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Erik Gustafsson (2012-13 season and beyond)
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05-11-2014, 11:43 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
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Gus isn't really more than a potential #4, but people now know what we felt/feel like hearing garbage about how good players Carcillo and Rinaldo are. Difference is that the guy we were arguing for actually deserved to be playing and on an NHL roster and shouldn't have been watching Hal Gill fail all over himself. One of the arguements was that Gus didn't kill penalties, but he did kill some in Game 6.
I'm really torn on Gus. I like his moxy, but I don't think he has top 4 potential, more like 5-6 max. What's missing with him is the confidence to play the PP. He has never really looked comfortable. To me, if you're a smurf Dman, you better be a PP specialist who can produce points.
He played well in the third pair with Luke. You build your D around a solid, balanced top 4, then you need your 5-6 guys to be PP and PK specialists. Neither Luke nor Gus can do that as well as I'd like.
In the end, if Kimmo comes back, there is no room for Gus so he might not want to come back.
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