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12-01-2004, 04:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Fletch
in one season. So he too has shown an ability to bury the puck. There's a difference between consistently burying the puck, which is what a goal scorer does, and being able to get that 30 goal season when you're really a 15-20 goal per year guy. I think Balej falls into the latter category, but of course hope I am wrong. I don't see this 'sniper' ability. Remember, when Kovalev was 19 he scored 13 goals in 13 games for Binghampton. Dvorak scored 13 goals as an 18 year old in the NHL. Balej's got a ways to go before he proves to me that he's an NHL 'scorer'.
I can see why you are cautious about labelling him a goal scorer but I think that with those hands and shot, there is no way that he can be considered a 15-20 goal guy which is essentially the equivalent of a 3rd liner (imo). Maybe I am overrating him, as he is essentially one of our very few hopes at a top 2 line prospect but I just think the guys got skill to burn, he's just having a tough year so far.

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