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12-06-2012, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by King'sPawn View Post

Even though I'll get flak for this, but I'm still a fan of Hickey and believe he can be an NHL player. Players like Campbell, Gravel, Roach and Forbort also have the potential to join the professional ranks in the next couple years, and recent picks Paul LaDue, Kurtis MacDermid, and Nick Ebert are several years away before we have an idea of where they will develop.

I agree there's a bit of a gap in the d-corps, where Mitchell and Scuderi likely won't be around for much longer and there's not a defensive stalwart who's ready to step in immediately, but I don't feel it's as alarming as others seem to think it is.
I 100% agree with everything here.

Additionally, guys like Mitchell and Scuds are typically the easiest to replace at a decent cost in UFA, which is why defensive defenseman I don't like to see us draft in the first round (or really round two either). Let's not forget we got Mitchell and Scuds via UFA.

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