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09-18-2012, 01:31 PM
Join Date: May 2012
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Really only one of Almqvist and Marshall can make it. Just cannot see the need for carrying two d-man that are that size with that similar of traits. Sure I guess if both develop we trade one. Almqvist has a big advantage at nailing that job with the Wings in my opinion as of today and even with him I am not so sure. I understand we are down to the point where we are picking long shots. But big physical stay at home d-man have a better shot in terms of down here in my opinion.
I do hope Marshall improved over the summer, a lot to like about his skating, but not a whole lot else. His shot needs to get much better for him to become that undersized PP specialist. His vision needs to pick up as well. His stick needs to be more active defensively and I think that is really where his NHL dreams have problems. If you aren't going to be physical, you need to be very good position wise and adept at taking the puck away with a good stick. He really to date lacks in both those when I have seen him play at the U.
I have watched Marshall a fair amount and I have no objections to his play with the puck or his vision. I agree though that his defensive zone play needs to continue to get better and will probably be is undoing in the end.
I have a heard time seeing Almqvist making it. At his size, I think you need to be an elite skater to make it as a blueliner. I am not sure that "good" or "above average" is going to get you there.
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