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01-22-2012, 11:37 AM
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He has been a victim to a combination of things. Depth at D (very next year we draft Doughty, Jack and Doughty solidify themselves immediately, now he is fighting for a 5-6 slot with like 4-5 other mobile/offensive defensemen), injury issues (he actually played well in his 2nd camp, first camp for Doughty, but obviously we know what happened, Doughty made the team and he went down and was then injured and out for the season), and slow development. He seemed to take a step back after his injuries, he has developed a bit of a more defensive game lately, but he is still mainly a purely offensive defenseman with leadership qualities.

I still see him as a 3-4 puck mover in the mold of Visnovsky. He was impressive again in this year's training camp, just the same thing happened in Voynov taking that extra step. He would have played in the NHL by now if he were on another team, this team is pretty cutthroat when it comes to offensive defensemen competition.

We have 2 of the best young offensive defensemen signed for the next 6 years... I feel bad for all these guys we drafted as they are now all fighting and wasting their development time for 1 NHL spot, and likely won't see the show for 4-5 years after their draft, regardless of work or skill.

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