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08-13-2004, 02:51 PM
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Slats432
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Predators: On the back end

First,

Those who have read my articles, posts and general commentary know that I am far from a cheerleader. When I think a player is a dog, then I think he is a dog.(And I mean that in the nicest way. )

After the Nashville Top 20 Redux...I started thinking....is there an NHL team out there with a better future blueline than the Predators.

Zidlicky
Timonen
Hamhuis
Suter
Weber
Niskala
Klein
Stehlik
Sulzer
Safronov
Schaefer
Switzer
Hutchinson
Mukhachev

(Not to mention that the present D including Lilja, Eaton, Hnidy, Allison are all still under 30 as well.)

There are only a couple of teams that come to mind in comparison....
Calgary: Leopold, Regher, Phaneuf, Ramholt, Lydman, Warrener, Ference, Gauthier
Chicago: Babchuk, Barker, Seabrook, Barinka, Keith, Kukkonen, Wisniewski, Vandermeer, Balan, Gusev

You could probably stretch to add Pittsburgh and New Jersey into consideration...

I reiterate that this isn't intended to be a rah rah thread, but can you see any other team's future blueline and compare them favourably to Nashville?

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