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Next Review – #28 Tim Jackman

By Gary Harding
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He a was providing a nice job on the 4th line, killing penalties, being an overall nusiance to the opposition, until New Years Eve when he broke his orbital bone in a fight in Ottawa.

That derailed the former Columbus draft pick for over two months.  There was a sense of a slight loss of toughness with this team (that Trevor Gillies picked up when he was recalled).  However, Tim possesses the sense of what a proper 4th liner should be.  I think he can offer more of an offensive position should it be required.  He is not a loss on the ice without it, as he has a sense of a defensive responsibility to the team.

He is a RFA this season, and he is one that I really think that should be kept with the team next season.  Are you hoping for 15 goals from him?  No.  But 10 is not out of possibility with him.  He can surprise you with that, and be the straw that can stir up the team.  He has a good personality and seems to be a good guy in the room.

I will give him a C+ (that may be a little low), because I think he can be better for this team with his roles.  I think he needs to step up to the next level, and I think he can do it.  With the salary he can make, it would also be a real bonus for the team.

Next up – #30 – Dwayne Roloson.

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