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02-09-2013, 05:55 PM
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Not every defenseman picked in the first round is going to be a top-4 guy. I'd be VERY pleased if Schmaltz can be a top-6 D man with a great PP. The guy was a late first round pick, I'm not sure what you guys were expecting. Even defenseman picked in the top 5 like Hedman and Bogosian are not even top-4 D-man.
Schmaltz is very intriguing, and I like the future of seeing him compliment Petro and Shatty. This year's draft it's time to add another forward.
I know very little about Schmaltz as I haven't been able to see much at all of him, but if he is projecting to be a bottom pairing D-man less than a year after the draft then it is a terrible pick. While not all first round picks pay off, the issue with the pick would be the fact that expectations had fallen away so soon. As I said though, I know next to nothing about the kid and I'm sure that the organization still has high hopes for him.
And Hedman and Bogosian are both undoubtedly top 4 D-men.
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