no name wrote:Downie has only played one full season (79 games) the rest have been around 59 games. Had 22 goals in that season and that was under Tochett. Personally i am mixed on this, yes he is servicable and can play and i love adgitators and what they bring. But he has a history of taking stupid penalties that goes you games, and penalties that will cost him games. If Tochett can get him "under control" i love what he will bring to the team. I can see him getting spot duty with Sid cause i don't see that guy aloowing anyone to get close to him. Espicially with Tochett breathing down his neck letting him know when some one is getting under Sids skin.
Not exactly showing the full picture... The 79 game season was 2009-2010, which was his first full-time NHL season. We've only had four seasons since then. One of those wasn't a full season due to the lockout (which he missed anyway due to a torn ACL). In 2011-2012 he played 75 games, that seams pretty close to a full season to me. So, since becoming a full time NHL'er, he's played 79, 57, 75, & 62 games (excluding the lockout year).
I'm not convinced signing him was a good idea, but I understand why it was done. I don't, however, see any reason he can't play a full season or close to it. The stupid penalties are definitely an issue, but hopefully that can be somewhat contained.
I guess I'm still spinning trying to figure out Eismann's comparison to Nasreddine, a career minor leaguer who never had a full NHL season and managed only 74 NHL games total over 10 seasons...