Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Aaron Asham: From the Island to New Jersey
Labels: 2007 Offseason
What puzzles me though is the use of Viuhkola -- why was he signed?
I also start to wonder about why Janssen was signed for so long and why Rupp was retained. While I see Rupp still playing a decent role on the Devils, I feel that Janssen will be nothing more than an extra forward at this point. He's our big bruiser, but we do have other guys who can drop the gloves in Asham and Clarkson (and even Rupp to an extent), and Asham himself even has the upside of being able to play solid two-way hockey and actually being able to put the puck in the net.
Tallackson unfortunately has not shown any growth whatsoever and I really cannot see him making a name for himself in the NHL. Believe me, it hurts to say that because I was a big Tallackson fan (I also double as a huge Golden Gopher fan), but he has not developed AT ALL in all the shots he's had with the Devils. I'd venture that they've given up on him.
Ryznar, I'm not sure about. I feel as though he too has dropped in the depth chart, though he could be an injury replacement as the season progresses.
Bergfors is not ready for the NHL. His growth has been very slow at best, and last I heard, Niklas was loaned to a Swedish team for the time being -- I don't think he'll even see much time in Lowell this year either. I'm not saying to give up on Bergfors at all, because I do think he still has the potential to be a solid player, but it's going to take a lot of time and patience with him.
Viuhkola is a pure centerman, who is supposedly a good defender and playmaker. You can check out hockeysfuture Finnish correspondant for that.
I dont get the Rupp signing, he stinks plain and simple. Clarkson will have to fight his way on and Patricia is correct on Tallackson, he's large skill has NEVER translated in output--look at his mediocre college stats.
Ryznar has never shown anything. And, does anyone think--while we may wish otherwise--that Janssen is an 8 minute a night, 40 game a year part timer?