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11-12-2003, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Hossa
I want my third pairing defenceman to be solid. I don't want a guy like Shane Hnidy or Aki Berg, who doesn't do anything great, and can make a bonehead play and lose you a game. Stehlik gives us nothing Jan Platil, Christoph Schubert or Neil Komadoski don't already provide. The only key difference: Stehlik has a major hockey sense problem.
IMO hockey sense can be taught to a defenseman, if he's not matched up against the other team's top players. The probability of any of our prospects developing into NHLers is questionable - addinf a solid physical specimen like Stehlik improves the odds.

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