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01-06-2013, 05:40 PM
Blind Gardien
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Originally Posted by Myron Gaines View Post
Galchenyuk still produced 8 pts despite not being in an ideal situation to do so. There are more positives than negatives from his performance in the wjc.

Remember people, he's a puck possession player, it's normal if he couldn't do much while he was chasing the puck most of the time. Mostly because his line mates couldn't keep possession of it.
I don't think I'd use the WJC to rationalize things either way at this point. His linemates weren't a great fit. But he's really a very high profile super-prospect relative to some of the other guys in the tourney, and he didn't do a lot on his own either. I would say write off the WJC as insufficient data, it all comes down to how he looks with NHLers (even rusty post-lockout ones) in the mini-camp. There really is no other basis for making the call. Well, unless it's one that isn't based on on-ice performance, like preservation of contract years, fears of bonus cushion rollovers, or conversely just the desire to get him into the NHL now and get on with his sanctification as our next saviour for PR purposes, etc. All of which would be valid. But if it's just stuff based on the ice, throw away Sarnia, throw away the WJC, see how he looks in the mini camp and any allowed early-season cameos.

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