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12-28-2012, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Mayor Bee View Post
We can go back a lot further than that, and find guys like Johnny Bower as an example of someone who excelled once he actually got a chance. More recently, we can add in Brian Rafalski and Martin St. Louis.

Right now, there are probably 10 guys out there who, given the chance, could step into the NHL next year and play on either the first line or first pairing. They're all in the AHL or playing in Europe.
For another Bruins example, see Johnny Boychuk. No one gave him a chance until BOS got desperate, and ever since he's been in the top 4 of a very good defense.

and the Bruins themselves have 4 or 5 players in their AHL squad that are never going to get a shot at all until they move on because the team is deep. Maxim Sauve springs to mind.

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