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10-29-2011, 02:31 PM
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You can't say that the rebuild is failing at this time until we see what Strome, Nino, Anders Lee, Petrov, Kabanov, DeHaan, Poulin and Nilsson can do in the NHL. The building blocks are not all in their proper places yet. Edmonton looks better at this point because Taylor Hall and RNH are already contributing at this stage.

As far as Bailey is concerned, I was one of the people that wanted Filatov. Filatov appears to be a bust and Josh has accomplished more than Wilson, Hodgson and 95% of the forwards taken after him at this point. The problem with him is that he is not progressing because of a lack of confidence. Am I the only person that notices that the better JT plays the worse that Josh plays? It's not jealousy but he feels less confident and not as important to the team. Cappy needs to correct this by firmly establishing KO and Bailey on the second line with second line power play minutes. He can put Matt Martin on the line for an energy boost or drop Moulson to this line for scoring. JT does not need anyone to play well, Moulson benefits from playing with John not vice versa.

The other option is to skate Josh on JT's line for a few games. In this way we'll get a better read on his upside.

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