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12-09-2008, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by alternate View Post
what promotion are you speaking of? so Schultz, who got all of two games (the following year to boot), was expected to be the leading goal scorer. lol. nice one.

did Nonis reject you went you went bengay on him at a game or something?

Schultz was coming off a 37 goal season in the AHL, had decent size, a RH shot, and had showed a good release. Nonis and AV decided to give him a look at him at camp. he wasn't good enough for the NHL and didn't make the team. big freakin deal. that's how you run a successful organization. when your prospects look to be ready, you give them a shot. it's not like Nonis and AV stuck with Schultz after it was apparent he couldn't hack it in the bigs. who cares if they gave him a shot to earn a roster spot at training camp?

you say we should have brought in a bunch of players "just in case". we're talking about top line players here. how do you bring in a "bunch of players" that are capable of playing on the top line, "just in case"? what happens next if Schultz is ready? it's not like we had cap space to burn, or a line around the block of potential top line players that wanted to come here "just in case".

a current example will be Hodgson next season. should Gillis bring in a bunch of potential 2nd line centres "just in case"? sure we'll need to have 1-2 fall back options, like Demitra and re-signing Wellwood for example. but we can't go sign a bunch of top 6 players "just in case" Hodgson isn't ready. at some point you have to take gambles on your prospects, or what's the point of having them?

Schultz had had a very good AHL season. but as we all know, AHL success doesn't always translate to NHL success. but you don't know one way or the other until you give the kid a shot. yeah, they said if Schultz' AHL skillset translated to the NHL he'd be a good fit with the Sedins and then his skillset didn't translate. I'm struggling here to come up with something more inconsequential during Nonis's regime.
And therein is your answer. We didn't have someone like Wellwood as a fall-back option.

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