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04-06-2013, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by GordieHoweHatTrick View Post
People have Fraser and Percy higher in their depth chart than Gardiner
Mark Fraser's +14 and solid defensive play is the reason he is a regular in addition to the fighting and physicality he brings.

Fraser and Gardiner are not comparables in terms of style nor expected contribution.

"Defense wins championships" and Leafs attention to defense this year has them in a playoff spot. Fans are going to have to learn to accept that skating around and trying to score goals is only a part of the intent of a winning hockey team.

Gardiner this year has been very poor defensively and Leafs had hoped his AHL experience would have allowed him to improve that part of his game.

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