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09-01-2012, 06:06 PM
Shawn Wilken
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I don't think a few flashy moves at BioSteel camp will convince me that he'll be a whole new player this upcoming season. Yes, he did come in last year and put up points in his first few games. Nobody can doubt his offensive input to the team and his quick decision making when he has the puck. He would actually look decent feeding Markov the puck on the PP.

But I can't, for the life of me, overlook just how bad he is defensively. Chalk it up to his concussion he suffered back in '07 as a reason he comes off as soft, I can't really blame him for that. However, his overall defensive work is so poor, he'll hurt the team more than he does good offensively.

As much as I can try to remain hopeful that he turns it around and changes everyone's mind, I believe he'll come out the same as last year. Put up some offense, but ultimately give up way more chances, odd-man rushes, and goals against.

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