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01-20-2013, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Stretch Factor View Post
I don't think Johanson is going to be a top line player. I think he is going to be a 2nd line power forward, which is still very valuable (think Umberger). I'd trade that for Foligno, not just because his brother is on the team, but because I think he'll be a better 2nd line power forward than Johan.
I remember when I first learned of Johansen in juniors. I read that he was thought to be NHL material but not a consistent top 6 player. Then closer to the draft (and through the draft) he was referred to as an NHL 2nd line center. I don't remember when the switch happened when he was commonly referred to as a top 1st line center, but maybe that was one step too far. I guess I don't really have a point in posting this other than who knows where Johansen will eventually settle. So much of early NHL career has been built around hype and potential and draft position. I hope he can one day be a top line center, but I've only realistically expected him to be the future second line center.

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