Karlsson started in the NHL, got sent down for, what, 9 games in Bingo? Then he was back and playing a *regular*shift. Just checked, he had over 20 minutes TOI per game, 3rd highest on the team, solidly in the top-four. Imagine if Karlsson broke into the league during Phillips' last season and they played #4 ahead of him by a two-to-one (if not three-to-one) margin.
You still didn't tell me *who* said that MacAvoy *was* more NHL ready. They brass in Boston too a chance because he showed well at the Worlds against the best U20 players. Chabot was at the same tournament and showed even better. If Chabot was in the Boston organization (and not competing for a Memorial Cup) he would have been given the ice time in the playoffs. I have no idea how he would have done, we will never know. All I know is that *AT THE TIME* there was nothing that MacAvoy had over Chabot (it was the other way around) other than the trust/faith of the management team in Boston. Not sure if Cassidy had trust in him or if he was *told* to play him. Again, we'll never know. What we *do* know is that Boucher has definite trust issues with players he hasn't coached before and who don't have NHL experience. If Dorion didn't surround him with such players (cast offs who couldn't get another NHL job) then he'd have no other choice but to play them.
I blame Boucher for being stubborn, I blame Dorion for being stupid and Melnyk for being cheap (I'd bet he was all over the decision to sign guys who would play for league minimum or close to that).
And I *don't* blame the fans for staying away.
Bring on the World Juniors. Bring on the Olympics. This season is over.