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01-14-2013, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by RedWings19405 View Post
I hope Lashoff makes it, but the problem is the expectations and comparisons are interesting from the pro Lashoff crowd. He is like Stuart in that he is a defensive d-man and pretty much there the comparisons should stop. Brad Stuart was a top 5 draft pick, he has considerably more talent in almost every area. His puck skills, physical game, positioning, and hockey IQ all are a daunting task for Lashoff even on a good/great development track to catch. I mean Lashoff could turn into a useful #6/7 on a good team. I think this idea he can become a top 4 d-man is a little interesting and if happens in Detroit it means we suck. I sure hope for him he does in Detroit and that I am wrong, but I just don't see it. Because for those trotting that out it will mean he beat out Kronwall (not going anywhere for a while), Ericsson, Sproul, Ouellet, Backman, Smith, Marchenko, Jensen, Quincey, and Kindl. Plus lets be honest how many of us want Edler or some d-man on July 1st this year? So to call him a top 4 d-man is a little off base and to say he could be Brad Stuart is saying he will be just that.
I don't know who is putting Lashoff into Top4 defence? This Stuart-comparison went to wrong direction? Lashoff is "Stuart-like", but a 3rd pairing guy. I still think Lashoff's career maximum potential is the 3rd pair + 1st PK unit and even though we have Ouellet's and Sproul's coming, they don't compete against this Lashoff's role at all. They are going to hit the TOP4 and overtake Lashoff for sure, if they pan out. Lashoff will compete against Nicastro, Nedomlel, McKee etc.

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