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09-08-2012, 10:23 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Spokane, WA.
How Acquired: Signed as an unrestricted free agent, summer 2011. Re-signed with the team in the summer of 2012 to a one-year contract.
Analysis: The team's elder statesman up front, Prospal has spent 15 years in the NHL, spread out amongst 7 teams over 1,060 games. Originally drafted 71st overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1993, Prospal made his NHL debut in the 1996-97 season, and scored his first two goals in a game on March 8th, 1997, in Pittsburgh. Why in the heck do I know this? I was there! Prospal has gone on to an impressive, though quiet career as a support forward, and has averaged just over a half point per game in the NHL. After signing with the Jackets last summer, Prospal was a surprisingly prolific scorer on a team of underachievers, and seems to be the early face of a new movement for the Jackets, towards hard work and effort rather than skill and lackadaisical play.
Pros: Great hands, competes, does a lot of "little things"
Cons: Getting up there in gray hair, has lost a step over the years, has had injury issues throughout his career.
Realistic Expectation: I penciled Vinny into the third line left wing spot, not out of spite, but rather his age and the depth that we have at that position. He's more than proven and capable of playing a second line role, and could probably do that for us again this year. At this point he may be one of the favorites for the team's captaincy heading into next year, and with the work ethic and face that he showed last season, I wouldn't be disappointed at all if he wore the "C". If he can stay healthy, expect similar production from last season.
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