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03-16-2009, 01:12 PM
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pitseleh
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Originally Posted by CRDragon View Post
do offensive production really matter for a defenseman?
If Ellington can be a Mitchell and produce those kinda numbers...what will you say then?
Although I should go find out more about Ellington's scouting report...I just want to say for a defenseman, offensive production shouldnt matter that much, especially from prospects.

Look at mitchell now...career high in points.

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/taylor_ellington
7.0 C seems good to me.
The thing is pretty much every good top-4 defensive defenseman put up very good numbers in Junior. Guys like Willie Mitchell, Cory Sarich, Chris Philllips, Scott Hannan, Robyn Regehr, Jason Smith, etc. showed significantly more offensive potential as 18/19 year olds than Taylor Ellington has and none of them are very big point producers at the NHL level. You need to have some puck skills and offensive creativity and you can't be an offensive liability to play a top-4 role in the NHL.

Maybe the offense will come for Ellington, but it's certainly going to be an uphill battle for him to make an impact as anything more than a bottom pairing defenseman.

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