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10-01-2003, 11:42 AM
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Scouting reports on Therien and Simpson.

Todd Simpson
Preseason projected role Simpson will continue to be a rock-hard presence with the Coyotes in 2003-04.

Assets Is as tough as nails and very competitive. Always shows great team skills. Can be a very effective defensive defenseman, especially when laying on the body on a regular basis.

Flaws Can get burned by faster forwards in the NHL and occasionally takes bad penalties. Needs to avoid more concussion problems.

Career potential No. 5 or 6 defenseman

Chris Therien
Preseason projected role Therien is once again expected to line up next to longtime partner Eric Desjardins in 2003-04.

Assets Is extremely steady behind the blueline. Has a good shot from the point. Keeps the game simple. Performs well when matched up against big forwards.

Flaws Doesn't play with nearly enough physical presence for his huge build. Lacks offensive flair.

Career potential Top-four defenseman

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