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04-13-2012, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Captain Bob View Post
Backman has looked better because Marcenko has been hurt so much.
But reports I've read list Marcenko is a really, really good defenseman who has a great toolset and a great attitude.

Plus he's Russian, and I think Russian prospects are almost always underrated.
Can't argue with that logic.

But seriously, your list is similar to how I would rank them. Although I'd have Jarnkrok third at the moment, definitely higher then Jurco. Jarnkrok is a very good player already, after another year in the SEL he will be ready to jump straight to the NHL (third line center or better, from the start, IMO).

Marchenko has a good tool set but hasn't proven enough to be that high. It's great he has come back from his injury and is doing well in the MHL, but until he is a solid contributer in the KHL I'm not holding my breath for him.

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