O'Byrne impresses scout... of other teams!
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11-20-2006, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by
Qui Gon Dave
I wouldn't say that he could fully replace Rivet next year. Rivet brings certain things like leadership and experience that are hard to cover up by bringing in a rookie, unless said rookie was some incredible talent and future star player. Which O'Byrne is not. However, his physical play in the AHL has been impressive so far and he seems to be settling in a little more. I haven't noticed him taking himself out of position much in the last couple of games but that's something he would have to show over a longer period of time to say that it is not an issue for him. At times earlier in the season, he would do what Komisarek used to do when starting out in the NHL (and what I imagine a number of more physical dmen do) and go looking for a big hit when it isn't to his/his teams advantage. He is good at clearing the crease and playing along the boards and can check and punch hard when he needs/wants to (in his fight the other night, he was throwing punches a little like Souray). As for offense, I can't see him providing as much as Rivet so soon (and it's not as if Rivet is an offensive guy). So I think it would take an optimist to say he could replace Rivet as soon as next year.
I'm not sure there would be any rush to get him in the NHL though, unless he proves over the rest of the season that he is not going to learn much more in the AHL. Without seeing how things develop over the next few months it's difficult to say with any certainty, but I'd expect him to start next year in Hamilton (with a slight chance of being a 7th Dman in montreal), barring any circumstances that may force a change. But he is definately one for the future. I wouldn't expect him to be a star dman in the NHL in the future, but he certainly has the potential to be an effective player who can help a team out at the back end.
I would not expect him to be a complete replacement for Rivet but maybe a starting point. A better way to look at it might be Komi taking over the role of Rivet and O'Byrne become like Komi a few years ago. That said another year in the AHL might not be the end of the world.
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