The Armchair GM Thread - Part XXXI - Nobody Loves Raymond Edition
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02-06-2013, 11:12 AM
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I have a really hard time seeing Jensen starting with the Canucks next season.
Might he be ready to play in the NHL? Perhaps, but look at what Gillis' philosophy is, and how he's handled the rest of his high draft picks. Hodgson, Schroeder, etc.
More than anything, look at the example of Tanev. The guy was NHL ready long before he was a full-time NHL player for the Canucks. Gillis kept him stashed as waiver exempt depth for basically a full extra year under the guise of 'over-ripening' him. It makes it so the team can carry 7-8 NHL defencemen, and then stash a 9th guy (Tanev) in the minors for recall whenever needed without waiver hassles. Extends the depth an extra rung.
The same thing will happen with Jensen, unless we end up in a severe cap-crunch where that small ELC cap hit is crucial in the top-9. He'll be stashed in the minors to play 'big minutes' and 'over-ripen' while serving as the 10th 'top-9' forward essentially; available for recall whenever needed.
Agree with it or not, that seems to be a philosophy Gillis is keen on sticking to as per some mythical 'Detroit model'.
Jensen's season this year is basically AHL season 1 in terms of his development. Unless he blows the socks off the coaching and management staff at training camp next year, Jensen will start the season in the AHL and will be one of the top call-ups (See Tanev last year).
I'm okay with this plan of development for Jensen as he will need to re-adjust to the North American style game and will need Arniel develop his defensive side more.
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