saints11 wrote:Vitale is caught in that "quicksand" of...he'll be really good, once he gets experience; however, we can't play him now because he's inexperienced.....he is the forward version of Despres....in HCDB's eyes.
Gordon has what Dan is looking for in the dot and is really good on the PK, and has experience. The lack of experience also affects how we use Bennett. You would have thought we would have learned about youth being served in the play offs last year against the Flyers; I guess we didn't.
Bennett, rookie, got some good time in the NHL this season. He's not a world beater and certainly not a guy that can shoulder a load by himself at this point.
Despres, rookie, has gotten some really good time in the NHL as well. He's looked more rookie than stud the past couple games and that's to be expected when a young player like that is exposed to more minutes due to injuries
Vitale, not a rookie, doesn't project beyond a 4th liner, plays his heart out when he's out there, but there are guys above him on the depth chart. There's no one for sure I would say, "Vitale should no question play above him." at best taking out a player and inserting Vitale is 6 one way and half dozen the other.
Rookies have gotten their time this year. They've played protected minutes for a reason and it's showing with Despres. I still believe he's going to be very good but he can't be a big minute eater right now. Bennett will be with the big club next year and all this B.S. "Bylsma can't handle rookies" stuff should stop.