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04-22-2013, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Hemsky_83 View Post
But this "worn out" excuse has been used since Game 15 for him...weird huh?

He's a great piece for the future, and I'd keep him unless there's a huge overpay/piece coming back (OEL-range player in return for a combo). 50-pt blueliners don't grow on trees.

That being said, the top-pairing hype is getting ridiculous. He's an offensive defenseman, and by no means a complete player.

There's some huge steps needed for him to get to that point (size, awareness, etc). From listening to him analyze the game, he seems like a smart kid, so I think the awareness will eventually get there.

To me, he turns into Keith Yandle in a couple years. Sick offensive defenseman that requires sheltering in a second pairing role. Not quite a top-pairing defenseman.
AKA game #49 in his rookie season? That sounds about right. How quickly you forget how many minutes in ALL situations he played in OKC. He's at game #79 tonight, so yeah he's likely burned out, part of getting used to the NHL/AHL schedule, not to mention this condensed NHL season has come fast and furious, but don't take any of this into account, none of it supports your agenda.

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