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01-19-2012, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by SouthernHab View Post
Engqvist and Palushaj were both done a dis-service when they were brought up here to Montreal. They were thrown on a makeshift 4th line by Martin and then given junk minutes with non-playmakers.

Very similar to the role that Pacioretty was given during his first call-up.

Engqvist and Palushaj are not 4th line players. Hell, Malkin would have struggled with the linemates they were given.

Give them at least 3rd line roles here in Montreal or leave them to develop in Hamilton.
Palushaj, I agree... not a fourth line player.

Engqvist, not so much. That is his role if he's ever gonna make the NHL. Yes, he's scoring in the AHL right now, but watching him I don't see the offensive game to translate to the NHL.

Engqvist has never been a big scorer, not even in Sweden.

Palushaj on the other hand was one of the leading scorers in the CCHA when at Michigan, is 2 years younger than Engqvist, is faster, has better vision, hands, shot, and offensive instincts.

You really have to watch the AHL games to see who can translate their offence to the NHL and who can't.

Lets not forget Tom Pyatt had 35 pts in 41 games in Hamilton. Jason Ward was an AHL MVP. These are guys who dominated on just one skill that was too good for the minors (pyatt on speed, ward on size and strength).. but didn't have a complete well rounded offensive game. Palushaj has that well rounded offensive game. Engqvist is dominating minor leaguers who just can't deal with his size. The size alone without the quicker decision making, and superior talent will not be enough to put up offense in the NHL. However his defensive game is well rounded, and he may still be able to have a career as a defensive guy, like Pyatt and Ward have done.

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