In light of all that, I was heartened to see in today's Dispatch that the CBJ management is intentionally taking the slow road with its next generation of stars:
...the Jackets brain trust appears to be committed to allowing its minor-league rookies such as [forward Matt] Calvert, [forward Tomas] Kubalik and defenseman John Moore to develop at their own pace with minor-league Springfield, without rushing them into the Jackets lineup.
An organization that promoted Rostislav Klesla, Gilbert Brule and others prematurely to the NHL has reached a point, Howson said, where it can let its prospects incubate in the minors and juniors.
"We would prefer not to put first-year players in the NHL right away unless it's so clear they are ready," Howson said. "There will always be exceptions, but we have gotten to a place where our organization is mature enough.
"You don't always have that luxury in the first five or six years, but there is a big benefit to not hurrying them."Great piece by Tom Reed, definitely worth the read.
These words should be music to any serious CBJ fan's ears. Finally, an organization that isn't cutting corners in the process of building a long-term winner...all while enjoying the best start in franchise history!