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06-23-2012, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by ponder View Post
I don't really get the Despres hype. Yes, he's roughly NHL ready at the moment, but as a bottom pairing dman. He just does not seem that talented with the puck, and while he is big, he's not overly physical, and more solid than great defensively. Long term I see him as a bottom pairing dman who maybe has 2nd pairing upside, but I don't see him as a stud. I think he's no better than the Pens 4th best d prospect (long term), behind Morrow, Pouliot and Maatta. I wouldn't be particularly surprised if they moved him.
I know it's cliche` don't watch much Pens hockey, particularly the games he's played you?

Very talented with the puck. Is he Datsyuk? No of course not. But he's very fluid and comfortable with the puck. When all the prospects are ripe for picking, I predict he'll be paired with Letang as the #2.

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