Now that we are around 20 games in I can see with full confidence that we should have drafted Nich.
Now that we are aroud 20 games in, I can see with full confidence that:
----Eric Staal and Alex Semin will score less than 40 points this year.
----Alexander Steen is going to score 120 points this year.
----Colorado will only lose 8 regulation games this year.
----Justin Peters will run away with the Vezina and the 'Canes will have the lowest GAA this year (well, last 5 games really).
If the goal is to get a guy that is going to be better in year 1, and maybe even year 2, the definitely, Lindholm wasn't the choice. Monahan, Ristolainen, and Nichushkin all were viewed as bigger bodies, more mature, and more NHL ready.
But to me it looks like the Canes took the guy they thought would be the best player, long term and it will be years before that plays out.
If he's still in the AHL at that point and they have no intention of bringing him up during that time, I'd have no problem with it. If he's up in Carolina again by that point, no matter how the Canes are performing at that point, I'd rather he just stay, but wouldn't be terribly upset if they let him go.
IMO, that's one of those things where you put it in the player's hands. It's not a big deal, and the relationship with him is more important than whatever "development" opportunity exists in either direction.
Not a surprise considering Terry's performance, outside of that shootout goal.
That 5 on 3 sealed it. Before he got sent down Lindholm looked real good passing from down low on the PP. With Semin out they need someone who can throw a pass out there and no matter how bad he is at even strength, Terry really wasn't any better.
Honestly, I say just stack the top 6 until Semin gets back
Skinner // Eric // Ruutu
Gerbe // Jordan // Lindholm
Tlusty // Malhotra // Dwyer
Bowman // Nash // Dvorak
Yes, I realize "stack" and then putting Ruutu on the first line may be mutually exclusive, but if you make Malhotra's line your new "shutdown" line, then Lindholm won't be forced into a defensive role that's currently over his head.
IMO that's overplaying Malhotra, who has been good but is not capable of taking on the kind of assignments that Jordan does.
Perhaps, but he's already taking the vast majority of his draws in the defensive zone. I think at some point you have to sacrifice optimal defensive combinations for a bit of an offensive spark. And that's not to say the forward lines have to remain static all game. Swap Dwyer and Lindholm as necessary.