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10-18-2004, 10:43 PM
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: New York
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Lampman has never been a scorer at the AHL level. The arrival of Kondraitev, and the continued stellar play of Nycholat and Tjutin, should pretty much push him entirely off the PP. And that's before Pock even gets on the roster.
The problem is that Nycholat is a very, very good AHL defenseman, and he isn't old. The Rangers/Pack would be ill-advised to give him away for nothing because if/when the lockout ends and Tjutin and Co. go up, he'll be needed in Hartford to hold things together (and because he's still a viable candidate as a depth NHL defenseman). But you cannot reasonably stash Nycholat on the 3rd pair and take away his PP time for Pock. He's just too much better a player right now.
My assumption is that the Pack will try to slide Pock into a few games here and there until they find out what Kondraitev is going to do. If he goes back to Russia, Pock stays in Hartford. If Kondraitev stays, they move Pock to Charlotte and see how the lockout goes. Maybe they move Nycholat if things get desperate (really long lockout, Pock playing out of his mind in Charlotte) but they'll wait if they are smart.
Why not move Grenier from D to LW or RW since all he does is fight, and put Pock in his place and maybe move a forward like Gillies.
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