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11-01-2011, 10:25 AM
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That's a very tired meme. Hitchcock had a lot to do with the development of Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and RJ Umberger. Brassard and Voracek were their most productive when they were playing for Hitchcock.
Many say that because of his handling of Nikita Filatov. They were vindicated by by how well Filatov played for Arniel and now for MacLean in Ottawa.
Filatov was arguably the 2nd most skilled player his draft year after Stamkos, and some said more skilled than Stamkos. Filatov is in Binghamton playing in the AHL.
He's fresh from Juniors, thats what I worry about... Both Hitchcock and Arniel will throw you in the deep end, difference is, Hitchcock won't put water wings on you and is likely to hold your head under eventually (i.e bury you at the end of the bench)
This season is over, If Johansen is going to stay up here, I'd rather he have some leeway with what he does, I'm afraid Hitchcock wouldn't grant him as much as he'd need.
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