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02-06-2011, 11:21 AM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Bayonne, NJ
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Offensive Defenseman are a different animal. Chicago fans wanted Keith out of town in his first couple years.
Ill bet something clicks for him in the next couple of years. A lot of you are underestimating just how hard it is to adjust in the NHL as a defenseman. Be patient, this is what it means to have a "youth movement"
Seriously. Torts has said a number of times that it takes around 250 NHL games for a defenseman to develop fully. How much more of a beast is Staal than he was in his first year? Second year? Last year? It's cliche, but this year Marc really became an all-star.
DZ is 5 games away from being HALFWAY there. I know 250 is an arbitrary and imperfect number, but I'll gladly take Torts' word for it above anyone else's. Give it time, people.
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