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10-05-2004, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Prucha73
No way he is as bad a skater as Purinton. And as for being a year older, then so was Callahan who went in the 4th round, and many others I am sure, so I really doubt that is the reason.
Callahan and Paiement are both '85s. However, Paiement was in his third season in the Q and didn't show much improvement between the first and second.

Callahan was only in his second season in the OHL and showed a 22 goal and 37 point improvement on his first season.

Paiement may have just adjusted to the level of play in the Q, or he may be a genuine late bloomer. I'm glad the knock on him is skating since that's fixable, and it's reassuring to know he's a physical defenseman.

We'll get a better read on him if he gets signed and plays for Hartford in the future. Definitely an interesting prospect.

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