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07-15-2012, 04:13 PM
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If I recall correctly, Zherdev did not backcheck hard and played poor defense. Semin is by no means a defensive liability.

In fact, if we're going by +/- (and +92 is a large enough sample for this statistic to be relevant), he actually excels at defense I don't think he'd end up in Laviolette's doghouse, especially if he can pot 30 goals and get around 40 assists (which is a dead cert if he's playing on a line with Giroux).

If Briere still gets ice time with his defense, I don't know how Semin wouldn't get as much, if not more ice time than Briere.

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