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Jori Lehtera (Update: Re-signed with Sibir for 2 years)
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02-17-2013, 01:57 PM
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Join Date: Dec 2006
Originally Posted by
STL fan in IA
Here's the main issue I see with Lehtera when it comes to him joining the Blues: the logistics of the fact that the Blues can't afford a "maybe". It's nice to say that they should just give him a shot in camp to earn the 3rd line center spot but for a team trying to win the Cup, they can't take a maybe shot on such an important role. If he shows he's not good enough, the Blues can't afford to have a huge hole in their top-9 like that. They either have to build their 2013-14 roster this summer with the assumption that Lehtera is definitely a part of it or definitely not a part of it. I don't see any room for "maybe" with Lehtera. THAT is the main problem you have when you have a player that pretty much won't be willing to play in the minors and has lucrative offers over in Europe and the NHL team he wants to join isn't in rebuilding mode and thus can't afford "maybes".
To me, Lehtera is very talented but he plays a very European game. I question if he would be able to transition to the NHL game, especailly immidiately. Hitchcock is especially demanding in the two-way, north-south game. The European game is much more east-west. Some players simply fit better in certain styles of game and to me, Lehtera is a very good Euro/east-west player but I question how good of an N.A./north-south player he would be. To me, I think for Lehtera to be in the Blues' plans for next season, he has to somehow convince them that he's a sure thing, not a maybe...and I don't know how they heck he's going to do that.
IMO, the only way they take a shot on him is if they more or less pencil him is as the 13th forward and he fills in like D'ags is filling in this season.
Whether that would be worth it to him or worth it to the Blues, I don't know.
Before I finished your post I was thinking this exactly. You are right, they cannot afford to bank on Lethera. Rather, they can use him as part of the push for competition on the roster.
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