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07-26-2010, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by DenverBoone View Post
To suggest Testwuide can score 30-35 goals in any season is overreaching. Testwuide has some goal scoring capability, but to judge him by his strong college statistics will lead you down a path of inevitable disappointment. He was a man among boys last year. Once he starts rubbing paint with guys his size, he likely won't see nearly as much production.

Testwuide is a decent skater for his size, he is not a very good skater as you previously suggested. I think Mike may be a servicable AHL player this year, but I wouldn't be surprised if he spends some time in the ECHL adjusting. He played primarily on an olympic rink for 4 years, so his board work is deficient, which is a problem cause that's where he will be spending a lot of his time.

After watching him play the last 4 years, (his brother played at DU, coincidentally) he improved each year. He is more of the mold of a Geoff Paukovich (who was once a highly-touted player who shared the same skill set as Testwuide who now languishes in the minors). He is not a Joe Colborne, who has similar size, less physical play, but is much more gifted and has a much better shot making the NHL.

At best I could see Mike cracking the lineup in 2-3 years as a 4th line mucker, and no thats not because I hate CC, but it's from 4 years of observing him play. There is too much unnecessary hype surrounding this kid, don't annoint him yet.
Obviously you know more about him than most of us, but from what I've seen from him he seems legit. He has a good touch, big body, plays physical, can lead, so on...He seems like a scorer, in the right place at the right time. From a lot of the videos and I've watched it seems like he has a good hockey sense, it's just a matter of him needing someone to set him up. I realized he'll most likely never be a 35-40 goal scorer, but I think he'll eventually be a decent 2nd line plug (this is like 3-4 years down the road by the way).

Big players need a lot of time to develop and bulk up/adjust at each level. I really want to see how he does with a full AHL season. I think it will be very telling of how good he actually can be.

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