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08-16-2013, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by dem View Post
Perron is a good upgrade...
..but Ference is not the difference maker we need on the back end.

As long as Smid and Petry are our best defensemen... we are in big trouble.
I think Ference is going to surprise people. His defensive play is very under-rated, and he's pretty fearless. He'll go after anyone that tries to cheap shot one of our young guns if he's on the ice, and he can hold his own against most guys bigger than him. I think he'll be a fan favorite pretty quickly. My only concern is that he'll try to do too much. If he stays within his game he'll be a nice addition to the top 4.

My pairings prediction:
Smid - Petry
Ference - J. Schultz
N. Schultz - Potter/Grebs

Belov, Klefbom, Fedun and Larson start in the AHL. I expect Klefbom or perhaps Belov to be called up and take either Potter or Grebs place by probably half-way into the season. Nice to finally have some decent defensive depth.

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