Springfield Falcons/Kalamazoo Wings Thread IV (All Affiliate talk here)
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03-28-2013, 09:59 PM
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Anxious to see this player. Have never seen him in action but the way he's described in these spaces Falcons fans have a budding star in their midst.
Heading into his draft year, he was touted as a potential first rounder ... however partway through the year, was dealt to Kamloops, who was a struggling young team at the time. His production (not surprisingly) dropped off, and the injury that he suffered was terrible. The Jackets decided to take a chance on him anyhow, and since he had become one of the top defensemen in the WHL. The system's defensive depth and the lockout were the only reasons he was in the ECHL to start the year; compound that with another unfortunate injury, and he has yet to show his true worth.
Unfortunately for Austin, he's a shadow of what he once could have been, mainly because he's missed nearly two full years of hockey in key developmental years. Hopefully he can salvage an NHL career out of it. He's a guy that I love to root for.
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