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03-18-2009, 03:09 AM
These Snacks Are Odd
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Originally Posted by UBCsalmonslayer View Post
Horny's talents wasted on the third line... get him into the top six, this kid can snipe.
He's got a really powerful shot, he just needs to be more accurate with it. Emphasis on "needs," because he's not really good enough defensively to be a checking forward if he can't produce.

As the season wore on, it became very clear that Hörnqvist was not NHL-ready, and I still didn't think he was ready at his last recall. He put together a very nice goal scoring streak in the AHL, so clearly something has changed: and tonight we'll get the opportunity to see if that success translates to the top level.

He'll likely be kept on the third line for most of his time here, with Nichol (and, eventually, Bonk) as his center and either Jones or Pihlström on his opposite wing. So long as he just plays decent, though, he'll likely stick for the rest of the year, depending on how long Belak is out (SLake speculated that it may be a sports hernia, which means Wade is done for the year).

I applaud this decision by Trotz and Poile to let Hörnqvist come up and see what he can do coming off his best run of hockey this season. It's a low-risk move (the club's hallmark, and probably why they did it). If he succeeds, we could put him out there with Jones and Bonk/Nichol and have a solid third line. If he falls flat on his face, we still have three more recalls we can use, and it hasn't really cost us anything because he was only playing 10-12 minutes anyway. Besides he can't be much worse than Koistinen was against Los Angeles.

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