Michael Arace commentary: Filatov looks too much like Zherdev II

Nikolai Zherdev last month changed his first name to "Nikolay" to match his passport. Full Story
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Westerville-ite

Columbus, OH

#1 Oct 26, 2010
I agree so much with your article. All of you so-called Blue Jacket that wrung your hands with the thought of NOT having Filatov should check your fan cards at the door. He is nothing more than the typical overrated Russian "star". We should dump this over-hyped wunderkind while he is still young and potentially viable. The Russian experiment has failed miserably for Columbus-let's move on!
Go Back to Russia

Columbus, OH

#2 Oct 26, 2010
He never should have been brought back, he quit on the team and coach last year because he didn't like be called out. He's a legend in his own mind and if he doesn't want to play in the system then send him packing or trade him.
Michael

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 Oct 26, 2010
I disagree Westerville. On a team that has sorely lacked in playmakers and goal scorers over the years the Jackets could benefit from Filatov's rare talent if he puts it all together.

I agree he's not playing great but his whole line was terrible. Brassard and Vorachek hadn't done anything through the same stretch of games that got Filatov demoted and they were both bumped up to play with Nash. Now they're playing better but they're playing more minutes and they're with a big, power forward who scores and creates room and mismatches.

How does a skill guy improve when he plays 5 minutes on a line of grinders? I want Filatov to earn it as well but so far I don't get the way they're handling him.
Hockey fan

Columbus, OH

#4 Oct 26, 2010
I'm starting to dislike the Arace commentaries as they seem to just follow the public's current complaint.

Nikki was big in Sweden and has since not played great. But as Michael just pointed out, no one on the 6-7-8 line was doing much. The line as a whole, while great on paper, just lacked the spark needed to produce. They were too skilled and didn't have any grit.

I also dislike how this commentary points out Nikki's lack of ice time, but fails to mention that the coach is trying to work with the kid, trying to help him earn his spot back. While he didn't have a great game last night, the time that he was on the ice was pretty good. He was in there battling for pucks and making big hits. This kid is working to show he should be back in the top six. So before we all start calling for his head on a trade platter, how about we see if he can work his way back up? If he can, we will have a fantastic play making winger with a nice scoring touch.
CBJ44

Coatesville, PA

#5 Oct 26, 2010
Seven games played and Columbus fans, whom never have seen a playoff win in 10 years of history btw, want a 20 year old kid with under 40 NHL games experience shipped out because he canít grasp the NHL quick enough. No wonder it's an empty Arena in the infamous Arena District every game-the fans want every player shipped out at the first sign of adversity. It takes time in some cases, grow up.
arace the zhirkov

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Oct 26, 2010
in other words, all russians are the same.
arace, you're a dimwit.
Art Vandulay

Columbus, OH

#7 Oct 26, 2010
"Starting to dislike the Arace commentaries..."? Why just now starting? Nothing more annoying than a overly-negative columnist with absolutely no experience in hockey. The only thing he has is a job which happens to be in a market with an NHL franchise. If Arace had to go out and find work he wouldn't bother with an NHL focused column because he knows his knowledge base is zero and yes, all he does is complain like the average, inexperienced, hockey fan. Arace is like that buffoon who sits somewhere 3 rows behind me yelling "Shoot!", everytime, as soon as the puck crosses the blue line.
Frustrated Fan

Columbus, OH

#8 Oct 26, 2010
I usually agree with you Mike, but not this time. Zherdev's CBJ is .64 - Mr Captain's is .81. That is 14 points a game - and Z never got anywhere near the ice time that Nash got. I thought I was reading an article about Nash - take out the names and especially the scout's quote about doing something with your 50 seconds - you can't just float. I laughed aloud on that one - leader's lead by example. Why cannot the hockey minds just accept that Europeans play a different style and limit one's expectations to that? Filatov is not a checker, he is a puckhandler and a sniper, so is Zherdev, Huselius, etc. We need scoring right? Then put him on a line so that someone can get him the puck so that he can score. Who is setting him up now - Derek MacKenzie? Didn't we run Brule out by playing him with Jody Shelley - and then we wonder why the kid cannot score? We need scorers and we need right-hand shots on the power play (up front). Can we please stop with the Russians suck thing? Fedorov, Bure, Larionov, etc - all HOF. These are the types of players that the new NHL is lloking for - fast, scoring players.
George

Columbus, OH

#10 Oct 26, 2010
Mike give the kid a chance. He's young. What he needs is time to get it. Articles that criticize him 7 games into the season won't help.
Just Me

Columbus, OH

#11 Oct 26, 2010
Ok Hockey Fan...

