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11-11-2013, 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Hockey Buddha View Post
It would be amazing to add Ekblad to our roster. It would fortify our defense long into the future. Having Ekblad, Nurse, Shultz, Petry, Larsen and perhaps Klefbom and Marincin would put this team on a very solid foundation for the future.
How can you be so sure of that? Can you expect him to learn to be a winner in Edmonton? Who will he have to mentor him? What does Edmonton have that's going to take an 18 year old stud of a d-man and turn him into a Norris winner 4-5 years down the line?

We either need a coach with a good reputation for getting results out of players or to make a move to acquire an ESTABLISHED #1 d-man so that someone can be there to insure that he develops properly.

A good example of this would be Adam Larsson. Sports analysts couldn't stop ranting and raving about this guy before he was drafted and now it's looking like Devils fans would be lucky for him to turn into a good #2 d-man.

You can't blame him. He's just had nobody to show him the way to the next level.

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