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03-04-2013, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Still All In View Post
Brown is fresh of a pretty ****ed up collarbone, and has very limited ice time opportunity here. Do we shove him into a third or fourth line role and forget about him, or try to cultivate the talent that he has into a potential second line forward?

Killorn is fine. I don't think Killorn will ever be going back to Syracuse. Hes ready, after a solid showing in college as well as the Ads playoff run. I will be incredibly disappointed if he goes back.

Connolly and Panik are too... I don't want to say lazy, but they're unique players and need to play with adept scorers and playmakers to truly shine. Connolly was wildly inconsistent last year and his callup now wouldn't be beneficial to his development, nor to the production of the team. Same with Panik - you saw his flashes of brilliance with Killorn and Conacher on the same line, but generally they should be approached with a top-six-or-bust attitude, rather than "well lets see what you can do".

Palat is a good player but with a low overall ceiling. His callup here is exactly the kind of thing we need - someone who will go in the corners, mix it up, be responsible defensively, and be a possession player with good hands. If he can win faceoffs, even better.

We have a horrible logjam at defense right now, do we risk calling a guy up now and waiving someone? Who do you get rid of? Waive Mikkelson who hasn't been bad, but has shown he can at least be a replacement level player in the NHL when we don't know (but assume) Gudas or Barberio can?

How about Johnson? That would make a team with three guys under 5-9, with one of them over 35 with a team that has shown reluctance to step in for these smaller guys. Who do you even put Johnson on a line with, Pyatt and who? You think a small, scoring forward is going to thrive with guys like Pyatt and Labrie? Nate and Pyatt? Those guys aren't the most offensively adept, you know.

People are in an absolute panic right now, and yet somehow completely revamping the roster, trading Teddy, Bugsy, and Brewer is going to fix this? Just call up all of the crunch players and destroy the great thing we have going down there and stunting the development of other players like Namestnikov, Connolly, Korobov, JT Brown? How about Devos, and Gauthier who is a big project? Do we just say "well, the team has been gutted, its all up to you, thanks!" to these guys? We've never had a solid, productive, winning AHL affiliate. This team confidence does wonders for player development and i'm not ready to destroy that because everyone is in a panic with the big club.
I understand your hesitation but you can't leave these kids in the A forever. I don't recommend blowing up the crunch but the lightning are the main priority, we need to put a team out that can win.
Every team brings kids up and sends them back down its a part of the league, you need to see if they can play at the NHL level. There's countless stories of guys who can light up the A but struggle in the show.
Bringing up a few players shouldn't the younger players, it should help them. Guys who get scratched or play a bottom 6 role can move up the depth chart. Guys like Hutchings, Landry and Millan can get out of the ECHL.
There's always gonna be that prospect ready for the jump and the veteran who we should mbabyove. We haven't had a strong organization with talented prospects before so these are issues we are new too.

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