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09-20-2003, 12:39 PM
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Everything I've heard has said that Stajan did very well and showed that he will make the NHL and should be a good player, but he still needs a year or 2 in St. Johns.

I guess Maxim Kondratiev is a bit of a susprise. He played very well, as well as played well with and apparently bonded with Kaberle. If hes able to play the NA style of hockey at least as well as Hedin is I think theres a very good chance he could get the last spot on the defense (Jackman having all but secured one of those jobs) with his chemisty with Kaberle putting him over the top. Playing with Kaberle would also be good for Kondratiev because of the lang. barrier. Maxim doesn't speak English very well yet and Kaberle can speak enough Russian to communicate with Kondratiev on the ice. If they trade for that #1 guy they need (and I still expect they will not long into the season) the defense might look like this


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