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04-05-2013, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Ducks DVM View Post
Palmieri is pretty bad at ES defense. Holland is suspect at ES defense. Etem is probably the best of the three and it'd be a stretch to say he's competent at it at this point. There's no reason to expect they will do anything but fail if they get bumped up to first line minutes and match ups, and there is literally zero reason they should get those minutes over Perry, Ryan, Koivu, Cogliano, or Winnik.
I disagree wholeheartedly. Etem has been great in his own zone. I think the idea of those three playing as the top line is ludicrous but not because of their defensive abilities. Holland particularly has a very strong game Wednesday night defensively. But I mean those guys aren't aren't worse in their own zone than Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan.

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