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02-18-2014, 10:33 AM
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Maata looks great so far but defensemen progression in not linear. Coburn looked like a future Norris trophy candidate and was talked about as a future Canadian Olympian after his 1st full year with the Flyers. He has not progressed since and his offense has actually regressed. His also took a puck to the eye at the end of that year. Another cautionary tale is Tyler Myers. There is also the possibility that one of the four defensemen the Flyers chose in that draft could end up being better than Maata, so it's not just a Laughton versus Maata comparison; its a Laughton plus Gostisbehere versus Maata and the whoever the forwards the penguins took later.

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