Just how good is Jake Gardiner?
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07-31-2013, 10:46 AM
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It's definitely a good sign.
But plenty of players have had GREAT playoff series before, but pretty lacklustre careers in general. I'm more sold on Gardiner than I am Franson, since he's younger and has shown a more consistent ability to play top 4 minutes in the regular season during his rookie year, whereas Franson has only played top 4 minutes for a couple of weeks.
Recent examples of guys who had good playoff runs/series but aren't great players:
-Leino had 21 points in 19 playoff games in 2009-2010.. he obviously doesn't regularly play at that level.
-Bickell just had 17 points in 23 games.. I doubt he sustains that type of play over any season, let alone his career in general.
-Marc-Andre Gragnani had 7 points in 7 playoff games while playing 22 minutes a night as a rookie..and has since failed to really do anything at the NHL level.
His playoffs only confirmed the "signs" we'd seen earlier, so I'm not basing my opinion on that stretch, only acknowledging he played better on a bigger stage, against tougher competition. The big IF about Gardiner is his defensive play, fact he looked good against a team that theoretically offered a great physical challenge, is fantastic.
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