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01-31-2013, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by IslesRock4 View Post
He isn't on our top pairing (MacDonald-Hamonic). But he has outplayed Streit on the 2nd pairing. He is very good partner for a player like Streit. I don't think it's fair to write him off for the next couple years. Everything he has shown so far has been exceptional, and he doesn't have an offensive instinct to throw him off his game.
It would be pretty rare for a defenseman of Strait's type (positional defensive dman, ok skater, decent first pass) to become a top 4 guy that quickly after breaking into the NHL. Guys like him usually need to gain experience of playing against NHL players every night to get better so it will take him time. I'm not writing him off by saying it's highly unlikely that he becomes a top 4 guy within the next two years (and again I mean top 4 in the sense of a playoff team). 6 games is a very small sample size.

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