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09-03-2013, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by joestevens29 View Post
It's not like Lander has done anything to prove he is a whole lot better. I could careless who makes the 4th line center at this point as none of them would be my choice. I would've signed a proven guy and let the others force the team to let them play.

Now all I hope for is that one of this guys steps up and wins the job and does it well. Whether that is Lander, Acton, Miller or whoever it just doesn't matter.
Yeah, that's pretty close to how I feel, except my general apathy towards who ends up as 4C manifests as a desire to give the role to whoever has the most potential to help the club longterm. For me, that's Lander. At a certain point, if you want a prospect to develop into a useful NHLer, you've got to take off the AHL training wheels and let them loose on NHL ice. Give them the reps. See what they can do. Justin Schultz proved pretty definitively last year that it doesn't matter how amazingly you can perform at the AHL level -- at the end of the day, NHL hockey is a different thing entirely and the only way to get good at it is to do it as much as possible. You'll never become a good NHLer by playing in the AHL. This is Lander's last year of his ELC. It's "show me" time for this prospect, and I think it makes little sense for him to show us what he's got in the AHL. I want to see what's really there under the bright lights of the big show.

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