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12-28-2010, 01:28 AM
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Originally Posted by param View Post
What?! He's been one of the worst defensemen so far. Derek Joslin is the best of a really bad situation. He's one notch above Mike Moore, and that's not saying much.

You can't rush a young player's development just because he had a decent 14 game stretch. You're not considering other factors that go along with giving minutes to a rookie. Will Braun's conditioning be a problem later on in the season? Will he be mentally weary come playoff time? With your logic we shouldn't even put any of our promising young players in the minors, hell just cut 'em loose in the NHL and see what happens. Plus Justin Braun is not the answer for the Sharks winning games (he's a welcomed addition and adds a nice offensive dynamic, but there are other, more serious, issues with the team right now).

By the way, teams do bench players making $2.5 mil/yr, they even send them to the minors.
That one will be proven or not later in the season. An interesting stat to see is the W/L record for a player being in or out of the lineup. There was one year where it appeared that Kyle McLaren was a drag on the blueline, but the W/L record supported his place in the lineup.

My initial take is that supplanting one of Huskins or Wallin with Braun will prove out in the W/L comparison later in the year.

BTW, I agree on the conditioning issue with Braun as he only had a college schedule last year. It was maxed and with a short stint in Woostah, but it still came up short on games.

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