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07-20-2012, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by NYRFAN218 View Post
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RED ALERT: #FlaPanthers acquire C/RW Casey Wellman from #NYR in exchange for a 5th-round 2014 #NHLDraft pick. Details:
Guys, Please relax about Wellman! Yes he was a nice addition to the Whale last year, he has skill, speed, and can make plays....but he is a borderline NHL player at best. I watched him play in 6-7 games last year and he struggles when playing bigger players along the boards. With guys like Marik, Miller, and Yogan joining the fold trading Wellman for a 5th rounder (hopefully for a player with greater size) was a good move. How many undersized players can we carry? The league is getting bigger / faster and we need to keep pace. Just to give you an idea, a guys like Newbury and Zuccarello are/were noticeable on every shift...Wellman not so much ....and as dominant as Newbury and Zuccarello are at the AHL level, they struggle in the NHL. Wellman is an offensive player that would need to find a place as a top 6 or develop his two way game enough to play on the 3rd line.....I do not see it, he is a project at best, and needs to get much stronger to make the NHL as a regular but it is much more likely that he will be a career AHLer (a very good AHLer)

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