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06-30-2009, 03:17 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Vancouver, BC
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In 105 NHL games Stewart has 4 goals and 8 assists. At the same stage of his career Isbister had 53 goals in the NHL. Both players are about the same size and have the same degree of physicality. In those 105 games, Stewart has 34 minutes in penalties.
I'm no big fan of Isbister but he has demonstrated far more NHL potential than Stewart. If Isbister was a garbage pickup I don't see how Stewart is any different.
If we are looking around for players to play with the Moose then I guess it is marginally ok. However, even his minor League stats are pretty pathetic. At this point, players like Desbien have totally outplayed Stewart and I'm not sure that using up time on the farm for a player like Stewart really is in the best interest of the organization. Also, you have the problem of using up contract space. I believe there are far better options if you just looking to get players for the Moose. And, at this point, Stewart should not even be given consideration for the Canucks. If so. we are in a heap of trouble.
Given his play I can't understand why anyone is hot to get Stewart. Just shows that 1st round picks get repeated second chances.
Reading much into stats there?
His offense is never going to develop. However, at this point he has shown that he is good enough to spend an entire season on an NHL roster, which should obviously mean he would be a good Moose signing.
Crappy numbers or not, you don't spend an entire season on the roster of a good coach like Jacques Martin if you don't bring something to the table.
And he does - he skates well, plays a physical game without taking penalties, and will drop the gloves.
And for the record, I am definitely not 'hot to get Stewart', just feel that he's the sort of signing we should be looking at to fill the 13-18 spots on the depth chart up front. Brian Boyle would have been another guy worth looking at. As much as some people here are over-reacting on the size thing, we do need to add some size/grit to the organization.
And Brad Isbister would have been a fine signing if he had been signed to a 2-way deal to be the #14 forward in the organization ... actually, he had a few good games here and would have been quite a handy callup to have. The issue was that he was signed to a one-way deal to be inside our top 12 guys, essentially to fill the roster spot occupied by Jan Bulis the previous year.
Again, given how few prospects we have signed right now, we're going to have to sign at least 7-8 good AHL players this summer to fill out the Moose roster. Contract space isn't an issue. I'm sure one or two Moose UFAs (Baumgartner probably being the likeliest) will be re-signed, but we have to find a bunch of new depth players from somewhere.
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