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Colin White Call-Up Raises Concerns

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Ottawa taking a gamble with a player 3 games into his pro career

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Let’s get right to it.

I’m been fighting mixed feelings with this recent call-up of Colin White, but I will take the opportunity to congratulate him on his new ELC signing that transpired on Sunday. He’s a special player with a high skill level and is the real deal.

White had 10 days off with no ice time before he joined Binghamton and that was followed with several practices that got him up to speed with familiarity for the organization. In his three games in four days for the BSens, he produced three points (1g, 2a) despite Binghamton lost two out of the three.

I have watched his short progress and this is what’s so rewarding that outsider’s don’t understand. As fans here we are groomed to witness prospects that develop for the NHL and it has been that way for the last 40 years in the Southern Tier of NY. It sucks Ottawa is leaving, but I assure you we will keep tabs on prospects that have made their way to the NHL, past and present.

Now, the issue I have is this move to make White the go to guy for Ottawa. Granted, twitter has responded that he won’t be their savior, but I see it otherwise with tweets mentioning he will score a goal and be included in the top 6 line-up. Really? That’s quite surprising knowing some of you haven’t seen him in action for the BSens. But let’s hope he does deliver in the process.

Should a reminder also be mentioned on how another highly touted prospect in Curtis Lazar was quote, unquote ruined? It’s an ongoing reminder that you need to develop prospects and not rush them.

I don’t like the idea in moving White up the ladder so soon. He needs the time to develop. I could care less about what has transpired for the BSens in their final season. This is about a player that is being rushed once again.

On a side note;

Please don’t feel sorry for us fans with the Senators cutting ties with their agreement short and setting up house in Belleville, CAN next season. We are a strong market for hockey in the AHL and as a result the NJ Devils will set up camp next season as our top affiliate and for years to come. I want my home-team to win every single game and be competitive whether it’s AHL hockey or Double AA baseball with the NY Mets.

Mind you, I’ll have my final thoughts afterwards when the season has ended. Thanks for reading!