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01-09-2013, 10:53 PM
Jarkko Immonen
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Originally Posted by eco's bones View Post
McIlrath IMO can handle most guys--Brett Gallant for instance is a legit tough guy. It's just the bigger guys who have been doing it for years have built up their strength, punching power and fighting know how. McIntyre, Rechlicz, Trevor Gillies, Mirasty, Yablonski etc. suck as players but they can hurt someone real bad. I wouldn't want to see Dylan go through what Michael Sauer is going through now. He's too valuable a prospect to get wasted over a career minor league goon. These guys usually search out each other but on any given night if no comparable player is available very often they'll look for the next best thing. Dylan is going to get stronger and smarter as a fighter himself (barring getting seriously hurt) given time. Right now he's not on that kind of level. The other night when we were playing Wilkes Barre--there's Steve McIntyre in the lineup. It's something to think about.
Interesting point about Sauer. He dropped the gloves often early in his AHL career. A lot of guys did, to be honest. Brandon Dubinsky was once a "fighter" at this level. It helps some guys stick. I think they're eager as kids to rough it up in this league as well.

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