Was cobourn sent down due to his play or just a numbers game? Is this kid developing?
Yes, he's developing, but not at the pace we'd hoped for. He seems to actually be better at the NHL level than the AHL one, which doesn't bode well for his return to Chicago. Let's hope he pulls it together down there and stops giving Wolves fans reason to hate him.
I was just starting to think that the Wolves were pretty much a lock for the playoffs, and then I saw the Coburn transaction.
As to whether he develops or not, it all comes down to attitude. Last season and this season, when he has been down in Chicago, his play has been lackadaisical and uninspired: lazy penalties, bad positioning, unintelligent play. He would frequently take the penalty that shifted momentum away from the Wolves or put them in a deeper hole. The exception to this is when someone from the parent club is watching. He played his best coincidentally when Waddell was in the stands.
All we can hope is that he was talked to about the importance of showing up every night regardless of which league he finds himself in.
He was sent down because we were carrying 8 d-men and he was the only one who didn't have to go through waivers. His play was just fine. He has the tools to be a regular in the NHL. Look for him to be a regular in the lineup next season.
Compared to the other 3 top 4 Dmen on Canada's WJHC team in 2005, Brayden is taking longer to develop.
We all know about Phaneuf in Calgary. Seabrook is logging lots of minutes for the Blackhawks and Weber is top 4 for the Preds.
Of the 4, Coburn's game was better suited to the pre-lockout NHL where he could use his size and strength more in the corners. But, he has all of the skills to be a very good dmen in the post-lockout. He just needs a bit more time to develop his game.
Unfortunately, there's no one there to really help guide him.