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04-07-2013, 12:05 PM
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GWOW
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Big defensemen take more time to develop than two-way defensemen.

Adam Foote, Derian Hatcher, Brooks Orpik, Jay McKee, Scott Hannan, Robyn Regehr, and Braydon Coburn are just a handful of 1st round defensive d-men who took a while to establish themselves.

Of course, you have a lot of busts, but I think the conditions are set for McIlrath to succeed. If he starts off his NHL career playing 14-16 mins a night on a bottom pair on a good team with a Vezina goalie, the only pressure he should deal with is what he puts on himself.

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