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11-12-2003, 07:01 AM
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"People quickly forget that we've had guys like Kaberle, Markov and Antropov blossom under Quinn"
I wouldn't put Markov in that group, he blossomed away from the Leafs and Antropov has yet to have a break out season. So basically Quinn has given away 4-6 young players that have become good players on other teams and allowed one, one-way defenseman blossom with the Leafs. Good job.
No, Markov's value was significant enough to land what was perceived to be a good #2 Center at the time and a good roleplayer in Travis Green. Markov did blossom under Quinn. Quinn has also only been a coach of this team for 5 years. He arrived here and had nothing much in the system - you can't develop what you don't have. In the years he's been GM, he's drafted the likes of Boyes, Tellan, Stajan, Steen, Colaiacovo. All those players are just now getting ready to start their NHL careers. Once again, your agenda against Quinn is clouding your judgement.
And yes, Antropov broke out last year. 45-50 points show signs of a 2nd liner in the league. Whether he will take the next step is based moreso on his health than the role Quinn gives him. But let me guess, Quinn is at fault for Nik's health issues too.
"McCauley was given ample opportunity to produce and didn't"
On 3rd and 4th lines with linemates that weren't offensive players. Once he gets top 6 ice time and more skilled linemates with the Sharks he starts producing.
McCauley had plenty of chance to repeat what he did in the playoffs in 2002. He was given the 2nd line C job at the start of last season and failed. Only you can forget that. Im glad that he started producing in SJ, but he, much like Sullivan and Modin, were players not pulling their weight here.
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