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01-26-2012, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by kypredsfan View Post
But doesn't that mean he plays against the other teams 2nd/3rd pairings mostly? Could he still produce going up against top D lines on a consistent basis?
Good question, no guarantees, I'd put money on "yes". He's got the smarts and skills that you just can't teach, and he's getting consistently better as he's able to show more, hence why he's in the running for the Calder this year.

He occasionally gets pulled up to the top-six on Kesler's right-side and doesn't look out of place. A lot of people have said he's got similarities to Steve Yzerman, I think he safely bottoms out as a solid second-liner, with a questionable upside as a first-liner. What will hold him back is that he's not the fastest and he's not the biggest.

He wouldn't hurt you now, he'll get better next year, and has given every reason to have faith that he'll get even better with years to come. He's a good short-term helper with exciting long-term potential, having Hodgson and Wilson on the same team gives Nashville the long-term security of an offensive core.

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