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07-30-2013, 11:23 AM
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It's my opinion that we're far stronger at center now with the addition of Cullen and Gaustad. I think Erat's and SK's loss while it will hurt will be negated by the growth of Wilson and the addition of Stalberg, I think Bourque's growth and the talent of Forsberg will also tilt the wingers in favor of this year's team.

Defensively is different. The Weber-Suter pairing was by far the best in the league. Weber-Josi isn't really on the same level, although Josi continues to improve to close the gap. On the same token, the Klein-Josi pairing was more effective than the Klein-Bartley pairing. Can Ekholm or Jones replace what Josi was on that pairing? I don't know, they have the talent too, Josi didn't have experience that year either so experience is a wash.
I do think though that Boullion-Hillen were 2 of the least effective defensemen we've had and whatever combo of Jones/Ekholm/Bartley/Ellis ends up on the bottom pairing will be far better than those 2.

I fail to see where the doom and gloom is though when I put the teams side to side.

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