Justin Papineau

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  1. sundinfan13

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    It seems as though Papineau will start the season on the Island.
    Is he still eligible for the Calder? From what I've seen he's rather explosive, and already has a few goals in the preseason. Does anyone see him having an impact this year. I'm gonna say 15 goals, 25 assists.
     
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    I predict "Pap" will "smear" the competition and win the Calder this year ! ;)
     
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    Didn't Papineau score 5 goals in one game last preseason? If that didn't get him on the the blues, I'm not sure if a couple goals this year means that much. I doubt he makes the Islanders this year. He will get a lot of call-ups though
     
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    He did score 5 in one game for the Blues, although at least two where shots that went in off him, I think one was of the ass or hip variety and the other was the stick, but Papineau himself said it was just a lucky break..
     
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    Dont get your hopes up for a Papieneau Calder.
     
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    Thanks "Weissfan9", i don't think the other 2 guys got it !!??

    Can i get my hopes up for a Papineau Calendar ??? ;)
     
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    The Kings gave up on him because of his attitude and the Blues traded him away (I think, or did they release him). And we've all seen explosive preseasons from Papineau before. He might have this huge breakout season, but I'll believe it when I see it.
     
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    exactly what I was thinking.
    Good post DFA
     
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    The Kings didn't sign Paps because he had an awful OHL season as a 19 year old, and wanted bigtime money. This after a record setting playoffs as an 18 year old, leading Belleville to the Memorial Cup.

    I think Paps will be one of those guys who can provide a little offense, but not quite good enough to be a top 2 line player.
     
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    I'm not sure I'd limit his potential to a third line player just yet. In fact his defense is a weak spot and I'm not sure he will ever fit into a third line role. He is an explosive offensive player and he may just be a late bloomer.
     
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    I still remember the interview with Dave Taylor the season before they released Papineau. He was talking about Papineau's tremendous offensive ability, but his lack of willingness to play defense and his lack of willingness to work to improve his game while at the same time asking for max-out money. Sound familiar?
     
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    True, but many players do develop. As in, from age 20 to 23, which is where Papineau is at this point. While a good week in camp doesn't make him ready for primetime, neither does the fact that a player in his early 20s has flaws in his game mean he cannot/will not evolve into a productive NHLer.
     
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    Papineau was sent to the Isles in the great ass-covering Chris Osgood trade in which Larry Pleau tried to convince Blues fans that Osgood was just as good as Sean Burke. They'd be better in net with Brent Johnson this year IMO, but that's neither here nor there.
    From what I understand, Papineau is a gifted offensive player who quite possibly only knows his own goaltender from a view at 50 feet down the ice. Not only is his defensive game lacking, but he's not exactly strong at 5-11 182. He's 23, so you can't write him off yet, but the clock is definitely ticking . . .
     
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    You're right, he's on his way to a scoring line or bust, but he needs to get a lot stronger regardless.
     
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    right after MM aquired Papineau,he was quoted talking about Papineau and 'that courage thing'..


    I'm not surprised that Papineau's playing well in the preseason.There's much less hitting and defenses aren't set with their best players.

    I'm not high on Papineau.
     
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