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12-04-2012, 08:15 AM
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Not when you're as young as Ryan Johansen.
Later in development, yes you are either a top-line forward or you aren't. However, if a young guy isn't given already established, talented players to develop with it usually hampers his development. For those first formative years he needs to be surrounded by experienced players.
Simply putting better players around Johansen doesn't suddenly make him a top line player. If he needs more development, which he does, he needs more development. What he will be in the future isn't set in stone. However, throwing him on the top line and expecting him to compete with the best centers in the West is foolish at this point in his development. It doesn't matter who you set around him. His responsibilities on the ice, 5 on 5, are just too much for him at this point.
With Davidson on board (based on what he has said), along with the changes we made to the roster, I see no reason for Johansen to see top line minutes on the other side of the lockout. Nor do I see it for Brassard. We've added some competitive players that can play up the middle. What they may lack in skill they make up in competitive play. Our 5 on 5 play will, hopefully, improve hopefully leading guys like Johansen to make their mark lower in the lineup and on specialty teams until they are, truly, top line players. At that point it won't matter who is on the ice with them.
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