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09-25-2011, 12:00 PM
John-Eric Iannicello
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Originally Posted by GKJ View Post
I don't get the appeal of Luca Caputi. Burke said he had a 2nd and 4th(?) on the table, and took an NHL player for Ponikarovsky. 18 months later he is on waivers.
Same could happen to whatever the 2nd round pick was going to be. I don't fault Burke for taking a chance on a kid from Toronto, who produced almost a PPG clip in the AHL at 20-21(?).

Caputi had a serious injury that kept him out the bulk of the year last season. So I want to see how he does this season. He's a bigger kid, and may take a bit longer to put it together.

He's turning 23 in August, so it's not like his window is totally shut.

EDIT: And I don't think Burke said he was an 'NHL player'. He felt that Caputi would contribute to the Leafs quicker then a 2nd round pick. Which made sense given what he had accomplished after two seasons in the AHL.

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