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11-12-2012, 03:02 PM
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ReginKarlssonLehner
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Originally Posted by Xspyrit View Post
NHL is a very tough league with extremely good goaltenders and very tight defensive systems. It's getting hard develop pure top-6 forwards because 50 pts and + is hard to reach now (for example, if we say that top-6 forwards are players that score 50 pts and more consistently)

Cowen-Karlsson-Ceci-Wiercioch
Borowiecki-Blood-Wikstrand-Claesson
Wideman-Gryba-Sdao-Boyle-Fransoo-Aneloski
Lehner-Bishop-Driedger-Brassard

I'd say our future on defense/goaltending looks extremely bright

We have a bunch of good forwards prospects with various ceilings (many have 1st/2nd line potential) but I'd say without hesitation that our defense is ahead in terms of development... Not a surprise, Murray started to build from the net out 4 years ago
Exactly. Even if we have just one or two forwards become strong top 6er/first liners out of Puempel/Noesen/Stone/Silfverberg/Zibanejad/Prince/Hoffman/Petersson

Chances are very high at least one blossoms into that role and that'll be considered huge success.

As for trading Michalek for Gormley, huge mistake. Michalek only legit top 6er we have for now and to be honest, the guy keeps getting better as he ages. He's just hitting his prime.

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