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12-27-2013, 10:50 AM
Trafalgar McLaw
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Originally Posted by dustrock View Post
Sounds to me that they're rating Ekblad like a Bouwmeester or Brewer type. Not a Seth Jones.

I'm sure Ekblad could help our D at some point but hardly sounds like someone we should agonize over trading.

Not convinced Sam Reinhart is a stunner either.

And those guys are supposed to be #1 and #2.

Aaron Ekblad is a much smarter player than Brewer and a far more physical player than Bouwmeester (and Jones for than matter). The only thing these guys all have in common is the elite skating. While Ekblad probably isn't as good as Jones offensively, everything I've seen and read point to a guy that has a more "NHL game" as he uses his size and strength to impose his will on smaller players. And even if he ends up being Jay Bouwmeester, that's a whole lot better than what we've got right now. I don't know about you, but I'll take a Nurse-Ekblad pairing over a Belov-Petry pairing every day of the week.

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