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01-31-2013, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Cin View Post
Well he averages one a game which obviously isn't good, but he's also our only defenseman with a goal. I'd say his positives outweigh his negatives, and by quite a bit. He's a pretty great defenseman.

-Has a great shot.
-Very good hands for a defenseman.
-Gets the puck up the ice quick.
-Great first pass.
-He's physical.
-Has a nose for the net. (Go watch his goal against Calgary from last season)
-Makes good decisions on the wall. (Knows how to pinch)

This is how you develop players as well. You let them play, get their heads straight, and try to adapt more and more. He's shown he's capable of it, and it'll certainly help develop the team more than playing a guy like Rome or Benn. Fits in with the front office approach of 'being patient' as well.
I'm not really sure what you're advocating, or how it ties in with the bolded... Do you want him to play more minutes, or not? I think we can all agree scratching him is stupid, but this post kind of confused me.

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