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03-28-2013, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by CanuckistanFlyerfan View Post
I don't know. Size may not be as much of a factor with forwards as it once was, but with D I think its pretty important. Ellis is basically a pp specialist. He's certainly not the guy you throw on the ice when it's 1-1 in the 7th game of a playoff series. Though I will admit for a 3rd rounder I much prefer Gostibehere to Klotz.
I really wouldnt call Shayne tiny as he is going to be right there in height when he turns pro...he is nearly 6'0 right now...he needs to put on some pounds, but he likely sticks at least another year in college and that is where these guys start to really bulk up a bit more in the weight room...he has a very bright future ahead of him.

and though I agree that size is important on the blueline, we are seeing more and more examples of players making it that arent the traditional norm of dmen..the league is continually evolving and Shayne is a player that can easily find a home with his size...

and if you need proof of that, just turn on a Chicago Blackhawks game and watch Nick Leddy play. People laughed their ***** off the last 2 years at him being an NHL regular at 5'11 175lbs...well, I think its safe to say he has proved them wrong as he now logs around 18 minutes a night plus in all situations and is playing awesome two-way defense. dont pigeon-hole these players, for every Pronger there is an opposite that can make it and do extremely well. I have to imagine Leddy is a name being considered bigtime for the US Olympic camp next year due to his skating and puck moving ability and of course him not being a liability in his own zone.

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