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12-26-2012, 10:09 AM
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bigd
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Originally Posted by UnrealMachine View Post
I believe Despres was called up last season because:

1. Multiple injuries on Pitt's defense;
2. Depth players also injured;
3. Top WBS players also injured.

All he had to do at that point was have a pulse and he was eligible to be called up. He did surprisingly well in the sheltered NHL minutes that he got so that was weighed against his AHL performance in future call ups. Also, to a lesser degree, you have to consider that they could be looking for particular skill sets depending on who was injured.
Exactly, he was called up because he was next on the dept chart after all the injuries. I never said Despres was terrible last season. Just like Morrow this season he needs to learn to be a pro and that's something that should be done in the AHL not the NHL.
Morrow is not going to make the Pitt PP click. It would be a reall risky gamble to to bring him up this season. From what i've seen, and i've watched almost every WBS game this year, he's definetly not NHL ready. But that's just my opinion and we all know what prospect opinions on a hockey forum are worth. They are like A$$holes, everbody has one.

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