I am not sure the CBJ had an option here...
1) Bemmer's contract with his Swedish club was "NHL or Sweden". There was no option for the AHL. Either he stuck with the team or he was lost to the CBJ for the season.
2) The CBJ need scorers...he's not there yet (kinda like Tex) but this leads to the most important point...
3) Sweden was not going to help Bemmer find his NHL game. We have heard all the talk about how Elvis and V2 need to learn to play goalie on the smaller rinks and faster play of the NHL where shots come from everywhere fast and furious. The exact same argument applies to forwards...and a shooter/goal scorer like Bemmer in particular. Bemmer is used to the wide open spaces of the Euro rinks and was able to be patient while picking his shooting spots which is reflected in his very high shooting percentage in Sweden.
NHL players rarely get such great looks at the net the way Euro players do. This was my biggest concern about Bemmer making the jump. He doesn't have the same space or time to use his shot perfectly like he is used to. He needs to learn to stop looking for the perfect scoring opportunity and trust his shot...but it wouldn't happen for him back across the pond on the bigger ice sheets (why it sucks Cleveland was not an option). So the CBJ have no choice...keep him in the NHL and let him and the team take their lumps while he figures it out.
I hope he figures it out...we know he has the skillset. He has already learned to be more trigger happy...now he has to figure out how to turn those SOGs into Gs.
- First six games: .67 SOGs/game and .06 SOGs/minute of TOI
- Last eight games: 1.25 SOGs/game and .13 SOGs/minute of TOI
Torts needs to be patient with him...and so do fans. Not saying they are anything like the same player but PLD's first 15 NHL games: 1 G and 2 As. Bemmer's first 15 NHL games: 0 Gs and 2 As. No point in getting down or losing patience!