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02-09-2013, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Henkine View Post
Many defensemen have established themselves even younger. Fowler and Karlsson for example. How many examples are there of defensemen making the NHL over 23 years old and becoming top four D. I know there are many of those who make their way to the bottom pairing at older age, Vatanen just doesn't fit well to defensive bottom pairings. It's either top four or off to Europe for Vatanen.
Players like Fowler and Karlsson are the exceptions to the rule. They are players who -can- make the NHL on skill alone, before they are physically ready, and even they had their struggles early on. As talented as Vatanen is, he isn't at their level, and to top it off he's just small too. As for your question, you might be surprised. Rafalski and Visnovsky come to mind.

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