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09-28-2004, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Fletch
on Baranka (and I'm not disputing the ranking, as I don't know how much I care about rankings, however fun it is to do and look at). But from what I've read (and it's not a real lot), I've read that Baranka did play it tough, that he was a crease-clearer and a leader on a new team that went farther than many expected. I've heard nothing but good things about him. Seems as though you've heard/saw different, and I'd love to get an elaboration (since I have never seen him play).
And I am not saying that Baranka isn't a good player or couldn't possibly be higher, but the fact is that he didn't put up the kind of numbers you would expect in a top prospect, and didn't put up aggressive numbers penalty wise that a guy that plays tough does. Like come on...some people say Coburn is soft(I didn't) and he had 23 more penalty minutes than Baranka.

The other part is that this ranking will likely get redone at least one more time halfway through the season. He may find himself rising.

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