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06-01-2004, 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by steblick

Defensemen usually take longer than forwards. Moreover this is about the 4th or 5th best DF in this draft (according to general consensus) and was decent, but not outstanding, as a 17yr old freshman in the NCAA. What qualifies him to be a likely NHLer next season, ahead of Barker, Smid, Thelen? (none of whom I expect to step in either but...).

I can't see O'Neil in the NHL next year, or 3 years from now. He was ok in the games I saw him this year, and I was surprised at how well Noter Dame did as a team, but offensively O'Neil was a disappointment. His size and skating are an interesting package, but overall I wasn't very impressed with him in any of the games I watched him play.

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