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04-02-2013, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Webersmashpuck View Post
I think Ive seen you mention this a few times. I have to ask why you think he is not a long term solution. The kid is 10ish games into his career and doing a pretty good job so far on the 2nd pair and his play is solidifying.

Can we do better? Yes, and honestly he could regress like Blum, but any progression then we do have a guy who could play in the top 4 for years to come. I also don't see the regression, Blum and Ellis were protected and Bartley was thrown right into the fire.
He's been "okay," not great, on a very bad team. I think he's sloppy with the puck and slow to read the play. It's not that I think he's terrible, I think he'd be a perfect partner for whichever of Ellis or Blum remains here next season on the third pairing, i just don't think he's the answer in the long term, especially not with the way Josi is struggling defensively as of late.


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