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10-27-2011, 08:14 AM
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I'm starting to think Burke signed Connolly knowing that, he was going to be injured and at some point JoeC would be getting in there.
While I don't consider JoeC a bruiser by any means, it will certainly be nice to have at least another 6'4 Center in the lineup because Steckel is the only other tower in there. Lombardi, Grabovski, and Bozie are slight.
Hate to make the comparison, but Getzlaf played so well in the minors, Burke was forced to promote him halfway though the 05-06 season. I can see Joe playing well beside Lupul, controlling the play down low, with Kessel looking for soft spots.
Joe isn't a bruiser, nor should we expect him to be, his style and frame is more like Thornton and less like Lindros. Using his reach and body to shield defenders rather than outmuscling opponents, to watch his development this season will be fascinating. At worst he projects into a solid 2nd line center with upside to be a #1.
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