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10-08-2013, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Larry44 View Post
Laughton needs to make the team before he can push Vinnie out of a spot. If he didn't outright make the team, which it was clear he didn't, then he's better off in Jr. Look at Scheifele. He's playing great for the Jets after an extra year in Jr. Let him play as a star in Oshawa, play at the WJC and work on his speed, strength, passing, shot, etc. etc.

Next year he can friggin' play 4C like every other guy. Couts did it and got lots of ice time on the PK too. In many ways, I wish Couts had been sent back - he might've had more chance to develop his offense.

Everyone is rushing this kid, he's good but he's not a born superstar. He will need some time, but he's a heckuva player.
This is exactly how I feel. Let him develop and EARN a top 9 spot on the team. We are one of the few teams that uses 1st round forwards in 4th line roles. Most teams let the prospects ripen...or over-ripen until they 100% have earned a spot.

Look at Connolly in T.Bay 4 goals in 5 games....sent to the AHL. Drouin...sent back. We would be FREAKING if that was Philly doing that.

Let our talented guys play on the top lines and PUSH guys to keep that spot. Use the 4th line for energy/situational players like Rinaldo and Hall.

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