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04-15-2010, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by GloveSave View Post
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.
I happen to think Babchuk is a defensive liability too, that's where most people's opinions differ though (queue the posts about how he had a positive +/- last year so that automatically means he's a decent defender - yet MAB has logged similar +/- numbers before as well, in fact MAB has logged a positive +/- multiple times in his career before while Babchuk only ever did last year). He's very slow laterally and is made to look like a pylon against the quicker players. Usually bigger guys like that compensate by being physical or with smart stickwork, neither of which I see much with Babchuk. If we want a guy to help our PP whose only real skill is a huge shot, why don't we give Jeff Hamilton a call?

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