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02-12-2014, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by The Nuge View Post
Especially with how development goes. Lander was drafted to be a middle 6 center. Now we're just hoping he can be a 3rd line center (that said, maybe we shouldn't be writing him off as the #2C either given he's a shutdown center who's over a PPG in the AHL at 22, and is once again, captain of his team)
here here. If a young guy has comes in and plays his heart out and wins the spot through blue collar hard work, that's a benefit to both the team and the player. But to the people all of a sudden tooting Yakimov's horn, to bring a kid from Russia for the sole purpose of just giving him the 2C role, would only end in disaster. Its not so much the process of a player translating his game to North American ice, it's the challenge of getting his body use to an 82game grind. By game 25, Yakimov would simply wear out, lose his confidence, and become everyone's favorite whipping boy

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