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12-17-2012, 11:19 PM
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Originally Posted by penguins2946 View Post
Our D right now is:

Letang-Despres
Martin-Orpik
Niskanen-Engelland
Lovejoy

It isn't bad, but it leaves a lot to be desired. I still think that DB will put Despres along Letang, since he said he would do that at the rookie camp this year.

You are misreprsenting, or misinterpreting, what Bylsma said. He said that he sees Despres as more of a big-bodies, physical type of Dman who could play the left side with a guy like Letang (editorial note: in the future, such as a replacement for Orpik). Orpik will get moved eventually, but it's not going to happen now, and Despres isn't ready. His play so far this year has proven that, and our other, more NHL ready prospects who are waiver eligable necessitate it.


Despres may one day make a good partner for Letang, but then again there's just as much of a possibility that Despres gets traded or out-played for that spot by guys like Dumoulin/Harrington/Maatta/Morrow or other guys. The Pens would not have gone so hard after Suter if they really believed that they had a top-pairing, NHL ready Dman in their prospect pool. Realize it.

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