Who is the next Willie Mitchell?
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12-10-2012, 10:21 AM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: The Triangle
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I think that when hockey starts back, Jay Harrison is going to be again taking steps to finally being the Top 4 he was projected as being so many years ago.
Yeah, Harrison isn't going to be a Willie Mitchell but he definitely will be a serviceable NHL defenseman from this time forward. I think he's a good sleeper to play the next few years as a solid top four, and like you said, really easy to cheer for.
Another guy worth keeping an eye on is Tim Gleason. He gets overused badly because of the lack of defensive depth in Carolina, and that has hurt his reputation because he doesn't have the offensive skill to be out there trying to act like a puck moving defenseman. But he's become quietly one of the more solid defensive defenseman in the league even in spite of looking more awkward than he had in the past. I think he's going to turn into something pretty good for Carolina in the long run and it wouldn't surprise me at all he ended up becoming a Mitchell-type star somewhere else.
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