Maxwell Re-Assigned to Hamilton
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03-12-2010, 03:48 PM
nexus of the crisis
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My impression from Carbo and Gainey at Maxwell's first Ricoh prospects tourney was that they really liked his vision and the potential for him to turn himself into a crafty 2-way guy. But to do that, I think there is still a bare minimum of intensity and willingness to get physical that is required. Moore, for example, has some skills, but he has figured out he needs to hustle himself in a defensive role sometimes to stick in the league. So far, Maxwell hasn't quite seemed to embrace the vision of his former mentors and organizational boosters in that respect.
He isn't going to play in the NHL on the basis of his decent perimeter-oriented offensive skills. But he hasn't realized that yet, because those skills are good enough to keep him in his comfort zone in the AHL.
Either he'll get it or he won't. I have reasonable faith that another year with Boucher is as good a way for him to get it as any.
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