Springfield Falcons/Evansville Icemen Thread III (All Affiliate talk here)
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11-06-2012, 11:33 AM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Of the many problems with the jackets in the Howson era talent evaluation hasn't been a major issue. As mentioned numerous times player development has been the biggest weakness of the organization and you can't build a good team without it. Add in the fact that we have been out of position to draft guys who are elite and can become stars on their own (Top 5 picks in 2010 and 2012 only since '07) and we have our current team.
My hope is that in Davidson we finally have some leading the organization that understands the grim reality of the Franchise, WE SUCK, we need to rebuild. The guys at the top didn't want to admit this (Rick Nash asked to be traded, the team didn't decide to rebuild they were more or less forced to when the one star we had wanted out.) Davidson seems to have the balls to stay the course, let players develop, and build the team properly.
As bad as the lockout is I really am starting to hope it goes for a full season. Pulling guys like Johansen, Erixon, and Moore out of Springfield when they are developing so well scares me. I'd rather let them stay down for a season and let them take over next year in primary roles. They are learning how to win down in the AHL, and many of the prospects are showing amazing growth stunting that with a season where we are likely to end up out of the playoffs again doesn't make sense. (not to mention the greatly improved draft a lockout likely gives us.)
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