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04-15-2010, 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Erik Stall View Post
We already have guys to run the PP. I'm not worried about that at all, honestly. Babchuk is not much of a puck mover, nor is he really good at skating up the ice and gaining the zone. Literally all he has is a huge bomb from the point which can be neutralized when you gun for him. That would be okay if Babs didn't handle the puck like a grenade and could make a pass to the open guy when he is getting pressured. But like I said.. he can't do that. Or at least he hasn't showed he can in the NHL consistently. At best he is a bottom pairing d-man (or a very borderline #4) who is a PP specialist (only because of his shot) which is why I'm baffled some people are so enamored with him. Basically, he's a 6'5'' Marc-Andre Bergeron.

Just my opinion, of course.
MAB is a massive defensive liability...Babchuk plays a solid positional game and honestly anything to help our pathetic PP is a plus. If people try and shut Babchuk down it leaves Mcbain/Pitkanen open to work their magic.

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