If the NHL Returns, How Will Rookies Fare?
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11-05-2012, 09:14 AM
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I am still not sure that Eric Tangradi will be as good as labeled... or what people have seen from in the AHL this season. Still early into the year. I am just not overly impressed when he has been up. Not to say he has been given every opportunity to prove himself, it just feels like at this stage of the game, we should have seen a glimmer of that at the highest stage. I do feel that Brian Dumoulin has all the tangibles and maturity to step right in, and not only succeed like Simon Despres did down the stretch run of last season, but leap frog him. This is no slight to Despres, who comes off as a complete package. More-so it has to do with the fact I am very excited to have Dumoulin on this team. Everytime I read up on this kid I always read how he is a cut above the rest with his smarts. There just seems to be no minus to his game, with maybe the one exception where he doesn't shoot enough or work on his shot more.
I doubt there will be room in the NHL even for Despres, let alone Dumoulin. The Pens still have 6 d-men on one-way deals, plus Strait and Bort who are waiver eligible. And Reese.
I don't think the season will be abbreviated to 50 games. The 94/95 lockout lasted until the end of January and they still had a 45 game season. At this point, *if* the lockout can be settled in the next 3-4 weeks, I see a 60+ game season.
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