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01-07-2013, 10:17 AM
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Keep in mind, too, that we've got to keep in mind that the lockout, till this point, provided substantially more difficult competition than Conacher and Co. had to face last season.

From a production standpoint, Panik and Johnson have risen to the occasion and progressed while Conacher no longer looks like a wunderkind but rather one of many solid options available to the Bolts:

11-12: 41 PTS in 64 GP = 0.68 PTS/GP
12-13: 28 PTS in 34 GP = 0.82 PTS/GP

11-12: 69 PTS in 75 GP = 0.90 PTS/GP
12-13: 35 PTS in 33 GP = 1.17 PTS/GP

11-12: 80 PTS in 75 GP = 1.06 PTS/GP
12-13: 27 PTS in 34 GP = 0.79 PTS/GP

11-12: 15 PTS in 68 GP = 0.22 PTS/GP
12-13: 30 PTS in 33 GP = 0.91 PTS/GP

Obviously, we don't have a direct year-to-year comparison for Connolly since he played in the NHL last season but when you look at his usage (stints in and stretches outside the top-6, minimal PP time) and his extremely low 4.6 shooting % in 11-12, unless you truly believe his 11-12 season is more like his true talent level even when he's used as a key key offensive cog and his shooting % stabilizes (right now, it's a healthy 16.5% with the Crunch), there's no reason not to be bullish on him. Or at least want to see, if you're the Bolts brass, if your thoroughbred, who looks stronger and more confident than ever previously, is ready to run the big-track.

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