Do the Habs need defense depth?
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07-13-2012, 06:56 AM
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Unless we're very unlucky, we should be fine to start the season. We, at this time, have 8 defensemen available to play in the NHL. I'm personally still high on Weber. I hope he can turn things around this next season.
My point is, if given some time, we should have a lot of depth in the AHL. Subban came in as an injury replacement in his first season in the AHL. I believe Tinordi, Beaulieu and Ellis can do the same thing if needed. So no, I don't think we need depth. Of course, I think those guys in the AHL need to play at least 20-30 games before getting a call up, but if our luck isn't so bad, they should get that time to develop. Plus, we already have St-Denis and Nash as "temporary fixes" if needed.
My prediction is this: we will have some injuries. Diaz and/or Weber (or maybe St-Denis or Nash) will get some extra ice time because of it and cement their place in the line-up. If that doesn't work, one of our AHL "big three" will get a call-up and stick in the NHL afterwards.
I'm almost certain that before the end of the season, one of those three guys will have made the team permanently.
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