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02-07-2013, 08:38 PM
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[QUOTE=bizzz;59216897]The fact that Edmonton uses the guy who played in the ECHL at 23 and has never been drafted as a 1st line center should tell you a lot about their depth at that position and their ability to develop own prospects. They weren't able to develop a single center in many-many years and just filling the roster with top picks.

And even their 1st overall pick looked lost this year. The Edmonton already moved Ryan Smyth to center and their announcers even suggested that Hall also should be playing at center. If Johansen played with Hall and Eberle he would have scored much more than RNH.

Well, let me expand that sentence a bit and put it this way:
Hall and Eberle looked like they have no idea who are they playing with and what is this guy doing in the NHL.[/QUOTE]

Incorrect. During the lockout Hall and Eberle played in the AHL. When Nugent Hopkins went to play in the World Juniors, Arcobello stepped in to fill Nugent Hopkins spot. They ended up playing well together. So Eberle and Hall knows who he is. Apparently when they announced that he was getting the call up, a lot of the players in the dressing room started to cheer. They're happy that he is getting a chance in the NHL since he's been working hard, etc. Also, apparently when they signed him, he was meant to be a top 6 call up.

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