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11-05-2011, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by KelVarnsen View Post
Fowler is playing 25.5 mins a game and Gardiner is playing 18 mins a game. Some might say that Fowler should have more points then but I would say Gardiner would not be able to play at that level with more mins.

Gardiner is going to be good and it sucked to lose him. However, management must think Schultz will be just as good as Gardiner or better.
To be fair, Fowler really should have more points, but they will come. The Ducks need more offense, and Fowler isn't alone in not having as many points as he should.

In regards to the minutes, there is no doubt Gardiner would be less effective with more minutes. Phaneuf is Toronto's go-to guy. Gardiner might be capable of that at some point(but it's too early to tell), but he's not ready to be the anchor right now. He still shows that he's a rookie defenseman.

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