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12-26-2011, 02:27 PM
Join Date: Mar 2008
It sounds crazy but maybe no prospect has fallen more than Luca Caputi. When we got Caputi, he was seen as a big body, decent hands, drives the net, and up to that point he was a very good AHLer
Burke let him finish the year with the Leafs, and he showed some promise, but was seen as a guy who needed to improve his footspeed. Thing started to go downhill last year when he should have made the team out of training camp, but was sent down in favour of the faster, but offensively inert Freddie Sjoestrom. 10 games in Luca was called up after an injury to Armstrong, despite being relatively useless with the Marlies. With the Leafs like with the Marlies he wasnt able to do much, and was soon sent down in favour of Christian Hanson and later Nazem Kadri. After being sent down, he got injured and missed some 50 games or so, and even when returning, he was a lot lower on the depth chart and struggled to repeat the elite AHL form he had showed in WBS. This year he was one of the 1st guys sent down to the Marlies, and has essentially been a bottom 6 guy. Even when he was put with Colborne and Crabb for a few games he did nothing.
In my limited viewing of Luca, id say hes lost that drive for the net that he had before. When your not particularly fast or good at stickhandling like a Kadri, you need to have that nose for the net, and hes lost it.
Being honest, hes a lost cause. At the end of this season the Leafs will likely drop him and id say hes going to have to get himself an AHL contract and get back to where he was 2 seasons ago. Not impossible, but it wont be with Toronto, and it will take a lot of dedication
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