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11-26-2012, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by CapeShamrock View Post
HMMM, I would say we may be a bit hasty on labeling Bricks a "bust". As an update from the UVM followers, he was diving to block a shot against BU and suffered a skate gash across the forearm. They operated on him the next day to repair. He is expected to return in January-February. As a 2-time world gold medalist and U-20 WJC team along with a high draft pick, I'll reserve judgement until he plays at the next level. He is expected to being speed, & tenacity with "1st line skill with
3rd line mentality". Duirng the past 10 months he has had the injury bug with a severed leg tendon from U-20 WJC, ruptured pect muscle and the forearm injury. Each injury is very rare and he is expected full recovery.
But the time he's missed is significant in the development of a player who is a project, as he is. And the fact is that since returning from the severed leg tendon he suffered in the WJCs last year he has not come close to returning to form. And the BC game was just a little over a week ago - he hasn't missed much time from it. He simply has not shown a progression toward returning to form through this season, and meanwhile the number of serious injuries he's sustaining is setting his development back big time. If he doesn't take some steps forward, he's unlikely to get to the next level. And that's aside from the unfortunate situation of playing for a UVM team that has lost its top scorers for 4 years either to free agency or to dismissal from school after failing to live up to academic standards. They've lost I believe 6 or 7 top scoring forwards in that span, not to mention the incoming freshman who was drafted in the first round and signed by Buffalo who was expected to make an impact. The miserable situation the team is in can rub off on a player unless he's standing out as a lone bright spot, showing he can rise above the poor play of teammates. Bricks hasn't done that since getting injured, and another injury will simply push him further from the Panthers' radar, as well as that of minor league teams looking for bodies. These injuries aren't something where you just let it heal and are ready to go - you also lose muscle mass, and that's a lot harder to get back, particularly for athletes.

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