Originally Posted by bumchilly25
That's great news! I'll be interested to see how he plays.
I watched the Jackets game last night Vs the Oil. They may have pummelled 40 shots at Edm, but man, they have a lot of 3rd liners doing the firing.
Same goes for their D on the PP. Wiz, Tyutin and JJ do a lot of the shooting, but not too many of real quality.
I gambled a higher pick on this kid.....hope it starts to pay off a little.
The big thing about Atkinson is (a) his compete level, which translates into tons of SOG and scoring chances, and (b) the opportunity he will most likely be given despite being so young, precisely because what he brings is exactly what the Blue Jackets need given the rest of their forward corps. My feeling is he'll be one of those guys that notches 3+ SOG/game consistently, and that will mean 25+ goals per year will always be within reach and some years he'll hit the 30s. His size will not stop him from producing. That's why I too made him a high draft pick this past draft.
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