Locke is now in the AHL rookie leaders top 5

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  1. Anksun

    Anksun Registered User

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    And in the process is now co-leading the Bulldogs with Plekanec.

    Have you guys been surprised by his ability to adapt to AHL that fast?
    At beginning of the season, we were hearing how he would have trouble against bigger opponents and how he would eventually become a good career AHLer with some time.

    I just feel discussing about Locke could be interesting.

    Here's the top 5.

    RK PLAYER TEAM POS GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG SHOTS PCT
    1 Parise, Zach ALB C 33 7 21 28 -5 24 2 0 1 100 .070
    2 Vanek, Thomas ROC LW 35 15 10 25 0 22 10 0 2 103 .146
    3 Bochenski, Brandon BIN LW 33 12 12 24 +4 8 3 0 2 112 .107
    Wideman, Dennis WOR D 35 7 17 24 +1 27 3 0 1 93 .075
    5 Locke, Corey HAM C 37 12 11 23 +8 14 4 0 0 59 .203
    Bourque, Rene NOR LW 36 12 11 23 -1 52 3 1 2 104 .115

    Discuss!! I miss hockey.
     
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    You miss NHL, not hockey. If you miss hockey you would be watching the CHL, AHL, or even college league games.
     
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    feeling better??

    I might have not express myself well enough saying i miss hockey. Yes i mean NHL hockey... it was obvious. I watch whatever hockey i can get right now and this mean CHL, AHL, etc. Considering the NHL is the best hockey league in the world, it's not that hard to make a case that I miss HOCKEY plain and simple.
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    I mean come on. This thread is about Locke as i feel we have not talk at all about his progression since sometime (well i have not see it and the search only give "decent" links to habs forum) and considering the way he's playing, the guys around him right now points wise for rookie and his position in the draft (i'm not saying he should be rank with guys like Vanek and Parise AT ALL before somes comes and make some conclusions).
     
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    I disagree he has no chance of playing in the NHL. That is way, way, too strong a statement. Ok, his skating isn't great, but Locke plays with a willingness to go to the net, a certain grit, that most small skill players lack. He's far tougher and more willing to take abuse than a guy like Kyle Wellwood (please, no Wellwood vs. Locke replies). His skating is weak, and always has been. It's unlikely to improve. But I think that he will at least play a few years in the NHL as a powerplay specialist. While there are few powerplay specialists in the NHL, few prospects have Locke's pure skill. If you have 12 forwards, I would not be surprised if an NHL team uses one spot on Locke, regardless of whether he plays a regular shift or not.
     
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    well said Hossa
     
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