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07-05-2011, 03:14 PM
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Xoggz22
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I mentioned this in the Aaron Johnson thread and thought why not bump this one for some discussion - especially with out Springfield/AHL knowledgeable fans....

I'm not going to try to look at the forwards but with the signing of Holden and Johnson to two way deals it seems like we'll have a potential significant excess on the back end again. To my knowledge we have not signed a defensive minded assistant coach for Springfield yet either. I am not a fan of last year's revolving door on the back end and feel like our prospects should really have a chance to take a big step forward this year. Here's what I'm seeing and wondering where they all fit:

Holden
Johnson
Savard
Moore
Goloubef
Ruth
Blomqvist
Regner
Delisle
Prout

Clearly one of them will end up as a 5-7 on the big club but that's 9 players for 6 spots and all need significant development. Another thing to consider is that next year we add another big chunk of players:

Weber
Archibald
Madaisky
Olson (possibly although I don't think he gets a contract offer)

That's a pretty good amount of prospect depth and several players with NHL aspirations and potential.

I'd like to see Savard, Moore, Goulobef, Ruth, Blomqvist and Regner get a lot of time with Prout and Delisle spending time at the ECHL or CHL level to further learn. Lot's of prospects and not enough ice time for everyone. Let's hope we see a major step forward this year from some of these guys.

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