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09-28-2003, 11:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Kurupt
Erskine and Robidas don't round it out nicely .
Hell yeah they do, obviously you don't know them very well.

Robidas was better then both Sydor and Matvichuk by a decent margain last season. He isn't a fan favorite for nothing. He's feisty, plays with a lot of heart, possesses a good skillset and is very solid defensively. At 24 or 25 he has room for more improvenment too. I didn't like his name when we got him either, but the dude can play. I also have some quotes from Gretzky (Phoenix wanted him too) and Armstrong where they are simply raving about him but I'm at work..

As for Erskine:

Doug Armstrong - There are opportunities. Opportunities for John Erskine now. John is represented by the same agent as Derian. When we drafted him, [his agent] said 'You've got the next Derian Hatcher.' Maybe I will hold him to that."
He's been one of our top 3 prospects for a few seasons now, time for him to make an impact. He's huge, reliable, and punishing. He will also replace Hatcher's toughness as John drops the mits faster then you can blink.

Also, saying how Turco won't be as good because of Hatcher is either:

A) plain stupid
B) wishful thinking
C) lack of aknowledge.
D) All of the above

I'm leaning towards D..

He had nothing to with Turco's succes. Sure Hatch was a big part of our PK, but with Matvichuk, Boucher, Zubov, Numminen, it won't as hard replacing him. But Tippet is a special team specialist, I'm sure he will find a way.

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