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01-18-2013, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by limite View Post
Where in the world did you get that idea?
Numerous people whose opinions I respect on this board have said Dumoulin is only a year or two from being ready to push for an NHL roster spot. Strait was not going to beat out any of the guys above him on the depth chart before that comes to pass, and Dumoulin has more potential than Strait.

Originally Posted by limite View Post
Harrington was barely big enough to physically handle junior players." He has a long way to go before he's in the NHL. "
Harrington is 19 years old and is already 6'1" and 200 lbs. That is plenty large for the NHL. Furthermore, he is the exact same height and weight as Strait, despite being 6 years younger, so I would say he still has a chance to fill out further. Size is not going to be a problem for him.

Harrington has exceeded expectations at every level thus far, and was heralded as being among the best defenders in the WJC this year. I would not be surprised to see him pushing for an NHL roster spot in the next few years.

Originally Posted by limite View Post
He's barely on the radar as an NHL prospect.
He is someone that we will need a spot for in Wilkes Barre next season. The more guys like Strait that aren't good enough to crack our NHL roster and don't have the ceiling to get good enough, the less room there would be for a guy like Ruopp.

Originally Posted by limite View Post
That says more about Shero's lunatic obsession with stockpiling defense prospects to the exclusion of everything else. The Pen's pool would look a lot better if you substituted Grigorenko for Pouliot, not to mention Saad for Morrow. Then Strait would look at more valuable. But by piling up at one position, then Pens are forced to make this sort of decision. Aside from Bennet, the Pens don't have single forward prospect who is a good as Straight is a defensive prospect.
Tangradi is as good of a forward prospect as Strait is as a defensive prospect. At worst, Tangradi is an NHL 4th liner. At best, Strait is an NHL 3rd pairing defenseman. Aside from that, it's a valid point, but when you see someone with a pedigree like Despres hit waivers, then it's time to panic. Losing a guy who took 7 years to develop into a potential 3rd pairing defenseman is not going to ruin this franchise.

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