Pavel Bure wrote:
pcm wrote:Just like Tangradi, the Pens didn't have time to wait for Boychuk to develop. It's sortof silly that they claimed him in the first place, wasting time on him that should have been given to Jeffrey.
I'm not sure what the organization thinks of Jeffrey at this point. He's proven a capable performer in pretty much every role he's been given. Yet he's used only as a fill-in... I hope that he sticks around next season to replace Cooke or Kennedy, as he's cheaper and seems like potentially a more effective player at this point. The only knock on him would be that he hasn't proven he can perform over an 82 game season; but he hasn't been given a chance either. His value in a trade < his potential value to this team as an effective 3rd liner (who can move up and down the lineup ala Dupuis, Talbot, etc.) making under $1m.
Just like Tangradi
Even now that he had a chance and is back down to the lowest ice time on a team that was going to give him a "real chance" you can't admit that he's a turd. Impressive. I stopped reading after that first line.
Agree. It's not about "getting a chance" or "waiting for development" in Tangradi's case...he's simply a marginal at best NHL player that is greatly hindered by mediocre-to-poor skating and a rather obvious lack of competitiveness at the NHL level. Sometimes chances have to be earned and then taken advantage of when presented; Tangradi fails on both of those.
One plus Boychuk has over Tangradi is that he's a good skater by NHL standards. You can give a guy that can move more chances than an upright slug who doesn't seem to be 100% mentally there on every shift.
Guys like Rich Peverley and Juicy Jokinen came off the scrap heap of the NHL to become productive players because they had great work ethics and just kept working until they got another chance and then made it. Boychuck has a great opportunity for himself in Nashville and no star forwards or proven scorers surrounding him to take away playing time. He'll not get a better chance to stick in the NHL than what he has in Nashville and he'll also learn what being a two-way forward is all about very quickly in Trotz's system.