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When it comes to fighting I think he's a guy who will only do it if absolutely necessary because he is a guy that coaches want on the ice and not in the box. That's what sucks about balancing that whole dimension. You want it to be a part of your game but you don't want to be taken out of the game. That's something we will definitely see Abdelkader struggle with this year.

Yeah and its fine if a good player can fight well but barely ever does but the fact that he can if he wants to adds a whole new dimension to his game. He's went a few pretty tough guys this year in the OHL and done well. Its kinda like Chara, he's one tough SOB but hardly fights, just when he does watch out if youre on the other end.(not saying Lashoff will be that good obviously)

As for Abdelkader, I think we'll see him fight a lot this upcoming season since he'll be bottom 6 and Babcock wants him to fight. He'll for sure have that dimension of his game, especially while he's young and breaking into the league.

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eh the fight just sounds like a college kid being a college kid

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He will get some lessons when he gets to GR, can't act like that when he's closer to the wings organization

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eh the fight just sounds like a college kid being a college kid

Also got a sort of DUI on a moped a year ago, lol.

Sure it does entirely sound like college jock-head behavior, but it also shows he's a bit reckless. Hate to have him tarnish his image with a real DUI, or an assault and battery charge before he even gets to the minor leagues.

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Can't wait for this year's draft. It's always an exciting time no matter how good or bad the draft crop is.

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Also, Smith is a converted forward like Ericsson. He'll probably be able to play a bigger Meech-like role where he fills in at forward at times.

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Yeah and its fine if a good player can fight well but barely ever does but the fact that he can if he wants to adds a whole new dimension to his game. He's went a few pretty tough guys this year in the OHL and done well. Its kinda like Chara, he's one tough SOB but hardly fights, just when he does watch out if youre on the other end.(not saying Lashoff will be that good obviously)

As for Abdelkader, I think we'll see him fight a lot this upcoming season since he'll be bottom 6 and Babcock wants him to fight. He'll for sure have that dimension of his game, especially while he's young and breaking into the league.

We definitely will see Abby fight quite a bit next year.I'll have no problem with it as long as he ditches the visor before the fight.

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I feel pretty excited to see a lot of fresh new faces in GR and expect to see a more than fair amount of frustration at the same time as they struggle through growing pains.

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A team that small and weak would get pounded to shreds in the AHL (like the Griffins did in the first half of last season). I actually cringed looking at that line up.

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