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07-24-2012, 02:18 AM
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Originally Posted by WPGNYRFan View Post
No ill will here, I hope CBJ starts having some success sometime soon. Fans definitely deserve some.
Yeah me too for sure, and I definitely think they will have too.

As a young franchise I've sometimes felt that they've struggled to see the trees because of the forrest almost. IE, other simular franchises has "sucked" until they got a real great franchise player through a high draft pick, and then followed that player. That didn't work out for CBJ.

But there are certainly other, in many ways, better options.

Right now, their blueline is real deep with JMFJ, Toots and Erixon on the left side and Wis and Nikitin on the right side, next to Ryan Murray who will be a stud.

If you build an offense around Johansen, Dubinsky, Foligno and Anisimov you know that you have 3 top 6 forwards who always will do the right thing and work really hard. With a fair amount of skill on top of it all.

For a team that's supposedly rebuilding, that's definitely not a bad start. It seems like with a team like EDM they will need a handful 1st overalls just to make the PO's. But the reason for that is definitely that they haven't been able to put those picks in a good environment. If Johansen works out, adding one could be enough to put them over the top.

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