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11-20-2012, 08:52 AM
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I think Ebert, Devlin and Sanvido are benefiting from playing with Sieloff - seeing how playing a sound, but rather basic, game can get you drafted in the second round of the NHL draft. Ebert came up with Ellis as his example on the team and he tried to make that his game and Ellis is a once a decade type player.

What I think is hurting Bateman though is that physical style isn't his game, he needs an offensive defenceman mentor type. I think all of our defence would benefit from playing with a veteran offensive defenceman, somebody who could play in the top four, QB the PP, provide an offensive spark.

I think Bateman needs a change of scenery though, so ideally I'd look to trade him for this offensive defenceman - a 19 yr old with strong OA return likelihood. Bateman still has to be seen as having enough potential to land such a player from a bottom feeder team - trading a 19 yr old for a 17 yr old first round pick.

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