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06-09-2008, 07:21 PM
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Hillier has more talent then Callahan. A lot more.
Natural talent? Perhaps. Results are about equal. While the Q doesn't have the offensive slant it once did, it is still a bit more open. That being the case, their numbers and style of play is pretty similar.
Callahan really is a 4th line player, and the only reason he plays on the third is lack of ready depth.
Sorry, but single digit in goals and barely reaching over 10 points is not going to cut it.
Callahan is still developing his game and has a legit shot at being a nice third line player. Second line is pushing it, but this kid put up points in Juniors and the AHL. I don't think he's a fourth line player lost because of our lack of depth. The wingers playing ahead of him were Jagr, Straka, Shanahan and a mix of Dawes, Drury and even Prucha.
Hillier is an offensive forward.
Hiller has offensive abilities, but he isn't a sniper or playmaker per say. He projects more as a grinder who plays with some sandpaper and chips in some goals. Basically a poor man's Erik Cole.
The kid had one season with more than a ppg, and that was by about two points.
If you're expecting him to safely be a top six forward, you're probably going to be disappointed.
Callahan is only slightly better then Ortmeyer. If he proves me wrong and scores 20 goals, that would be fantastic. But really, he scurries about the ice like a chicken with it's head cut off, running into people, a lot of the times falling down in the process... sounds a lot like Ortmeyer. The only thing that separates the two is that Callahan has better hands then Ortmeyer.
If he scores 20 goals, he's a second line winger. What you're looking at is more along the lines of 10-15, which is about double or triple what you'd get from Ortmeyer which says nothing about dropping the gloves and being considerably younger.
Speaking of which, Callahan already has 12 goals in 66 career games and that includes his slow start and trip to the minors this season. Not bad for a rookie playing in a defense first system.
BTW Jed Ortmeyer has 13 goals in 228 games, so I think the "slightly better hands" view could use a second look.
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