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12-19-2011, 06:31 PM
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No, not alarming at all. Yeah, he's undersized but he's really improved on getting stronger and playing solid defense. You also have to remember that he was injured for a couple of seasons so, you have to factor that in to the equation.
Yeah, he's been a disappointment, but I still think he has good upside and I expect for his scoring to pick up.
Injuries are going to happen when you are an undersized defenseman. That's why you don't draft them with a lottery pick unless they are a clear-cut pick above everyone else. Taking Hickey at #4 is and always has been a huge gamble that more and more looks like a colossal error.
P.S. does anyone remember how much noise Lombardi made after that pick? It was an extremely arrogant, look-at-how-smart-I-am comment about how when he was in San Jose he was forced to draft Zyuzin because he was the consensus #1 Defenseman even though he personally knew that Derek Morris was the better player? ...And that he didn't want to make the same mistake twice - thus the drafting of Hickey in front of Alzner even though Alzner was the consensus better player? Well how exactly did that work out Lombardi?
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