Erik Gustafsson #26
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08-14-2012, 12:15 PM
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If I remember correctly, he only played ONE game in the Pittsburg series, and that was the last one. There he played against Malkin every shift and stayed with Malkin's skating the whole time. MAB couldnt do that, nor could many of the other defenders.
I just dont see how MAB can be a regular while Gus cant. What has MAB shown over Gus to prove/show this? What MAB can do is hit hard and have a slapshot. Thats pretty much it.
Sidenote (not to just you RJ): NHL.com has Gus making the 6 over MAB.
I would not surprise me if Gus beat out Bourdon for the 6th spot. I think potential wise, Gus has a higher ceiling than Bourdon, I just don't think he'll ever reach it. And if you think just because Gus stayed with Malkin for one game that he'll be able to do it all the time, you're going to be pretty dissapointed (besides it was Couturier who was more important to shutting him down).
When Bourdon was actually healthy, I found him much better positionally and defensively than Gus.
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