our hopes and the reality on the ice.
In a gust
– Speaking of predictions, sometimes it’s best not to revisit them.
– the @NJDevils “didn’t have the courage” to take Kaapo Kakko 1st OVR
– Aleksander Barkov was a comparable for Kakko
– Kakko was going to be better than Jack Hughes in the long run
– NJD/NHL Takes Exposed (@NJDTakesExposed) July 16, 2023
– Gabriel Landeskog and Erik Johnson invest in a soccer club in England.
Former Avalanche teammates Gabriel Landeskog and Erik Johnson have joined an investor group that has purchased Leeds United, a team in England’s second-highest soccer league ⚽️
– B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) July 17, 2023
– Ivan Fedotov’s story doesn’t seem to worry the Flyers too much.
Transaction: We have loaned goaltender Aleksei Kolosov to Minsk of the KHL.
– Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) July 17, 2023