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05-13-2008, 10:15 PM
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Valabik has help making strides

Defenseman Boris Valabik got a taste of the NHL this year, which he's working to turn into a full-time spot in the fall.

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05-14-2008, 07:55 AM
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Great article, Holly. Even better than usual!

I've been really pleased with Valabik's progress over the last twelve months. Considering how mediocre-at-best some of the guys expected to go where he was picked are looking (Lauri Tukonen, AJ Thelen, etc.) he is looking more and more like a solid pick. There are other guys like Andrej Meszaros and Alex Radulov we could have had, but I can live with Boris as long as he pans out into a solid second-pairing defenseman in the next year or two.

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05-14-2008, 10:59 PM
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This is the kind of hockey article I love. You got some really good personal quotes, and provided depth on a level that the usual looking at numbers and no-brain analysis can't touch. Very good work.

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05-16-2008, 09:51 AM
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Thanks you guys. These kind of articles can only be written on willing subjects though. I got really lucky that Boris was in a very open mood the day I decided to talk to him. Maybe having put in the time with him for so long helped (a familiar face to him by then), I'm not sure.

I wanted to know if he could make the team in the fall, that's why I started asking questions. For me at least, I think I answered it. Yes he can, if he does all the things the others mentioned. But the numbers of contracts do work against him.

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05-16-2008, 10:27 AM
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This article has been getting good reviews from most of the Thrashers websites I visit, from the official boards to the AJC blogs.

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