To be fair, St. Louis didn't start in the NHL until he was role until he was approximately 25-years old - so maybe Locke gets called up this year and turns into St. Louis!
To be fair though, while there are obviously things keeping Corey Locke out of the NHL, he's never really had a chance to show anthing in this league. He's more than 15-points ahead of anyone else in Hartford this year and was the Bulldogs best offensive player for years.
While a lot of people count him out, he's dominated every league he's ever played in, who's to say given a season to adjust, that he couldn't dominate the NHL? Like I said, obviously their are reasons holding him back (skating, defensive effort), but I can't really call someone a bust when they dominant the AHL from the first time they step on the ice and never get a shot in the NHL.
I'd be shocked if Locke could make it in the NHL. If he was faster then perhaps but when your small, slow, bad skater, not good in your own end, and don't always work hard, it's a bad mix. Granted I haven't seen him since he was traded, as I don't recall him from his games against the Dogs this year.
Originally Posted by StephenYoung
Serious? I mean, you probably watch more Hamilton games than me, but in preseason, and the game he was called up he had crazy speed, and I've read a few reports that praise his speed.
I watch at least 90% of every bulldogs game each year, so yea I've seen him a ton. He is not overly fast and if he was I'd be much higher on him, if he only had Gio's speed as he has so much skill. Imo it's the biggest problem he has. It's not that he's slow, as he's clearly not and in fact I would say his speed is decent. In no way whatsoever would i say he would be top 5 on the Habs, I would say he's closer to the bottom 5 now that Lats/Chiper are gone.
I'm fine with White callup. But we need a backup plan if the D'Ago/MaxPac experiment doesn't work up front. So at one point, I would not have been against a guy called to start on the 4th line but to get some shifts on the Pleks line if needed. Would White be able to hold his own on that line for a short period of time? Would Trotter be more able to do it? Or like I suggested before, how about turning Maxwell into a winger and use him there until AKost comes back. Yes, we are not talking about a big punishing winger who'll win his battles along the board, but you need to work with what you have.
And frankly, out of the players we have, the only one who could hold his own offensive on a Pleks line, could be Maxwell. Unless, you want to give Darche a try....I know he's slow, still he's a sniper who could at least be tried 1 or 2 games.
Woulda actually prefered a more offensive player, but even then I'd give White a shot on the first line. He's right handed too and got a pretty good slapshot/one timer. That's actually one more then then Pac and D'ago showed on the first line and I absolutely love Pacioretty on a more checking line. Would just give White a shot over D'ago and see what happens.
Woulda still liked Trotter or Maxwell to have a shot too, but Maxwell may not be super confortable on the right side.