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03-23-2012, 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by GordieHoweHatTrick View Post
Yes, comment on his offensive ability. I keep hearing that he's an excellent all-around d-man but likely won't be a 40+ point d-man at the NHL level. My gut says he may be the most dissapointing pick in the draft if he doesn't develop into Dan Hamhuis, which someone mentioned and I thought was a good comparable.
I saw him a couple times in person this season and Hamhuis was who I thought of.

He makes a lot of really strong, hard passes that some guys on his team can't handle. I saw him make some perfect cross ice, diagonal passes on the PP that NHL players bury but his teammates just whiffed on.

I never left with the special feeling about him as a top D-man though. For me the biggest thing missing is he doesn't control the pace of the game even though he's out there for over half of it. He does everything well and I do think he can step in and play in the NHL next season but I don't know that he'll ever be a true #1. I wish I'd seen him play on a better team.

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