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04-06-2011, 04:06 PM
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It seems to be difficult for many young defensemen following a lot of hype to actually fulfill or exceed the expectations placed upon them by fans. Look at Erik Johnson, Zach Bogosian, you can even go back further with Bouwmeester, Komisarek, Pitkanen, Coburn, Phaneuf, Barker, as well as Luke Schenn. All highly touted and young defensemen who struggled or continue to struggle in their careers.
I think Johnson has had a better season than all of those aforementioned players and while he isn't a vicious hitter, he is still one of the stronger players on the team and doesn't lose many one-on-one battles in the corners. And nobody can say it is a lack of effort from Jack that has led to his struggles. He'll continue to get better, we've seen signs from him that show why he was such a highly ranked prospect when he was drafted and he will continue to get better. The fact that he's still 24 and has five years of NHL experience under his belt and has improved statistically every year seems to be overlooked around here.
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