Flames fan here just wondering what is up with Braydon Coburn? I see he has yet to crack the Thrashers' lineup as an every game player. Back in his draft year, I was actually pissed we didn't trade up to get him and was mad we drafted Phaneuf Luckily for us we did, but I really thought Coburn was going to be the next Pronger. Is he headed towards being a bust or will he still develop??
He's developing nicely, but at the moment there are too many defensemen and he's the only one who can go down without going through waivers.
If all the money etc. was removed from the equation I'd say he'd be an 'every game player', but at the moment he isn't far enough ahead of the others to offset the disadvantage of being the easiest one to send down.
Coburn's good. Kinda. He's likely to have the career projection of *maybe* a poor-man's Redden. I don't think he'll be quite that good, but that's prob'ly who his game matches up with. I wouldn't want to trade him, but with the way Hartley refuses to play youngsters, he's tradeable. But only if you have a slow, stone-handed third liner to come back.