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05-06-2013, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by NobodyBeatsTheWiz View Post
Having not watched Hershey play consistently in a couple seasons, I can only judge by the call-ups to the Caps. Kundratek and Oleksy this year have exceeded everyone's expectations, Holtby's a stud, and Eakin seemed to have been extremely well developed.

In light of that, French gets a thumbs up from me.

He's got some legit prospects to work with now in Orlov, Kundratek, Schilling, Schmidt, Latta, and maybe Galiev. There might be another influx next year with Rissling, Carrick, and any surprises (Djoos? Barber?). It'll be a strong indicator of his coaching ability how that group develops.
I would attribute the defensive development somewhat into the hands of Troy Mann since he controls the D. He has been a great addition to the Bears staff since his hire.

I will say that French hasn't had a real forward prospect that he "developed". I guess time will tell with Galiev who had a sub par season in Hershey and a decent season in Reading. A lot of the guys French has gotten were guys who were very close to being NHL ready.

The goalies could be the work of Prior and Kolzig. Kolzig attended at least one of the games this weekend and I'm pretty sure makes frequent stops in Hershey and Reading to work with Holtby (start of the year), Grubauer, Anderson, and Kostenko

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