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07-22-2009, 08:40 PM
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Captain Ron
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Originally Posted by LAKings4ever View Post

Personally, I think this is a year away...Doughty and Johnson are not ready to handle the #1 pairing at this time, it doesn't serve a purpose to have Hickey in the NHL in a 3rd pairing role so he would need the minutes of a 2nd pairing Dman to get acclimated to the NHL. Greene and O'Donnell come in as the shutdown D pairing.
I think Doughty and/or Johnson did just fine when they where in the 1st pairing. As for Hickey....playing 3rd pairing minutes in the NHL is far more beneficial to an NHL ready player than getting 1st pairing minutes in the AHL.

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