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06-30-2013, 12:34 AM
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I'm not so fast to rush Couturier into the top 6. I want guys to earn their PT and while Couturier looks phenomenal (top 10-20 forwards in the NHL) defensively, he looked lost a lot of last season offensively.

I would much rather give him a couple competent wingers (Read +) on the 3rd line, then let him push for more PT and a higher assignment through quality of play.

We tried to force Schenn to Giroux's wing to start the season and that hurt G and Schenn a like. I want to see Couturier develop offensively as much as anyone else and believe that the best way to do it is to free him from having to take ALL of the toughest defensive assignments through acquisition of a strong defensive number 4C. McClemont was my number 1 offseason target last season and would be tremendously happy to see Laughton come in and be able to take some of those tougher minutes as well on the 4th line.

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I'm not so fast to rush Couturier into the top 6. I want guys to earn their PT and while Couturier looks phenomenal (top 10-20 forwards in the NHL) defensively, he looked lost a lot of last season offensively.

I would much rather give him a couple competent wingers (Read +) on the 3rd line, then let him push for more PT and a higher assignment through quality of play.

We tried to force Schenn to Giroux's wing to start the season and that hurt G and Schenn a like. I want to see Couturier develop offensively as much as anyone else and believe that the best way to do it is to free him from having to take ALL of the toughest defensive assignments through acquisition of a strong defensive number 4C. McClemont was my number 1 offseason target last season and would be tremendously happy to see Laughton come in and be able to take some of those tougher minutes as well on the 4th line.
I would rather re-sign Hall to a 1 year deal and let Laughton have 1 more year in the OHL or AHL. I would rather we keep our young prospects developing more before we bring them up instead of having them here in a defensive role. As good as Couts has been for us, I would rather a Huberdeau-like debut than a Couts-like one.

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Not sure Laughton has much more to prove in the OHL tier. AHL would be better of the two if he stayed down.

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06-30-2013, 12:12 PM
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I would rather re-sign Hall to a 1 year deal and let Laughton have 1 more year in the OHL or AHL. I would rather we keep our young prospects developing more before we bring them up instead of having them here in a defensive role. As good as Couts has been for us, I would rather a Huberdeau-like debut than a Couts-like one.
As in anything, I believe "You keep what you kill". That is to say, if Laughton earns the job in camp, it's his. If not, he's back down. Pretty simple. Make the guys compete versus deciding arbitrarily where they fit.

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Not sure Laughton has much more to prove in the OHL tier. AHL would be better of the two if he stayed down.
Leighton will either be the 3rd line center, 3rd line winger, or 4th line center this year. He will be in the NHL.

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Leighton will either be the 3rd line center, 3rd line winger, or 4th line center this year. He will be in the NHL.
He can't possibly be worse as a forward than he is as a goalie.

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He can't possibly be worse as a forward than he is as a goalie.
LAUGHTON damnit!



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