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08-23-2010, 06:58 PM
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For a 2nd rounder it was a great pickup by the Canes, he has all the tools to be a stud, he just doesn't seem to take his game to the next level when it counts. In training camp and in call ups he was pretty awful, at least signifying he has a long way to go if he wants to make the NHL. He didn't showcase his offense when he needed to, and frankly was given every chance to shine and he didn't capitalize.
I have to respectfully disagree with a few points you made here... I'm not sure any part of his game ever screamed "STUD"... He was drafted as a very talented offensive defenseman and the reason he fell in the draft to our draft position was concerns about his defensive game... He was never projected to be an elite blueliner or the type of player we would label STUD...
In training camp the one negative report we heard about him was him not completing Tortorella's rigorous skating drills and going down on 2 knees on the ice to recover from the drill... That can be looked at as poor off-season preparation more so than an overall 'conditioning issue'. Secondly, I never saw anything to suggest he was "awful" in training camp... Quite conversely, he didn't showcase anything to suggest he could or should have made the NHL roster... He wasn't bad, MDZ was just more visible and better in pre-season action...
I don't think you can say he was given every chance to shine and didn't capitalize... How many NHL games did he get to play in, less than 5? I'm not saying he would have proved anything had he been given more games but you can't say he had anywhere near as much of an opportunity to play as say MDZ or Gilroy....They got looks over an entire season....
That being said, I'm perfectly okay with the Sanguinetti trade and the return we got back for him... Not because there's anything wrong with him as a prospect but because he was not going to factor into our future plans for our blueline with the way things materialized....
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