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02-08-2013, 11:14 AM
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SERE 24
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Tawnos (for some reason it won't quote you): he's not raw like a rookie raw. He's still relatively raw for his age and experience. At 24, a former first round pick, you really don't think gambling a 5th is worth it? He has great size and was not handled well in Florida. He's only ever played for Florida who is not a good team and with better coaching on a much deeper defensive team he could easily become a good, physical force on our bottom pairing with much better skating and higher overall skillset than Bickel. 24 still has time to develop for a d-man. Ellerby is already arguably better than Bickel and I believe with a change of scenery, to the right team, he could easily be a sold bottom pairing guy who gets PK time.

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