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08-20-2012, 01:06 PM
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Lack of mobility and foot speed isn't a terribly concerning issue to me. Defenders who think the game well can easily compensate for not being extremely mobile. Pronger was a terrible skater and would probably have a close race with Jody Shelley, but he was able to make up for it by positioning himself perfectly and using his stick to close gaps that his speed could not.

Schenn can make up for his slow speed using angles and his stick. He doesn't need to drop 20 pounds to become an effective player. He just needs to adjust to what he is capable of doing. I am extremely excited to see him play. A fresh start will give him a clean slate of confidence. If he can get the ball rolling quickly, I think he could have a terrific season. Just one year ago, he was still a highly rated young player. Now he's apparently nothing more than a #6 defender who has no chance of ever getting better.

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