O'byrne & Brisebois (merged)
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11-02-2008, 05:39 PM
Time to Get Down
Join Date: Mar 2002
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I realize that.... I'm not advocating getting rid of him for nothing or dumping him in the pressbox... I just don't think his upside is as great.
There is a reason Komi had 100 extra games at that point...
he was a better D than O'byrne at a younger age; so people saying look where Komi was at the same
If you want to say they look similar with the same number of NHL games played... I'll accept that. i think O'byrne can grow in a way that is similar to what happened with Komi as he plays more games, i just don't think he will be as good as Komi as a finished product. Nothing wrong with that, Komi is pretty great. If O'byrne can eventually be a steady number 4 i'm fine with that... I won't be upset that he isn't as good as Komisarek.
I still stand by my earlier point... i'd rather see O'byrne making mistakes and learning on our blue line than watch breezer back there making the same mistakes he was making 10-15 years ago.
Derrick Willis as he said last year he thought O'Byrne was better then Kiomisarek was when he was in Hamilton and he's seen every game the two of them have played in the AHL, granted O'B had an extra year in the NCAA. I personally don't expect O'B to be anywhere near as good as Komi but I do think he will play a simliar style just not on the same level but still a solid NHLer. I hope we'll start to see better and better things from him but he does seem rattled right now. It's early in the season so hopefully when the schedule picks up, he get more comfortable out there. He's not really playing his style, which is a very physical defensive defensemen, so hopefully he turns things around and starts to play more like he did at the lower levels. It's a concern though, since there's no real backup other then Brezzy for now as I wouldn't want to see us look to anyone in Hamilton at this time.
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