Im a leafs fan so I have not seen him play a whole lot, but what I've seen in filatov, he tries to make plays, and I didn't think he was playing that poorly to warrent a trip to AHL. I feel bad for the guy cause it looked like he was trying out there.
On a side not why don't the sens reunite Spezza, Alfe, and throw filitov on the wing that line was magic when heatly was there that line usually killed the leafs most nights
Guys are going to be rotated in and out of the line-up for the next while, and it will get worse when Winchester and Carkner are healthy.
We are going with 7 D tonight for example, so that's another forward spot gone.
While a few of the older prospects move in and out of the line up it would seem to me that they want Filatov playing steady top line minutes.
Look at it this way; Lee, Condra, Zeno, and Butler have all rotated in and out taking up a forward roster spot, and there is still Windchester. Zib has to stay for his 9 games so that management can get a good look at him. He may be sent back so that he can develop while relieving some of the pressure up front. Murray will have to make some roster decisions this season for certain.
I imagine that they feel that Filatov is better served having some consistency right now, in role and playing time, for the betterment of his development, and the sens just can't offer that right now to any of the young players. This is best for him and the Sens for the near and long term future.
We have one of the best AHL coaches and teams in Binghampton so I imagine that this will be really good for him; winning environment, coaching, and such.
Murray and McLean undoubtedly sat down with him and explained the situation in a positive way. The guy needs to play, and kick some a$$ for a bit, and when things settle down in Ottawa a space will be made for him and he'll be back; as long as he keeps up his side of the bargain.
My 2 cents
Last edited by Ice-Tray: 10-13-2011 at 03:56 PM.
BM: Filatov, you haven't been playing too well, and I think you'll have a better shot at working on your game, in the top line down in Bingo, so don't take it personally when I send you down for 10 games or so.
Filatov: Damnit, ok.
BM: Filatov, you're the only waiver exempt, two way contract player we have right now, and we have too many, so don't take it too hard while i send you down to get top line minutes while i try and get rid of a contract or two.
Filatov: Damnit, ok.
I hope you're right, but I was just basing what I said on what has happened in the past
He is 21. This will be very GOOD for him.
Don't get all the frustration and confusion here.
You do remember this is Nikita Filatov we are talking about, not Colin Greening, right?
Of course it could do wonders for him were he the type of hard working player with a never-give-up attitude who goes down to the AHL to prove himself, improve overall and make his way back to the big league......
I don't get why people are saying he is 21. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikita_Filatov
He already have 1 foot in the KHL door anyways. The only thing keeping him from bolting to Russia was a promise made by Ottawa to give him a shot. If anything he is going to feel lied to and betrayed.
Hanging in there Filly! You'll be a good player one day, just be patient.
This situation will also get difficult in the next few years if the prospects we have develop nicely. Ideal situation is that our org turns into a clone of the Red Wings and the young players realize that they have to earn their dues in the AHL. No free passes to the NHL unless you can demonstrate consistently that you are better than the players already in the big show. This approach also puts constant pressure on the NHL players to keep it up. Then the GM will need to show that they can move named players for good picks/prospects.
Regardless, there will be lots of player turnover in the next 3 years!
People always flip out about guys getting sent down to the AHL, its so shortsighted.
There are lots of guys playing in the AHL/CHL not because they aren't good enough to squeak onto an NHL roster - its because great things are expected of them and they can go down there and get the playing time to work on their game. They also get to play against slightly inferior competition but with top notch coaching - so they can dominate a bit and learn from their mistakes. We have an awesome coach in Bingo and a winning environment.
Filatov is a guy who is expected to dominate in this league some day - he's had a rough start but he's got a lot of potential and is still very young. He wasn't looking confident and has been taken out of the lineup - this is the best thing for him. It also might only be for a couple of games.