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01-27-2013, 10:06 PM
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Yep. He never really developed his game since he was drafted. The things missing were the core strength and the IQ. If he had the core strength, he could've at least been a decent 2nd liner. Once it appeared that he did not address the strength aspect the season after he was drafted, I think it became a situation where you begin to worry.
There's still time for him to develop into something, but as some others say -- I think it may have to come on another team. Although the return for him will be minimal at best. He's worth a late round pick or as a throw in on a bigger trade (where you get another guy who needs a change of scenery back in return).
If he had the IQ, he could've been a reliable player who could've played a specialist role. With the strength, it would've helped him in all facets of his game especially along the boards and in the dirty areas.
The potential he had, and still does kind of, is incredible. He could (could have) really been something in this league if everything came together. Sadly, none of it did. It's a shame because watching tonight's game you can see he was giving such an effort to play good defense, at times overthinking it and doing too much. He's trying so hard, it's just that he doesn't have the tools to do it in NJ.
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