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10-31-2012, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Woodhouse View Post
This is where I'm at, even after his rough start to the season with the Amerks where he was arguably their worst player.

The last two or three games have been an improvement though, as he's shown flashes where he'll use his body to power his way to the net. It's the fact that he doesn't do this consistently that is worrisome.
Sure, I can agree with that. But he's also 22, and it sometimes takes bigger players longer to figure out how to use size to their advantage on a consistent basis. But if he does figure it out, he could be productive given the fact that he has hands and a quick release.

I also look at it from the perspective that he's a 2nd round pick, and 70% of 2nd rounders never play 100 games in the NHL--Luke already has 71 in his pocket--and around 50% don't play a single game there. Through that lens, it's a bit tough for me to ever call him a "bust."

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