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07-11-2013, 04:28 PM
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You're right, our 5th leading scorer(and tied for 4th best at ES) definitely wasn't making us a better team last year.
I really think people's expectations for Schenn to come in and produce immediately were too lofty. It would have been great if he could come in immediately and produce, but it just takes time for a lot of guys. At the age Couturier is right now, Claude Giroux had played two emergency games in the NHL that he never should have played, but he did because our cap was so messed up. It takes time. Couturier already played his way onto an NHL roster that was very deep in forwards, and shut down one of the best players in the NHL at ES in the playoffs. In those same playoffs, we saw a glimpse of what Brayden Schenn could do. He was fast, physical, and put up 9 points in 11 games. Andrew Shaw has the 5th most games played in his draft year and cracked a very deep NHL roster and has more games played than Ryan Strome, so Shaw>Strome right?
Brayden Schenn will be a force this coming season. He really came on at the end and played extremely well, and as you say, he was one of our better players in the playoffs the year before as a rookie.
This year I think part of his problem was that they stuck him on a line with Briere, so he had to do all the backchecking and hitting himself, since Danny could not and would not do either.
Put Schenn with Vinnie and Simmonds or Giroux and Voracek and we'll see him dominate. He's strong and hits a ton, is a strong if not overly fast skater, and has great hands and vision. He's still only a kid, everyone needs to relax.
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