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12-29-2012, 03:07 PM
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I think the point people miss with Johnson is that he is realizing his potential, it is just not a consistent basis. It is not that Johnson is a defenceman who everyone is waiting for him to learn how to make a good first pass, or hope he develops some hard slap shot he has never shown before. He does everything people would want to see from him to see that he is actually "realizing his potential." He just needs to do it night in night out now. And seriously, if you took Shane O'Brien off his left side and put Del Zotto, Giradi, McDonagh, or Staal beside him, I'm sure it would be a little easier for him to find some consistency having another good player instead of someone who has played for 5 teams already and believes he has the capabilities of an Erik Karlsson.

Just wait for the lockout to end. A lot of this EJ bust talk is going to go away.
By this logic Sam Gagner is a 1st line center. Listen it's consitency that's valued above all else in the pro's, a coach has got to know what he is getting. Many a young player have great games and stretches and level off it's what growing up is all about. However we typically don't value these guys based only on their best stretches of play. We have the same problem with Gagner, he has great weeks of play and then is very average for a while. I would argue the peaks aren't as high (minus the 8 point night) and the valley's not as low, but again it's consistency that often holds these young guys back. Johnson should develop consistency as he get's older but not being consistent now is a very big detriment to how his coach can use him and how good he really is. Even last year Johnson had some very poor stretches of play, as i mentioned above.

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