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01-02-2004, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by DarioinDenver
Primarily Foote.

DeVries is best suited to pair with a strong stay at home styled defenseman. NY doesn't have a whole lot of those. To take full advantage of DeVries your forwards also have to be willing to float high occasionally so DeVries can pinch and create some confusion. Klemm also enjoyed his best years as an Avalanche when he was paired with Foote. So there is one school of thought that both players left Colorado a bit overrated. DeVries is relatively solid positionally but needs help in the corners when he's one v one and he's not particularly strong with his head-man passes. Strangly enough I'd experiment him with Kasper as Kasper is aggressive from the red line down to his own zone and DeVries is aggressive from the red line into the offensive zone. In that way they may balance each other out a bit. Considering the fact both bring 'risks' to the table with their styles of play in certain zones of the ice.
Thats the current pairing and they seem to have clicked. The only problem is that the pairing of Poti-Leetch seems to be not physical/strong enough defensively. The thought amount many ranger fans is that Devries could be a steady stay at home guy for Leetch or Poti to feed off of.

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