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02-01-2013, 07:57 PM
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I want to focus on the comment about the minor league team. It is nice that they are doing well, but the question is whether them doing well will translate into anything for the Jackets. Take a look at that team. See any forwards that are going to help solve our huge offensive problems in Columbus?
Without Johansen, Atkinson, JAM and Erixon, the Falcons are beating the Crunch 3-1. The Crunch and Falcons are tied in the standings with 56 points.
The system they are using in Springfield is allowing them to be successful with whoever the players are. But will that same system work in the NHL?
It's going to take time to keep developing players. Johansen has been so close to scoring. He's been in the right place at the right time, but the puck isn't going in. He's make major improvements but there's obviously still flaws and he's turning over the puck far too much. He's very much a work in progress but it's good to see improvement.
They could recall Chaput, but playing a full AHL season would be better than rushing players to the NHL. Maybe even Johansen belongs in the AHL working on his scoring touch.
Having half a season of a good AHL team isn't going to pay major benefits for the Jackets. It's going to turn into a long term benefit. The Falcons aren't winning because they have one star player. It's very much a team effort. IMO, that's good news for the Jackets.
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