Morozov and Dome: Two Rookies, Two Problems

By pbadmin
In Pittsburgh, the two top prospects in the organization have made their
NHL debuts. Morozov scored a goal in the season opener and Dome has yet
to score. But the situation is this, neither will play entire games for
some time.

The Penguins took great pains in signing the Russian winger Morozov, and
now it seems as if he may not be ready quite yet. Morozov speaks very
little English and has only Darius Kasparaitis to translate for him.
Because of that he has not been getting playing time late in games. He
has been playing on a line with two of the best players in the NHL, Jagr
and Francis, in hopes that their experience will help him to develop. He
is full of talent, but with the lack of playing time, can he be a
frontrunner in the Calder race? Hopefully Morozov will get a tutor to
teach him English, as he probably should have done much earlier.

Dome is an entirely different problem, he isn’t getting any playing time.
He was a healthy scratch in the last two games, since the acquisition of
Chris and Peter Ferraro. But what good is it doing Dome to sit out, it
should be obvious to the Penguins that it surely didn’t help him in the
IHL. He went from being a top 5 player when he was 16 to being ranked
27th by the Central Scouting Bureau previous to the June 21st draft. In
my opinion, the Penguins need to either play him or send him to Syracuse.

Comparisons:

Alexei Morozov, RW, 6'1", 174 lbs.
96-97 Team:Soviet Wings (Russia)
96-97 Stats:44 Games, 21 Goals, 11 Assists, 32 Points, 32 PIM.

Robert Dome, RW/C, 5'11", 205 lbs.
96-97 Team:Long Beach/Las Vegas (IHL)
96-97 Stats:56 Games, 14 Goals, 13 Assists, 27 Points, 36 PIM.