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02-28-2008, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Mista Mo27 View Post
Good comparison. Although Phaneuf looks like the better puckhandler while Petrecki's mental game seems better than Phaneuf's. Petrecki is a devestating hitter, but the unique thing about him is that he picks his spots a lot better than most and usually makes the right play defensively. If his offensive game comes around (and thats a big IF) then I could see him being a top 20, maybe even top 15 defenseman in the NHL's future.
I just don't see the offensive upside that Phaneuf has. He simply doesn't have the same mobility and passing ability. While I think Petrecki will undoubtedly be a solid defender, he'll be no more an offensive contributor than 20-30pts a season in the NHL. Granted I've only watched him a few times this season, but I stand by that.

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