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06-02-2011, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by nyrfan444 View Post
This. I'm not saying he is a lock to be a fixture moving forward (or heck, even to improve at all) but people forget just how young DZ was when he made the team in 09. I remember going into that camp some people gave him an outside shot of making the team, but most fully expected him to return to Junior (that's right, still not even eligible for the AHL at that point).

Then he came in, had a phenomenal rookie year, and a lot of fans mentally considered him as a vet, a lock, a known commodity. This year was clearly a big step back, and his flaws were made manifest and really stuck out. But I still think it would be foolish to count him out and would stress that he still has a lot of learning / growing to do.
Strongly agree with this and would like to add that this organization needs offense from the blueline and he has the potential to add that. Whether he makes this team in September or not, it would be downright stupid to trade him.

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