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07-29-2009, 05:11 PM
eco's bones
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Byers rookie AHL season in 06-07.

Hartford's top 5 leading scorers. Keeping in mind a lot of first and second year players and a very defense minded system in place. Note he outpoints fellow rookie Brandon Dubinsky. Note as well the penalty minutes. He's an agitator as well as a guy who doesn't mind dropping the gloves. There are a number of opinions on actually on how good a fighter he is. I don't think I can speak all that well about that.

1. Dawes (age 21--2nd AHL season)--65gp-27g-33a-60pts-29pm
2. Callahan (age 21-1st AHL season)--60---35--20--55----74
3. Byers (age 20----1st AHL season)--78---17--30--47----213
4. Immonen (age 24-2nd AHL season)-54---20--26--46---- 30
5. Dubinsky (age 20-1st AHL season)--71---21--22--43----115

Byers second AHL season--07-08. Top 5 scorers.

1. Parenteau (age 24) 75--34--47--81--81
2. Moore (age 23)-----72--26--40--66--31
3. Hutchison (age 27)-67--18--46--64--66
4. Korpikoski (age 21 2nd AHL season) 79--23--27--50--71
5. Byers (age 21 2nd AHL season) 73--23--23--46--184

which shows me that in his first two AHL seasons Byers was very competitive with players of his own age group and players with more experience. Last year was cut short by injuries but the small window of games (9 regular season games--7 points) he played showed enough where he might have had an even more productive year. When you are your teams third leading scorer one year and fifth leading scorer the next (as a 20-21 year old) you are an important part of its success. This guy IMO may be a very pleasant surprise for us this year.

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