Thread: Value of: Dave Bolland next contract
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01-17-2013, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Sarava View Post
Bolland has been my favorite Hawk for a few years now. He probably deserved to win the Conn Smythe more than Toews...IMO anyway.

He's supposedly getting his shot at #2 center now...if he flourishes, then we'll be looking in the range of 5 mil per probably.
He didn't flourish at #2 at all last season while the Hawks were trying desperately to fill.

My take on his game, to offset my extremely bias appearing initial post:

- great defensively when the speed of the opposition isn't a factor.
- Too limited offensively to have the versatility to plug a #2 position as he displayed last yr. (maybe he's developed further and takes another step as opposed to WYSIWYG)

I just think referring to him as the best 3th line center in the game today is an exaggeration... and almost unfair for him going into this season with any type of elevated expectation if he's now being slotted on the 2nd line offensive role..

But hey.. he's just 26, and has teased the 20 g plateau a couple times... so there may be some untapped upside there still..

Needless to say, he has the best opportunity of his career to display it right now.
I just don't expect it.

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