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07-26-2011, 01:45 AM
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Originally Posted by petejudge View Post
i wouldnt say that we dont have to worry about our top 4, mcsauer was a great combo last year but mdz was also an outstanding rookie and look what happened to him this past year? they seem to be more consistent players but our defense is still young and still a question mark.

i definitely think our team is better this year than it was last though, it has potential to be up there with boston and philly
Couple things I want to mention in your post:

While there are individual question marks surrounding individual players (like MDZ), should he continue to falter we have VERY good young players like Erixon readily available to take his place. We also know what Eminger brings to the table in a worst case scenario kind of thing.

While our defense is still very young, I don't even put an ounce of thought into our top 4 d-men because I know they will be fine. With people like Erixon, MDZ, Eminger, Valentenko, etc battling for the final two spots I think we are well set on d.

My only other comment is that I think you may be looking at two different end of the spectrums with PHI and BOS. We know BOS will be near the top of the East, but PHI on the other hand is still to be determined. I also am not sure that you can pencil us into competing with the top dogs in the East yet because with the lack of question marks on defense and goaltending, we have quite a bit of questions for our forward group. For example will Brad Richards mesh with Gabby? Will we see the old Gabby? Will Stepan hit a sophmore slump? Will Boyle and Prust produce something close to last year? etc.

If all these questions for our forwards are answered positively then you may be able to pencil us in to competing with the top.

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