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03-25-2013, 12:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Hemsky_83 View Post
I agree 100% with you - and there's nothing wrong with him topping out like that if he's someone that came to us for absolutely free.

Guys like Kaberle and Ehrhoff have roles on good teams - as long as they're not playing above their heads at even strength.

Kaberle was a second pairing defenseman paired with defensively-capable Dmitri Yushkevich on the competitive Leafs teams of the early-2000's and shone in that role. Big point producer BOTH at ES and PP, and never looked out of place as a defender.

Ehrhoff was a 2nd pairing defenseman for Vancouver in it's 1-2 years atop the League standings. He was sheltered on the second pairing while Hamhuis-Bieksa-Edler saw the heavier minutes. His biggest forte was point production and he shone in that role without getting too heavily exposed defensively.

Schultz is going to be the perfect offensive component to our 2nd pairing IMO - important piece to keep around. But unless we do something to address our top pairing we're in trouble.
Those are good comparisons, I think. Also agree that he'll be a very good second pairing guy on the right side.

If Klefbom is a lefty (which I think he is), I would love to see those two play and develop together. I think 'Kleffie' is the real deal, but again as an NHL rookie you can only expect so much next season. However, at least he has had more pro experience before making the transition than Schultz did.

This team is still so far away... It's getting pretty insufferable.

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