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02-09-2012, 01:41 PM
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No, no, no to having an 18 year old defenseman in the NHL next year. Reinhart is no Larsson, there is no D that should be in the NHL at 18 from this draft(Maaybe Ryan Murray).
No player we draft will have an impact next year, probably not even the year after that. At the earliest, we are looking for a player for 14-15. Do not project into lines.
The more I look at our depth chart though, the more a defenseman might be a good idea to start to replenish the system since most of our good D prospects are NHL ready or close (Bogosian/Kulda/Postma).
He might have just meant future, as in maybe a few years away.
I agree with you though, I think people have been expecting too much to think that many players play right after their drafted. Maybe a handful of guys are ready, and for the most part, they don't light it up in the NHL right away.
There's nothing wrong with playing a couple of years in junior, and maybe a year in the AHL.
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