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08-26-2012, 10:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Zenith View Post
Hardly. Zuccarello got his chance, and was OK. Nothing special. He was awful in the playoffs ('11) and fairly useless for the most part this year, although he was decent down the stretch until he broke his hand, which is unlucky, but when he recovered, we were well into the ECF and there's no point in messing with the lineup to 'experiment' that deep. He made the decision to bolt to the KHL instead of stay and try to make it during the preseason after having a strong finish.
1. Zuccarello had the same PPG as Stepan in his rookie season.

2. Zuccarello didn't get his chance at all. He was scoreless for 3 games in October and got sent down for the majority of the season. He was called up late in March, despite tearing up the AHL. He played pretty well down the stretch with Boyle on the 3rd line, it added another element to our line up. His season unfortunately came to an end with the fluke wrist injury.

As for Erixon, again, he was OK, but he was far from physically ready and was not exactly a vital piece of the organization. The Rangers have loads of talented defenseman, and McIlrath/Skjei are there to replace him. There's a difference between not giving him a chance and trading him in a deal such as the Nash one.
I agree that he wasn't overly special in his stints and he was quite weak by NHL standards. But, I don't think it was worth hot dogging him into games when he didn't even get ice time, either way, I still see him as better than Bickel, despite being weak. That's what I mean by him not getting a fair shot.

Why? If they earn a spot, they earn a spot. Whether or not they're European means nothing. I don't care if Zuccarello was Canadian, he wouldn't have had a spot. Neither would Erixon.
No, I think both of these guys were on short leashes because they were 'soft euros' and not the prototypical, 'heart and soul' NA player.

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