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03-06-2013, 11:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Av-merican View Post
I can't help but think this team undervalues the development of role players. Yes, to some degree they're a dime-a-dozen, but most projected bottom-six forwards for this club seem to go the way of Riku Hahl. Right now it's hard to say what will happen with guys like Brad Malone and Luke Walker, but Walker's lack of progress is not encouraging. And the jury's still out on guys like Sgarbossa, Heard, Condon, Nermark, etc.
Why would Luke's play be discouraging? He's played the role of a bottom 6 forward just fine and has helped on special teams and at times in the top 6. He was not drafted expecting to be a top 6 forward so what has he done that would be discouraging? He may or may not be re-signed but he's done as asked and could find time as a support player/energy line guy in the NHL in a few years. Unfortunately the Avs have a ton of bottom 6 capable guys so Walker will probably be on the outside looking in while with the Avs. Maybe once Hejduk retires, Kobasew hits UFA, etc. we will see guys like Malone, Carey, Walker, and company get their chance. Most of their guys are 2nd year pros at most so there is no rush.

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