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02-24-2009, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Flames Draft Watcher View Post
Maybe I'm not up to date on how well certain Columbus defensemen are playing but I wouldn't say you have "enough talent to compete with anybody" when I don't even see a top 2 defenseman on the team.
Your preliminary supposition is correct. We don't have any clear #1 all-around guys, but we have a very good 3-4 guy (Commie), a 3-4 guy who might move up eventually (Tyutin), and a guy I would take over any other pure shutdown defenseman in the league (Hejda).

Klesla (another 3-4 guy who eats minutes) has been in and out this year, and Russell is still developing, along with Methot. OKT and Backman are kind of throw-ins.

Columbus's D is kind of like Vancouver's has been. Not exactly filled with heralded superstars, but they get the job done very effectively.

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