Re: Patience with Bourque
posted at 1/29/2013 5:09 PM EST
In response to dezaruchi's comment:
First of all, your condescending tone is not needed. Secondly, you cant knock someone off the puck who you cant catch. I live in Providence, Spooner skates right around people, just like Krejci did in his breakout season. Krejci is 6'0 - 180 lbs. Spooner is 5'10 - 175 lbs. Which one do you think would be harder to knock off the puck?
The reason they dont call him up is because he's not defensively responsible. However, shifting to wing may help this. Granted, he would never forecheck and have trouble in the dirty areas. However, his stick handling, agility, one-on-one moves, passing is something to be excited about. Maybe he isnt ready. I agree that he could use 20 lbs on his frame. However, Im only advocating for giving him a shot to see what he can do if the third line needs a spark. He is a spark.
Nor is your list of players under 6 feet at all necessary. Your living in Prov doesn't mean you have some secret info on Spooner and the P-B's. It only means you've gotten too close and developed a man crush on Spooner. Of course Krejci would be harder to knock off of the puck because he's been fully grown for years and been privvy to the coaches and training that are needed to develop the proper core strength needed to compete. I'll conclude by pointing out that it was you who also felt that Bourque was some a real gem that might also produce when frankly, he can't even match Zach Hamill's NHL numbers, despite the fact he was given far more PP time to work with. So I hope you'll forgive me for not buying into the Spooner fantasy that you're trying to sell us.
I am not claiming to have secret info on him. You are the one going against conventional wisdom , not me. Both hockey journal and Hockey's future have him ranked as our #1 offensive prospect.
Maybe he isnt ready. But he tore up the OHL and is doing well in the AHL. He should be considered for a shot and not ruled out as an internal option based solely on his size.