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11-02-2011, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by barrytrotzsneck View Post
His value was always overrated when he was with Nashville, even by our own fans. He played *very* protected minutes with the Preds, in fact, statistically someone once discovered that he was in the top five most protected in the league -- so his abilities appeared inflated. If he's not playing in a defensive system and in a position to make him succeed, he's a liability. That's really all there is to it.
Totally agree. He was protected heavily in Nashville and for good reason. He can be a useful third pairing guy at this point in his career. He'll give you points but not much else. I haven't seen enough of him to write him off but his skating looks poor and his puck moving ability is at a shortbus level. He needs to be paired with a puck mover if he'll ever be a top 4 guy. He also needs to learn how to use his big frame. There's some potential there however. If his strength and skating can improve a little bit he can crack a top 4 somewhere I'm sure. Just not in Toronto. We simply have an abundance of solid dmen.

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