Paajarvi - where do you see him in 5 years?
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12-10-2012, 09:36 PM
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I think he will meet the 30pt, 3rd line projection most are giving him
, but it won't be here. He will make a fine 3rd liner on a team already possessing size and grit throughout their lineup (BOS, LAK, STL), but we need more grit in our bottom 6 because of the void in our top 6. We don't have a Backes/Lucic type that can allow for balance in the bottom 6.
Could have swore he already accomplished that in his rookie season.
I guess that doesn't count anymore because he struggled so much last season with Belanger as his main center and Renney as coach.
I think because of him coming from Sweden in a very system oriented gameplan he has struggled at the NHL level to find out what his role is on the ice and where he should be. He much to often is peeling out of the offensive zone when he should be attacking. His game has been much better in the AHL and those who have actually watched him will agree. He is almost a ppg player and putting up better point totals in a secondary role than many of his peers around the league are in a primary role.
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