Mac Bennett's future
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05-15-2013, 10:58 PM
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Originally Posted by
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Beaulieu hits. It's not the primary element of his game, but he won't get intimidated out there.
And that's besides the point since Beaulieu is another level entirely, the guys Nygren and Bennett will be competing for a spot with in a year or so - Pateryn, Thrower, Dietz, Ellis, Didier, Sullivan, are all either big, physical or both. The concern right now should be which of these guys are good enough to make the NHL, not who fits current needs.
The teams current need of a physical vet is completely irrelevant here.
Bennett should be signed or not signed based on his NHL potential not based on the team's current needs. Having written that the Habs do not have any big defense prospects (besided Tinordi) and that includes ALL the guys that you mentioned.
Prospects' reported sizes are always suspect. The best source is from the official team site. Josh Gorges is listed as 6'1". The only taller prospect is Joe Stejskal (who is not going to make it) and Josiah Didier who are both 1 inch taller than Josh Gorges. None of these guys are taller than Emelin, Drewiske, or Pateryn who are all 1 inch taller than Gorges.
As far as physicality is concerned, many average size players lose their physicality when they join the big leagues.
The Habs have a major defence size deficit with their prospects.
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