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11-04-2008, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by FLYLine88 View Post
Dawes is hardly a liability on defense. Thats a pretty unfair statement to make to try to prove a point.
You don't think? He's not the guy I want in the defensive zone when the other team has some pressure. He often places himself awkwardly positionally and loses his man too often as well. While he has improved from last season - where he was outright bad defensively - it's still not exactly one of his strengths.

Even if you would consider him better than average defensively, he still hasn't shown enough offensive firepower to grant him a top six role on this team. He's not an especially good passer, isn't a strong skater, has average stickhandling, can't beat his man one-on-one and isn't especially good at beating his man to get open. Dawes has a pretty good wristshot. That's his only upside as I see it and that's not enough.

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