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01-06-2013, 08:04 PM
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Originally Posted by sillystring View Post
Am i the only one thinking that Malone will be in the third line? freeing a spot on the top six for a rookie/connoly. And i am sorry for saying this but i think we should but mikkelson in waivers.
Maybe not necessarily for a rookie but Malone-Pyatt-Connolly was together as a line during the end of the season, so it could happen. Boucher plays him like a defensive forward sometimes and mixes up the lines, but with only 5 (Stamkos, Marty, Vinny, Purcell, Malone) proven top6 forwards he may stay up in the line up. Malone-Stamkos-Purcell wasn't so bad either.


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Originally Posted by snowden View Post
Mikkelson was far from terrible. He's a capable bottom pairing guy who got bumped up due to injuries. Some of you are misremembering how he played.
When I think of what Mikkelson was, he was a guy on the cusp that just needed a chance and he got that with us over calling up Barberio or Gudas. It will be interesting if contracts and limited icetime/sitting out games as the #7 or #8 dman play a factor again though for the kids still on entry level deals.

The lightning resigned Mikkelson because they liked what they saw and thought he could continue to improve, and I like Mikkelson too, but it's hard to judge. I haven't seen him play since last April while Gudas imo looked like the best defenseman on the Admirals during their playoff run, and has continued to look good this season. And the bolts would love to add what Barberio can bring too. It's been a year since Mikkelson was added to our team so I think it's possible one of the Crunch defenders battle for his spot.
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Originally Posted by Still All In View Post
Connolly would have to have one hell of a camp to make the big club. Don't see it happening.

No chance at Johnson this season.
I completely disagree. I don't think he has it locked up but I think he has a really good shot. BP made some interesting points on this in their lineup predictions write up. Because of the very short camp, lack of preseason games, and a short season that St. Louis says will "feel like doing a hundred-yard sprint without warming up" Boucher might pick guys who can pick up the system fast. Connolly has the advantage here. His familiarity with the system, chemistry with other players, and everything thing he did/learned in the NHL last year are something a lot of the other Crunch kids lack.

Aside from that he's been very good with the Crunch. Yzerman and Boucher have seen the Crunch play many many times so they know what's up there in Syracuse. He's been one of the players for them that consistently plays well each and every game. Besides having the points and confidence now, his all around game is much improved. I've watch a lot of Crunch games this season so I think he definitely has a real good shot.

As for Johnson, I'm not so sure. I guess it depends what they are looking for and what their plan of development is for Johnson. For me, he's been one of the best players for the Crunch all season long.

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