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04-11-2013, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Hockeyfriend View Post
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.
Kontos was traded because MC didnt ask for a trade so they got rid of Kontos. Also, both were fighting for 3rd line centre time. Sgarbossa and Kantor took most of the first two lines. You draft a kid 5th overall and you keep him 4th and 3rd line in his first two years. Most playmakers are not the aggressive , rugged type players that you guys wish for. Many high end players dont go banging players all over the ice, rather concentrate on setting up players.

I agree that Silk was a favourite of Cull and the team, because he is a local area kid. Silk is a great kid, but just needs to smarten up on the ice.

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