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10-07-2011, 01:50 AM
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You can never have enough defensemen

One hockey truism is that you can never have enough defensemen.

A couple of years ago, we looked set. We had Staal, Girardi, and Rosie as proven vets. We had Gilroy, MDZ and Sanguinetti looking promising. We also had McDonagh, Sauer, Potter, Valentenko and Kundratek. Surely, we were set.

But not quite. Sanguinetti and Potter couldnt hack it, Gilroy sucked, MDZ couldnt play defense, and Rosie was quickly aging and making more mistakes.

So the Rangers draft McIlrath and acquire Erixon. By this summer, we have Staal, Girardi, Sauer and McD in the top 4. MDZ, Erixon, Vally, Kundratek all looked close to NHL-ready, with McIlrath on the way. We are set, right? Not really.

Staal is out indefinitely, Vally and Kundratek didnt look good. Erixon is not ready. MDZ may or may not be ready.

Suddenly, we again have defenseman shortage.

Imagine if we did not trade for Erixon.

The truth is that defense is very risky and so many bust.

We are getting better, but we need more blueline prospects. I hope the Rangers continue to draft defensemen in lower rounds. Hopefully one will turn into diamond in the rough. We arent desperate, but we do need more quantity of defensemen.

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