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07-24-2008, 02:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Partisan du CH View Post
Personally, I'm not too high on Chipchura. I mean, he'll have an NHL carreer because he's intelligent and is good on PK, but I don't know what exactly he can bring to an offensive minded team like Montreal. Some leadership, probably, and useful PK skills, but that's about it.

People see him as our future 3rd line center, but I'd rather have a guy who can contribute offensively to center the 3rd line. Chipchura has trouble to manage any offense in the AHL, so I don't know how he could bring any in the NHL. Even on a fourth line, I'd rather have energy players... But I admit he's still young and we should be patient.

The only way I could see him becoming useful to the Habs would be as a PK specialist, who can also be given some very specfic defensive missions, when it's time to protect a lead, for example. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have him on a fourth line also because he won't cost us many goals. Maybe if surrounded by 2 energy guys, that could be the right situation. But personally, I don't want to see him taking a roster spot on the 3rd line unless he proves he can bring some offense.

Agreed !! At best, he will become a mediocre 3rd liner or good 4th liner, nothing more !! Wasting a 1st rounder on this type of player is just beyond me... The guy is severly overrated around here just because he was a so called 1st rounder... He can't even put more than 40 points in the AHL, how can he put 40 in the NHL ? The guy looks like the prototypical 3rd liner that weak offensive teams need. If Chipchura would be a Leafs or Bruins prospect, nobody would even talk about him... let alone his supposely leadership skills and his defensive qualities... He's a trade bait IMO.

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