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07-23-2013, 01:26 AM
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Originally Posted by MBauer View Post
Lol at Abby being excellent the second half of the season, just because his first half was god awful doesn't make his mediocre second half "excellent".
If you just look at the stat sheet, it's easy to laugh. Abby was 44th in scoring last season... among American forwards. So not exactly impressive. So there's obviously other reasons they'd invite a guy like him to try out.

Realistically it's going to be Parise, Pacioretty, Van Riemsdyk, and Ryan that take the left wing spots, anyway. So let's not blow this invite out of proportion too much.

But this is an invite from David Poile, Ray Shero, and Brian Burke. Likely input from Dan Bylsma as well. Why would they bother to invite anybody they felt was mediocre? He's obviously been doing something right in the eyes of NHL GMs and coaches. So good for him and good for the Wings.

It's also a huge surprise Dan DeKeyser made that list of defenders. He's being placed into the same company as guys like Seth Jones and Jacob Trouba. I can't help but feel Team USA took note of how quickly Babcock put him into the fray and respect his efforts, brief as it was, tremendously.

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