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08-02-2014, 12:09 PM
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In the case of Arco I think
looking at him as a 26 year old AHLer who hasn't established himself in the NHL yet is a bit unfair. He obviously is. But he's also taken steps forward every season since he left college. He may very well have plateaued but if you look at his trajectory season to season it's still pointing upwards. He's at the hardest step to take in his career and this is pretty much make or break for him but just writing him off at this point is still unfair imo. People clearly looks at his performance last year differently, I think he had some things that might suggest he can make it, but he clearly needs to improve further. Also he may have been 25, but last year was his rookie season and he has shown the ability to learn before. Surprising to see you of all people being such an ageist Replacement...
Not ageist. Just stating the reality of where Arco has been in career relative to where his incumbent was. Also, just stating this in response to a thread where people (several) anoint, and describe Arco as better player than Gagner in every way which is pure nonsense. As I've responded throughout the burden of proof falls on those making such claims to substantiate, or back off from them.
Fact of the matter is we're worse at Center this year and our 2nd line production will almost certainly drop. I don't know either that Arco is the defensive forward wizard that people are making him out to be. I saw very little indication of that tbh.
If somebody said last season a draft pick, Arco, and Lander were going to be in the mix among our starting centers for this season first thing to do would be vomit, second would be thinking the club has switched rebuild reset button already and are trying to start over again..
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