Re: Serious Question
posted at 1/9/2013 11:48 AM EST
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
In response to kelvana33's comment:
No, he hasnt done anything of note at the AHL level yet.
I think Legion, ever the optimist, was looking at the Paille comparison. Is it possible that Caron is, like Paille, an NHL guy who is less suited to playing a point-getter role in the AHL?
There is some reason to think this can happen with certain kinds of player. Usually, they talk about it with D - some D are really good in a structured system, really smart on the breakout when the guys around them are doing what they're supposed to do etc. In the AHL, where the game is a little looser and the players aren't quite as good, those D sometimes get exposed because they start chasing around to cover for other guys, or they don't but they look bad for it. There's also a thin stratum of players who seem to have the skill level and hockey sense to play with top players even though they aren't top players themselves. They can't be the top player, and they sort of reflect the talent around them no matter what level that talent is at. Caron could be that kind of guy; let's hope so, because that sounds better than what I'm thinking he is right now.
Book, my scout pal has also been disappointed with Caron's play so far this year but did say he feels Caron is one of those players that might be better in the NHL than in the AHL. He went on to explain that that for many players, it's easier to play in the NHL because everyone else is doing what they're supposed to do and they're where they're supposed to be on the ice. Much of Caron's game is about positioning and getting to the dirty areas. That said, he still feels like Caron was just going through the motions this year and, like all of us, feels he should've put up much better numbers than he did. I'm still holding out hope that Caron will do just fine especially after seeing how well he played some nights last year.