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01-25-2013, 12:25 AM
Corey Perry*
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Originally Posted by Hockey Duckie View Post
55 games played last year and scored all of one point, a goal. Isn't he supposed to be a scoring power forward? It's okay to have a slump, but a slump like that is reserved for bottom pairing defensemen. If he was Etem and produced that result in his second stint with the Ducks, then wouldn't you be more than a bit concerned? When Bones has scored more than Nino, then something has got to be up with Nino.
It might be a tiny bit concerning, but when you're a 19 year old kid, who isn't exactly ready for the NHL, playing under 10 minutes a night, with grinders and guys who aren't very skilled, it's not exactly surprising. Also, there's nothing wrong with Bonino outscoring Niederreiter. Bonino was a man with some NHL experience, and Niederreiter was a teen who wasn't ready for the NHL.

Let me put this in baseball terms: Let's say the Angels decided to take one of their better young prospects out of single A, and place him on the big league team. This player goes onto struggle against major league pitching, and hits far below the Mendoza line. Does that mean this young player is a crappy player, and that you should start worrying about him? No, he's just not ready, and it showed. Even the best of prospects (Trout), take some time to develop. Nino got put in a position he wasn't exactly ready for.

Give Nino some time before you start getting worried about him busting.

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