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Interesting read on Luca Caputi

Postby purelebo84 on Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:03 pm

http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=pag ... eid=379901

Very good article about the Penguins top forward prospect.
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Postby demangone on Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:27 pm

I read the article and went straight to youtube and watched this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5m8VueG56A . I love how he reacts at the end of the fight. Anyone think he'll give the Kennedys of the team some competition for fourth line minutes?
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Postby KinCroz on Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:39 pm

You don't put goal scorers on the 4th line. It is a spot on the top two lines or back to the Baby Pens so that he can hopefully learn to dominate in the AHL.
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Postby Jesse on Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:52 pm

Caputi didn't adapt well enough in his first NHL stint to get penciled in on any line yet. Maybe later in the year, but he is a kid that dipped his toes in the pool before he jumped in. There is a lot more to his game that has yet to be exhibited at the AHL level for me to be comfortable penciling him in the NHL yet.

And don't forget, he may have been a goal-scorer last year, but when he was drafted he was projected as a third line kid with a grinder attitude who did a great job of killing penalties and stirring it up. The scoring touch came when Niagara became an offensive juggernaut. Legein, Pietrangelo, etc. were helping Gianluca dominate at the OHL level.
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Postby columbia on Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:12 pm

demangone wrote:I read the article and went straight to youtube and watched this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5m8VueG56A . I love how he reacts at the end of the fight. Anyone think he'll give the Kennedys of the team some competition for fourth line minutes?


4th line?
Haven't you heard: Kennedy's going to win the Selke Trophy.
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Postby mikey287 on Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:16 pm

Why the TK hate?

Hardest working player on the team...he's the perfect bottom-sixer for this team...
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Postby cs6687 on Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:16 pm

Jesse, is it a fair to say that Caputi could develop into the type a Ryan Malone type of player?
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Postby mikey287 on Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:17 pm

cs6687 wrote:Jesse, is it a fair to say that Caputi could develop into the type a Ryan Malone type of player?


I hope he gets to be even that good...
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Postby wondermoose on Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:18 pm

To be fair, Ryan Malone didn't turn into the player he is until this past season. If Caputi can gather an idea of self identity a little sooner, he could be a lot better.
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Postby cs6687 on Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:19 pm

mikey287 wrote:Why the TK hate?

Hardest working player on the team...he's the perfect bottom-sixer for this team...


Agreed. He was scoring regularly before his bout with mono. He's a perfect third liner.
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Postby Jesse on Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:34 pm

I think that might be a fair comparison.

I want to see what he does in the AHL next year. A lot of his fire and penchant for stirring up trouble were non-existent in the playoffs. I hope he becomes comfortable and translates those attributes over to the next league. If he does, he could really turn into a versatile player.

Right now I'd peg him as a finesse player with the ability to kill penalties and muck it up, if needed.

Luca's game has changed drastically virtually every season (moreso than most prospects), so it'll be interesting to see where the AHL takes him.

I always throw this disclaimer out there, but remember that Niagara was stacked, and that type of offensive potential could be a bit of a flash in the pan, if you catch my meaning.
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Postby K2 on Fri Aug 22, 2008 5:40 pm

Jesse wrote:Caputi didn't adapt well enough in his first NHL stint to get penciled in on any line yet.


Caputi had an NHL stint?
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Postby Mongoose87 on Fri Aug 22, 2008 5:52 pm

It should be at least one more year before we seriously consider him for the NHL.
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Postby André on Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:47 pm

K2 wrote:
Jesse wrote:Caputi didn't adapt well enough in his first NHL stint to get penciled in on any line yet.


Caputi had an NHL stint?


I think Jesse just thought AHL but typed NHL.
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Postby Corvidae on Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:01 pm

André wrote:
K2 wrote:
Jesse wrote:Caputi didn't adapt well enough in his first NHL stint to get penciled in on any line yet.


Caputi had an NHL stint?


I think Jesse just thought AHL but typed NHL.


Unacceptable. I demand perfection from Jesse and anything less will simply not be tolerated.
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Postby K2 on Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:10 pm

Understandable. I was just hoping I didn't miss something!
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Postby wondermoose on Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:19 pm

Jake wrote:FINISH HIM!


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Postby Malkin0017 on Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:43 pm

Jake wrote:FINISH HIM!


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From that video it looks like Caputi can drop the gloves!!! His nickname from now on is Johnny Cage!!! :lol:
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Postby Jesse on Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:49 pm

My head just got ripped off.
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Postby Mongoose87 on Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:17 pm

Jesse wrote:My head just got ripped off.


Don't worry, it'll grow back.
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Postby Pitts on Sat Aug 23, 2008 2:28 am

Mongoose87 wrote:
Jesse wrote:My head just got ripped off.


Don't worry, it'll grow back.

And yes, it will still be just as ugly.
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Postby Jesse on Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:06 am

Uncalled for.
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Postby Mongoose87 on Sat Aug 23, 2008 1:51 pm

Jesse wrote:Uncalled for.


Well...

It doesn't have to grow back.
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Postby Ron` on Sat Aug 23, 2008 4:18 pm

Let him play a full AHL season, then judge where he is. A whole lot of hype has been thrust on this kid here. If he can become a third liner that can pot a few, it will be good. But that will be viewed as a disappointment because of all the hype here.
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Postby mikey287 on Sat Aug 23, 2008 4:33 pm

Ron` wrote:Let him play a full AHL season, then judge where he is. A whole lot of hype has been thrust on this kid here. If he can become a third liner that can pot a few, it will be good. But that will be viewed as a disappointment because of all the hype here.


Agreed, I can't figure out who we'll be most disappointed with from overhyping them, Gianluca or Goose...
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