I'm new to this message board stuff, so cut me some slack an the lingo. I usually just read what everyone has to say. I was just wondering if anyone can tell me why Fritsche is not getting more ice time. Didn't Doug say that if we sign him, we will play him like we did with Nash last year. With all the injuries and with as bad as the offense is, what do we have to lose? Put the kid on one of the front lines and lets see what he can do. How do all of you feel, on this subject?
Welcome to the boards - always good to have some new posters here.
Danny is going to be a very good player in this league - the Jackets were very fortunate he was still available when it came their turn to select. I think most posters on this board think he will eventually end up being a first line center with Nash and Zherdev (if Nik ever gets out of Russia) on the wings.
Right now, we don't have a need to rush him as we have Cassels and Marchant to play the first two lines. Nash's situation last year was a little different in that playing wing, based on my understanding, is not as complicated as center, which is what Danny plays. Playing the fourth line certainly is not his career goal, but for now it's probably the best place for him to break into the league without putting too much pressure on him.
Doug McLean has showed a lot of confidence in Danny, playing him in some key moments in tight games. The increased playing time will come as he gets more experience.