Thoughts with a Friend: A Lack of Placing for Toronto’s Rickard Wallin

March 9th, 2010 by Mitchell Davidson Leave a reply »
While watching the Toronto Maple Leafs game against Boston, my roommate, David West , and I started talking about Rickard Wallin, the player who does not have a role on the Toronto Maple least not anymore.

Rickard Wallin has put up 6 points, only one of them being a goal, in 44 games, which is not enough. Admittedly, Wallin is now a defensive forward, but last season in the Swedish Elite League, he did put up 55 points and 18 goals, which he apparently left in Farjestad.

Wallin, ideally, would be a third line forward putting up relatively low offensive numbers but making up for his lack of production on the defensive end. However, one goal is vastly below any minimal production expected. Therefore we arrived at the conclusion that Wallin should not be in the starting lineup, perhaps up for replacement by agitator Jay Rosehill or Andre Deveaux.

Curious, I brought up the question that perhaps part of getting Wallin to the NHL was a guarantee by Burke that Wallin would see action in a majority of games played in the regular season. David correctly countered that not only would Burke not be the ...

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