Fantastic in a role. You know what I mean. If he can put up 25 points again on the 4th line, he'd be a great asset.
Problem is finding said role and acting it out. He was initially supposed to bring some speed to the flanks and help out offensively with the transition and flow. He doesn't have the skill to do that. Then he settled down into a grinder-type role, but he's not tough enough to do that. He found his niche as a pest who actively used his stick and elbows to make his presence known. He's a fiesty forechecker and can probably, with appropriate ice time, pot 15g.
I would hardly call it a fantastic signing, especially with the glut of similar players both stylistically and price/role. But not bad
to be fair, who was grachevs center in hft last season?
what scoring depth did hft have last season, leading to teams keying on grachev?
last camp and this camp are 356 days apart, lets give him a chance to prove what he can do with the big boys this pre-season before we kill him.
I have no idea who his center was...Squishy might be better served at answering that question. But from reading updates during the season from Squish and other Pack regulars it didn't sound like he was having a good season. Sure things could change but to go from a guy having a tough time in the AHL to a regular NHL player in 3 months? Not likely.
No I'm just saying that the coaches worked with him a lot in practice last season trying to get him to elevate his game. I just think that based on his size and the potential that could come with it, they will keep him around longer
I think you're a little off base here. The coaches jobs are to work with the players given to them. I would hope they were working him him.
I'm not sure how that correlates to them giving him leeway.
Boyle doesn't deserve to be on this roster next year, and that will most likely show. When that happens, well, those same coaches will be working with his replacement.
I will enjoy saying that. He's likely cheap but yea I have no clue where the heck he is going to play
Sather likely has something else up his sleeve
still would love getting a C for Gaborik if at all possible. They have excess Forwards now so we will see
Haha, I love it, a fellow wrestling fan...
Too bad he's not Mr. Kennedy anymore.... it's Mr. Anderson :-(
But, in regards to the signing, I love it. Competition for the 3rd/4th lines. This kid has a ton of potential, speed and determination. I personally hope he makes the team and pushes someone out, such as a Boyle... is Kennedy a winger?
Another point, I know all this signings and moves aren't major, but, I LOVE the flexibility and depth this team has right now. I know none of these players will be 40 goal 90 pt players, but it allows the best of the best for almost every role to come through.