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12-21-2011, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy View Post
Emelin hits, therefore not only does that make him the team's best defenseman, but also it makes him immune to criticism.

I like Emelin, I like him a lot actually, but he needs to bring more than just physical play to the table and needs to bring it on a consistent basis. He had a good stretch of games, so the potential is there. He'll get his chance eventually.
Exactly.

Emelin has had a lot of great games, but he's had his fair share of poor games as well. I'm sure he knew he'd get spot playing time for his first year. And honestly, if he bolts back to Russia because of it - his heart wasn't really into it anyway.

I like Emelin and hope he's around for a long-time. But I also think Diaz helps the transition much more, while also being a bit better positionally. We do miss the Emelin factor, but the only defenseman I'd scratch over him for sure is Gill. Maybe Campoli, but I'm not sure.

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