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01-07-2013, 08:52 AM
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nhljohnson
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Also extremely unlikely Connolly is with the big club. He stays, along with Panik to assume bigger roles with Syracuse and when we have better options in place for Syracuse next season (namely Kucherov) to lose a forward to the big club, then they'll get another look.
The same can be said about pretty much every skill forward currently with the Crunch.

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Connolly would have to have one hell of a camp to make the big club. Don't see it happening.
The training camp, like the season, is going to be condensed and the organization, with Yzerman already noticeably spending more time than usual observing the Crunch in person, probably already has a strong idea of a) who they're bringing in and b) who's going to stick. I seriously doubt one week's worth of drills and scrimmages is going to change that.

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Conacher just has a better work ethic...
Anecdotal.

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...and frankly, better scoring touch at this point.
Except, statistically, that's not currently the case.

Certainly, there's much more to a player evaluation that stats but you seem to be letting personal preference guide your conclusions. Cory Conacher exploded onto the scene last season and got off to a hot start this season and that's great but he's had trouble finding the net, started pressing and was benched not too long ago for an entire period and continues to let his emotions override sensibility at times. Cooper's still got some work to do in reigning him in and keeping him focuses. Yes, he's fun to watch and you can't help but love that he's a smaller guy with the heart of a warrior but let's not pretend he hasn't had his own struggles.

After a slower start, Connolly has been rock solid for Syracuse, he's demonstrating his vision and hands, utilizing his size along the boards and moving to the high-traffic areas on a consistent basis. And, given his relative abundance of NHL seasoning, he's the logical choice to get the first crack to stick with the big club during an abbreviated season. That's not a knock against Conacher or anybody other forward in Syracuse, several of whom (Brown, Conacher, Killorn, Panik) are probably set going to be with the big club in the fall.


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