nothing more than "reevaluate McI around Xmas" + "Marc Staal concussion"
i don't think this is bad for him. what is bad would be AV playing him only 4 of 8 games and 9 min a night. THAT would hurt his development but if AV plays him each night and gives him say 15+ min a night, that will be good for him. If he's not ready, it's important that they just send him back with a homework list of "needs to improve" instead of having him riding pine or press box time.
I'm hoping to see him with MDZ as having that RD anchor would really help stabilize MDZ's game whom we need to play well with Staal out. Getting more ice time should also help stabilize MDZ's game and if Sather is still desiring to trade him, this will help up his trade value. Although if he starts to play well, maybe AV will whistle a different tool and he'll be pulled off the trade block.
I've been skeptical of 'Taker since the shocking moment of heraing him announced as our draft pick, but I want to love him, and hope I do. With the way we've been playing, I think it might be easy for him to make a mark. If he starts clearing some bodies and protecting teammates in scrums, he'll be the first, and that automatically makes him kind of awesome.
Dalton Prout and Jared Boll both on the Jackets...and of course Dubi! Don't be surprised if Tomorrow's game gets a little spirited! Prout just beat Lucic recently in a tussle. Prout also went with Haley in Hartford. That one was a draw.
So happy for Big Mac. Hope he makes the most out of the opportunity and sticks around for a while.
My plan if I were McIlrath:
Vs columbus: fight at least once.
Vs calgary: try to stay out of the box
Vs anyone better than columbus or calgary: try to fight enough times to get tossed. Cant have defensive breakdown from the lockerroom. Honestly, this team could use Bickel as a winger. Even more honestly, i dont think he was horrible as a dman. He's the type of guy who keeps hanging around and the next thing you know, he's like Matt Carkner. He'a really tough number 6-7 guy. The team would do well to have him shift between forward and d. You cannot convince me he is any worse than Strudwick was, who was given crazy props as a team guy.