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07-25-2012, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris Shafer View Post
Also to those questioning Manning, I think he's going to really shock some people by his readiness. We'll see what happens. I count him in the "big 3" of Gustafsson, Bourdon, and Manning. I throw Kessel, Lauridsen, and Gostibehere at a secondary tier at the moment (Yes, I'm high on Ghost).
I couldn't agree with you more on all points, except Kessel.

I honestly worry about Gus because of his size, taking longer to come into his own, where his positional play "smarts" has to adjust to the NHL. A guy of his stature has to learn to survive in the NHL. He made some mistakes, which are natural. He needs more ice time.

Bourdon's concussion has me a bit concerned.

Manning I'm very high on.

Also high on Ghost and Lauridsen. I saw Lauridsen at camp. He looked great (against prospects I know, but he was a force.)

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