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05-27-2012, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul4587 View Post
Francois Beauchemin went from a 25 year old complete unknown with 12 games in the NHL to a guy logging 27 minutes per game on arguably the best cup winning team post lockout under Carlyle.

Boudreau gave Mike Green (a former first round pick who was a PPG defenseman his last year of juniors btw) the freedom to basically do whatever he wanted on a team that was absolutely stacked offensively with a great PP, of course he's going to put up huge numbers in that type of environment. Nevermind the fact that Green was at best average defensively and couldn't replicate his success in the postseason when things tightened up defensively.

Boudreau deserves a lot of credit for developing the Caps guys but Carlyle's track record at developing young players to date is just as good as Boudreau's. If you want to give Boudreau the credit for guys like Backstrom, Semin & Ovechkin then you have to give Carlyle credit for how Getzlaf, Perry & Ryan have turned out so far.
Forgot about Beauch, so that's true. I give Burke credit with that one too, though, I heard weight issues were one of Beauchemin's bigger problems. And, IMO, Green's still more impressive. Former first rounder, but still not that highly regarded. Does great in the AHL under Boudreau, then explodes in the show under Boudreau. It's more than doing whatever he wanted, they guy wasn't very good defensively and was still a major Norris candidate. Surrounded by great offensive talent or not, what Green did was incredible.

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