Friday, August 29, 2008

Callahan Needs to Step It Up

Jason Klau at The Bleacher Report says...

"With other forwards in the AHL (like Lauri Korpikoski, Greg Moore, Artem Anisimov, and Dane Byers) looking to take a spot on the roster, Callahan must show that he is ready to add a more offensive dimension to his game, or else one of the Rangers' talented foward prospects might take his place."

...Callahan is one of those guys you need on your team to win. The Rangers sorely lacked this type of player during their eight playoff drought. So I'm going to have to disagree with Klau on this one. Not everyone on the team has to be a 25-30 goal scorer to contribute.

4 comments :

fleisch14 said...

Your right not everyone has be be a 25-30 goal scorer...But Callahan has to be...He is not on the roster for his energy, he is there because he is supposed to be a goal scorer, and will need to be for this years team to be successful....same thing goes for Dawes

bpette02 said...

I agree Dawes has to score, but I think Callahan can contribute in many ways. I think his energy is a reason why he is on the team. I also think he will be used to kill penalties. If he plays his high energy game and continues to be an active fore-checker than 15-20 goals would be fine for him.

fleisch14 said...

Callahan was a 50 goal scorer in the OHL and had 35 goal in hartford, so I think the expectation from the organization is better than 15-20.

bpette02 said...

Well the OHL isn't the NHL let alone the AHL and Jason Krog led the AHL in scoring and he is not an NHL level player. So let's not get crazy with Callahan. I'm not saying he can't score more than 20 goals. I'm just saying that he contributes in other areas, so if you get 15-20 goals from him you can live with it. It also depends on what line he's playing on. But he doesn't need to score 30 goals to be an effective player.

Dawes, Zherdev, and Nazlund, those are the wingers who are suppose to score.