Episode IX|The Off-Season Thread|It's... still the offseason.
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12-23-2012, 11:12 AM
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No way in hell does Niskanen play in the top-4 while Gonch doesn't. Gonch has good chemistry with Orpik, he played with him for like 5 years. And Niskanen has always been the 5th D, we don't know if he will be able to handle a top-4 role. Gonchar will be able to handle that. Niskanen is a very steady D, but people are riding his jock so hard here. Yes, he could probably be a 2nd pair D, but putting him in front of Gonchar...just no.
Trading Michalek all but assured Niskanen is getting a top 4 role this year. I'd bring Gonch back as a PP specialist, if he outplays Niskanen at ES then great.
And people on here "ride his jack so hard" b/c he was our only consistent D-man in the Philly series aside from Letang. And he played 20+ minutes quite a bit last year. Getting 1st unit PP time and going up against the tough matchups in the postseason. It is what it is. The kid's rebounded here and I'd like to see what he can do as our #4.
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