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03-29-2010, 10:18 AM
Nothing Else Maattas
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Montreal, QC
Bouwmeester is actually a pretty good comparison for Letang. Not in terms of his worth on the open market at this stage of his career, but in terms of game. Bouwmeester is a little better skater (he's better than anyone in the league, quite frankly) and more polished defensively. Letang has the greater offensive upside and is also the more confident player with the puck. Bouwmeester's defensive-zone coverage is better.
The bottom line for Letang, imo, is that we need to alleviate some of the pressure the defensemen currently have with regards to putting up points. If we could upgrade the wings and not count so heavily on blue-line scoring, it would be a great boost to Letang imo.
I don't think we'd be in too bad a shape on defense next season with Letang, Goligoski and Leopold as the guys expected to put up a few points, with Orpik, Lovejoy or Despres and a physical 6th D man...as long as we're getting better winger production.
All bets are off if someone with Fedotenko's production is still toiling in our top six and we don't have anyone legit on the wings.
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