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12-19-2009, 03:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Quarantesix View Post
It will be a battle between O'byrnes and Mara when Hammer will be back. Gill spot is safe he's to important on the PK
Absolutely. Spot on!

Mara is signed for ONE year, is a serviceable 6th D-man, and that's it.

O'Byrne is young, needs to play through his mistakes like Komisarek did when younger and improve with time. However, if he struggles, Mara is there to step in.

There is only one LD position on the ice and only 60 minutes in a game. If a fully recovered Markov plays 25 minutes, and Hamrlik 22 minutes, Gill only has to play 13 minutes a game, and he will be the best 5th defenceman you could ask for in that case.

Gorges is #3, and can spell O'Byrne next to Markov is key situations, otherwise he is a great partner for Gill due to his speed and ability to avoid turnovers on the forecheck. He's good for 22 minutes at his age and conditioning.

Spacek is a solid #4 also good for 20 minutes.

If Bergeron plays an average of 5 minutes a game on the PP right point position, that leaves 13 minutes for O'Byrne.


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