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08-19-2005, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by facts
There is absolutely no pressure what so ever on this kid. If he can be responsible in his own end and chip in 1 or 2 look out he will play well- when teams are drawing up this lineup he is the forgotten guy- he will play well.
No pressure? They are asking a guy who has never potted more than 12 goals in a season to come in and play 2nd line winger on a line that doesn't feature any big-time playmakers (I love Handzus, but he isn't quite the best set-up man in the world). I'd say that there is plenty of pressure on this kid to step up and score lots of goals (which he hasn't done in the NHL before) and stay defensively responsible as well.

I really don't think that we should be getting too carried away with this kid, he's a great young player, but he's only 24. I really think that something like 60 points is just out of the question. If he could hit 15-20 25 pts, I'd be quite happy and if he got 20-20 40, I'd be ecstatic.

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