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07-10-2008, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Edge View Post

He's a big kid who does a little bit of everything. He'll check, he'll pop in some points, he'll fight when necessary, etc.

Doesn't have elite offensive upside, which is what prevents him from being a top-6 forward (and a guy every team craves). Still, he brings a lot of the traits we've looked for in our character guys and backs it up with a frame many of them lack.

He's a kid who's a work in progress but one who has progressed every year he's been in the system. I expect him to continue that trend.

If he continues to progress, he could climb into the top 10 with ease.
Yeah, and last season in HFD it was obvious that Dupont wasn't physically mature yet.

His skating isn't great technically, but his biggest problem is obviously that he just don't got a strong enough core to play at the higher levels. He looked clumpsy and slow on his skating when the pace of the game was moving fast. He showed all the classic symptoms of beeing someone who got too much lbs on his upper body and just not strong enough abs and legs to carry that and still skate in all situations.

That kept him form playing "his" game, obviously. He is a kid who could take a big step in one summer if he can get the physical aspects and his skating down.

Greg Moore is another example of a player like him. Like he was basically a 3, 4th or extra forward in HFD one year, couldn't seperate himself form the rest with his skating -- and then the year after he was one of the best forwards on the team. Now Dupont isn't Moore, but his skating is at the same level as Moore's was at 2 seasons ago.

Dupont could have some hidden potential if he can get thoose leggs moving. I don't think we have seen what he is about yet in the AHL at all.

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