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11-10-2003, 12:55 PM
Join Date: Jun 2002
I am still trying to figure out these people who are saying Rita should be in the lineup...
<b>No he shouldn't</b>
Until he realizes that he has to play hard every night, he doesn't belong in the NHL.
For those who haven't watched more than the 1 game against the baby leafs, he hasn't played well. If he isn't playing well down in the AHL, I'm not sure what is possessing you to think he will magically transform into Hemsky's wingman and primary sniper...
It isn't going to happen. Rita will not be a top line player. He has good strength, great speed and a good shot... but good doesn't translate into top line player. At best, he will be a 2nd line forward. Chances are, he will be a 3rd line player that pops 20 or so goals... unfortunately, until he finds the defensive aspect of his game he left back in Hamilton, he isn't of any use to the Oilers.
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