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11-08-2012, 04:24 PM
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But again, the same arguments can be used in Gardiners favour. The tougher defensive minutes should go to the "defensive specialists" on the team (ie. Schenn, Komisarek, Gunnarsson, Phaneuf). Gardiners stregnth is his offense which is why he was used in offensive situations. In an offensive zone start youd much rather have a Gardiner, Liles and Phaneuf than a Schenn orKomisarek, and in an ideal world where players live up to potential the vice-versa would be true.
Leafs aren't that great on defense though. Komisarek, Franson, and Schenn are all #6s. Nobody's saying Gardiner isn't good but cracking the defense of a consistently awful defensive team isn't a grand accomplishment just because they have a bunch of "NHL Defensemen". If he were 18 last year I would probably say he's equal with Couturier.
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