Dont bother you?Cmon boys the last round of roster cuts is coming up and some of us (raising hand) would like to hash out who stays and who gets cut! Dan would say "your not doing an effective enough job in your own zone!" Lets step it up....lolDave
Quick take: Give Despres his 9 games in the NHL.Lovejoy > EngellandLetestu will stay in big leagues.Malkin scores twice opening night.
Awwww I dont think your giving Mr. Despres enough credit. Not only has he shown a physical presence in his own zone but he's displayed an ability to dangle with the puck that belies his age and experience. Yes he is not a finished product but with his current abilities I dont think there is anything he could garner from another year in juniors or the AHL that he couldn't acquire from being coached by Dan and his staff along with playing with the likes of Martin, Orpick, Michalek and Letang.As far as Lovejoy or Engelland. I think Engelland has the inside track to the 6th defensemen spot. Lovejoy is still not consistently physical enough in his own zone, and we already have plenty of offensive minded defensemen.I do agree that Letestu makes the team. The bigger surprise is going to be when Kennedy doesn'tThoughts? Dave
I'm giving Despres a lot of credit. I'm referring to "9 games" because of that rule that says it doesn't accrue a year toward free agency if you play less than 9 games (or something like that, no time to look up). Letang did it a couple years ago. It will be great to see Despres against NHL talent. I have big expectations for the guy.
Letestu got minimal time last year, but he really impressed me with his confidence. I would be really happy to see him stay up in the 'burgh.I was also hoping that Nick Johnson would get a few games in the NHL this year, but it looks like for now he's back down in WB.Defensively, I'm in the Lovejoy camp as well. But I haven't seen much of the preseason stuff this year.
I think Ray Shero would love Nick Johnson to make the jump to the big club but he simply has not produced enough in terms offense to date to warrent that happening.Nick Johnson projects as a top six winger, and he has to be capable of pouring in at least 20 goals for the big club to give him a shot. He has never reached those numbers at any level so I think this year will be spent in WBS.Dave
I thought Nick Johnson acquitted himself very well in his regular season appearances last year. But he doesn't have Tangradi's pedigree, and he would really need to force management's hand with some great play at WBS to crack our lineup.As for Despres, I think he may get his feet wet for 9 games. But I see no way we stick with a third pairing of a rookie defenseman and Goligoski - who too often plays like a rookie defenseman. Despres' time will come.Artistry
Artistry,Your point is well taken. My view is simply that Despres isnt much greener than Lovejoy or Engelland at this point. Lovejoy and Engelland may have played an in an NHL game here or there but if they were polished they wold have already been with the big club.The fact is that Despres would not still be in camp if management didnt think he could handle the speed and intensity of the game at the NHL level.Since most of us would view Despres as having a higher cieling than either Lovejoy or Engelland, why not give him an opportunity to be practice with and be influenced by this organizations best talent for as long as possible.Dave
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