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01-02-2013, 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Canucklehead View Post
I agree with the general gist of what you are saying. I would add that I think both Raymond and Booth have better to give than what they showed in the last year (or two, in Raymond's case). Both have battled some health and adjustment issues, but I agree that the X-Factor for that second line is Kesler. If he's not ready to go, a lot will depend on how Schroeder (if he is the one to get the call) performs in that role.
I would love Schroeder to come up here and succeed in a top 6 role...but I just don't see him taking that next step. I hope I'm wrong. He has 99 points in 176 career games at the AHL level.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but he's been criticized for his inconsistency as well. All I can say is, in a 48 game season, there isn't going to be time for this team's usual slow start. There is zero room for that this year.

One 5 or 6 game losing streak can do you in. Maybe even less. I think with this team getting older now is the time to take shots at winning the cup, having Jordan Schroeder centering your 2nd line is not exactly heading in that direction.

I know it may be a temporary solution though. I hope Gillis is targeting an offensive player above the level of Tyler Bozak.

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