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09-27-2011, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by OrangeCrush28 View Post
Well he isnt really going to be counted on to fill the score sheet, he is going to be a grinder/grit player with speed and energy on the 4th line.

He showed he has some offensive skills with his goal in the preseason, and might show more with some more time.

His role has always been a grinder type of player whatever league he has played in, and this has obviously limited what he has done offensively.
But all of these guys have at one point, that's what I'm saying.

There are plenty of grinders, dime-a-dozen, in the NHL who at some point, have proven they have a nose for a net and were a consistent scoring threat. Those skills likely helped them in becoming a grinder, because that helps develop your game on the boards. If you can pull a puck out of a scrum, and set up or score a goal, you can make an NHL career out of that. Even the ****-disturbers. To have never done that gives no basis for projecting to be an effective player.

That's why I say, go back to the AHL, and prove it, as the NHL is not the place to all of a sudden figure it out. That's why you have coaches down there.

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