I dunno if it's quite that simple. I think the player's situation has alot to do with his performance. When booth and ballard were on poorer teams, they were the top players there and given more minutes/responsibilites, thus they were able to produce more. On a better team like vancouver, their role and minutes are decreased significantly, thus they can't produce the way they did before.
For young players, it's a different ball of wax. Lots of times, the player is just learning the ropes for the NHL. Some are ready to contribute right away, some take time to develop. I would say for both Coho and Machine Gun Grabner, they both benefited alot by the way the Canucks slowly brought them along. Even when they were playing in Vancouver, they were both showing signs that they could be good NHL players. Coho had a great start with us last year, scored some big goals (ie - that boston goal) and was a good secondary threat for us. I think Grabs scored a hat trick for us on 1 of our west coast road trips. They were also both showing signs that they were not quite ready for the NHL (ie - consistency, defensive coverage, etc). The canucks have a lot of depth, so they have the luxery to slowly bring these players along and put them on the 4th line or the press box when they not playing well. Coho and Grabs have played very well almost instantly with their new teams and I think the way the Canucks developed them has benefited them alot.
vic wrote:When good players on others teams come to the Canucks and under-perform (Ballard, Booth, Garrison) and the Canucks depth and role players go onto other teams to have career years (Hodgson and Grabner) it tells me the coaching staff can't get the best out of their players.