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11-07-2012, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by ponokanocker View Post
Our biggest need last season, and will likely be again this season, is a top pairing D-man. Smid-Petry did okay, but belong in a second pairing role. Whitney keeps getting hurt, and didn't look great after coming back last time(still looked hurt). Schultz was solid, but looked more like a guy who should be getting around 18 minutes/game, not 22+. The new Schultz will not be good enough to log 22+ minutes/game this season. After that, things get pretty thin, which is why a top pairing D-man is even more the #1 need. A top pairing guy will mean we see less of Peckham, Sutton, Potter, Teubert, and Plante.

Long term, it appears that we may be set on the blueline with some of our prospects. But they are only prospects at this point, and they could all bust. Until they are even ready for the NHL, this team will continue to struggle on the blueline. While a blueline like Vancouver(no true #1) could work, we are no where close to that.

Just one bad D-man on the team makes everything really tough. When we had to play with so many every game last year, we sucked.
Gardiner averaged 21:35 last year with 1:45 SH and 1:58 on the PP. I see absolutely no reason why Schultz won't be getting that much ice when he will likely be playing more on the PP and probably similar totals on the PK.

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