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05-28-2013, 01:11 PM
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The way I see it with Larsson is that they had him play offensive situations in his first season, and defensive situations this season. If he starts next season by playing all situations(22-23 minutes a game) he becomes an option. And he probably needs that, if he wasn't wanted at the World Champs this season he's got a mountain to climb to make the Olympics 9 months later. But he's a late -92 birthday and at the stage where you can get a breakout season anytime soon, so never say never about that.

For Rundblad I think the Olympics come a year too soon. He needs a full NHL season first and round out his game the hard way. As much as he's focused on improving his defense in Portland it's not the same thing as NHL seasoning. Offensively he's fine of course, but with the top players and top depth we have I don't think they'd bring a PP specialist to play 6-7 minutes a game. If you hit the injury bug it would be stupid not to have another guy around that can step up and play 20 minutes a game.

Also, BÅG was a fan of the 8D 12F mix, but I think Mårts favors 7D 13F(assuming it's 3+20?).

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