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01-25-2013, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Jame View Post
Really? Because last year, they used him in a 2nd pairing/offensive only role.... while giving the heavy lifting to Sekera defensively.

He was 3rd in ES ice time

He was 5th in Quality of Competition

Call me crazy... but giving a 21 yr old, a loaded long term contract is clearly a contract the player is meant to grow into...
1st in ATOI his rookie year, 2nd in ATOI his 2nd year, and 2nd in ATOI last year. The last two years he was barely behind the leaders, Leopold and Ehrhoff respectively, and the reason for that was some of his inconsistencies. They absolutely want him to be their all situations guy. Of course they expect growth, but I also think that they think of him as their no. 1, and they did when they gave him the contract. This wasn't "give him this contract and hope he becomes a no. 1". It was "we know he's a no. 1 already, and hopefully he can become Norris worthy down the road."

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