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03-03-2013, 11:15 PM
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...and you build a team from the blue zone out, go with Jones ...
but then again a team may be willing to over pay to get that franchise center (and not for more draft picks it would be for a top prospect/player + a top 1st rnd pick).
While theoretically I agree with this, I think that it's important to put mantras like this into context instead of simplifying the situation with blanket statements.
We have been without our top two defensemen, yet still we are competitive on the ice. Chicago fans are saying that the wins against us (one goal games against the best team in the league) have been some of their hardest wins all season.
While using our 7th, 8th and 9th d-men on occasion, we still remain competitive. With Moore looking like he could be that first pairing defensemen, add in Murray, then Cody and Erixon looking like top-4, we have a solid defensive corps without even considering having Tyutin, Johnson and Wiz signed long term.
Also consider that you have to have forwards that are defensively responsible. "Building from the net out" doesn't necessarily mean defensemen. Our defense improved quite a bit with the additions of Dubinsky and Anisimov.
Who is to be our fail safe if Johan doesn't pan out? We have a bit of wiggle room on defense if someone doesn't pan out. We're lost the majority of our games by one goal. With the two top picks being so close, I say go with MacKinnon.
If MacKinnon and Johanson both pan out, then we have two very good forwards that could play the middle on two separate lines.
Even the best defense can't sustain the constant pressure by having an offensive unit that can't keep it in the zone. If you don't have a supporting cast of offensive forwards, then you're going to see the development of guys like Calvert, Atkinson and Johansen suffer. It's not just about one guy or building from the net out, really.
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