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Lockout Day- 45 A John Davidson Grapeshot 10-31-12

Long ago I utilized the noun Tome in reference to Jeff Little’s blog posts. It’s time I conferred that honor [at least that's what I consider it] to another blog poster. Over at The Union Blue The Coach writes highly intelligent and thought provoking posts. His latest tome is an excellent example, So What Does the Davidson Addition Actually Mean? , [follow link to read the post]. Public service comment- tome, a book, especially a very heavy, large, or learned book.

I’d like to add a few comments on a few of his more salient [projecting or jutting beyond a surface; protruding; strikingly conspicuous; prominent] points.

The Coach concludes that many of Scott Howson’s moves have not unlike what John Davidson would do. Interesting, especially for the Scott Howson detractors. There have been several articles theorizing that Scott Howson’s days are numbered. And that may well be. But, where as, Davidson has excelled in top draft picks, in my opinion, Howson has done well in lower draft picks and picking up players as “throw in’s” on deals. For all we know, Scott may have been emulating John with more limited resources at his disposal.

It could be that this management combination is a high – low punch that might be good for the Blue Jackets. True, Davidson might prefer his own man in the GM spot, but it also might be that Davidson would like to let Howson do the everyday work and he remain free for the overall planning. President Trueman said “the buck stops here” and this is no exception, but delegation makes a person more effective.

The Coach also points out that John loves his first round picks and has done well with those while with the Blues. In his initial days comments, how many times did Davidson mention the Jackets 3 first round picks? Excellent point.

The post also points out that Davidson likes to grow his own stars. Bringing them up through the ranks. This is great news for Springfield. An indication of this is- well I’m assuming you all know that the Evansville Icemen are affiliated with both the Blue Jackets and the Blues, and assuming is not a good thing. Anyway even though the Icemen, ECHL, have yet to win a game, the leading offensive players are signed by the Blues.


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