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06-03-2012, 11:46 PM
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Hatrick Marleau
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Originally Posted by Pinkfloyd View Post
You don't understand it because your assessment of him isn't really accurate. He's a guy with top six potential with inconsistencies but he has two-way ability so he can play third line minutes and matchups if that's his role. It'll take some time like it took Torrey Mitchell time to recover from a major injury. Except Sheppard is capable of much more than Mitchell.
Yes. Minnesota rushed him into the league. He didn't get time to develop his game. Minnesota, at the time, was a very defensive team. So it wasn't the best situation for a guy who was drafted 9th overall that same year. Do you think Couture would be the same player if he played in the NHL the same year he was drafted? Probably not. The Organization gave him a couple years to develop before he earned his top 6 role.

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