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12-02-2012, 09:49 PM
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Originally Posted by iPunch View Post
What a pedigree.

2011–12 Dougie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs
2010–11 Ryan Ellis, Windsor Spitfires
2009–10 David Savard, Moncton Wildcats
2008–09 Jonathon Blum, Vancouver Giants
2007–08 Karl Alzner, Calgary Hitmen
2006–07 Kris Russell, Medicine Hat Tigers
2005–06 Keith Yandle, Moncton Wildcats
2004–05 Danny Syvret, London Knights
2003–04 James Wisniewski, Plymouth Whalers
2002–03 Brendan Bell, Ottawa 67's
2001–02 Dan Hamhuis, Prince George Cougars
2000–01 Marc-Andre Bergeron, Shawinigan Cataractes
- Yandle is a number 1 dman in the making

- Alzner and Hamuis are top 2/3 dmen

- Wiz is a top 4 dman

- Russel, Bergeron are bottom pairing dmen.

- Blum, Savard, and Ellis are still pretty young and have potential to be top 4 guys ( especially Savard and Ellis, Blum has fallen off course a little bit ).

It's not a who's-who collection of top dmen, but Hamilton is a sure bet to become a top 4 guy at the very least and that list does nothing to downplay his max potential. There's still a lot to be said about being the best defensive prospect voted by coaches and scouts in various polls/lists/awards. Like with any prospect, the chance of being a bust is there, but with prospects like Hamilton, it's a very small chance at best.

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