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01-22-2013, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Sweech View Post
The luxury being every single one of your examples waited two years before being brought into the NHL.

Atlanta management and coaching forced Burmistrov into the lineup following his draft year. Jets management can't do anything about that, unless they have a time machine.

He hasn't always been afforded the ability to play in a top 6 role while developing. Right now the team is trying to win games and therefore the best use of Burmistrov is on the 3rd line. However, I think Noel will do the same as he did last year and when the team looks close to elimination he'll put Burmi in the top 6 during the last half of the year.
Part of the problem isn't just that he was rushed, but that he had only played 1-year in North America before playing in the NHL. Burmi has great defensive instincts but his offensive decision making needs fine tuning. They just have to round that out and he can be a 2nd line shutdown center that can put up 60+ points. I really see him and Schief being out top 2 centers for years to come.

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