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07-20-2013, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by YUHeffToBMad View Post
The issue that I have with Diaz is while he's effective defensively, I just don't see him being a #3 like Markov is. Not yet anyway.

Last year what I saw from Diaz was growth in his defensive game, but he's still prone to mistakes when the opposing team's forecheck is more aggressive and punishing, like most of our defence. That's why I can't see him playing Markov's minutes and I prefer him playing on a less important role 5 on 5. Perhaps a #4, #5 or #6 PMD who can QB a PP.

Can he directly replace Markov? I don't know. But he can certainly be part of our future D staff if the right moves are made.
Replacing Markov with Diaz doesn't mean handing over all of Markov's minutes. We still need a solid defensive D to withstand most of the minutes. Tinordi might be that man within the next 2 years.

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