|Columbus Blue Jackets|
|Written by Dobber|
March 2013 – Its rather disappointing Columbus is not giving Marchessault a proper opportunity yet. He is showing the dominance at the AHL level that Dobber alluded to in his comparisons of Cory Conacher and David Desharnais, and is in my viewings he is even more of a game breaker than that pair. His puck dispersal will bring you up from your seat and he is not totally one dimensional. He does need a little work with his positioning without the puck, but when needed he is rather responsible. Columbus sniped a strong ‘diamond in the rough’ from the Rangers when they signed him to an NHL contract in the summer. For a team struggling to produce goals, it is beyond comprehension for them not to try anything to help the goalies who are wasting quality starts. If the Blue Jackets get extremely desperate and give him a real run in the top six, he is a prospect to watch and to pluck off the waiver wire and ride for a bit and see where it goes. (Personally, I did that with David Desharnais when we was originally recalled and eventually sold him off in a trade that led me to win a championship last year.) His size makes him a bit of a question mark long-term, but Marty St. Louis proves it can be done and be very profitable. Jason Banks
November, 2012 – An undersized, skilled forward reminds of Cory Conacher without the tenacity. JAM's stature, combined with good, but not great QMJHL numbers caused him to be overlooked in the draft both years. A 95-point breakout for Quebec as an over-ager caught the attention of the Rangers and he received a training camp invite in 2011. He parlayed that into an AHL job with Connecticut where his 64 points as a rookie impressed. The Blue Jackets gave him an NHL contract, and he rightfully figured that he would have more opportunity to crack the roster there than in New York. Currently ninth in AHL scoring with 12 points in 10 games. He's also playing with more bite. If he finishes the season this way, he could be the next (goal-scoring version) of David Desharnais.
As with all undersized players, it's an uphill battle. Not worth pinning your hopes on unless and until he dominates the AHL the way Conacher did in 2011-12.
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|Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 18:43|