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08-23-2010, 11:16 PM
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donpaulo
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Sanguinetti got a raw deal from the Rangers. Since it takes years for a defenseman to actually mature the book is still open on this kid. Its the hardest position to play in the NHL, yet NY gave up on him. Rather pathetic actually.

This dovetails nicely with Carolina's draft strategy which is not to "waste" 1st round picks on defensemen since they take such a long time to develop into players.

Carolina got a decent defenseman with nice upside.

The fact is that Sanguinetti didn't make it in NY for a few reasons

1. Del Zotto exploded onto the scene
2. Gilroy was signed as a UFA and was therefore guaranteed minutes
3. Redden's terrible contract ensured he would see ice time
4. Sanguinetti didn't do anything outstanding to prove his case

but an NHL defenseman doesn't have to be "outstanding" just consistent. He learns his craft over seasons and develops into someone worth keeping as a top 4 guy or becomes trade bait. I think Carolina got a player who can be a top 4 guy...

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