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12-13-2013, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by StoneHands View Post
Not really people here but I remember when people were penciling Cousins into the lineup after seeing his stats last year. Now he's playing 3rd line in the AHL and not really producing.. I know he's still young but this is the exact reason why I try to make people come down to earth when doing the same thing with Laughton and thinking he can step right in next year and be a good 3rd line center.
Laughton and Cousins are nowhere near the same quality of prospect. Laughton has already played 5 games at the NHL level and didn't look out of place. I agree sometimes there are unsuspecting hang ups coming out of juniors, like with Giroux, so he might not be able to step right in. However Laughton is even a different case from Giroux coming out of juniors. Giroux had to work on his defensive play, much like Cousins, while Laughton is known for his strong two way game. The question mark with Laughton is will his offensive game translate to the NHL and time in the AHL probably won't help that.

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