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02-08-2013, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Tawnos View Post
Keaton Ellerby, Ben Lovejoy... these are not names that are upgrades on Steve Eminger or Stu Bickel or Matt Gilroy.
Yes they are. Gilroy has played well since getting a shot. If he keeps it up, I will change my tune on him. He seems to have finally settled into a role at the NHL level that he can handle successfully and in a solid fashion. If that keeps up, I'll be sold on him. For now though, you're underrating Lovejoy. Ellerby is a bit more raw but still young with good upside and size. Certainly both are upgrades over Bickel, and what we're used to seeing from Gilroy. Eminger, I'm not sure why hasn't been playing over Bickel from day one. You underrate Lovejoy though; he was stuck behind a few guys in Pittsburgh, whose organizational strength is defensive prospects (Poulliot, Maata, Morrow, Harrington, Dumoulin and Despres) but he is going to have a career as a solid bottom pairing guy. No real holes in his game. Solid d-man.

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