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03-08-2013, 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by CN_paladin View Post
Is this guy at least NHL caliber though? Once we get rid of Kaberle and Weber, will we be able to play this physical guy as a bottom pairing D next year?
It's possible. He'll be 23 next year, which is a decent age to break a d-man in. If he gets a little experience this year, and continues his strong play in Hamilton I could see him notch the 6-7 spot next year. He's the type of player that coaches love, because he doesn't make a lot of stupid decisions. A shut down RH d-man does fit our lineup nicely, so he'll have to work for it, but I do think he has a decent chance of making the team out of camp. If not, the first call up. Of course Beaulieu and Tinordi are still in play, and to a lesser degree Ellis. Tinordi and Beaulieu could definitely use another year in the AHL in my opinion, so that's where Pateryn's chance opens up.

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