ExPatriatePen wrote:Watching Ryan Malone this year, I believe he's just going through a tough sophmore Jinx type season.
I'm convinced that next year he'll return to and exceed last years form.
Most of our (or atleast my) opinions of him were formed from the first half of the season undeer Edzo, he's begun to turn it around under MT.
I know my opinion isn't popular. But he looks like a guy that may have relaxed last year in the off-season to enjoy his success instead of work on building on it.
I'm sure he won't make that same mistake this year.
Amen brother!! How in the world people want to give up on this kid is beyond me. He needs at least another year before we should risk a move we may regret for a long time. We are not going to contend for a while, so why we would dump a guy who has proven he can score at this level?
If Malone was stunting the development of some other great prospect, then move him out, but where are the prospects in the organization that have scored 22 goals in their first NHL season, and may get 20 in their second?
Malone, Armstrong, Crosby, Whitney, Orpik, Welch, Gonchar, Fluery and possibly Ouellet need to be given time. Nothing we would acquire for them would be any greater than the potential they possess. I keep Ouellet only to see if he can be a trigger man for Malkin's wing next season the way that Armstrong has settled in to Crosby's wing.
In my mind Ouellet has a knack around the net, and the thing he has lacked is enough depth at Center to have a true setup guy to play with every night. His skating is not great, but a guy with 14 goals in 37 games is not someone to toss aside yet. Especially with the great Russian coming next year.
Gonchar has been playing pretty well lately. He's going to be a big part of next season with Malkin and Crosby on the PP.