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12-12-2012, 10:51 AM
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ABasin
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Originally Posted by S E P H View Post
But look at Boychuk now! AB, you should know from all people on this board that besides goalers, defensemen take the most time to develop. Especially when it comes to shutdown defensemen who need to be adjusted with their timing, stick work, passing, and physicality to become a solid shutdown pair. Giving Gaunce top minutes in the AHL for 2-4 years is ok from me.
Yeah, that's why I brought up Boychuk. I'm not down on Gaunce or anything. I've been pretty vocal in here over the years, discussing the subject of the Avs inability to develop a decent defensive defenseman through their system, so I'm watching Gaunce and Siemens in this respect.

I'm OK giving Gaunce the time (as it seems right now he'd be no more than a depth NHL defenseman, and more depth defensemen is something the Avs most certainly don't need right now), but was just wondering if the kid really has NHL skill. I suppose we'll just have to wait it out and see.

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