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09-11-2012, 10:09 AM
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ABasin
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Originally Posted by Lonewolfe2015 View Post
Drizzt, why can't you ever be optimistic?

We have an average defense led by a solid #1/2 in EJ whom is one of the best in our division.
I think looking at defense corps comparisons with the Avs, the real concern(s) aren't with comparing EJ to other teams' top guys, it's looking at the #2/3 and maybe 4 guys and comparing them with other teams' 2/3 guys.

Hejda/Zanon vs. Hamhuis/Bieksa
Hejda/Wilson vs. Vlasic/Murray
Hejda/O'Byrne vs. Scuderi/Mitchell, etc.

IMO, that's really where the problems arise. Yes, they need EJ to become a legitimate #1 defenseman, but then there are a bevy of 3rd pairing/fringe guys out there.

In the end, the Avs are counting an awful lot on the potential of their young defensemen. Hejda, O'Byrne, O'Brien, Zanon, and Hunwick are known quantities - one (maybe two) 2nd pairing guys and three 3rd pairing/bench guys. With EJ, Barrie, Elliott, and Wilson - the Avs really need the potential to grow here over the next 2 seasons.

-AB

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