Please refrain from using 'too skilled' to describe anything that has to do with Columbus Blue Jackets. Filatov watched a puck go right by him in the Calgary game...that was enough...
John Thorpe

Columbus, OH

#12 Oct 26, 2010
Seems to me all of this goes back to scouting and drafting.
jim

Hilliard, OH

#13 Oct 26, 2010
Don't agree at all you all ragging on Arace. He was the lead CBJ beat reporter here before being elevated to a columnist. The article is absolutely appropriate and timely--look familiar? Exactly the same thing is happening that took place last year with a certain coach with a different style. I actually think he could still work things out--the problem is that Filatov had a poor year last year in a variety of ways, not just a poor season in Russia (a real concern to me that everyone still needs to think about) but because he bolted (yes, we can all understand partly why) he didn't get the formative NHL growing pains that are necessary and that now he's going to have to go through--would've been nice if he could have done that during last year's "lost" season, but, such is life ...
Gary

Blacklick, OH

#14 Oct 26, 2010
George wrote:
Mike give the kid a chance. He's young. What he needs is time to get it. Articles that criticize him 7 games into the season won't help.
I'm sorry the kid has been given the chance many times over with a golden spoon in his mouth. There's a standing line of kids with 10 times the talent willing to give up a left testicle if they had to get his 4th line spot. Either you produce of get out.
Rick MacDonnell

Edmonton, Canada

#15 Oct 26, 2010
My thoughts on the situation over on the bluejacketsxtra blogs:

http://bluezone.bluejacketsxtra.com/_Oh-Where...
CBJMAD

Grove City, OH

#16 Oct 26, 2010
Wow- I know you write an opinion column but to saddle Filatov with the Zherdev label this early is irresponsible! Why don't you campaign for Souray some more? Do you just not care for the CBJ in general or is it the Dispatch that is campaigning for certain things with the players, coaches, etc.? Look, I am no homer, but this is across the line for responsible journalism for even an opinion column.
You really should be ashamed!
Big E

Whitehouse, OH

#17 Oct 26, 2010
The headline certainly caught my eye, but when I saw it was Arace, I knew that it would be shallow and void of substance.

The article points out examples of Zherdev's woes, which we're all well aware of, then somehow comes to the conclusion that Filatov looks too much like him. Hmmm... What do you mean he looks like him... Same clothing style? Same accent? Same haircut?

Sometimes journalism requires a little bit of investigation and actual analysis.
andy

Columbus, OH

#18 Oct 26, 2010
usually i'm a big fan of arace, but this is a HUGE reach.
Westerville-ite

Columbus, OH

#19 Oct 26, 2010
You are supposed to be ready to play in the NHL if you are on an NHL team-PERIOD. Move him to Springfield to get seasoning- or ship his a$$ back to KHL or whatever he wants to do- you people are all CRAZY if you think he's gonna become a player here. Get a grip you so-called hockey fans!
CBJMAD

Grove City, OH

#20 Oct 27, 2010
See, just read the comments here to know that a headline like this is irresponsible and not worthy of a true journalist! This, so called article, opens up the racist sentiment prescribed to by many in these comments. Filatov being Russian has nothing to do with anything nor does Zherdev have anything to do with Filatov as a player!
This kid is talented and needed by the CBJ. Not every player is going to be a banger. Filatov has a skill set that is lacking on this team and should be encouraged. Let Arniel handle this without unnecessary and almost racist potshots by the media and others!
I really love the comments by so-called hockey fans that proclaim anyone who wants to give the kid a chance and encourage him to succeed does not have a clue! Really, well it took the Chicago kids how many years of patience to get it and win. What is going on in St. Louis with there young kids. Fans like this go to games for the fights and have no clue!
Kind of like a columnist that labels a kid after a minute of his career because of his Nationality and off season workout partner, of which there are probably 10 other guys also participating!
WingFan91

Kingston, Canada

#21 Oct 27, 2010
Filatov will be a star in this league. I think he's got more skill than Zherdev, and I think the kid's got more heart. He's only 20, still getting his NHL-timing back from spending a year in the KHL. Wings are experiencing similar difficulties with Hudler. As a Wings fan, Id happily swap one of our prospects, Tatar or Ferraro, for Tatar, and put him on a line with Datsyuk.I just dont think Filatov looks interested in displaying his skillset for Columbus on a consistent basis.

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