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10-07-2012, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by tsujimoto74 View Post
Seems like Biega is an unlikely cut. I think someone would have to really wow them to knock him out of a starting spot. Any chance Shiestel makes the opening night roster? It'd be a shame to not see him at least get a shot at it this year..He looked like he was on track to be a solid NHLer before the injuries.
I'd going to say there's almost no chance Schiestel makes it just because of the numbers game. Rolston has said they're going to keep 8 defensemen on the roster this year. Once again, Finley, Brennan, and McNabb are locks every night, Pysyk will be playing unless his game turns to garbage and then the 4 fighting it out will be Biega, Crawford, MacKenzie, and Schiestel.

I don't really agree with having MacKenzie play at the expense of what will probably be Schiestel and Crawford. Rolston said he wants someone stronger in his own end but I don't think his defensive play is that much better than those other two and he'll contribute absolutely nothing to the offense.

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