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09-20-2003, 10:22 AM
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While others have, rightfully so, cautioned about unbridled optimism over this kid and plugging him into the #2 centre spot, I can't help but feel the Mikes are giving him every opportunity to do the near impossible.

I saw the kid on the second or third day of rookie camp. And I was impressed, not only by his three goals in an intrasquad scrimmage, but by the was he makes good passes and decisions.

Okie has said that he is not adverse to playing him more in training and not sending him back to Juniors right away.

Sure, most will say that, for his development, he'd be better off with another year at Bathe-Acadie. But, once in a while a second rounder comes out of nowhere, gains experience, maturity, and his talent shows through.

With Zinovjev winging his way across the Pacific, Hilbert yet able to compete for the job, and Rolson being a converted left winger playing third line centre, there just might be a surprise in the making here.

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