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04-10-2012, 05:13 PM
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DEFENSEMEN - First Pairings:

Emile Bouchard - Larry Robinson vs. Denis Potvin - Bob Baun

Probably my favorite pairing in the draft, Bouchard allows Robinson to be more of an offensive threat while Butch can be a solid stay-at-home defenseman. Hard-nosed pairing featuring a pretty strong #1 and a decent #2.

There's no questions that Denis Potvin is the best defenseman of the four, Bob Baun is a bit of an underwhelming #2, but he serves a big purpose nonetheless, he's a tough customer and a legitimate stay-at-home defenseman. Meanwhile, Denis Potvin can be at his best offensively, and will be able to make flawless breakout passes and be able to go up on the rush. Potvin is the most lethal player on Australia, and with a mean, defensive defenseman on his right side, he'll be seen a lot more as an offensive weapon.

I think both units are strong first pairings, and I do not think there is a clear winner, yes the Thistles' have a good #1 and a decent #2, but I think the Roos' first pairing is a huge dark horse, featuring the best defenseman in the series.

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