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TJ Brennan traded to FLA for 5th round pick
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03-16-2013, 12:02 AM
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Yeah a 5th for someone that is a PPG defenseman in the AHL is not fair value IMO. I do not think he was given enough of a chance to produce and be successful with the style of play he is comfortable with.
At this point of his career he should have already been in the mix on the Sabres blue line. Thats on him not the Sabres. Most youngsters get a very brief window to show what they can do. Some seize it others do not. As they get older the pressure starts to mount to show something when they get called up because younger players are usually pushing them from below. Last year McNabb as a pro rookie had jumped ahead of Brennan on the depth chart because of how he played in his call up. Guys like Weber, Sekera and Myers at younger ages (19 or 20 years old) started making a push for roster spots and seizing their opportunities. That led to other opportunities for them.
Flynn, though older than TJ, is a recent example of a player making the most of an opportunity. Brennan never made much of anything happen offensively in his call up last year or in his games this year. He's also been given sheltered minutes in the NHL because he's not very good defensively. Its on Brennan to force the team to let him keep showing what he's got. He never did that.
I'm not saying he has no future in the NHL. He may very well be a late bloomer. But lets not pretend he is some young kid fresh from juniors we gave up on or never gave a chance. He can't play defense at the NHL level very well and he has yet to show any signs he can do what he did best in the AHL at the NHL level. Which is to create offense and score goals on the PP with his shot. Getting a 5th for that is not that bad.
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