Thread: Player Discussion: Erik Gustafsson (2012-13 season and beyond)
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05-14-2014, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Larry44 View Post
I'm really torn on Gus. I like his moxy, but I don't think he has top 4 potential, more like 5-6 max. What's missing with him is the confidence to play the PP. He has never really looked comfortable. To me, if you're a smurf Dman, you better be a PP specialist who can produce points.

He played well in the third pair with Luke. You build your D around a solid, balanced top 4, then you need your 5-6 guys to be PP and PK specialists. Neither Luke nor Gus can do that as well as I'd like.

In the end, if Kimmo comes back, there is no room for Gus so he might not want to come back.
It's hard to get confidence being submarined by the coach and watching some howlers on defense and knowing that you're probably better than three of them.

I don't think Kimmo will have anything to do with him wanting to come back. I'm sure he knows the Flyers are always looking for defensemen. He thinks the team either does believe in him or he doesn't. Hextall needs to either decide he's going to play or cut his losses now, and use him in a trade.

Originally Posted by Striiker View Post
If Schenn can play next season the way he did during the playoffs he's going to be looking really good. Maybe Alt won't produce much offensively but I'd take him over Grossmann for sure, at least he can skate and move the puck, and I'm sure he'd put up more points than Grossmann too.
6 games is far too small of a sample size to decide that that is the real Luke Schenn. If everyone always played their best, they wouldn't ever have those questions, but he does because in the long-run he isn't this good unless there's a different system he fits in.

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