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09-10-2011, 07:12 PM
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He was for the first 4 games.
lol. I forgot to write "almost" a ppg, i apologize, but he did have 24 points and -3 in 33 games at one point(0.73 ppg). You are right though, and it's lower than i remember. Omark was with the team, sent back for 1 game, and with the team for awhile before they were put together. Gagner also played a lot with Jones. I believe his most common linemates were Hemsky, Penner, Paajarvi, Omark, Jones. Other than the 1st two, i don't think any of them are that great. How much ice time Turris got with Bissonet is overstated. In the games i watched, they did give him shifts in the top 6.
If a player deserves to be playing, he'll get his icetime.
That's an inaccurate assumption, especially in Tippett's system.
It's tough to address Turris' "lack of improvement".
I think he has been improving, but there's nothing really quantifiable to prove it.
Turris started against weaker competition, so I think his developmental curve should be understandably longer.
I'm not saying Turris is, or projects to be, a far better player. I actually think they're quite similar in upside, but I think Turris' skating, shot and face-off ability will ultimately make him a superior player.
I should also mention that I don't think the gap between Gagner and Turris is that large right now. The only difference is opportunity and confidence, to me.
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