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09-05-2012, 12:27 PM
Bob E
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By franchise player do you mean someone hockey fans recognize and they market the crap out of when the jets come to town? A top 10 league-wide talent that shows up early on in the annual "best player' lists?

I like a Toews-type player, who likely won't lead the league in goals or scoring, or any particular stat, but is recognized as a great (top x) player in the league. His contributions and intangibles win cup(s).

So, my pick for future would be Toews-like Sean Monahan - a player we have a chance (like everyone else right now) to draft. Like Toews, he may not lead the NHL or the Jets in scoring, but his solid 200 ft game has winner all over it. Monahan likely wouldn't sell tickets as a 'franchise player' but his game could be the difference in winning or losing a playoff series. Kane might be a franchise player too, if he scores more, develops strong leadership qualities and elevates his teammates.

IMO, Bogo is the Jets franchise defenceman with a good future supporting cast of Enstrom (still) and Trouba. He likely wouldn't sell tickets either, unless he develops into a 'Weber-type', but he's shown some leadership skills with the young players (helping scheifele, etc).

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