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08-17-2006, 04:32 AM
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Originally Posted by GermanyMontrealExpat View Post
Getting one possibly elite defenseman and another serviceable defenseman out of the one pick #16 will turn out to be a major coup on Gainey's part, especially if the serviceable defenseman also pans out! The other picks were also reasonably well optimized, especially if one or two of Maxwell, White and Valentenko also have NHL careers.

I'm wondering if Maxwell is still growing, as someone has suggested, given that he has a towering (6'8") brother. If so, and he maintains his other qualities throughout the growth spurt, he is an intriguing 2nd round choice, who knows, perhaps in the mold of Brad Richards.
being extremely tall is not good for a hockey player. guys like chara and gill get beat one on one so often, that it makes your head spin. especially in the new 'zero tolerance' era of the NHL, big hulking guys that can't really skate are effected tremendously. there's not many guys that are over 6'4 and can skate like the wind (right now, only jay bouwmeester comes to mind, perhaps lecavalier). so in essence i hope maxwell stops growing.

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