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06-30-2011, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
Talk to me about the first 20 games of JVRs rookie year, and then the next 60.

And comparing him to Crosby/Ovechkin is a dead letter. Not only are they both better, they were also on crappy teams as rookies.
As I've already said, I'd be looking for a MUCH higher level of play than we even saw out of JVR for those first 20 games.

And I didn't compare him to Crosby or Ovechkin and I certainly wasn't talking about their specific rookie years, I just used them to illustrate the point that you can't simply deny a rookie because he's a rookie.

If Couturier shows up and plays like Crosby or Ovechkin right off the bat, you aren't sending him back to juniors. Now it's so unlikely that he plays that well that any attempt to put it into words is underwhelming, but you get the idea. If he comes in and blows the doors off the place, you don't deny him. That's all.

All that said, I fully expect him to see him back in juniors come October.

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