Thread: Recalled/Assigned: Louis Leblanc called up
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12-07-2011, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
Pacioretty is a guy I look to when looking at LeBlanc's development...he was rushed at 20 while he still needed to dominate the AHL and showed he wasn't ready, eventually he went back down and came back but it set him back about a year.

In order to maximise his offensive game, 1st line AHL is a better place than 3rd or 4th line NHL with minimal special teams.
If he can hack playing third line with a guy like Eller with Kostitsyn as his usual linemate I don't think that's a bad place for a two-way forward to develop. Certainly better linemates than Metropolit and Moen that Pacioretty had at 20. The caveat is whether he can play at that level for an extended period of time, which is still and open question. Both 3rd line NHL and 1st line AHL put him in a significant learning situation. Either way I doubt he's hurt by being down on the farm for a extended period if the NHL team doesn't need his services.

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