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02-06-2014, 02:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Iron Duke View Post
Too true. There was a pretty significant element of **** luck in that development. He was a 24 year old that had just put up 18 points in 56 games that last season in Calgary. Then, he probably doesn't even stick with the Lightning if they weren't one of the absolute worst teams in the league for his first two seasons there. His second season there he produced at a much better clip, but didn't truly take off until the year after. Not sure how anyone can use MSL as a case for anything except that players sometimes are extremely late bloomers. If the Preds signed a guy at his age, with the stats he had put up, people would be crapping on Poile left and right for it.
Actually at the time of MSL signing, hardly anyone had soured on Poile. Quickly you forget our many offensive experiments like Marian Cisar, Rob Vallecivic, yachmenev,Tenkrat, Kjellberg, Classen, Petrov, etc. Our biggest hit was Orzagh, who was good for what he was actually.

But yes, MSL would've done just fine competing with the above for jobs.

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