Just wanted to hear poster opinions. If the NHL resumes play, can Janik finally solidify himself on the active roster? At 25 and following a quality year in Rochester, it seems as though a make-or-break year is approaching. Depending on Tallinder's legal status, could Janik assume the role as #3 d-man on the left side (behind Kalinin and McKee) or is he better suited to be our utility #7...if anything at all?
Stuck in Florida, I wasn't able to catch any Amerks games so any first-hand info on his game/development would be much appreciated!
Nothing in Janik's game ever stood out at me. He seemed very mediocre with no real points that stick out over our other #5/6 guys. Jillson and Campbell have offensive upside, while Fitzy and moreso Brown have good positioning and physical play. In Janik I don't see either of these things...maybe a bit more mobility than the average dman, but not much else.
Then again, with the way Buffalo's defense has been the past couple years, he might be worth a shot. He seems to me one of those guys that isn't going to do much good, but isn't going to be a liability either.
I think he has a legit shot to crack the 5-6 spot. What's better (or more necessary): a solid stay-at-home guy in Janik or an undersized, offensive-minded blueliner who'd probably be better suited as a forward (B.C.)? That's the question. Soupy had a good season in Europe, but what caliber was the league he was playing in?