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02-04-2012, 10:26 AM
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Enoch
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Klein is a really talented player. He absolutely is a 2nd pairing defensemen both in play and skill. The problem is he makes more gaffes than you would like to see out of a guy that has become our number 3. This isn't a problem in a lineup that is veteran laden. When your bottom pairs are essentially full of rookies and inexperienced d-men, it is much more evident and problematic. When Suter makes a mistake, he has Weber to cover for him. When Weber makes him a mistake, Suter is there to cover for him. Klein doesn't have that luxury. Hamhuis had similar struggles here if you recall and is now excelling with a veteran partner that compliments him. For what we are paying Klein, we really have no room to be upset. If anything, be upset that Klein has not had an adequate partner for much of the season (Josi seems to have corrected that, its a shame that Blum stagnated to start the year.)

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