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09-30-2004, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Kubera55
Without commenting on your specific evaluations, I'd like to borrow this list and use it to reinforce my point before. Most of these guys are depth defensemen, and the Rangers cannot have an entire defense made up of depth players. Tjutin and maybe Pock are the only two guys who I've even heard 'top pairing' mentioned, and Kondraitev and Baranka are usually the only top four candidates. That's not a lot of room for error... and that still leaves like 4-5 other guys fighting for 2 spots. And that's assuming the all make it, hardly a forgone conclusion.

Bring on Johnson, says I.

Remarkably I haven't even seen the kid play, and I'm already excited. ;-)
I agree with your analysis, and that was my point as well. There is quite a bit of depth in terms of 3rd pairing defensemen, but in terms of top-4 defenders we basically have four prospects with the potential to fill those four spots (IMO, at least).

Then again, as Fish pointed out, there is still plenty of time to improve our stable of defensive prospects whether it be through the draft, trades, or free agency. From what I've read about Johnson he certainly seems like an excellent prospect, and would easily improve our defensive outlook for the future.

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