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10-18-2004, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Kubera55
Absolutely! Though I'd phrase it a little differently.

It's not so much the quantity of minutes that will be different, but the roles.

Pock is supposed to be training to be a PP specialist, top-four scoring defenseman. He needs PP minutes, a steady reliable partner, and teammates who'll do the heavy lifting in his own zone. But on a team with Tjutin, Kondraitev, and Nycholat, PP time is going to be very hard to come by. And it's a small, young group up top who need a protector and some veteran stability (better provided by Grenier and MacMillian) than more green youngsters like Liffiton and Taylor, or another scorer like Pock.
Interesting, that you should mention Pck, because he was actually one of the guys I was thinking of who would cause the others to lose icetime if they played for the Pack. I would think that Pck would cost guys like Nycholat or Lampman.

Getting back to the original topic of this thread: I don't see why the Devils d-men are overrated. Their top-rated guy is a 7C, emphasis on the C. That means that IF he makes it, he could be good, but a C-rating means that he could well be a bust. I'm not familiar with the Devils farm system, so I'm surprised by how lousy the Devils d-men prospects are rated, according to this website. Then again, they have two young d-men who have already played in the NHL in Hale and Martin.

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