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07-17-2012, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by
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I respectfully disagree. If I was a betting man, I would bet against Christian Thomas making any sort of significant impact in the NHL on a consistent basis.
Physical shortcomings are difficult to overcome, and all of his attributes you listed were against junior hockey competition. Different scenarios and physical prowess entirely, but it harkens me back to those who used to fawn over Evgeny Grachev's junior numbers.
We'll see how he does in the AHL.
Ah, but the difference between Thomas and Grachev is that Grachev was too big and strong for his piers. Thomas is not. In last years camp he started slowly and as he got more comfortable his offense started to show through a little bit. If he keeps his feet moving he has the IQ to get to where he needs to in order to score.
I don't think he will be in the NHL this season, but if he made the team, I would not be overly surprised. He has a skill that this team sorely needs.
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