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10-02-2008, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Johnny Utah View Post
So far consistent things in the pre-season.

The Good:

Doughty
Boyle
Martinez
Westgarth
Simmonds
Moulson
Armstrong

The Bad:
Ersberg
Calder

The "we expected more."
Purcell
Hickey
Hickey was awesome in Vegas and wasn't bad in the Phoenix game. I don't know what was expected of him, but he's played well.

Purcell has been underwhelming; kind of looks like he is relying on his skill to make things happen but he's going to have to get dirty in the NHL to reach his potential. I think he's been outplayed by some of the younger guys and his fellow Manchester teammates, Meckler included and he was sent down today.

I think Martinez was fantastic last night, probably the best King's d-man. Unfortunately for this season, I think there will be guys in Manchester and Juniors who are good enough to be on the big club but will have to "pay their dues". If Boyle, Purcell and Moulson all look great this year then I won't question this philosophy.

Remember, the better the team in Manchester, especially the defense, the better it is for Bernier's development and confidence.

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