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04-05-2009, 06:30 AM
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Our blueline should look something like this next season:
With a healthy Johnson, the Kings will be fine next year on the backend as far as offensive-defensemen go.
I think highly of DD and all, but there's is no way I'd want him playing top-pairing ES minutes at his age on a winning team. My opinions on JJ are known - he has to be "sheltered" like Phaneuf (paired with a vet like Hamrlik) was in his first 2-3 years.
The problem with young D is that they tend to get trapped in their own zone - due to size or lack of experience/skill. Being offensive is fine and dandy, but gaining possession in the D-zone and moving it out is first priority.
I'd go hard after Bouwmeester and let JJ and Hickey get the softer D minutes to succeed (PP time + 3rd/4th line opposition).
Now if you wanted to stay in "development" mode for the 09-10 season... keep the above lineup.
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