Thread: Confirmed with Link: Wings sign Damien Brunner (1 year for $925K)
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06-24-2012, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by GentlemanMasher View Post
Those guys most likely won't ever be difference makers in the NHL. What you see now is pretty much what they'll always be, minus maybe decision making and poise. It's like when people talk about Helm "developing a scoring touch". One, what does that even mean? It's so vague and way too broad, and two, what have we seen in Helm that will indicate he'll magically turn into a goal scorer? He is what is he now minus like I said probably experience and poise and decision making. When guys breakout and score 50 goals, it's a surprise to most people but that doesn't mean it was a real surprise. The player likely showed signs that we just couldn't see.
People thought Franzen would be a checking line player, and he is now the best goal scorer on the Wings. Your statement is very broad, doesn't always work like that. What players are you talking about specifically? Players do not always develop in a linear fashion. Sheahan is a defensively responsible players who has not put up points, but he has a good heavy shot. Could he turn into a goal scorer? Yup. Could he be a career 4th line center? Yup. You can't predict how people will develop based on where they are now. For example Jonathan Ericsson is a completely different player then he was when he was drafted. Same with Franzen. Same with Cleary. Same with Eaves. Where you are now is not what you will always be, not at all.

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