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03-13-2013, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Ivan13 View Post
No it's not out of line to point out EJ shortcomings, but at the same times it's not fair to completely ignore other players/draft picks (Siemens, Rattie, McClement) that were involved in that trade and to ignore the shortcomings of Stewart and Shattenkirk.
By the same token it's not fair to exaggerate those shortcomings (Stewart's a lazy good-for-nothin') either.

Here's the thing--Stewart and Shattenkirk were projected all along to be high octane offensive guys who had flaws in their respective defensive games. Johnson on the other hand was projected to be a #1 defenseman who could get it done at both ends of the ice. Two players met their expectations, one as of yet has not. The only thing helping EJ right now is the fact that defenders like that take longer to develop.

We will see about Siemens. I'm fairly confident he'll be solid, if not a star defender. I still think a lot hinges on EJ's success though.

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