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03-15-2013, 11:50 AM
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Matheson's a decent prospect with interesting tools without doubt, but don't assume he's a likely high calibre top pairing defenseman.
Kulikov is a shining example that expectations should always be reserved.
Sure its smart to reserve some expectations. But there have been plenty of guys drafted late in the 1st round that have become high caliber top pairing d-men. Heck, look no further than Washington with drafting Mike Green (#29) late in the 1st round and they did the same with John Carlson (#27 overall). The fact that Matheson is playing so much as a freshman is only going to help his development and he's not going to be rushed either by Tallon. Its extremely possible that he could develop into a top pairing guy.
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