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05-07-2012, 11:14 PM
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If Mika ends up being a top 6 guy, and Hamilton a top 4, I'd rather have a top 4 defenceman. They to me are harder to find and also more important imo...
I'm not even sure Zibanejad will be a top 6 guy. Really, really early, but at this exact moment I am seeing a very good 3rd liner in Mika with the ability to move into the top 6.
And I expect the hate to rain...
I disagree 100% with everything you've said.
Unless the defensemen is going to be a #1 or #2, selecting a defensemen in the first round is a waste. They take longer to develop and a 3/4 defensemen are fairly easy to find.
I think Mika is much closer to having 1st line potential than being destined for the 3rd line. If Ottawa thought he was only going to be a third liner, I doubt they would have taken to him.
If I had to guess, Mika develops into similar player to Milan Michalek. (in terms of production and time to develop)
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