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08-22-2008, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Nich View Post
also, i think like most blue jackets prospects, he was rushed to the nhl which stunted his offensive potential....i mean we are talking about a kid that has played a whooping 23 games in the ahl...and played 19 games in the nhl the year after he was drafted
Just for the record, the games Fritsche played in the NHL in 03/04 were the first 19 games of the season. Then he went to the WJC, then was assigned to Juniors. Looking at, he also played in Syracuse in 03/04 - must have been after his junior season ended.

The next year was the lockout, he was in Juniors again. 05/06 he split time between CBJ and Syracuse.

He was looking good in 06/07 until the freak skate blade cut on his wrist. IIRC, he had dropped his stick sort of between the corner and behind the net right along the end boards, as he was going to pick it up, the defenseman stepped on his wrist. He went off the ice very quickly (not quite in a panic, but close). The whole thing happened very fast.

Like all Jackets under Hitchcock, his defensive play has improved, although it did seem like he took a step backwards offensively last season. (Then again with our inept offense, almost everyone else did too.) One of Fristche's best games last season was this one: when he was on a line with Nash & Malhotra. Then the next game, he ended up with a broken hand - took a slapshot from a teammate looking at the TOI, it was either Manny, Nash, Tarnstrom or Tollefsen that hit him.

The Nash - Manny - Fritsche combo did work very well together.

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