What was the injury that kept him out most of last year? Are the two related (I hope not)?
EDIT: Leslie clarified in the TC Championship thread that it was his other shoulder (which I presume means not the one he injured last year). Thank goodness!
Was just wondering about this and thought it was also a shoulder injury. Not sure though. Even if it is, it is worth remembering that Blair Betts had lots of shoulder issues his first few years and has gone on to have a pretty decent career.
the decision on ahl vs juniors could come down to how deep they feel the whalepack will be...if he goes to the ahl will he be buried on the 4th line barely getting playing time? or will he get a decent amount of time?
I'm pretty high on him as well. I just hope he doesn't have durability issues as he goes along here. dislocated shoulders (now on both sides) is not a good issue to have as they are easier and easier to re-injure.
There might be an option of sending him back to juniors from the Connecticut AHL team if he struggles or they can't find him enough ice time. Missing a week or so doesn't help but there should be enough time to evaluate where he is if the Rangers let him hang around. He is a big guy with some skills.
Considering how much time he missed last year, another year in juniors would suit him well. I think he might be a little overwhelmed in the AHL. Let him go back and score 75-80 points in juniors, then come to the AHL stronger and experience.