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07-15-2012, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Ricky Bobby View Post
I wouldn't count on it. Once you get down to the bottom 6 spots usually 2 or 3 of those guys are specialists. Like McClement and Steckel for faceoffs/penalty killing and at least one guy who fights (Brown and Rosehill/Orr).

I don't see him or D'Amigo as ever being good enough to play on the first 2 lines.

So that leaves him essentially making it as a third liner. The thing is Toronto already has Kulemin and Frattin occupying one if not both of those spots at the NHL level. Then add in Colborne competing for winger spots # 5 and 6 plus McKegg. Ross, Ashton and soon Biggs are also in the discussion and all of them play a more abrasive style and will fight on occassion which are very desired qualities. Then another draft will add more guys in the pipeline and you should see the odds are very stacked against both D'Amigo and Deschamps.

If either hope to make it as an NHL regular they'll probably have to become some kind of specialist like Dupuis did as a PK specialist but what a trainwreck he was for the Leafs though.
Personally I like Deschamps all-around game on a 3rd line. We'll see I guess.

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