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04-11-2013, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Section19 View Post
I have no idea what game you were watching but Campagna didn't feed anyone with golden chances. If that was the case, why did he finish the game on the 4th line with Thibodeau? In the third, he was in the slot, open for a shot, instead he tries passing to Pancel who had a Belleville player all over him. Campagna has NO hockey sense. There are very good reasons why he didn't get drafted and CULL IS NOT ONE OF THEM. Campagna's has had plenty of ice time to develop. The team traded away Kontos (not that he was any better) so Campagna could get 2nd line center ice time in his second season. Even Campagna admitted in a post game interview he was terrible and not a good leader. You don't build winners with players like this. He might be a good secondary scorer but he's no star.
Cull has his favorites. 2 years ago in MC and Silk's first year, MC started on 4th line but was frequently moved to 2nd line wing. Silk was not given anything extra. Move to 2nd season, after Silk in a FULL season of play brings 9 points as a rookie, gets top 2 line minutes right from preseason out - never earned it, but was a favorite of Culls. This year, same thing and has not really developed even with more minutes than most. MC average a 3rd line minutes in his rookie season. Last year MC and Kontos were fighting for 2nd line minutes...they were virtually the same at the time and got rid of Kontos. MC then had 2nd line PP and PK minutes right away.

The point is that Cull has favorites just like all coaches. MC was kept because Cull would have some say on who was to leave...If CULL did not think highy of MC at the time then they might have traded for a true 2nd line center instead of a winger.

MC is soft. He is a perimeter player. He is never on a loose puck first. He is a PP specialist where he has room...apply pressure along boards and he is soft.

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