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06-14-2010, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by SLake View Post
Could anyone see it as a straight battle between Geoffrion and Spaling for a roster spot to open the season? We know both excel on the defensive side of the puck and are ace penalty killers, but Blake has the added advantage of being a net presence on the PP and also very strong on faceoffs.

If Spaling doesn't work hard to improve his puck skills and offensive instincts this summer...Blake could theoretically set up a good battle for September's training camp with a solid performance next month at the prospect camp...
He'd have to do a heck of a lot to supplant Spaling at this point. The staff is very high on him and although he was sent down earlier than a few other prospects at the end of camp last year, they thought about keeping him around once the season started. I'd have to say Spaling's spot is relatively safe at this point. He's a smart, intelligent, good two way forward. Remember, he didn't light it up much last season but his plus minus was pretty solid even though he wasn't putting up points. Personally, I'd like to see guys like Thuresson, Geoffrion and Spaling as opposed to a guy like Smithson in the lineup. Smitty has done well here in his time but he's not gonna bring anything offensively to the table whereas these younger guys have a little bit of offense and we need every little bit we can get.

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