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11-23-2012, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Jacob View Post
I don't see any future #1 d-men in the system. But I'm of the opinion that there are only like 10 true #1s in the league anyway.

For that reason I hope Letang can stay healthy and we can also sign him long term. Guys like him are hard to come by.
Not that I necessarily agree with the move, but the way the Pens have drafted over the last 3 years, if I had to guess I would think Letang is the one who will be flipped for a forward before his contract ends. Domoulin, Despres & Morrow (hopefully) will be ready for full-time NHL by 12/13. Harrington & Matta the following season. Then Pouliot (not to mention a number of other quality D-men who are certainly worthy of NHL consideration). Current defensemen are going to have to be moved sooner than later. Otherwise, I see no short/long-term strategy to this drafting philosophy.

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