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08-13-2012, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by SoundwaveIsCharisma View Post
I'm playing in one of those GM games. Just traded Duchene for Kulikov, Bjugstad and Matthias.

Matthias hasn't really fulfilled his offensive potential that a lot of people that he had in his last Jr year and at the WJC, but it seems like he has really progressed his defensive game and constantly hustles. Figure he could eventually become the designated shutdown center to free up ROR.

Bjugstad is someone I think will be a beast down the road, goalscoring power center.

Kulikov is Kulikov.

What do my fellow Avs fans think?
Unfortunately, I think a lot of people are going to disappointed with how Bjugstad's game translates to the NHL. I don't see him having a big NHL impact like some people do, regardless of how well he's played in college. In all of the games that I've seen him, he's been very underwhelming. That's not to say that he can't put it all together as he matures but I'll be surprised if he ends up a top-6 guy.

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