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11-24-2008, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by CantSeeColors View Post
It's not so much that we're arguing that Nodl is limiting the other team's chances (well, at least I'm not, I can't speak to other people's thoughts), but more that he looks competent out there and seems to have the tools and mentality to develop into a solid all-around winger, which is what Carter needs more than a playmaker. Is Nodl a great NHL player right now? Of course not. But neither would Giroux be, and in the grand scheme of things it's more logical to me to let Giroux develop into a top line player in the AHL and let Nodl develop into a solid third line type on Carter's wing than to do the reverse, especially when Carter is on such a tear that he doesn't even need wingers right now, which means Nodl doesn't have to worry about doing too much. Let him learn the position now. It's not as if we have a good NHLer ready to step into that spot, so Nodl is probably the best fit to occupy that spot if we're looking at long term results.
GKJ has argued on this site that Nodl is better defensively than Gagne.

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