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12-27-2009, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by RangerFan10 View Post
Can we please, PLEASE find a north american prospect at forward that possibly projects as a top liner? We have a few guys that are a couple of years+ to showing us what they've got, but no high end prospects.

We want to play Tortarella's system yet everyone keeps talking about a bunch of Russian players. Were you guys asleep at the wheel in Zherdev's days under Torts? There's a reason fringe 2nd liners like Callahan are better under Torts than imported talent like Zherdev.
Can we please, PLEASE grow brains and judge EACH player individually rather than assuming that because Nik Zherdev didn't fit "Torts' style" (I'd be more concerned with finding a way to get our players producing and consistently winning games than worrying about whether or not we're playing "Torts' hockey", by the way) no player of similar lineage will? Because, outside of 100% coincidentally having both been drafted by Columbus, one player has absolutely nothing to do with the other and can in no way be used as a benchmark for judging one another. The fact that a prospect needs to be North American to make you all comfortable with his "compete level" or commitment is absurd and the fact that you trace it all back to one year of Nik Zherdev even more so.

Besides anything else, a guy like Filatov is great for a puck possession system and would instantly be our second most talented option at forward. He's got vision, hands, patience and gamebreaking ability. A lot of things that we desperately need and, by all accounts, Filatov would much rather be playing in the NHL than the KHL.

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