Cracking the lineup
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07-29-2012, 09:25 PM
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Um... how exactly is a 20 year old a bust already?
He put up 0.60 ppg in his first year as a pro ... that's not bad for a power forward project ... I think he'll have a solid year in the AHL this year, and take a run at making the team in 2013/14 ... he's big, can skate, and has a decent offensive upside - I can see him becoming a very solid 3rd line winger for us in a couple of years.
I watched all 15 games he played for the Leafs and about 7 of the games he played for the Marlies both regular season and playoffs. Based on what I saw I personally feel that he has bad offense and skating. He does go to the net hard and can control the puck well but his shooting, passing and offensive awareness are lacking. In regards to his skating, he is pretty fast but his balance and footwork are really weak. He is such a big guy, why is he so light on his feet? He looked awkward and way out of place with the Leafs and he didn't look good with the Marlies either. I hope he can improve in these areas and make an impact with our team down the road but I am not counting on it by any means.
Also, to be honest, I am still very bitter that we traded Keith Aulie for him.
Aulie rescued his dad from a tractor that broke through frozen ice over a lake. He also beat the crap out of Hartnell after he and Briere had pushed us around. Warroir.
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