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01-29-2013, 10:32 PM
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Gully's never really had the chance to even get the kids into the line-up much outside of R. Smith at the tail end of last year (which isn't nearly big enough of a sample to prove anything), not even in the AHL. I don't see how that's Joe's problem at all, it's all on Gully. If in 3-4 more games we're still losing and they're still being played like they are now, then I want to see Joe step in. But them losing 5-6 minutes for the first 10 games of the season is not going to ruin their development at all.

That, and how many prospects step into a top 6 role immediately? Very few, typically only the elite players. Smith and Vincour are both bottom 6 options, and I don't see it as a bad thing that they aren't getting significant ice time. They'll get it eventually, just need to have some patience.

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