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08-18-2012, 04:35 PM
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I'm going to refrain from posting this on the main board Erik thread because there's too many calling him a "bust" for really absurd reasons.... Since you guys get to see him most how has he developed? Has he made strides since you traded for him? And what do you think his potential ultimately is? I remember when he got drafted hearing about him and I was immediately drawn to follow him. Then the injury happened and obviously it seems something has been amiss since then. Anyone still think he can reach his top-end potential from draft day? And if not why not? And did the injury really affect him that much? Thanks guys again I don't get to see much of him anymore.
The way I view EJ's situation, is that he has always put a lot of pressure on himself to be the elite #1 defenseman he was pegged to be, and still put that pressure on himself with the Avs, and I think it's just a bit much for him to deal with. Once he clearly took a step back from trying to be "the guy" for the Avs in every facet when Hejduk was named captain, he simplified things, didn't do as many interviews, didn't force things as much on the ice, and really solidified his game. Which in turn gave him confidence, and he was able to grow his game as the season went on.
That knee injury really stagnated his development, and he's at the point where if he is going to grow his game, he has to do it slowly. Not in big strides, which is what St. Louis, and most other fans expect from him. Colorado fans seem to be a bit more patient with him, because he will always be very solid in his own zone, and that's not really something Colorado has had in a top four two way defenseman since Bourque really. Quincey was close but not really. It's nice to have that again.
If he can get the right partner to help ease the burden defensively, and moving the puck, they could develop a good chemistry and boost each other's offensive points. A capable two way defenseman that is more of a playmaker, while EJ can be more of the shooter. I similar version of Suter-Weber. To go along with a system that is more suited to the defenseman working with the forwards in transition, rather than the forecheck system Sacco instills now. Then I think we will really see what EJ is capable of.
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