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12-04-2012, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey View Post
Skjei may not have the offensive numbers. He may never have them.

What he is, is a VERY intelligent player that doesn't make mistakes often. And he skates at an elite level. Uses his body right to the defend.

He's a very solid defenseman. The McDonagh comparisons are pretty much spot on.

If he doesn't make the final cut, it's not any indication of anything other than how deep USA's defense will be. But, IMO, it would be foolish to leave him off the roster.

Nobody is talking about his offensive numbers, but he's supposed to be very raw. That was the primary reason he fell to the very end of the first round. If a raw 18 year old can hold his own in the WJC, that's a good sign.

If not, we might be looking at another Lee Sorochan/Jeff Brown situation here: a solid overall defenseman who's drafted relatively early, but isn't good enough anywhere to make the NHL. Skjei will need to do a lot of developing in the next 3-4 years.

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