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Matt Carle: Pylon

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A shorter summer would be Homer acquiring a couple more high picks in this years to keep the youth movement going. Out with the old,yeah! Anybody a little suprised at Jagr's non-commitment? These eastern European players kinda suck!(excepting Malkin &Datsyuk) No wonder Dale Hunter called it a day.

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I've spent my fair share defending Mr Carle lo these years. Not really interested in doing it much longer (diminishing returns), but I did catch this and thought it was "interesting" - it's from a comparison of D-men from the 2003 vs 2008 draft, in this case:

Matt Carle and Michael Del Zotto

Carle – Surviving the Len Barrie/Oren Koules debacle in Tampa Bay, the only junior in NCAA history to win the Hobey Baker.

Del Zotto – Following the sophomore slump rule to a tee.

Carle and Del Zotto are different players. Both are of average size. Carle relies on hockey sense to excel, while Del Zotto uses his impressive skating and offensive creativity. Carle was the main part of the package which brought Dan Boyle from Tampa Bay to San Jose. He lasted in Tampa Bay for a few weeks before their owners (emphasis on the plural) decided he wasn’t the right fit. Because as we all know, 12 games is a big enough sample size to get a read on a player’s ability.

Del Zotto was an impressive rookie for the Rangers in 2009-10, recording 37 points in 80 games. He played so good that season that he decided to take the summer off from training or doing anything hockey related (at least it seemed that way if you watched him play in 2010-11). After a miserable second NHL season, Del Zotto rebounded under the guidance of John Tortorella and the mentorship of Brad Richards in 2011-12. He finished the regular season with 41 points, and added 10 points in 20 postseason games. The Rangers have big plans for him, assuming they don’t sign Ryan Suter and/or Justin Schultz. July 1 makes Glen Sather do crazy things…

The Verdict: Carle. Del Zotto will be the better defenseman in a few years, but Carle takes the cake for now.


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