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06-26-2010, 08:03 AM
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Woodlief wrote:

“When discussion at the rink turns to the top available defensemen, the names Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormleyare invariably mentioned first, with some scouts throwing out names like Erik Gudbranson, Stephen Johns and Mark Pysyk based on their own personal preferences.

At RLR, we feel that Fowler and Gormley are nice players, but frankly, we can’t even agree with most of the expressed opinions on the top end anymore. RLR has been mildly disappointed of late with both Fowler and Gormley, and while both are nice players who should make fine pros, let’s face it — there’s not a Doughty, Bogosian, or Hedman in the bunch. Or even a Pietrangelo or pre-knee injury Erik Johnson, for that matter.

In fact, it is our growing suspicion that it’s entirely possible that five years down the road, the best of this year’s crop might be neither Fowler nor Gormley, but rather huge Minnesota native Derek Forbort instead.

Forbort is still raw, as he was playing Minnesota high school hockey just last year. But he has come so far, so fast in his first half season with the U.S. National U-18 Team. And with his size, strength, skating ability, and physical tools, Forbort may just present the highest upside of any defender in this class.”

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