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02-05-2012, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by dulzhok View Post
So Hamhuis struggled on the 2nd pair because he didn't have a reliable defensive partner?

Let me try to remember who his defensive parter was... oh yeah, KLEIN!

Not all 2nd pair defensemen are created equal. Klein is on the low end due to his way too frequent gaffes. If we didn't have Rinne, he's mistakes would be even more amplified.
Hamhuis is better than Klein. I used them as comparables because they both make frequent, inexplicable, defensive gaffes. Hamhuis far less frequently than Klein. They were not compatible as a pairing. Klein needs a rock-steady defensive stay-at home type of partner to truly counter his infrequent, but extremely high risk turnovers. We do not have someone aside from Suter/Weber who can do that.

Klein is a number 4. Not a number 3. Not a number 5. Our problem is we do not have a consistent/non-rookie 2nd pairing defensemen that can counter his inconsistencies.

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