GDT--PRE-SEASON--Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins--7:30 pm EST, Sep. 24/08
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09-25-2008, 03:20 PM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Halifax, NS
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John Pohl and Chad Kilger were Leafs top scorers last preseason.
Did you see either of them crack the top offensive lines when the season started .. In fact John Pohl was a injury fill-in spare part all year long despite outplaying and outscoring all other in training camp?.
Heck John Pohl only got into 33 games last year and is now out of the NHL playing in the Swiss league and Kilger also is out of the NHL currently..
I'm not sure what fans are expecting here to suddenly happen based on training camp performance of depth players?
John Pohl, Chad Kilger aside, they certainly didn't stand out in any preseason games last year. Certainly the performance of Mitchell, at his age, warrants one to get a tad more excited than that of a veteran like Kilger, or a 9th rounder from 98 in Pohl.
The preseason, and camp is no different than an interview in my opinion. This is the opportunity for guys to distance themselves from those vying for the same job. Providing an easy ride to guys based solely on their apparent skill levels sends an awful message to anyone who's worked their ***** off only to see their spot taken by someone based on "expectations". When they've clearly outplayed their competition.
I think it's very premature to out anything in stone, but if Grabs and Kulemin were given top line assignments in practice, well, i'm a little concerned is all.
Mind you we're only 2 games in, and alot can happen between now and opening night.
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