Paajarvi - where do you see him in 5 years?
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12-10-2012, 09:58 PM
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He will be in Detroit and will be a quality 3rd liner
I think if he played on Detroit last season under a quality coach like Babcock who runs a system based on his players and their abilities he would have been a quality 3rd liner.
People dont realize that the development of a prospect by the team who drafted a player outside of the top 5 or so picks in a draft is extremely important. So far the Oilers have not helped his development much. First sending him back to Sweden instead of putting him in OKC to learn the NA game, which he still is struggling with. Then putting him in a defensive role where the game plan is to not get scored on and dont turnover the puck, and hope the team can score on the PP. Then when he is obviously struggling and everyone in the world can see he should be sent to OKC, they keep him up for another 20 games, give him one or two shifts on the top line, where he looks great, then put him back with Belanger for 20 games.
It will be really interesting to see if his play is any different coming out of the lockout after some time in OKC with a good X's and O's coach in Nelson instead of a hugs and cookies coach like Renney. i'm also eager to see a Kruger coached team as he has always been highly regarded as a systems guy and might know how to better handle Euro players.
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