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08-02-2012, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
Why let him go?

He is currently our 8th defenseman:

Diaz, Weber, St-Denis

Once the inevitable injuries happen, and the Habs often have 2, 3, or 4 simultaneous injuries on defense, he'll get another chance.

He has the potential to be a good PP specialist as he has a good shot, which is something our system needs.

IMO he should be allowed to start in Hamilton, and if he does well, he should be called up once we need injury replacements.

He's young. Young players sometimes screw up or take longer to develop. See Ron Hainsey, Francois Beauchemin and Ryan McDonagh.
He would have to go trough waivers in order to be sent to the AHL. If he's not claims, it means we couldn't have traded him. If he's claimed then we'll have lost him for nothing.

I'm puzzled you mentionned Ryan McDonagh. He was drafted the same year as Weber yet he's now a top pairing defensemen. McDonagh might have been in the NHL and certainly AHL earlier if he didn't opt to stay this long at Uni since he ended up becaming a NHL regular in his first pro season. A far cry from Beauchemin or Hainsey who became regulars in their mid 20ies after getting waived.

Weber could become a decent defensemen down the road but I'm not sure we can afford to be patient with him with so many good young defensemen coming up. With Ellis, Beaulieu, Tinordi and another waive of good prospects in Dietz and Thrower coming after them there won't be place left for him.

Originally Posted by Rise from the Ashes
Allow me to elaborate:

Weber is not very good defensively, but he is better than MAB. However, he is much worse offensively than MAB since he has a good shot, but is not a great passer either. Therefore, slightly better defensively than MAB and worse offensively than MAB.
I agree. He's too average defensively to face strong opponents yet not strong enough offensively to drive our powerplay. It would really help him if he were a better skater. A defensemen of his size needs to be fast or utterly fearless (see Gorges). He's neither.

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