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01-16-2013, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Proto View Post
Nobody is saying that, but he's barely a Top 6 player at this point and has shown no offense whatsoever. Defensemen who don't score when they're young generally don't score when they're older. If he gets bigger he could be a Top 4 defensive specialist at some point, though.
They are saying that because Tanev is not "barely a top 6" defenseman. By all accounts, Rome is an average #6 guy and Ballard is an average #5 guy. Tanev has outplayed Rome and matched Ballard at the very least so far, IMO. So it seems pretty clear to me that he's already a #5/6 defenseman.

Even if he never develops his offensive game and just becomes defensively capable of shutting offensive forwards down, he'll probably become a #4 at some point. He's got more offensive talent than someone like Willie Mitchell, IMO

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