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10-31-2003, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Sports Junkie
Bye Miller. Hopefully. Willsie is not Ciernik thankfully. He is a good player who was the odd man out due to the depth of young forwards in COL. If Cassidy lets these lines play together a few games maybe we'll see some change for the positive. That is a big IF. Too much tinkering. Let them play together more than 4 or 5 shifts I say. That 2nd line could be interesting.
Well, it's awfully nice of you to praise the Avs organization for their depth, and that's true to a degree, but even without depth, Willsie was kind of on the outs after two years of showing nothing as a member of the Avs. While he was impressive in the AHL, he could never translate any of his game to the NHL level. When he was called up to the big show he always tried to skirt the line between being a mucker/grinder type and a scoring forward--more often than not he just looked lost and indecisive.

Don't get me wrong, I wish Willsie the best, but I just don't think he'll ever be more than a career AHLer.

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