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12-14-2011, 12:04 PM
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Bort Sampson
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He's been pretty solid recently. He's actually using his body, rather than just attempting to play defense by running around.

He's been turning the puck over less, has jumped into the play smartly/quickly. As a result, there haven't been too many odd man rushes coming out of the offensive zone.

If he continues to improve, he might start to resemble the player his fans on this board promote. I'd say Coburn and Timonen in particular have stepped up the past two weeks, and the team has played better defense as a whole. It'd be great to see Carle actually learn top-4 defense from within the role this season, rather than be the weak link on a top-4 pairing.

Pronger>Timonen>Coburn>Mesz>Carle>Bourdon>Lilja>Ma rshall>Walker

I'd say 3-4-5 have been kinda close, but both Mesz and Coburn are just better than Carle on most nights.

I didn't catch many of the Gus games so I can't really say for sure where I'd place him.

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