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01-28-2013, 02:45 PM
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Not even going to talk about the rest, but this right here shows how little you know.
Look at Chris Pronger and Zdeno Chara there first few years in the league. If you think EJ has had a poor start to the year, go look at those guys.
Dmen take longer to develop, they ususally don't enter there primes until 27-28. Add the fact that EJ has missed a full year to injuries and I think its safe to say EJ will still develop quite a bit before he enters his prime.
His play since December of last year has been easily #1 Dman level, only thing lacking is point production, and that will come when EJ gets a D partner he can work well with who isn't useless.
Zdeno Chara is an anomaly, there has been no one like him in NHL history. Literally going from an enforcer even from his junior days to an All-Star player.
Chris Pronger is probably a closer estimation. However even Pronger played at a higher level as he was a 30 minute defenseman in his early 20's. He was critiqued for his bad play in the playoffs early in his career. He didn't struggle as a player, he was still a #1 defenseman early on in his career, but very undisciplined and took timely penalties.
Erik Johnson doesn't seem to be on the same path. He's still developing it seems and will probably be a #1 guy for years to come, but I don't think he'll ever be in contention for a Norris like those two were throughout their careers.
Most star talent defenseman show a lot early in their careers.
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