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12-15-2008, 11:26 AM
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onice
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Originally Posted by Blind Gardien View Post
That feels optimistic to me... I think Subban will take at least a year longer "finding himself" as a pro. He's not going to get by on skill and daring alone, and sooner or later he'll probably have to sort that out. I do agree he's getting better. But he's still a riverboat gambler by NHL standards, and I don't think he'll grow out of it quickly... or that he's quite good enough at it to survive with that as his niche in the NHL. But who knows. Needless to say, I'm rooting for him to make it ASAP anyway.
You know, you look 2 years down the line and it may not come down to Subban's play.

Of the current defencemen:

Gorges
Komisarek
Markov

may still be around. O'byrne may improve so that may be 4.

Then you look down the list and we have:

McDonagh
Weber (1 year of pro ahead of P.K.)
Carle (2 years of pro ahead of P.K.)
Yemelin (may be here next year)
Valentenko (1 year of pro ahead of P.K.)
Belle (a couple of years of pro)
Fischer

That's another 5 that are ahead of P.K. battling for 3 spots in the big show.

What if Gainey picks up a 4th defencemen for the playoffs? It may be safe to say that P.K. is 3-4 years away from a regular spot on the Habs.

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