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05-26-2010, 09:46 PM
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It's very hard to judge a player at 16. If we could then Daniel Cleary would have been working on yet another Art Ross Trophy. Pat Faloon wouldn't be selling cars somewhere. Sure he doesn't look like Drew Doughty at this point, but he certainly isn't "flatlining" or regressing. There is development there, progression, even if it isn't what people were hoping for. He's a big kid in an offensive league being asked to be a shutdown defender, as long as his stats improve I'm happy. It's not as though we're talking about a top 10 pick here. Kids develop at different rates.
Shane O'Brien was picked 250th overall and never expected to be much, now he's a serviceable defender. There is no set pace for defencemen to develop, as long as there is progress, you can't really complain.
As far as the WJC goes, two words for you: John Slaney. Perhaps the greatest Team Canada defenceman ever in the WJC. Non-factor at the NHL level. Massive list of successful NHL defencemen that never got a sniff from Team Canada. Doesn't worry me at all.
SOB has 0 instincts. Anaheim fans were incredulous when Tampa gave a 1st for him, given that he is a bottom pairing d-man at best. Sauve actually has good instincts, but god forbid people listen given that
said he had poor instincts. Even if his poor instincts came from Saint John`s defensive system pointing out his biggest weakness (which is now a strength for him)...
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