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Marcus Johansson (update: 1yr @ 3.75M for 2015-16)
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06-08-2011, 12:24 PM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern Virginia
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How do you know this? Way too many people around here see a player in his early 20's and in his first year in the league and for some reason feel that whatever that player shows at that exact point in time is pretty much all he will ever show. I don't understand that.
Johansson was the captain of a Swedish WJC team filled with serious players 2 years ago. That says something about what the player brings to the table outside of his on ice abilities IMO. Would you expect to see elements like that in a 20 year old rookie in his first season in North America? No. Would you later in his career when he gets more comfortable in his surroundings? Definitely.
Agreed, I think his upside is a good, although maybe not elite, 2C. In fact, IIRC, leadership and intangibles were two things he was incredibly high on in pre-draft scouting reports. I wouldn't mind giving him another season at 3C though to let him develop a little bit before forcing him into the top-6 full time though.
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