Thread: Confirmed with Link: Canucks sign D Yann Sauve
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05-27-2010, 02:10 AM
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Sauve is a decent prospect, who should hopefully figure into our plans after a season or two in Manitoba. But anyone who thinks he'll challenge for a roster spot next year or will ever be more than a 20-point defensive defender in the NHL is dreaming.

Similar skill set to Mark Fistric who has established himself as a solid 3rd-pairing defender in Dallas in his 4th pro season, but took a full AHL season + two seasons split between the AHL and NHL before he got there.

Upside is probably to be a Rob Scuderi-type who can be a solid #4-5 defender, provide a physical presence, and be reliable defensively on the 2nd pairing. If we got that result out of Sauve in 3-4 years, I'd be thrilled with the pick. Anything better than that would be frankly shocking at this point.

Downside is if he simply doesn't have the hockey sense and decision-making ability to stick in the NHL.

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