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10-24-2012, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Phaneuffan3 View Post
I would have to agree. I have had enough of people saying the Dion is not a number 1 when the real issue is that we lack quality depth around him. We have soft puck movers or lethargic defense that handle the puck like a grenade. Like it our not, Dion is a number 1 and if we had a quality number 2 play with him, rather than the revolving door of 3/4 dmen (Aulie, Gunner etc).

The fact that we lack quality depth that can play an all around game (make a good first pass, clear the front of the net, generally just being tougher) is only magnified by the fact that we have smaller wingers that don't commit to defence and come back to support the dmen. Heck we have a hard enough time getting our wingers into positions where they can clear the puck out of our zone
If Rielly shows he is ready next year, Dion will benefit greatly from the Rielly break out, basically that is give him the puck to lug out. He also will benefit from Rielly's passing ability. These 2 could form a very solid tandem. Drew Doughty at 19 was already a very good D man, see some similarities in hockey IQ with Morgan and Drew. Next year could be a fun one watching these 2 patrolling our D.

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