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05-27-2012, 01:11 PM
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KDizzle
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The only thing I remember hearing hyped up about Brunnstrom was that he could be the next Alfredsson.

They were probably hyped up as being the "best undrafted player not in the NHL" but that's completely different from the "best player not in the NHL". Spector's just retrospectively tagging those terms on to increase the gap between the hype and where they are now.


Schultz, on the other hand, is a drafted player who has shown that he's the best defenseman in the NCAA, which is no small feat. Best defenseman outside the NHL? Probably not, but at least with Schultz there's a reasonable comparison in his former teammate Jake Gardiner, who quickly rose to be one of the Leafs best D-men.

It's not out of the realm of possibility that he comes in and makes an impact right away. We shouldn't hype him to be the solution to all of our D woes, but at a max ELC, it would be foolish to not pursue him. There's absolutely no risk.

Now if the Canucks don't sign him, then that's the way it goes, so long as Gillis does everything in his power (save for tampering) to get Schultz to sign here, then that's all that we ask.

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